Extracting text from Macromedia Flash files
Thread poster: MIGUEL JIMENEZ

MIGUEL JIMENEZ  Identity Verified
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Jan 23, 2006

hi,
I am trying to find the best and quickest way of extracting the text from Macromedia Flash files. I would not have to compile them back or anything. Just get the text strings to be translated. What is the best software out there for that?

I really appreciate your help.

Regards,


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Marisa Condurso de Nohara  Identity Verified
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Neither the best, nor the quickest Jan 23, 2006

MIGUEL JIMENEZ wrote:

hi,
............the best and quickest way of extracting the text from Macromedia Flash files..........



Hola Miguel,
Flash has always posed a challenge to me, when in fact, the client should have sent me the pieces of text, but I am somewhat stubborn, and I couldn't accept that there was no other way than resorting to the customer.
It is not the best, never the quickest, but I finally reached my goal: ABBYY FineReader or any software that may allow you to convert objects (scanned ones) into text.
The process was not at all quick, but as said, I succeeded: Press printscreen as many times as needed to get all your Flash presentation. You will have xx number of "images", then open each at a time and "read" them with ABBYY or the software you can get. Your images will no longer be "objects" but "text". Then process them as usual to translate them.
This is not a state-of-the-art solution, but nobody ever told me how to deal with Flash and I invented my own way.
Hope it helps!
Regards,
McN
P.D.:Si sabes en el futuro inmediato cómo obtener el archivo de sonido de una presentación en Flash, ¿me escribirías a mi dirección para permitirmelo saber? Estoy haciendo una transcripción y mi otro "nuevo invento" me está llevando mucho tiempo.


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Robert Tucker
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Avral Tramigo Jan 23, 2006

I found this:

http://www.avral.com/tramigo/

just browsing the net yesterday. I then also found it on ProZ at:

http://www.proz.com/post/206104#206104

Also check:

http://www.proz.com/topic/37600


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milo1
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Sothink SWF decompiler Jan 24, 2006

Using ABBYY FineReader is a nice idea. Also Avral Tramigo (seems to be a good solution for translators).

There are SWF decompiler programs, e.g. Sothink SWD Decompiler:
http://www.sothink.com/product/flashdecompiler/

"Sothink SWF Decompiler MX 2005c can extract the shapes, sounds, images, sprites, fonts, texts and actionscripts from a Flash movie. "

regards
Sabine


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Marisa Condurso de Nohara  Identity Verified
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Great suggestion! Jan 24, 2006

Thank you for considering ABBYYFinder a good idea. Anyway, it takes time (the whole process). But your suggestion, Sabine, seems quite focused. I will see yours afterwards and let Miguel know about it, too. Übrigens, do you have any pricing information about that software? Thank you in advance.

[Edited at 2006-01-24 13:31]

[Edited at 2006-01-24 13:32]


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Tramigo Jan 24, 2006

Tramigo is a good solution and it's free. It works on SWF files (with no more than 10 translation 'segments' for the free version).

But the swf files need to be prepared for translation. For example the fonts have to be determined and it will only work on dynamic text.

Check out the FAQ

http://www.avral.com/tramigo/tr-faq.php?lng=en

Good luck,

Claudia


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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And the Flash file must have been created with MX Jan 25, 2006

Caliaa wrote:
Tramigo is a good solution and it's free. ... But the swf files need to be prepared for translation. For example the fonts have to be determined and it will only work on dynamic text.


Tramigo also only works on Flash files that have been created with MX. I tried to translate a Flash file created with OpenOffice, but it wouldn't budge. On a game that I downloaded for testing purposes, it extracted only a portion of the text, and only some of the translated text was re-inserted into the Flash file. Needs experimenting, methinks.


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