Create a formatted bilingual Word file from Studio 2015
Thread poster: Ben Senior

Ben Senior  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:03
German to English
Feb 8, 2016

Hi,

I have a client who sends large documents to be translated and this is done in Studio 2015. But he wants a document to be returned that is basically a bilingual Word file with the two languages side by side. I can export the translated file for external review and easily remove the header row and any superfluous columns.

But...
He wants it paragraph based not sentence based
AND
He wants all of the original formatting (bold, italic, various fonts, etc)

In the bilingual file for review all of the cells are sentences (segments) and all of the formatting is shown as tags, which is not what is needed. Does anybody know how I can achieve this.

I tried the app SDL XLIFF Legit, but it just gives me a message that the conversion failed and nothing more.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ben


 

Andrea Garfield-Barkworth  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:03
Member (2015)
German to English
Which type of Word file Feb 8, 2016

If I remember correctly (and I might be barking up the wrong tree here), SDL Legit only converts .doc files and not .docx files.

I presume you are doing the conversion prior to translation.

I have the following instructions for my own German to English use:

To convert to a bilingual unclean doc file.

Open SDL legIt! and tick the “convert to bilingual doc” box.
Add file
Source German – Target English – convert
Translate as a single page file in Trados 2014
Store as a “SDL Trados Translator’s Workbench Document” doc/docx

Hope it helps.


 

Ben Senior  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:03
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
Didn't work Feb 8, 2016

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for the suggestion, but even after producing a new doc source file and translating from the TM I still received the same error in SDL LegIt, "Converting file to a bilingual doc failed. ...".

Ben


 

Albert G
Local time: 09:03
German to Russian
TransTools Feb 8, 2016

Ben Senior wrote:

He wants it paragraph based not sentence based
AND
He wants all of the original formatting (bold, italic, various fonts, etc)
Ben


Hi, Ben!

it is very easy to do with a macro for Word - TransTools ( http://www.translatortools.net/download.html )

After installation you should
1. select the whole text (Ctrl+A)
2. go to menu "Dual-language assistant"
3. convert the text to dual-language table.
4. the result: two columns and paragraph based rows.
5. make text in the 1. column hidden TransTools > Hide/Unhide text
6. pretranslate in Studio
7. export doc
8. unhide text



[Редактировалось 2016-02-08 14:28 GMT]


 

Ben Senior  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:03
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
It worked Feb 8, 2016

Hi Albert,

Thanks for the advice. I tried it exactly as you aid and it worked perfectly. I now have TransTools installed and can already see that they are going to be extremely useful.

Many thanks and best regards,

Ben


 

Albert G
Local time: 09:03
German to Russian
Big thanks to Stanislav Okhvat Feb 8, 2016

Big thanks to Stanislav Okhvat (http://www.proz.com/profile/133369) for this really useful and free tool!icon_smile.gif

 

Ben Senior  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:03
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
Endorsed Feb 9, 2016

Albert G wrote:

Big thanks to Stanislav Okhvat (http://www.proz.com/profile/133369) for this really useful and free tool!icon_smile.gif


I endorse that wholeheartedly Albert. There are functions in there that will assist any translation process. Thanks Stan.

Ben


 

Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 06:03
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Umm... Feb 16, 2016

Albert G wrote:

2. go to menu "Dual-language assistant"
3. convert the text to dual-language table.

Uh, is it normal for the assistant to hang at the "Processing document...100% complete" mark? It's been there for almost 5 minutes.

EDIT: Never mind, figured out the problem. I was giving it too much to chew. It's more effective to convert the document page by page than try to do the whole thing in one go.

[Edited at 2016-02-16 23:26 GMT]


 

Sayed Fathy
United Arab Emirates
Local time: 10:03
English to Arabic
+ ...
which column Apr 19, 2016

please which column you mean? source or target? it worked perfectly.
Albert G wrote:

Ben Senior wrote:

He wants it paragraph based not sentence based
AND
He wants all of the original formatting (bold, italic, various fonts, etc)
Ben


Hi, Ben!

it is very easy to do with a macro for Word - TransTools ( http://www.translatortools.net/download.html )

After installation you should
1. select the whole text (Ctrl+A)
2. go to menu "Dual-language assistant"
3. convert the text to dual-language table.
4. the result: two columns and paragraph based rows.
5. make text in the 1. column hidden TransTools > Hide/Unhide text
6. pretranslate in Studio
7. export doc
8. unhide text



[Редактировалось 2016-02-08 14:28 GMT]


 


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