Omega T won't import my source files
Thread poster: Alexandre Chetrite

Alexandre Chetrite
France
Local time: 12:40
English to French
Nov 27, 2012

Hi,

I imported Word source files and Omega T said that the files were empty (I checked and they are not)...Could someone help me on this issue please? I use the latest Omega T version.

Good day.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Which version of Word? Nov 27, 2012

Alexandre Chetrite wrote:
I imported Word source files, and Omega T said that the files were empty...


What was the exact error message?

From which version of MS Word are your files? Are they DOC or DOCX files?


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Alexandre Chetrite
France
Local time: 12:40
English to French
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About importing source files in Omega T Nov 27, 2012

Hi,

I didn't get any error message but the statistics screen shows 0 words and Omega T says that no files were imported. They are .doc files...MS Word 97-2003 format. Some of them were converted to .doc files using Open Office Writer...


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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OmegaT can't read DOC Nov 27, 2012

Alexandre Chetrite wrote:
They are .doc files... MS Word 97-2003 format.


OmegaT can read DOCX files (Word 2007 etc), but not DOC files. If you add DOC files or any other unsupported files to a project, OmegaT will simply ignore it and copy it to the target folder in the end. OmegaT can also read ODT files (OpenOffice.org Writer or LibreOffice Writer).


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Crod
Argentina
Problems to read files with Omega T Jul 18, 2014

Hi! I have been using Omega T for more than a year and I now find the problem of not being able to open PDF files. I have always opened them first with Open Office, then save them in ODT to finally open and read them with Omega T and be able to work on my file. The latest PDFs received have been a problem to work with, for when I save them with Open Office they go through Open Office Draw, and can be saved in ODG only. When I try to import source files in OT I have an error sign that says either the file has not the format to open it or that the file is empty. The file I am working now opened just a few sentences....Can anybody please help???!!! Thanks a lot!!


[Edited at 2014-07-18 12:22 GMT]


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Didier Briel  Identity Verified
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OmegaT cannot read images Jul 19, 2014

Crod wrote:
Hi! I have been using Omega T for more than a year and I now find the problem of not being able to open PDF files. I have always opened them first with Open Office, then save them in ODT to finally open and read them with Omega T and be able to work on my file. The latest PDFs received have been a problem to work with, for when I save them with Open Office they go through Open Office Draw, and can be saved in ODG only.

That probably means your PDFs contain images, and not text.

When I try to import source files in OT I have an error sign that says either the file has not the format to open it or that the file is empty. The file I am working now opened just a few sentences....Can anybody please help???!!! Thanks a lot!!


[Edited at 2014-07-18 12:22 GMT]

If your PDFs contain images, you have to convert them to text using OCR software first.

Didier


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Lehti
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OmegaT doesn't like PDFs that much Aug 4, 2014

More generally, OmegaT doesn't get along well with PDF files in general, that's why I always copy-paste their content inside a DOCX or ODT file or convert it to text-only using Tesseract.

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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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Great idea for working with PDF Aug 7, 2014

Crod wrote:

Hi! I have been using Omega T for more than a year and I now find the problem of not being able to open PDF files. I have always opened them first with Open Office, then save them in ODT to finally open and read them with Omega T and be able to work on my file. The latest PDFs received have been a problem to work with, for when I save them with Open Office they go through Open Office Draw, and can be saved in ODG only. When I try to import source files in OT I have an error sign that says either the file has not the format to open it or that the file is empty. The file I am working now opened just a few sentences....Can anybody please help???!!! Thanks a lot!!


[Edited at 2014-07-18 12:22 GMT]


Interesting. Never thought of opening a PDF file in Open/LibreOffice. I think it's a great idea.
I gave it a try by working with a true pdf, i.e., the text can be copied directly, I opened the file in LibreOffice, saved it as ODG, then translated it with OmegaT. After saving and creating the translation, I opened the translated ODG in LibreOffice, exported it as PDF.
Here's what I found:
  • Graphic format is a bit messy. However, positions of graphic, table, diagram are preserved.

  • Hard returns/line breaks. Pretty usual in translating PDF directly.

  • Font changes. Also pretty usual, cmiiw.

  • Text formatting and color are preserved.

I think it can be an alternative to using Infix in translating PDF with OmegaT.


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