Creating unclean .doc (Trados 2007) with Trados 2009
Thread poster: Margreet Mohle

Margreet Mohle  Identity Verified
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Mar 20, 2012


I just started working for a new client and they want to receive an unclean .doc file besides my clean translated document. I did the translation in Trados 2009. I can't figure out how to convert my bilingual sdlxliff file (which has a .doc extension, but doesn't open the same way) into a Trados 2007 unclean file.

Any advice?


PS. I did manage by moving my TM into Workbench, and then manually solving any problems related to different segmentation and tags. Next time I'll work directly in 2007, unless someone has an easier solution... I'm still open for suggestions.

[Edited at 2012-03-20 14:15 GMT]

[Edited at 2012-03-20 14:58 GMT]

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Zoltán Kulcsár  Identity Verified
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- Mar 20, 2012

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Margreet Mohle  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Mar 20, 2012

Thanks Zoltán, I will try that!

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Miguel Carmona  Identity Verified
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Bilingual ("unclean") Word files & Studio Mar 20, 2012

Hi Margreet,

SDLXLIFF to Legacy Converter works perfectly well, but it does not reproduce the original formatting of the document.

Most probably your client wants the bilingual ("unclean") document just to update their TM, so, unlike the target version of the file, the formatting is not important at all, and SDLXLIFF to Legacy Converter would serve your purposes.

But, if for whatever reason (for further editing purposes, for instance) you need to deliver the bilingual document with the original formatting, you need to use both, Workbench (Trados 2007 Studio) and SDL Studio 2009/2011.

To provide your clients with bilingual ("unclean") Word files keeping the original formatting, do the following:

First, in Workbench (Trados 2007):
1) Go to Tools/Translate, and make sure that the "Segment unknown sentences" is checked.
2) Pre-segment your Word file in Workbench using an empty TM. In the "Files to translate" box add the files you want to pre-segment either by dragging and dropping them or using the "Add..." button.
3) Click on the "Translate" button. The result will be a pre-segmented Word file, with the exact same source text as source and target for every segment.

Then, in Studio 2009/2011:
4) Go to Tools/Options
5) Click on "File Types" to expand the list
6) Click on "Microsoft 2000/2003/2007/2010" (according the Word version used for the file you have) to expand the list
7) Click on “Common”
8) Make sure the "Process files with tw4winMark style" checkbox is unchecked.
9) Prepare your project in Studio as you normally do, adding your pre-segmented file, TM and TB (if any) at the appropriate steps.
10) Translate the Word file.
11) Save the file. It will be saved as a bilingual ("unclean") Word file.

This process looks very long because it is described step by step, but it goes fast.

Good luck!


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