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Setting up a Development Machine

Make sure you have the right prerequisites and meet the system requirements to develop applications that leverage the .

  • For the development environment, we recommend that you use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 or Microsoft Visual Studio 2015.
  • You need a licensed SDL Trados Studio.
  • We also recommend installation of the on your machine. You can get the latest version from the developer hub. Note that after the installation of , the New Project dialog box from Microsoft Visual Studio will feature additional project templates specific to the SDL Trados Studio application development.

Note Note

As build output path for your implementations please choose the c:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\SDL\SDL Trados Studio\[StudioVersionNumber]\Plugins\Packages

Also check that your library references are pointing to the SDL Trados Studio folder. e.g. C:\Program Files\SDL\SDL Trados Studio\Studio[StudioVersionNumber].

For more informations regarding how to build and deploy a Studio plug-in see (Building a plug-in and Plug-in deployment)

Sign and use Strong-Named Assemblies to enable the loading of your plug-ins inside the SDL Trados Studio.

How to: Sign an Assembly with a Strong Name

Choosing a different build output path or not signing your assembly will prevent your plugin to be loaded.

System requirements for running SDL Trados Studio:

  • The minimum requirements for running SDL Trados Studio consist of a PC with a Pentium IV or higher compatible processor and 1 GB RAM. SDL recommends a recent Intel Core 2 processor or equivalent and 2 GB RAM.
  • A mouse or similar pointing device is required.
  • A minimum of 2 GB of hard disk space should be available.
  • SDL Trados Studio runs with Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 8/10 32-bit/64-bit. Earlier operating system generations such as Windows XP, 2000, Windows NT and Windows 98 are not supported.
  • SDL Trados Studio requires Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5.2.


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