Translation PDF file. How do I handle this.
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Adela Van Gils  Identity Verified
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Nov 10, 2004

Hello. I have to translate some words in a PDF file and never did before. I have checked the forum information on PDF, but cannot find a simple answer to my problem. Can I change the PDF in Word? If so how.
Can I just make the translation in Word; is that the usual practice. Pls. help me.
Thanks, Adela


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Charlesp  Identity Verified
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IT DEPENDS Nov 10, 2004

It depends on if the PDF file is an image or text file.

And it depends upon if you have Adobe software, or if you only have Adobe Reader.

Tell me, and I will explain how to do it.


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Brainstorm
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It depends Nov 10, 2004

It depends what origin the pdf has - in some cases you can save a pdf as rtf and work on the file in Word. If it's a scan however ...

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Łukasz Liśkiewicz  Identity Verified
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Yes, you can Nov 10, 2004

Hi,

1. Select all text [ctrl+a] in PDF file, copy [ctrl+c] and paste [ctrl+v] to MS word.

2. If you have Acrobat 6.0, you can save file as .doc, .rtf, or plain text .txt.

Lukasz


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xxxBrandis
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many links Nov 10, 2004

Hi! here is one this has been discussed a few hundred times already.

http://www.proz.com/post/178437#178437 one link. just check for .pdf under search button to find the others
Regards,
Brandis


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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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an easy solution Nov 10, 2004

Adela Van Gils wrote:

Hello. I have to translate some words in a PDF file and never did before. I have checked the forum information on PDF, but cannot find a simple answer to my problem. Can I change the PDF in Word? If so how.
Can I just make the translation in Word; is that the usual practice. Pls. help me.
Thanks, Adela


If it is a short file you may just make the translation in Word (print the file and use it as a hardcopy or open the file and work with two windows -acrobat and word- on your screen)

Working with pdf files is not so easy if you don't have any experience. But don't forget to check the forum again for the complicated solutions such as converting pdf to word using:

ABBYY Finereader
ABBYY PDF Transformer
ScanSoft PDF Converter
SolidConverterPDF
or Adobe Acrobat ("save as", "copy and paste" or "paper capture" commands)

HTH

Selcuk Akyuz


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Adela Van Gils  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the help. I will check the options. Nov 10, 2004

Selcuk Akyuz wrote:

Adela Van Gils wrote:

Hello. I have to translate some words in a PDF file and never did before. I have checked the forum information on PDF, but cannot find a simple answer to my problem. Can I change the PDF in Word? If so how.
Can I just make the translation in Word; is that the usual practice. Pls. help me.
Thanks, Adela


If it is a short file you may just make the translation in Word (print the file and use it as a hardcopy or open the file and work with two windows -acrobat and word- on your screen)

Working with pdf files is not so easy if you don't have any experience. But don't forget to check the forum again for the complicated solutions such as converting pdf to word using:

ABBYY Finereader
ABBYY PDF Transformer
ScanSoft PDF Converter
SolidConverterPDF
or Adobe Acrobat ("save as", "copy and paste" or "paper capture" commands)

HTH

Selcuk Akyuz


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Please bear in mind Nov 10, 2004

Lukasz Liskiewicz wrote:

Hi,

1. Select all text [ctrl+a] in PDF file, copy [ctrl+c] and paste [ctrl+v] to MS word.

2. If you have Acrobat 6.0, you can save file as .doc, .rtf, or plain text .txt.

Lukasz



that you tipps work only, when the Acrobat file was created from text (and does not contain ie scanned pages), is not protected, was not created on a different platform (MAC/PC - then you can get trouble with text in columns or tables).

Processing Acrobat files is not that easy, as mentioned above.
However, the PDF-converter from Abbyy (costs today 39 Euros) does its work in quite good way, so for the most purposes it will be sufficient.

With documents containing complicated formating it is allways better to ask the customer for editable file.

Regards
Jerzy


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Adela Van Gils  Identity Verified
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Thanks to all of you. I did copy and paste and load the trial version of SolidConversion. Works fine Nov 11, 2004

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

Lukasz Liskiewicz wrote:

Hi,

1. Select all text [ctrl+a] in PDF file, copy [ctrl+c] and paste [ctrl+v] to MS word.

2. If you have Acrobat 6.0, you can save file as .doc, .rtf, or plain text .txt.

Lukasz



that you tipps work only, when the Acrobat file was created from text (and does not contain ie scanned pages), is not protected, was not created on a different platform (MAC/PC - then you can get trouble with text in columns or tables).

Processing Acrobat files is not that easy, as mentioned above.
However, the PDF-converter from Abbyy (costs today 39 Euros) does its work in quite good way, so for the most purposes it will be sufficient.

With documents containing complicated formating it is allways better to ask the customer for editable file.

Regards
Jerzy


[Edited at 2004-11-11 19:41]


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Adela Van Gils  Identity Verified
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Thanks for all the help. I was surprised, so many reactions. Nov 11, 2004

I am using the trial version of SolidConverter and it works o.k. Thanks for all the tips. Adela

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