Value cannot be null parameter name start
Thread poster: mdp3157
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:22
French to English
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Jul 9, 2012


I am new to Trados Studio 2011. I am running windows 7 on new HP laptop.

When trying to open a .pdf file I get the error message " Value cannot be null Parameter name: start", this is happening with various .pdf documents and with occasional word documents.

As always I am now up against a time wall and shouting at myself for not understanding the way trados works,...... help!

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pjg111  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:22
Member (2010)
English to French
PDF file may be faulty Jul 9, 2012


Further your post I tried to import a PDF file into Trados Studio 2011 and it worked perfectly. I must say I would not have had the idea to do so if I had not read your post since usually PDFs are the final output from translatable files such as word, xml, and so on.

I guess your PDF file may be the culprit.

Could you let me have it privately so I can check it out if it is not confidential?

If you wish, you could send it to pg at I will try to make a sdlxliff with it.



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United States
Local time: 12:22
English to Japanese
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Having the similar problem in these few days! Nov 5, 2012

I have been getting an error message in Trados 2011 of "value cannot be null.parameter name key" EVERY TIME when I opened ANY FILE. I COULD open files last week.

First, I thought this was because of my Trados, so I deleted it completely and re-installed from my account in the SDL website. However, the problem was not resolved. Next, I restored the OS-Windows 7- about 2 weeks ago, cleaned spyware, ad ware, etc., and reinstalled again last night. The problem should have resolved, BUT IT'S NOT!!

Trados has been driving me crazy since I purchased a few weeks ago. I got thousands of error messages and had to click several times for an error massage. I am so exhausted with this software. Please someone help me to end this meaningless efforts.

[Edited at 2012-11-05 00:49 GMT]

[Edited at 2012-11-05 00:50 GMT]

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