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Using Wordfast for a source doc delivered on paper
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nads022  Identity Verified
Switzerland
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Jan 26, 2007

Hi to all,

I'm new to Wordfast. I downloaded the software and read the manual but could not find an answer to my question. Maybe I should think about following some training...

Anyway I'm now translating a very long document. The source translation is not numerized as it was delivered by postmail my client.

How do I go about using Wordfast on that? Because, to me, it seems that WF is helpful when the source document is already on the harddrive of my computer. I do not have the possibility to scan it and transform it into text.

Thanks for your help, sorry if the answer may be kind of obvious to you


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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FYI Jan 26, 2007

The thead has been moved to Wordfast support forum.

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sylvie malich
Germany
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Well Jan 26, 2007

nads022 wrote:

do not have the possibility to scan it and transform it into text.

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Then you have to type it yourself (or get it typed) and save it as a Word document. There's no other way.


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Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar)  Identity Verified
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there is another way Jan 26, 2007

nads022,

If you have (access to) a digital camera you could use it instead of a scanner.

But Sylvie is right too - you also need to have (access to) OCR software to convert the digital images into text.

If the document is long it is worth the time and effort.

HTH

Marek


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xxxZZZZZZ
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Go to copy shop Jan 26, 2007

You could go to a copy shop that rents out the use of a scanner (a cheap solution if you don't want to buy a scanner) and have it scanned to a CD. Scanners are fairly cheap today, though.

You then have to turn the image file into a Word file using Abby Finereader or the like.


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nads022  Identity Verified
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Thanks everybody... Jan 26, 2007

... for helping me out on this one. It saves me much time and trouble loooking for something that apparently does not exist in Wordfast! (Actually I thought it was a feature of Wordfast I could not find, hence my question).

Well that's that, my document will take me ages to scan (it's about one hundred pages) so I think I'll proceed the old-fashioned way, translate/type it on the go into Word.

Thanks again.


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Vito Smolej
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..."translate/type it on the go into Word. "... Jan 26, 2007

well, why not...

Otoh, there's other ways: I once used a Toshiba copier/scanner to scan twosided one complete vocabulary (I had to take it apart for that, no turning pages on that machine).

What followed then was OCR and bingo...


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Mihail M Mateev
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my experience with hard copies Jan 26, 2007

A few days ago I took Olympus FE-180 plus 1 GB xD-Picture Card. It is 6 Mpx, and Abbyy 8.0 tells that this version of Abbyy is capable to OCR at least 2 Mpx images from digital camera, so I hope that 6 will be enough to do the job. My Benq Scaner takes 4 minutes to scan A4 at 300 dpi, hence I decided to take digital camera.

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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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Scan Jan 27, 2007

nads022 wrote:

Well that's that, my document will take me ages to scan (it's about one hundred pages) so I think I'll proceed the old-fashioned way, translate/type it on the go into Word.


The longer the document, the bigger chance there will be repetitions and/or similar sentences. You can probably guess by yourself by looking at it. The size is actually another reason to scan the document and use OCR, because your productivity will be much higher with an electronic source and a CAT tool.

You can get a scanner for some 70 euros including a bundled OCR software. And if you charge more for hardcopy source, as most translators do, you can easily spend one day converting it (or have somebody else do it).


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