Trados Studio 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Trados Studio 2022 FAQs

What is Trados Studio 2022?

Trados Studio 2022 is a complete centralized translation environment for editing, reviewing and managing translation projects and terminology - either offline in a desktop tool or online in the cloud. It offers many features designed to help speed up your translation processes and improve consistency, whilst building a repository of assets you can use over and over again. Trados Studio 2022 is built on the same open platform as Trados Studio 2021 and uses the same bilingual file, translation memory and termbase formats.

What’s new in Trados Studio 2022?

Trados Studio 2022 builds on a long history of innovation, advancement and attention to detail in computer-assisted translation (CAT), all designed to address the diverse, evolving needs of our users. The 2022 release reflects a wealth of development that has taken place since the release of Trados Studio 2021, including: 

  • Better-than-ever synchronization between the desktop application and our cloud platform, letting you work wherever you choose.  
  • New file types that help Studio cater to the widest variety of translation use cases, widening the scope of work you can accept.  
  • Hundreds of updates have been made with the feedback of all our users in mind, designed to help you work however you want.  
Whatever your needs as a business or individual, and whatever your personal preferences, Trados Studio 2022 is designed for you. 

Discover all the latest enhancements in our What’s New brochure here

How do I get Trados Studio 2022?

Existing customers with an active SMA (support and maintenance agreement) receive a free upgrade to Studio 2022. This can be downloaded from your RWS Account. 
Existing customers who don’t have an active SMA can purchase an upgrade by visiting our online shop or contacting your local RWS representative.  

New customers can purchase Trados Studio 2022: 
Please note: Customers who wish to upgrade from Studio 2017 to Studio 2022 will be able to purchase an upgrade until 30th September 2022. After this date, our special upgrade pricing will end.

Do I have to pay for the essential cloud capabilities available with Trados Studio 2022?

For individual users of Trados Studio 2022, cloud access formerly known as Trados Live Essential is now permanently included in your product license (subscription or perpetual) at no extra cost, giving you these capabilities: 

  • Secure cloud backup of your work 
  • Access to the online editor, letting you work from anywhere or easily collaborate with other translators 
  • If you need to prepare or create projects yourself you can do so from anywhere, including via our mobile app 
  • You can process projects in the cloud while working on another project in the desktop application 
Previously, Trados Live Essential was free for one year only for perpetual license holders (though always an integral part of Studio's subscription license). It's now permanently free for all currently supported versions of Trados Studio, including Studio 2021.

What is the new Manager View (Beta)?

Manager view is a brand-new Studio view that gives you a whole new way to work with projects and files, inspired by the user interface (UI) of our cloud platform.  

With the new view, you can work with both projects and files in a more unified way, in a single window with a clean, modern UI that makes navigating between projects and files much more intuitive. The view also includes key file- and project-related analytics so that you've got everything you need in one place. With multi-window and multi-monitor support, it's very flexible in letting you work on and compare multiple projects at once. 

See the Manager view (beta) in action here

Should you wish to try out the new view, you can activate it by selecting the button ‘Enable Manager view (beta)’ above the ribbon in the Studio interface. Studio will restart and the new Manager view will appear alongside your existing projects and files views. You can toggle off this view in the same way. 

For now, Manager view is available only as a beta release, which means it's still in a relatively early stage of development with limited functionality. It currently works with local file-based projects (support for cloud projects will come in time) and supports a small amount of project management functions (you won't be able to distribute project packages, for example). As a beta release it will work best for translators rather than project managers, but we'll be expanding its features and hoping to deliver a full release in the near future.

Can I purchase Trados Studio on a subscription?

Yes, you can purchase Trados Studio on a subscription. During your subscription, you will receive free updates and service releases. You'll also receive upgrades to future major releases of Trados Studio, ensuring you continue to benefit from the new functionality and enhancements when released. 

Your subscription to Trados Studio will start on the date of purchase and will be valid for 365 days.

Subscription or perpetual: which Trados Studio licence is right for you?


When purchasing an annual subscription for Trados Studio, the initial cost will be lower than the cost of a perpetual license. Access to the software is for the duration of your subscription and you will not own the software outright.  

During your subscription, you will receive free updates and service releases. You'll also receive upgrades to future editions of Trados Studio, ensuring you continue to benefit from the new functionality and enhancements when released. 

With a Trados Studio Professional subscription, you will have the flexibility to easily add extra licenses for new team members and also cancel at the end of your contract. 


When purchasing a perpetual license for Trados Studio 2022, the initial cost will be higher than an annual subscription. However, the license does not expire and you own the software outright, meaning you may use it for many years to come. 

You will receive updates and service releases for Trados Studio 2022 for as long as RWS supports the version. Should you wish to upgrade to future editions of Studio, you'll will be able to do so for a fee. 

The choice is yours! 

For organizations whose translation team needs to scale rapidly or have varying workloads, purchasing Trados Studio 2022 licenses on an annual subscription may be the best option. Other companies who may prefer to fix their costs at the outset may prefer to opt for perpetual licenses. 

If you’re unsure which is the best way to purchase Trados Studio for your organization, please get in touch. 

Can I upgrade to Studio 2022 from older versions of the software?

Yes, if you are currently a Trados Studio 2017, 2019 or 2021 user, you can benefit from special upgrade pricing when moving to Trados Studio 2022. 

Please note: You will be able to upgrade from Trados Studio 2017 to Studio 2022 until 30th September 2022. The special upgrade pricing will close after this date. Should you wish to upgrade from Trados Studio 2017 to Studio 2022 after 1st October 2022, you will need to purchase a new license for Studio 2022. 

I have a copy of Studio 2017 and want to upgrade to the latest version. When will the upgrade pricing end?

You will be able to upgrade from Trados Studio 2017 to Studio 2022 until 30th September 2022. The special upgrade pricing will close after this date. Should you wish to upgrade from Trados Studio 2017 to Studio 2022 after 1 October 2022, you will need to purchase a new license for Studio 2022.

Will older versions of Trados Studio still be supported by RWS?

Trados Studio 2022 is the fully supported release of Trados Studio.  

RWS continues to support Studio 2021 as the limited support release. 

Following the release of Studio 2022, RWS has moved Trados Studio 2019 to an extended support period that will end on 31st December 2022, after which it will be moved to a retired state. 

Trados Studio 2017, 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2009 are in retired state and are no longer supported. RWS does not provide technical assistance, issue service packs or hotfixes for retired releases. 

When I upgrade, can I have Trados Studio 2022 installed along with older versions of the software?

Yes, if your original license was for Studio 2021 Freelance/Professional, you will be able to run Studio 2021 and Studio 2022 on the same machine, as the license for Studio 2022 is a 'compound license'. For this to work, you will need to update Studio 2021 with the most recent CU* and it will then accept your new Studio 2022 license. Note that this is for Single license owners only and will not work for a Network license. Network licenses can be configured in such a way that multiple versions of Studio can be served by the same license server, since it can run multiple licenses for different Studio versions in parallel. Contact your local RWS representative for details. 

*CU stands for cumulative update. At RWS we are constantly reviewing and improving our products and release enhancements and hotfixes as and when required. These are bundled into cumulative updates that are installed automatically using the AutoUpdate functionality in Trados Studio and MultiTerm. You will be notified automatically by the software when a cumulative update is available. For a full list of enhancements and fixes for Trados Studio 2021 SR2 to date, please click here

How do I upgrade to Trados Studio 2022?

The upgrade process is the same for all users owning a Single or Network license(s). 

If you already have Studio 2017/2019/2021 and you upgrade to Studio 2022, you need to: 

1. Deactivate your current Trados Studio 2017/2019/2021 license(s) 
  • Go on to your Trados Studio application 
  • Click on Help > Product Activation > Deactivate 

2. Upgrade your license from your RWS Account 
  • Login to your RWS Account and go to the Licenses section. 
  • On the left-hand side, you should see "Upgrades" available, marked with a yellow arrow icon. Click on the icon and you will be able to see the Upgrades page. 
  • Click on the Upgrade button to process the license upgrade. If you have several licenses, please bear in mind that you need to choose the number of user licenses that you wish to upgrade. 
  • A new licensing code will be generated. 

3. Copy the new licensing code and paste it in the Studio 2022 application to activate it. 

Is Trados Studio 2022 compatible with previous versions?

Yes, we offer full compatibility in terms of translation memory and bilingual files across Studio 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022. 

Although translation memories and bilingual files are compatible across Studio versions from 2009 to 2022, as we continue to add more features, there are potential discrepancies in feature availability, word counts and file types when working in older versions of Studio. 

Can you provide a summary of compatibility details for Trados Studio 2022?

Trados Studio 2022 no longer offers out-of-the-box support for legacy Trados file types including; ITD, TTX and Bilingual Workbench. If you are still working with these file types, please install the ‘Trados Compatibility and Migration Power Pack’ app from the RWS AppStore. The app is installed as an add-on and will enable you to open and work with projects that include such files. RWS recommends that you consider converting legacy file types to the latest .SDLXLIFF format.  

Studio 2017/2019/ 2021 Translation Memory (*.sdltm)Studio 2017/2019/ 2021 (*.sdlxliff)Legacy TMs (SDLX and Trados 2007) 
OpenYesYesUpgrade through wizard or read through AppStore plugins 
Save/exportYesYesExport through TMX, TM Management app, and various other apps available through the AppStore 
CreateYesYesOnly through the Legacy Applications

Is Trados Studio 2022 compatible with other products in the Trados product portfolio?

Yes, Trados Studio 2022 is compatible with:   

  • RWS Language Cloud and Trados cloud subscriptions, including Trados Team and Trados Enterprise.   
  • Trados GroupShare 2020 and Trados GroupShare 2017. We recommend using the latest released version of GroupShare 2020. For details on latest releases, see our knowledge base for GroupShare 2020
  • Passolo 2022 and Passolo 2018. We recommend using the latest released version of Passolo 2022. For details on latest releases, see our knowledge base for Passolo 2022
  • Trados Business Manager Essential, Trados Business Manager Team and Trados Business Manager Enterprise. 

What is the difference between Trados Studio 2022 Starter, Studio 2022 Freelance and Studio 2022 Professional editions?

Trados Studio is available in three different editions: Starter, Freelance and Professional. The reason behind having separate editions is freelance translators do not usually require all the functionality within the full Professional license.  

To see the differences between the different editions, please visit this page

What are the system requirements for Trados Studio 2022?

Trados Studio 2022 supports Windows 10 and Windows 11. We recommend Windows 11.

As a minimum requirement, we recommend an Intel or compatible CPU-based computer with 4 GB RAM and a screen resolution of 1024x768.

For optimum performance, we recommend a 64-bit operating system, 16 GB RAM, an SSD drive and a recent Intel or compatible CPU.  Full support for 4K hi-resolution screens is planned and will be implemented incrementally in future releases.  You can find more information on how to deal with display issues in this KB article or by running an application from the RWS AppStore which implements a fix in the aforementioned KB article. Trados Studio 2022 uses .Net Framework 4.8.