DTP and translation
Thread poster: Lucía Bermúdez Carballo

Lucía Bermúdez Carballo  Identity Verified
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Feb 20, 2007

Hi! Could anyone give me some guidance as to which DTP programs might be more useful for a freelancer in general terms? I am clueless, just arrived! Thanks!

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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Programs Feb 20, 2007

Pagemaker,Framemaker, QuarkPress.

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As a translator, it's not really your choice! Feb 20, 2007

Unless you plan to produce fancy publications yourself, or are just looking for a DTP software to 'play with' as means of learning how DTP programs work and what they can do, then the choice of software is really in the hands of your clients, not you.

If you have a client that wants his PageMaker brochures translated, then you'll have to use ... PageMaker. If he sends you files in FrameMaker, then you'll need to use ... FrameMaker.

Unlike word-processing, where all the world and his dog seems to have standardised (for better or worse) on Word, there is no such consensus in the DTP world - largely because the first and most-successful DTP softwares were originally developped for the Mac or for othr non-Windows operating systems.


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Lucija Raković  Identity Verified
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QuarkXPress Feb 20, 2007


Maybe it would be easier for you as a translator to work with QuarkXPress because it allows you to work on the level of the text so you don't need to bother with the pictures etc.

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Gabriela Verešová  Identity Verified
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More programs Feb 20, 2007

Also InDesign CS is very popular....

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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
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DTP Tools Feb 20, 2007

Hi Lucia,

Frankly, I am not so familiar with various types of software other than MS Office. However, having read several articles, it can be inferred that the well-known DTP tools are

FrameMaker (http://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker/index.html, commercial),

InDesign (http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/, commercial),

QuarkXPress (http://www.quark.com/, commercial), and

Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/, free).

Personally, I do not provide for DTP services so far, particularly for their really expensive prices.:) (How poor I am.) If I had enough money, I would rather buy the newest version of Trados than a DTP tool. Nevertheless, they will be an added-value to a freelancer.

Best Regards

Hipyan Nopri

[Edited at 2007-02-20 16:04]

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Lucía Bermúdez Carballo  Identity Verified
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DTP and translation Feb 20, 2007

Thank you all! Great help.

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