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Converting itd to bilingual word files
Thread poster: Brigitte Hamilton

Brigitte Hamilton  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 04:27
Member (2007)
German to English
Oct 7, 2007

I usually work in Word and translator's workbench, but for this particular job I used SDLX, which imported the doc file and created an itd file. I have already created the clean word file (Create translation), but I do not know how to create a bilingual word file from the itd file. Does anyone know? Thanks!

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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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You need presegmented RTF for that Oct 8, 2007

Brigitte Hamilton wrote:

I usually work in Word and translator's workbench, but for this particular job I used SDLX, which imported the doc file and created an itd file. I have already created the clean word file (Create translation), but I do not know how to create a bilingual word file from the itd file. Does anyone know? Thanks!


SDLX accepts 'pretranslated' RTF file from Workbench, preferably on an empty TM, because differences in formatting cause format paint problems in SDL Edit.

It converts Workbench segments into SDL Edit segments and when you export the file back to the original format, you also get an RTF files with Workbench segments.

It works most of the time but on some occasions I got RTF files with a broken segment or two. Such a file won't clean up in Workbench and you have to fix it manually.

HTH,

Piotr


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Antoní­n Otáhal
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Piotr's solution is for the future Oct 8, 2007

For now, you can retranslate the doc file in Word with the aid of Trados Workbench, using the TM from SDL (not being an SDL active user, I am not sure about technical details of using an SDL memory in Trados, but it should not be a problem, I believe). Unless the Word file is heavily formated, this "emergency workflow" may come out reasonably.

HTH

Antonin


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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SDL Exchange Oct 8, 2007

Right-click the SDLX-icon and choose SDL Exchange. Select as processing mode "convert SDLX to TagEdirot" and choose the itd-file. The conversion is very swift. Hope it works for you!
Regards
Heinrich


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Brigitte Hamilton  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 04:27
Member (2007)
German to English
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Thank you..... Oct 15, 2007

....for the advice. I wish I had asked a bit earlier, as my timelines were very pressing and I just assumed that I could convert into bilingual out of SDLX, which was not very smart, in hindsight. I did try to convert to tag editor (ttx), and opened the file in tag editor, but I could not create a bilingual file from there either.

I would have preferred to work in Word, but unfortunately Word 2007 together with TRADOS 2007 is very, very slow. It was much faster when I had the older Word version (2003), but it was not compatible with the new trados system (I kept crashing).

Now I don't crash, I just wait.....

Thanks again.


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