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Thread poster: Cristina Heraud-van Tol

Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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Apr 9, 2008

I have a pdf file, which is not an image but text. I want to translate it using SDLX, but when I use the Project Wizard to convert it and start translating, there's simply no option to do this. Is there a way to do it?

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Jing Nie
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covert it to a Word file Apr 9, 2008

There is no way to translate a PDF file directly.

You need to convert it to a Word file using Solid converter PDF or other converting program.

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Convert to doc Apr 9, 2008

No way. Search the fora on pdf conversion.

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Ms.Straus  Identity Verified
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Have the PDF transcribed or OCR-ed Apr 9, 2008

Dear Cristina,

first ask your client if they can send you the file that was used to create the PDF. Judging from what you said it seems highly likely they have the original Word file lying around. Text, no pics - sounds like something they probably prepared on their own. I could be wrong though; maybe they downloaded it from the net.

If they can't help you, tell them you're going to have to transcribe the file before you can translate it. Don't forget to mention the fact you'll be forced to charge them a bit more. Maybe they'll suddenly remember they in fact do have a Word doc with the same text

Anyway, I always have PDFs and images transcribed or OCR-ed (OCR = Optical Character Recognition). I don't want to bother my clients with requests that might sound unreasonable to them. Like "go and fetch me a different file with the very same text" - I don't think so.

The truth is that a lot of end clients don't know anything about how CAT tools work and why PDFs are not really compatible with them.

[Edited at 2008-04-09 08:20]

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Emilio Gironda  Identity Verified
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No Way... Apr 9, 2008 translate PDFs directly with any CAT. Eva Straus gives you the best reply, indeed... if your client has the original doc in Word, go ask for it; otherwise you'd need to convert the PDF with one of the following:

Converting tools:

* Solid Converter
* ABBY FineReader
* OmniPage Pro
* Able2Extract Pro

Do not forget to charge for the extra time involved!



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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Use AutoUnbreak Apr 9, 2008

In case you can't get the original, editable file, use AutoUnbreak.

AutoUnbreak lets you extract text from a PDF file and will keep the basic formatting (bold face, indents, bullets, etc.) but best of all, it removes all the unnecessary line breaks, so your sentences will not be broken up the same way as is you had copied it directly from the PDF. There is a limit of 65000 characters that can be extracted - in case your PDF is larger than a dozen pages, you will have to perform the conversion operation several times until your entire PDF is processed.

You can get AutoUnbreak here:

All the best!

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Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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Just one more thing Apr 10, 2008

Hi Cristina,
I can only second what all other guys have written.
But just to add a small explanation: a PDF is always a picture that may, but also may not, contain a text layer.
If it does contain a text layer, the PDF => text conversion is easier than if it doesn't. That's all.

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Tudor Soiman  Identity Verified
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pdf Apr 11, 2008

Adobe Acxrobat 8 has 2 options, save as and export to a lot of file tipes including .doc and rtf and exporing to Word. (in zour case, as zou have a text pdf. - for images, Abby Fine Reader's the best)

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