What is the available and the best CAT tools to translate pdf image?
Thread poster: Mohd Hamzah

Mohd Hamzah  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:35
English to Malay
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Aug 5, 2015

Hi guys, this is my first time posting a topic here.

Nothing to write to much, I just got translation request in which the file is pdf type scanned image. I do not have much experience translating this file type. Using MS Office is too troublesome and not practical. May I know what is the best CAT tools to translate it. Thanks.

Have a nice day to you all!

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DJHartmann  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Thai to English
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ABBYY Reader Aug 5, 2015

I assume you want to covert the scanned pdf into text?

I also get a lot of these sort of jobs, and while it's not perfect for Thai text, I'm sure it'll work fine for you.

Cost is around $150.


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Kevin Dias
Local time: 19:35
SmartCAT Aug 5, 2015

As DJHartmann mentioned Abbyy has an OCR engine that works really well. I think that if you use their free online CAT tool SmartCAT that their OCR technology is included in that CAT tool for free.


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:35
Italian to English
Possible misapprehension Aug 5, 2015

Cat tools are designed to help you translate editable documents, not pdfs.

If you don't want to invest in Abby Finerteader at the moment, they have an online service at http://finereaderonline.com/en-us It is free for the first 10 pages and inexpensive for additional pages.

I know nothing about SmartCat that Kevin has mentioned, but Wordfast Anywhere is another free CAT tool that includes an OCR facility to convert pdfs into editable text.

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