Trados automatically resizes placeholders - can I specify their size?
Thread poster: Joanne Parker

Joanne Parker  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:57
German to English
Feb 13, 2003


I\'m working on a series of documents with placeholders in them for icons, screenshots etc. When I process the document in Trados, it automatically resizes the placeholders - usually so they are enormous.

Is there anyway I can prevent this from happening or specify how big Trados can resize them? It\'s not a major problem, but a slight inconvenience to have to go back through the text and resize all the placeholders.

Thanks in advance,


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Andrea Torre  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:57
Member (2004)
French to Spanish
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Hi Joanne Feb 13, 2003

The same happened to me and having to resize the boxes is really time wasting !!

This subject was already posted here and one of our collegues (sorry I don\'t remember his name) provide us with an answer. I saved his proposal but I haven\'t used it yet. Here it is:


Use a Word macro for clean-up.

With ALT+F8 you can get to the macro selection screen. Seachr for \"tw4winClean.Main\" and then choose it and let it run.

Before clean-up you must update all changed translation units in your TRADOS TM, as they will not be updated during the clean-up in Word. But all (or nearly all) graphics will remain OK.

The graphics get damaged for many reasons. The most important is the conversion to RTF, done during clean-up with Trados. The second important is, that the graphics are not embedded in Word, but just only linked and you do not have the graphics in your PC. But Trados obviously tries to actualize the links - and messes graphics.

I do not clean any files with Workbench anymore - cleaning in Word is faster and makes not so much problems.


I hope it works because I may use it very soon !


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Joanne Parker  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:57
German to English
No Feb 13, 2003

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for your information (I\'d spent ages searching the forums for this, but I couldn\'t find it).

My problem with the graphics becoming oversized happens when the text is processed with Trados ie. BEFORE I clean up the file.

So it doesn\'t matter how I clean the file, because either way the graphics become huge when they are Trados-ed.

Looks like we may still have to resize manually unless someone knows a way to prevent this happening...

Thanks again,


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