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translate / edit a pdf file from japanese to english
Aditi Kane  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:44
Japanese to English
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Jun 22, 2008

Hello,

I have a pdf file which contains japanese text. I want to translate / edit that pdf file into english.
I have acrobat reader 6. I am not able to enter the english text in that pdf file using acrobate reader 6.
How to edit a pdf file containing japanese text?
Is there any type of software that can be used to edit the pdf file?
Can anyone suggest me any tool which can be used to edit the pdf file?

thanks,


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AniseK  Identity Verified
Malaysia
Local time: 01:44
Japanese to English
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Translate or edit? Jun 23, 2008

Hi,

As you have found out, you can't edit a pdf document using Adobe Reader.
As far as I know, you can't edit a pdf file directly.
What I do when I have a pdf file to be translated, I just translate it in Word.
Yes, takes up time, that is why I hate getting translation work in pdf files.

Good luck
Anise


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Irena Dukoska
Local time: 18:44
Japanese to English
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Try with Abby Fine Reader Jun 23, 2008

I had the same problem with PDF file.

If the file is editable maybe ABBY can help you.

However, I received file as picture and there was NO way to edit anything on it.

Maybe japanese OCR can help you as well, but keep in mind that bad scanned file cannot be properly displayed.


http://www.abbyy.com/



Good luck


Irena


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conejo  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:44
Member (2003)
Japanese to English
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PDF files Jun 23, 2008

There are 2 types of PDF files.
1. PDF file that was created from a MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. file.
2. PDF file that was created by scanning a piece of paper.

If you can use the arrow tool in Adobe Reader to select text, you have Type 1. If you can't, it's Type 2.

Type 1 options:

For Type 1, if you have Adobe Writer, or other similar PDF editing software, you might be able to edit it... I don't know 100% for sure, but I think it's possible. With Adobe Reader though, all you can do is read--you can't change anything in the PDF.

If it is Type 1, you can also select the text and copy and paste it into another document (MS Word, for example) to use. All formatting will be lost, but if there wasn't much formatting to start with this might be useful.

There is another way for Type 1: You can try to use a file conversion software to convert the PDF into a MS Word file, or other file. This method typically is not useful though, because it imports the text either as a big image (that you can't type in), or as a million little text boxes, which is not useful either.

So none of these options (except possibly Adobe Writer) are really any good. Maybe someone who has Adobe Writer can tell us whether that works or not.


Type 2 options:

With Type 2, there is no selectable text, so none of the above are going to work. The only option is to try to use OCR software to extract text. However, this method is typically not very reliable, because some characters will import wrong, or some parts of the text may not import at all, so this is not very accurate.

Mostly with Type 2, there is nothing you can do except just recreate it all from scratch in another file format (MS Word, etc.)

I hope this helps.


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Aditi Kane  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:44
Japanese to English
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Thanks Jun 23, 2008

Hello Conejo san, Irena san

Thank you very much for your help.

Actually, the document is created by scanning a piece of paper.(Option 2 as per Conejo's reply)
I will try to get the source file in other format.

Thank you once again.

aditi


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Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 18:44
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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Hi Aditi Jun 23, 2008

Please take a look at this article, I hope you will find it useful:

http://www.proz.com/translation-articles/articles/128/

Natalia


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Kim Carlson Tadenuma  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 02:44
Member (2006)
Japanese to English
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PDF conversion software Jul 17, 2008

Try buying a PDF conversion software and convert the document into a Word file. I use Rich Text PDF4.

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Rod Walters  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 02:44
Japanese to English
Good OCR Nov 25, 2008

e.Typist is an easy to use Japanese OCR package. It works quite well for Type 2 PDFs. You do generally need to change some of the Kanji, but I think it's ultimately faster than creating all the text from scratch yourself.

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Aditi Kane  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:44
Japanese to English
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Kanji OCR Software Apr 13, 2009

Hello,

I came across Kanji OCR software.
Please refer to the following link.

http://www.kanjikit.net/kocr/kocrdownload.htm

I have tried using the trial version of this Kanji OCR. I am finding it difficult for translating
a scanned japanese pdf.

Has anybody used it before?

Can anybody give me more information about it?

thanks,
aditi kane


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