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Looking for CAT tools that support IDML format
Thread poster: Jaypb

Jaypb
United States
Feb 11, 2015

Hey everyone,

What CAT tools would you recommend for translating IDMLs? I'm looking to try out about 2 or 3 of the most highly recommended ones. A preview for IDMLs would also be a perk, as our translators don't have InDesign on each of their machines.

Please also let me know what other features you enjoy about the CAT tools, provided they support IDMLs.

Thanks,
Jay


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Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 19:18
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English to Russian
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SDL Studio 2014 Feb 11, 2015

Works absolutely fine. No preview is possible unless you have InDesign, but the client always sends me a PDF along with IDML, so I can see what I am actually translating.

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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Dutch to English
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CafeTran works great with IDML files Feb 11, 2015

No preview, but CafeTran works great with IDML files: http://cafetran.wikidot.com/translating-adobe-indesign-files

Michael


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Abdullah Hassaan  Identity Verified
Egypt
Local time: 19:18
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English to Arabic
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Transit NXT includes preview Feb 11, 2015

Transit NXT supports IDML (requires additional filter as long as I know) and includes preview of the quevelant PDF in the preview panel.

You can ask STAR for a trail version to text this and many other features, like very powerful filters and search options, the advanced "Mark up" concept (instead of tags), which among others creates terminology entries in the dictionary window "Automatically" by itself, beside many other strong features in this amazing, yet not well marketed CAT.

In the same editor there is a powerful software localization editor, that also provides live preview of the localized target software GUI. In this Window, you can even customize the actual resulting GUI elements like button sizes to suite the length of the text to be put on each element.

Actually, there are a lot of very useful feature in Transit NXT, that I don't currently remember, because unfortunately I haven't used it for a long time now.

Also Memoq includes the preview option and many useful features, but I'm not sure, how the preview works.

I hope, this could be helpful for you

Best regards
Abdullah

[Edited at 2015-02-11 21:52 GMT]


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xxx2nl  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 19:18
Is a Preview of the source sufficient? Feb 12, 2015

Is a Preview of the source sufficient or do you also need an on-the-fly generated Preview of the target text?

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nordiste  Identity Verified
France
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English to French
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memoQ Feb 12, 2015

Natalie wrote:

Works absolutely fine. No preview is possible unless you have InDesign, but the client always sends me a PDF along with IDML, so I can see what I am actually translating.


Same with memoQ.
When I am finished, I send the IDML file "rough status" and client sends immediatly a PDF file back. I can make some changes, essentially layout, titles, and then send my final version.

I have try to find a free IDML viewer software for preview but could not find any.


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Didier Briel  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 19:18
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English to French
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OmegaT with the Okapi Filters Plugin Feb 12, 2015

OmegaT, with the Okapi Filters Plugin, can translate IDML files:
http://www.omegat.org/
http://www.opentag.com/okapi/wiki/index.php?title=Okapi_Filters_Plugin_for_OmegaT

With Rainbow (from Okapi), you can convert IDML to XLIFF, and thus translate IDML files with the CAT tool of your choice:
http://okapi.opentag.com/

Didier


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Rodolfo Raya  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:18
English to Spanish
Swordfish Feb 12, 2015

You can translate IDML files using Swordfish.

Regards,
Rodolfo


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Jaypb
United States
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Thanks guys! Feb 12, 2015

Thank you very much for all of your responses. This advice should be very helpful.


2nl wrote:

Is a Preview of the source sufficient or do you also need an on-the-fly generated Preview of the target text?


2nl, I don't have a specific preference on this, mostly just a preview of the source, but now that you mention it, an accurately generated preview of the target could be a great plus as well.

I used to work a lot with Western Standard's Fluency. That had a preview function that worked pretty well from my recollection. I'm going to try out a trial when I have time. Has anyone used Fluency lately?


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David Turner  Identity Verified
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Atril's DVX3... Mar 2, 2015

... has a "completely rewritten Adobe InDesign IDML filter with support for inline formatting, fewer codes and faster import and export" to quote its features and fixes history.

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