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Poll: In which format do you receive most documents to be translated?
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jokerman
Germany
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Word... May 7, 2008

... is the clear leader here.

[Bearbeitet am 2008-05-07 21:32]


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Cecilia Falk  Identity Verified
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English to Swedish
...which I find strange! May 7, 2008

I receive 95 % of all files for translation as ttx, and that is from several different customer!

Cecilia


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avantix  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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TTX May 7, 2008

might just beat Word by 1 or 2% (each approx. 35%); then prepared ITD (= SDLX: 10%), the remaining 20% go in more or less equal parts to the other formats.

[Edited at 2008-05-07 22:46]


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Ágata Sousa  Identity Verified
Brazil
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English to Portuguese
Word May 7, 2008

But I would say is 50-50% with PDF.

And, talking about this, anyone here already done a .dwg file (Autocad)? I work in a translation agency, and lately they’re accepting a lot of documents like this. I’ve complained with my coordinator, and nothing. Today, I received other .dwg documents, and complained again, now with the general manager. I am missing any kind of translation trend, or the Commercial Dept. just went crazy? =P


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AniseK  Identity Verified
Malaysia
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Japanese to English
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PDF, going neck to neck with Word May 8, 2008

I received most of my translation assignment from clients in PDF formats. I think they like using PDF for technical and security reasons.

My inhouse translation assignments tend to come in Word format, so that's great.


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Gita Madhu
Local time: 02:20
French to English
Word it is May 8, 2008

Ágata Sousa wrote:

But I would say is 50-50% with PDF.



This is the case for me also. But I do stipulate that a word version be sent along with the PDF.

However, that is probably because I do not use translation software.

Gita


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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
United States
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German to English
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Word/PDF May 8, 2008

65% Word, 30% PDF, 5% html.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Paper May 8, 2008

Why was "paper" not there?

Speaking of electronic documents, MSWord is the clear leader for me, but overall I think my best assignments and best income come from paper documents.

Paper is not dead by any means.


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
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Word, but less and less May 8, 2008

Indeed, as other people who have answered, increasingly other formats than Word, mostly in TTX format. In fact, we use TagEditor with Word files as it works better and does not damage format as sometimes Trados does while working in Word. About 35% of our work comes in FrameMaker.

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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Other May 8, 2008

Format is quite a problem. Unfortunately, more often than not documents for translation are coming as uneditable and bad quality scans. This leaves no opportunity for using CAT tools and is very harmful for eyes. It is really strange that such happens in the 21st century.

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LP Schumacher  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
It varies May 8, 2008

Henry Hinds wrote:

Paper is not dead by any means.


True. A lot of my in-house work is given to me as paper -- even handwritten! -- otherwise as a Word file.

My freelance assignments, on the other hand, largely consist of PDFs or MP3s.


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Evenly split between Word and (scanned) PDF May 8, 2008

I also get a few TIF and JPG files (again scanned), a few unscanned PDFs and a very few PPT and Excel files.

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theda  Identity Verified
Colombia
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German to French
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Word, Excel and Editor May 8, 2008

Maybe it is because I translate a lot of games and they usualy use Excel or editor. But I do prefer Word!

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webred
Belgium
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Word and PDF May 8, 2008

I regularly receive pdf's which are scans, that cannot be turned into 'writable' documents, such as Word, sometimes even bearly readable. Sometimes, that is a problem.

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