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Poll: In which format do you usually get your source files?
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Fiona Paterson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Russian to English
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Mostly Word but some PDFs... May 9, 2006

I translate from French and Russian. Most of my French stuff is in Word, but I still got a lot of PDF scans of Russian typed documents. Sometimes the quality leaves something to be desired...my next software investment is going to be optical character recognition software, I think...

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avantix  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Various May 9, 2006

In my case the majority still comes in Word (55-60%), but other formats (such as Excel and Powerpoint or online translation using client-owned specially developed CAT-software) are increasingly winning ground.

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David Brown  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
PDF May 9, 2006

I get most of my work in PDF format. Optical character recognition (even the most professional and up to date ones require a lot of time checking as there are many tiny mistakes) does not give good conversion results and scanned PDF are a nightmare. Obviously, most want their translation in word format, therefore diagrams and tables can give rise to extra work.

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Denise DeVries  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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all of the above May 9, 2006

I get translations in all of the formats mentioned in equal proportions.

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Sandra C.
France
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English to French
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with Fiona May 9, 2006

Mostly word but some pdf, which I hate!!!

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xxxNicolette Ri
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French to Dutch
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All of these May 9, 2006

And also : Quark, Pagemaker and JPEG files, old typed originals and faxes, video and audio material (files, tapes, ...).

PDF files don't bother, me, but in most cases I don't convert them (too long...) but type the translation directly in Word.


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Christopher Burin  Identity Verified
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PDFs May 9, 2006

I get a lot in Word, but even more in PDFs (often scanned, with handwritten bits); is there any way of word-counting PDFs? I've never managed :-/ And is there any way of copying text from them into Word? I've tried "save as text" but it seems to scramble the text (could just be my computer!).

Chris

[Edited at 2006-05-09 17:01]


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CathyFS  Identity Verified
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German to English
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Lots of TTX files May 9, 2006

I translate a lot of files prepared in TagEditor (from PPTs or PDFs, for example ... but they are normally already prepared when I receive them) - aren't these are tagged text files? I chose "text files" as my response ...... hope I was right to do so.

Cathy


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Reed James
Chile
Local time: 19:26
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
ABBYY FineReader May 9, 2006

Chris,

Hi. If the scanned copy is medium to good quality, you may use ABBYY FineReader's OCR technology: www.abbyy.com to extract the text and send it to a Word file or the clipboard, etc.

I have used this program extensively. My experience tells me that a long document is worth the trouble of applying this program. If it is short, don't bother.

HTH

Reed

Christopher Burin wrote:

I get a lot in Word, but even more in PDFs (often scanned, with handwritten bits); is there any way of word-counting PDFs? I've never managed :-/ And is there any way of copying text from them into Word? I've tried "save as text" but it seems to scramble the text (could just be my computer!).

Chris

[Edited at 2006-05-09 17:01]


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
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German to French
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Various May 10, 2006

I get many different kinds of formats, mostly Word and XML, but sometimes also xls, ppt, pdfs and paper.

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