Can't export to PDF in Trados 2009 SP3
Thread poster: Hoa Hoang

Hoa Hoang  Identity Verified
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Aug 17, 2011

Hello everyone!

I am new to Trados 2009 and is still struggling with it in various aspects. So today I have a favour to ask of you.

A new client sent me Trados 2009 packages .sdlppx to work on SP3. My Trados works fine until I have to export the file to its native file format. The file extension is ...pdf.sdlxliff, but when I do the exporting the target file is corrupted and won't open in Adobe. I try an alternative method which is "Save target as", but in the name fi
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Hello everyone!

I am new to Trados 2009 and is still struggling with it in various aspects. So today I have a favour to ask of you.

A new client sent me Trados 2009 packages .sdlppx to work on SP3. My Trados works fine until I have to export the file to its native file format. The file extension is ...pdf.sdlxliff, but when I do the exporting the target file is corrupted and won't open in Adobe. I try an alternative method which is "Save target as", but in the name field of the save-as box I see .doc extension, not .pdf. Anyone can shed light on this problem for me? I don't know what else to do, and my client insists that the native file format is .pdf, not .doc.

Thank you a lot in advance!

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[Edited at 2011-08-17 04:36 GMT]
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Joakim Braun  Identity Verified
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I wonder if it's even possible Aug 17, 2011

If Trados can export a PDF translation preserving its original layout, automatically dealing with all text reflow, hyphenation and text wrap issues that result from the translated text being different in length and language, preserving the original page design while fitting in all text - well, then Trados is quite an application.

 

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Using PDF Aug 17, 2011

Hi Hoa,

When you open a PDF in STudio it will convert it to DOCX in the background and when you save the final file it will be DOCX and not PDF.

Studio will sometimes do a remarkably good job with PDF files... other times it can't..! The problem with PDF files is that they could have originated from anywhere and sometimes are just embedded images with no text at all.

My advice would always be, if you get a lot of these documents, buy a dedicated PDF tool l
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Hi Hoa,

When you open a PDF in STudio it will convert it to DOCX in the background and when you save the final file it will be DOCX and not PDF.

Studio will sometimes do a remarkably good job with PDF files... other times it can't..! The problem with PDF files is that they could have originated from anywhere and sometimes are just embedded images with no text at all.

My advice would always be, if you get a lot of these documents, buy a dedicated PDF tool like ABBYY FineReader for example and you will probably save yourself a lot of headaches. Studio can be very useful, and a good tip is sometimes to open the PDF in Studio, save the target immediately so you have the Word version and then tidy up the Word file removing all unnecessary formatting. Then translate the Word file instead of the PDF. If you do it the other way around you might have to deal with a myriad of tags and still have to tidy up the document afterwards.

Regards

Paul
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Hoa Hoang  Identity Verified
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Thank you Aug 17, 2011

Thank you Joakim and Paul.
It's just that my client keeps insisting that I can export the file to the native format, which is .PDF. I guess it's mission impossible now...


 

SDL Community  Identity Verified
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Not impossible.. Aug 17, 2011

... just means that after you complete the translation you just have to save it back as a PDF. You can do this from Word if you are using a recent version.

Regards

Paul


 

Joakim Braun  Identity Verified
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Ask them what it's for Aug 17, 2011

The point of saving to PDF is usually to preserve the layout.

If your target Word file approximates the source PDF so well that it can be used to export a useful target PDF (identical in layout to the source PDF!) - congratulations.

But I suspect a saved-from-Word PDF may be useless to your client. It will in any case be difficult to edit.

The best thing is to ask them what they want the PDF for. (If they expect a flawless, publishable PDF page layout, they
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The point of saving to PDF is usually to preserve the layout.

If your target Word file approximates the source PDF so well that it can be used to export a useful target PDF (identical in layout to the source PDF!) - congratulations.

But I suspect a saved-from-Word PDF may be useless to your client. It will in any case be difficult to edit.

The best thing is to ask them what they want the PDF for. (If they expect a flawless, publishable PDF page layout, they're asking for a lot more than a translation... unless it's an extremely simple document like a brief press release.)

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SDL Community  Identity Verified
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One other tip.. Aug 18, 2011

Hi,

If your client is after the file Joakim is talking about then you could tackle it another way (for more money I hope) and translate within the PDF. You would need an appropriate PDF application for this, but you could use the T-Windows for Clipboard application to make use of your Studio TMs and save the translation work to the Studio TM for another time.

SDL T-Window for Clipboard : ... See more
Hi,

If your client is after the file Joakim is talking about then you could tackle it another way (for more money I hope) and translate within the PDF. You would need an appropriate PDF application for this, but you could use the T-Windows for Clipboard application to make use of your Studio TMs and save the translation work to the Studio TM for another time.

SDL T-Window for Clipboard : http://tinyurl.com/t-window4clipboard

Regards

Paul
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Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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A difficult client, probably Aug 19, 2011

Hoa Hoang wrote:

Thank you Joakim and Paul.
It's just that my client keeps insisting that I can export the file to the native format, which is .PDF. I guess it's mission impossible now...


Hello Hoa,
your client probably knows little what he/she is talking about. PDF is NOT INTENDED for editing purposes. If you received a PDF file and successfully loaded it into Studio, that's already a huge success.
I guess there are numerous free WORD > PDF converters out there, so use your DOC(X) file to print the PDF. If your client complains that you have failed to keep the original format 100%, point him/her to this forum thread.


 

Hoa Hoang  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Aug 20, 2011

Thank you everyone!
My client sees the picture now, and I am required to convert my .doc file to .pdf. Now comes another problem of preserving the layout...


 


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