winaligning PPT and Excel files with Trados
Thread poster: Ivana de Sousa Santos

Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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Feb 7, 2008


Is it possible to winalign powerpoint and Excel files with Trados? Do you have to convert them to .ttx format before winaligning?

I have Trados 7 and Office 2003.

Thank you in advance


Angeliki Papadopoulou  Identity Verified
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...and many more besides! Feb 7, 2008

Good morning Ivana,

When you open WinAlign and open a new alignment project, under source settings you will see a drop-down menu that shows you the different types of files you may align.

The only limitation here is that you must always align similar types of files, namely excel with excel and powerpoint with powerpoint.

Hope this answers your question!



Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Convert the files to ttx first to get better/faster results Feb 7, 2008

Of course you can align all formats supported by SDL Trados.
As already stated before, you can align only file pairs of the same type.
However, during the alignment process Word files are converted to rtf (unless the XML-workflow is selected) and all other files are converted to ttx. So you can save time, if you prepare the files accordingly.



Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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That was the "trick" :) Feb 7, 2008

Thank you Angeliki.

The drop down menu was obviously set up to word files.

As the winaligning got stuck in the beginning I wondered if it was possible to do it, in this case with 2 PPT files. Now I see the file must be too big because it's a very slow process...



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