Opening an .mdb termbase in Multiterm

As I try to open any of the glossaries created in Transit NXT and saved as .mdb files with SDL Multiterm, a question pops up:

This termbase has been created with an older version of MultiTerm and needs to be updated. This can take several minutes.

Continue opening termbases?

As I click on Yes,

an Error message pops up, saying:

There was a problem opening the termbase at C:\Users\User\Documents\SDL\SDL MultiTerm\Termbases\...mdb.

Check that this is a valid termbase and that you have permission to access it.

Continue opening termbase?

As I click on Yes, nothing happens.

I have worked in Transit NXT for several years and I have created several valuable glossaries in it before I switched to Studio 2017 last year.

Please help: How can I open them in Multiterm/Trados, or convert them to a format that can be used in Studio 2017?

8 Replies Latest Replies: 4 Jan 2019 10:02 PM by Paul < 1   2  >
  • In reply to Paul:

    Dear Paul,

    Many thanks for your quick response, unfortunately it hasn't worked - it doesn't seem to be a Windows issue.
  • Try opening directly the .mdb file in Access. Then save it (or convert it) to a .accdb file (Access 2007 and beyond). Alternatively, and perhaps, this may be the easiest solution, in the file name just change the extension name. For instance, change from yourTermbase.mdb to yourTermbase.accdb, or better yet, yourTermbase.sdltb. At any rate, if you want my advice, try and move your work to SDL Trados Studio and then use SDL MultiTerm Desktop (included). The latter, in my view, (though not perfect) the most practical and useful terminology management system in the world of CAT tools.

  • OR

    All CAT tools (or its all and every servants) have its own export ways into simple format. For instance comma separated or Tab separated or Excel format or simple text (sourc/target) format whatever. Your previous tool should have that option.

    After that you can "Import" it into SDL's family. That is time consuming though, one of the perfect ways to accomplish you wanted.
    -of course if you have several thousands of files, that is not your solution. Clearly.


  • In reply to Nina Matetić Pelikan:


    Try this approach, as suggested by Ozzie:

    1. Create a copy/backup of the termbase file in case anything goes wrong
    2. Rename the termbase .sdltb file by adding the extension .mdb (the file name should look like this: termbasename.sdltb.mdb)
    3. Open the file in Microsoft Access 2003 or later
    4. Allow Microsoft Access to automatically fix any issues existing in the file
    5. Save and close Microsoft Access
    6. Rename the file by removing the extension .mdb
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