Differences between BaccS Desktop and the "new" software (read service)

Hi everybody ...

May I know what the differences are?
I have bought BaccS desktop a few months ago ... Now I want to understand if this software will work in 2022 or it will be impossible to use ...

For instance ... 

Is the new service a standalone application? Or is it just a Trados Plugin?

What will be with my BaccS Desktop after 3 years from now?

Thank You.

Pietro

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  • There will only be three versions going forward:

    • SDL Trados Business Manager Lite
    • SDL Trados Business Manager Team
    • SDL Trados Business Manager Online

    The BaccS Desktop single user licence…

  • I hate when there is no price here ... believe me, this is NOT a nice approach. .. But if SDL likes it, please ... go on! ... 

  • There will only be three versions going forward:

    • SDL Trados Business Manager Lite
    • SDL Trados Business Manager Team
    • SDL Trados Business Manager Online

    The BaccS Desktop single user licence is no longer available to new users.

    SDL Trados Business Manager Lite: this is a plugin that is fully integrated into SDL Trados Studio 2019 SR2 and above.  It provides a complete invoicing/quoting system for Freelance translators and is available through the SDL AppStore and the SDL Trados website.

    SDL Trados Business Manager Team: this is a standalone product for small teams that supports the sharing of a single database if it's saved in a location on a server where multiple users can gain access to it.  It also uses a network licence which removes the need to have named users for all the available licences.  The minimum sale is three licences and it's only sold by contacting your account manager if you have one, or by going through the online chat here (sdl.com/businessmanager) where you will be contacted to discuss your needs.

    SDL Trados Business Manager Online: this is an on-premise product installed on a server so that users can work with it in a web environment through a browser, and/or by using a Team version of the desktop client.  The minimum sale is ten Online licences and five Team and it's only sold by contacting your account manager if you have one, or by going through the online chat here (sdl.com/businessmanager) where you will be contacted to discuss your needs.

    The Lite version has been enhanced to provide more features that might be useful for someone working as a freelance translator, and we will be happy to consider any others that should be there for this scenario and we can put them intoa future release.  The main point being we think that the direction the product has gone, with all the features we have added to it, make it overly complex and unsuited for the sort of tasks a professional working as a translator would need.  So we have tried to address this my reducing that complexity and improving the capability of the plugin accordingly.

    You can find more details of the changes here:

    https://community.sdl.com/product-groups/translationproductivity/business-manager/w/wiki/4729/what-s-new-in-sdl-trados-business-manager-lite

    If you have purchased the BaccS Desktop directly from us you can of course carry on using it for as long as you like.  But if you would like to try the Lite version and see whether this would also suit your needs let me know and I can help you with this.  If you are interested in the Team version because you actually work like a small agency then also let me know and I can arrange for someone to assist you with this enquiry too.

  • Ok. Thank You Paul.
    I've already contact my account manager. But I am a bit upset because I have bought my BaccS just a few month ago ... Are we sure the Team version will be a standalone version and You will not say later "oh, sorry; no more support" ...
    By the way, I could wait a bit if BaccS will works these 3 more years ... It was suppose by the way an update release, tight? Will itbee delivered?

    I'll wait from my account manager by the way; then I will decide.

    Thank You.
    Pietro

  • Are we sure the Team version will be a standalone version and You will not say later "oh, sorry; no more support"

    At some point in the future I fully expect the current versions of all our software to be out of support, but that's not the same as failing to provide an alternative.  So for as long as we are providing a Business Manager solution we will continue to support our users and offer an upgrade path along the way.

    By the way, I could wait a bit if BaccS will works these 3 more years ...

    The version you have now will work for as long as your windows environment doesn't change something that prevents it.  We won't fix bugs in that version, or enhance it, as we are not supporting it in that mode, but you have a perpetual licence so are free to use it for as long as you like.

  • Ok. thank you. As I wrote before, I'll evaluate my account manager proposal. Thanks.

    Just 1 more question ... is the 5.0.4 the LAST version of BaccS. Should I expect the update we were talked in the past with Eugene with some (at least) improvement?

    Thank You again.
    And have a good day.
    Pietro

  • Just 1 more question ... is the 5.0.4 the LAST version of BaccS.

    That was the last update to BaccS Desktop single user solution.  The next update to 5.1.0 contains a significant number of enhancements and updates.  Here's an image that was part of an internal presentation delivered this week on what can be expected in the next release as Teams/Online:

    The emphasis of the software has changed as it was already becoming more complex than was needed for simple quoting/invoice requirements. So it will not be made available in the form of a update to the standalone single user application you are referring to.

  • I see. 
    It does NOT makes me happy.
    I was in Milan when Massimo Ghislandi himself told they would keep going updating BaccS for 2 years. So wrote many times Eugene even here in this forum. I do not know now where (but I am sure I can find it if I would) ... But, ok ... it is how it is and this is your company decision!
    All life is a matter of choices!
    Thank You by the way Slight smile
    Pietro

  • Probably I read it too fast, I didn't understand the meaning BUT ... Ok. For sure it is MY fault!
    Still ... No need to explain anything. 
    I understand ... company strategy! Slight smile And the company has the power! Smiley
    Or ... the customers have the power? Don't really remember ... Smiley

    A nice evening to everybody by the way! Smiley

  • This is exactly what we are doing.  If you feel that the improvements in the Lite version are not suitable for you as a freelance translator then it would be good to understand why so we can improve it.  If you feel that you really need Team because you are a company (I know translators are companies too... but I mean not a single user) then as I said, please speak to your account manager and we can resolve this too.

    I'm not sure I understand what the problem is here?

  • No, no problem at all. Simply (and I am sure I am not the only one) ... I am sad because BaccS Desktop will not updated anymore and because after hundreds of USD to buy it I will have (and again: I am sure I am not the only one) to pay again ... and this, after it was said BaccS would be supported for 2 years. But I understand, it's SDL strategy; and SDL job. No problem, really!
    Honestly: have a very nice day!
    Pietro Slight smile