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Michael Bastin  Identity Verified
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Oct 10, 2003

Hi,

I am translating a large series of small word documents broken down in many folders. Since I have some terminology issues I would like to be able to find all files in those folders containing a given set of text.

Do you know of any freeware/shareware that does the job?

Sorry if this question has already been asked.

Michael


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Bob Kerns  Identity Verified
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You can use Windows Explorer Oct 10, 2003

Assuming that your operating system is Windows you can use Explorer to search for text in several files and/or folders. Click on Search in the Explorer toolbar and choose the directory or disk where your folders are located. Make sure that you mark inclusion of subdirectories under the additional options. I can't explain what each individual option is called since I use the German version of Windows.

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Michael Bastin  Identity Verified
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Thanks Bob Oct 10, 2003

...and I dare call myself a "techie", I never thought this could be THAT easy.

I never paid attention to the additional options of the Search function on Windows XP.

Thanks a lot


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xxxIanW
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Inforapid Oct 10, 2003

Try Inforapid - it's free and it shows you the sentence that the word is found in, which means that you don't have to open all the files. Sounds ideal for the job you're working on.

http://www.inforapid.de/html/searchreplace.htm


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Inforapid Oct 10, 2003

Yow! Looks nifty.
You don't actually have to replace text in Inforapid. You can just use the program to find it. It then allows you to open the source document and you can proceed from there.

Thanks for the tip, Ian.

Pawel Skalinski


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xxxIanW
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Not great for replacing Oct 10, 2003

Hi Pawel,

Yes, I've only ever used it for searching - I used to use it a lot until I got Trados. I had problems getting it to replace text though, although I can't remember exactly what this was.

All the best


Ian


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Replace problems Oct 10, 2003

Word's formatting code is the problem. This is explained in detail on the web site.
If you replace text in a Word document using Inforapid, you will end up with a corrupted (read: useless) document.
It still looks like a very useful tool.


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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
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Wordfast would be a perfect solution Oct 10, 2003

Download a free trial version of Wordfast at www.wordfast.net and use the Concordance feature to select a phrase in Word and search for terms in as many files as you want in a few seconds.

Regards,
Gerard


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Michael Bastin  Identity Verified
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I have Wordfast, commercial version what's more Oct 10, 2003

... but never thought I could use it for that purpose. I'll have to read the manual because I have no clue how you can use this function other than for finding previously translated segments in your translation memory, which is not my problem.

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Lamprini Kosma  Identity Verified
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Wordfast would be a time-saving tool in your case Oct 10, 2003

Gerard de Noord wrote:

Download a free trial version of Wordfast at www.wordfast.net and use the Concordance feature to select a phrase in Word and search for terms in as many files as you want in a few seconds.

Regards,
Gerard


I agree with Gerard. Wordfast would be a perfect and most of all time-saving solution for this problem. And the trial version of it is free.

Best wishes,

Lamprini


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Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
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Thanks Ian Oct 10, 2003

for the Inforapid tip. Just this morning I was trying to work out which document I'd already translated contained "Scharnierbandförderer" - with no success. Inforapid took 204 seconds to search through thousands of files and found it! Magic. I also downloaded the Cardfile program, which also looks interesting.

Regards, Jill


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jmadsen  Identity Verified
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Search & Replace Oct 10, 2003

I use Search & Replace from www.funduc.com. It has a lot of usefull features for searching and replacing.
I use for glossaries as well.
Jørgen

[Edited at 2003-10-11 08:11]

[Edited at 2003-10-11 08:11]


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Bob Kerns  Identity Verified
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Thanks Ian from me too Oct 10, 2003

Belated thanks to Ian for the InfoRapid link which I've only just tested (having worked all day; sigh, sigh). InfoRapid Search & Replace is extremely fast and useful and well worth the 25 euros which the author requests/demands for commercial use.

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Rebekka Groß  Identity Verified
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Textpad Oct 11, 2003

Hi there,

I've been using Textpad for years. You can download an evaluation copy but I don't think there is a 30-day limit for using it.

http://www.textpad.com

It's great for searching multiple files. You can also edit the files by doing a search and replace directly in Textpad but as I use Trados and don't want to mess things up, I don't use this feature which apparently can cause problems.

What I use it for primarily is searching through multiple glossaries. I do a lot of work on Microsoft projects and often receive a dozen glossaries to work with. Textpad was recommended years ago by one of the localisation companies I work for and I have stuck with it ever since.

I tried Search & Replace but couldn't get used to it.

Coming back to the original question by Michael Bastin, any CAT tool would ensure that you translate terminology consistently but of course, they're not free.

HTH,

sparkie


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sylver  Identity Verified
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Concordance, not context Oct 23, 2003

Michael Bastin wrote:

... but never thought I could use it for that purpose. I'll have to read the manual because I have no clue how you can use this function other than for finding previously translated segments in your translation memory, which is not my problem.


Wordfast has both a context search and a concordancer. In the concordancer, you can select folders to search, and from there on it works like the context search, except it's Ctrl+Alt+N. It's not very fancy in terms of options but integration in the workflow is perfect.

+tools is also an option, and quite a good one, when you have to search and replace in several Word files, because you can use all the usual S&R stuff, but it's a little slow because it displays files one after the next and actually open them in Word. Great if you are editing the files but slow if you are simply looking for a reference.

For InfoRapid, I like it. Pretty cool.


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