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Can Trados be used for dot files?
Thread poster: xxxIanW
xxxIanW
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Sep 6, 2004

Hi there,

A quick but rather urgent question. I have just received a batch of *.dot files to be translated and would like to use Trados on them. I have Trados 6.5 Freelance and my computer runs on Windows XP.

I wasn't able to analyse the files but I was able to open them, use Trados on them and save them still as *.dot files. Are there any important problems associated with using Trados for these types of files or is there anything else I should know?

If anyone can give me the benefit of their experience, I would very much appreciate it.

Thanks


Ian


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Valentina Pecchiar  Identity Verified
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Work on rtf Sep 6, 2004

Ian Winick wrote:
I wasn't able to analyse the files but I was able to open them, use Trados on them and save them still as *.dot files. Are there any important problems associated with using Trados for these types of files or is there anything else I should know?


I've done this before (thouh in Trados 3, quite a while ago) and it worked perfectly.

Open each dot (right-click > Open, don't double-click it), save it as rtf, analyze them, work them away in Trados and save the cleaned files back as *.dot - AFAIK, a template is just a Word document coded so that it will be opened again and again as "backbone" for a new document.

Best luck


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tectranslate ITS GmbH
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Please note Sep 6, 2004

Muja wrote:
Open each dot (right-click > Open, don't double-click it), save it as rtf, analyze them, work them away in Trados and save the cleaned files back as *.dot - AFAIK, a template is just a Word document coded so that it will be opened again and again as "backbone" for a new document.

True, however there is an important difference between RTF and the other two native MS Word file formats (dot and doc): RTF cannot contain macros, which means that if there were to be macros in the dot files, you would strip them from these files by saving them as RTF and then back as dot. Hence, you will want to use the RTFs for analysis only.

Just my 2 cts,

Benjamin


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Valentina Pecchiar  Identity Verified
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Mightly true >>> use doc Sep 6, 2004

tectransDE wrote:
RTF cannot contain macros, which means that if there were to be macros in the dot files, you would strip them from these files by saving them as RTF and then back as dot.


Sorry, I completely overlooked the case, the dot files might indeed contain macros.

To overcome this, just convert the dot's to *.doc (which is Trados compatible) - Everything else stands true.

Thanks Benjamin.


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xxxIanW
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Thanks Sep 7, 2004

Thanks for your help guys,

And greetings back home to Ireland, Muya (have a Guinness on me - I already owe Benjamin a few Kölsch)

All the best


Ian


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Valentina Pecchiar  Identity Verified
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Slainte, salute! Sep 7, 2004

Ian Winick wrote:
Thanks for your help guys,
And greetings back home to Ireland, Muya (have a Guinness on me - I already owe Benjamin a few Kölsch)
All the best
Ian


Tá fáilte romhat, you're welcome. And thanks for the Guinnes


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