Flex NXT to the max

Customising the system environment for Transit NXT

One of the strengths of Transit is its flexibility. There are literally thousands of ways to customise Transit NXT to suit your type of work, your personal preferences or your system environment. In this tooltip, we will show you how you can change the settings in one of Transit’s initialisation files (.ini) to use other than the default folders for projects, dictionaries and so on.

To do so enables you, for example, to share common resources on a file server among several local Transit installations. In this way, local Transit installations can access centrally stored projects, translation memories, dictionaries, as well as global settings and user or customer profiles.

To share common resources with local Transit installations, you have to modify the folder parameters in the file starte.ini. The file is located in the \bin folder of your Transit/TermStar NXT installation.

Default location of the starte.ini file on a Windows 7 PC.

Default location of the starte.ini file on a Windows 7 PC.

 Common access to settings and folders in a network

In the starte.ini file, you can specify the paths to common resources on a network. The following table shows the paths that are set as default in the starte.ini file.

[PATH] Used for
CONFIG\GLOBAL=…\Transit NXT\config\sys System files like file format definitions, mapping tables, etc.
CONFIG\SYS=…\Transit NXT\config\global Configuration files like project definitions, templates, report options, etc. with the scope Global
CONFIG\USERS=…\Transit NXT\config\users Configuration files like project definitions, templates, report options, etc. with the scope User
CONFIG\CUSTOMERS=…\Transit NXT\config\customers Configuration files like project definitions, templates, report options, etc. with the scope Customer
DB=…\Transit NXT\db Root folder for TermStar databases
PROJECTS=…\Transit NXT\projects Root folder for Transit NXT working folders and subfolders
SPELL=…\Transit NXT\spell Spellcheckers
HELP=…\Transit NXT\help Help files
LOG=…\Transit NXT\log Log files

How to change the default paths

Depending on your operating system, it is possible to enter changes directly into the starte.ini file with a text editor. Nevertheless, it is advisable that you use the Transit NXT program maintenance wizard to change the paths in the starte.ini file. Proceed as follows (Example: Windows 7):

  1. From the Windows Start menu, select Start | Control Panel | Programs | Programs and Features.
  2. Select Transit NXT from the list, and click on Change above the list.
  3. In the Transit NXT program maintenance wizard, select the Transit NXT Configuration option.
  4. In the Transit NXT Configuration window, select Edit the starte.ini file.
  5. In the following window, replace the specified paths with the paths that contain the data you want to share.
  6. Confirm to have the installation routine carry out the desired changes.
Ho to modify the paths in the starte.ini file

Ho to modify the paths in the starte.ini file

Example: If you want all your Transit working folders and subfolders to reside in Z:\work\, you have to change PROJECTS=…\Transit NXT\projects to PROJECTS=Z:\work\.

Before you carry out changes to the PATH section in the starte.ini file, you have to create the corresponding folders on the shared network drive. Additionally, the data must be transferred from the corresponding local folders to the newly created folders on the shared network drive.

You can find more information on this and other advanced features of Transit in the Transit/TermStar – Reference Guide. Click here to download the guide for free. More information about how to configure standalone installations to use resources on the network can be found in one of our installation guides. Click here to download it for free.

Please note this blog has been moved to a new location, where you will be able to browse it and consult it just like you do now.  Stay tuned!

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About Michael Scholand

GILT professional with over 15 years experience in technical translation, business software and games localization. CEO and founder of STAR Servicios Lingüísticos. CAT tools and Translation Management Systems expert.
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2 Responses to Flex NXT to the max

  1. Terry Osborn says:

    I have a second Transit NXT now running on a laptop. Is there a way oc transferring the settings of my desktop Transit to the new laptop installation? Perhaps via a settings file?

  2. Yes, there is, but it is not trivial to do it and it is difficult to respond to your question shortly. There are the initialization parameters that this post is about but there are also the user profile(s) (*.prf files) that allow you to customize a myriad of UI options (window settings, fonts and colors used in the editor, dictionary views etc.) and other aspects of how Transit behaves. And then there are the customized segment filters and project definitions and abreviation lists and quality control parameters etc. that you also might want to reuse. You are best advised to direct that question to the Transit support and it also helps to do a lot of reading :-) of the extensive documentation that comes with Transit NXT. Sorry if I cannot be of more help. Regards, Michael

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