Short cut Nº 4: Entering and using notes for a segment

Notes is a very useful and practical feature provided by Transit NXT. As a project manager, you can enter notes in the “Source” field of the Notes window to draw the translator’s attention on particular segments. And as a translator, you can enter notes in the “Target” field of the Notes window for pretranslated segments for example, or point out instances of unclear wording in the source text. Lets see how this works. The following screenshot shows the ‘Target’ and ‘Source’ fields in the Notes window where you can enter your notes.

Source & target language notes

Source & target language notes

The following shortcuts can be used for navigating back and forth between the target language window and the Notes window for entering notes:

  • ALT+4 – Switch to the Notes window
  • + (numeric keypad) – Switch to the ‘target’ field in the Notes window
  • – (numeric keypad) – Switch to the ‘source’ field in the Notes window
  • ALT+2 – Switch back to the target language window

The following shortcuts can be used to navigate between segments containing notes. Make sure that you are in the Notes window (ALT+4) before using any of these shortcuts:

  • ALT+PLUS  – To jump to the next source-language note
  • ALT+MINUS  – To go back to the previous source-language note
  • CTRL+PLUS  – To jump to the next target-language note
  • CTRL+MINUS – To go back to the previous target-language note
  • ALT+CTRL+PLUS – To jump to the next source or target-language note
  • ALT+CTRL+MINUS – To go to the previous source or target-language note

Please use the + and – key on the numeric keypad.

Project managers should keep in mind to remove the “Read-only” protection before entering notes in the “Source” filed in the Notes window. This can be done by unchecking the “Read-only” option from Edit | Text as shown in the screenshot below:

Read-only protection for source language

Read-only protection for source language

It is highly recommended to reactivate this option after entering notes for the source segments.

Hope you find this feature and the shortcuts provided by Transit NXT useful. Do send in your feedback or comments and let us know if you need to know more.

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4 Responses to Short cut Nº 4: Entering and using notes for a segment

  1. Thanks for this tip (along with the others).

    I have a question on notes: is there a way to print them, so I can send them to a client who does not own Transit? It would be very useful to have a report for notes, that could include the file name, tghe text in the segment (source or target language), optionally the other language (target or source), and finally the content of the notes.

    I could take the output of this report and send it to my client in rtf format. The client could then enter his response in the rtf and send it back to me.

    • Yes, it is possible to print segments along with their corresponding notes. Click on the Transit button and then on Print or use the shortcut CTRL+P. Select the ‘Select pairs’ and ‘With segment notes’ options from the Print options and you can print the source and target language segments along with their notes.

      • Me myself and I says:

        For printing notes, it usually sense to print not all segments, but only segments with notes. To do so, you should at first filter for segments with notes (i.e. only “commented” segments are displayed) and then call up the printing dialog.

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