Why do I get a blank pdf when open in SDL Studio 2009?
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Fredrik Pettersson  Identity Verified
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Sep 19, 2011

Why do I get a blank pdf when open in SDL Studio 2009?

I tried to first open a TM and when the TM is selected in the left pane, I open a pdf file "inside" that TM.
Usually I have no problem with this and the .sdlx version of the pdf opens up for translation.

But now, all I get is an empty editor window in Studio. Why?

I tried to create a project also, and also tried to open without a TM. But I only get an empty .sdlx version of the pdf.


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Scanned PDF? Sep 19, 2011

If the PDF file is a scanned one, Studio will open it and produce an empty file.
Use a decent PDF converter then.


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Fredrik Pettersson  Identity Verified
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It looks scanned but it's searchable text Sep 19, 2011

It does seem to be scanned PDF:s I received from the client, but I can search any words in the PDF:s so it's searchable. I always thought that if a PDF is searchable it has been OCR:ed from scanned.

Actually, I managed to open for translation in Alchemy Publisher 3.0:

http://screencast.com/t/FW4RTHnPa

As you can see, I get a lot of tags for each TU so if I can't delete those tags it would be to cumbersome to translate between all these tags.

[Edited at 2011-09-19 11:22 GMT]


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Use a decent PDF converter Sep 19, 2011

Convert PDF to plain text, open in Word, create the formating and be lucky about no tags.
Relying on any automated PDF conversion process will end up with dozens or tons of tags, but you cannot expect no tags then.
There is NO PDF converter on the market, which would convert a PDF and format it accordingly, without using formatting tricks. And those cause tags.


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Fredrik Pettersson  Identity Verified
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PDF to .txt only gives a blank .txt Sep 19, 2011

I tried to convert from PDF to .txt in both Adobe Acrobat X Pro and Nitro PDF Professional but all I get is a blank .txt with no contents at all.

So I think the only option I have is to translate in Alchemy Publisher 3.0, although I would need to translate between each tag. Or remove them and see what happens with the target file.


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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PDF seems to be protected Sep 19, 2011

Did you try Abbyy Fine Reader? For me by far the best tool for such tasks ever released.

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Nora Diaz  Identity Verified
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Recognize text first, then save to txt Sep 19, 2011

I agree completely with Jerzy, ABBYY Finereader is your best bet.

But if you already own Acrobat X, first go to Tools, then Recognize Text-In This File, and only after you've done that, Save as Word (or txt if you prefer).

That should give you a file with the text extraction you need to process in a CAT tool. Or even after recognizing text, save as PDF, then open in Studio.


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Shankaran Viswanathan  Identity Verified
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Converter settings Sep 23, 2011

While converting pdf to word, ocr setting must be used, otherwise the converter sees each page as a graphic image.

Vishwa


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