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Thread poster: Mara Campbell

Mara Campbell
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May 26, 2012

My client ("A") has two very large handbooks they want me to translate, which their client ("B") wrote for two different clients ("C" and "D"). B claims to have used the handbook for C as a "base" and made minor changes to it to produce the handbook for D (C and D are sister companies, by the way, there's nothing unethical going on here. B says the handbook for D is 80% the same as the one for C.

Naturally, B is requesting a quote based on that presumption, but A wants me to make sure that it is really 80% or what percentage it really is.

The files are in InDesign format. I can export them or convert them to many formats (INX, XML, Word, whatever).

I wanted to know if anybody knows any software or has any idea as to how to compare these documents and get a percentage of matches, similar to the one Trados Analysis throws (a general "repetitions" number would be fine).


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Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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Analysis with cross-file repetitions May 27, 2012

If you can export them both to INX, you should be able to run the analysis with Trados or SDLX taking into account "Cross-file propagation". I can't remember the exact name of the option, nor where it is... but it basically counts repetitions across all anlyzed files, instead of just within each file, so it should give you the figures you need


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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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visual comparison May 27, 2012

If you want to 'see' the differences there is a good tool for it: DiffPDF .

Just convert the files into PDF format and compare in DiffPDF.

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