Workarounds for buying InDesign filter?
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Iris Kleinophorst  Identity Verified
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Mar 14

Hi everybody

A regular client of mine has a couple of InDesign files he needs to have translated. So I just asked for the price of the InDesign filter - 1,050 Euros! Seems a bit too much for translating a couple of files without knowing whether I will ever need it again.

Is there any kind of workaround that I could use? I do not own any other kind of TM tool that I might use as intermediate (but even buying a MemoQ licence would be cheaper than getting the InDesign filter - though I have never worked with MemoQ and don't know how complex that would be for an experienced Transit NXT user).

I own a Transit NXT Freelance Pro version.

Any suggestions?

TIA
Iris


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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Kilgray's Language Terminal (which is free) can process InDesign files (for free): Mar 14

see e.g.:

"Translate your InDesign files!
InDesign software is expensive and many translators have to refuse InDesign jobs because they don’t have the software.Language Terminal’s free InDesign converter allows you to work with InDesign in any CAT tool." (https://www.languageterminal.com/ )

some info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4GrkPtowpI&feature=youtu.be

You basically use Language Terminal to convert your InDesign file into a .mqxliff file, which most CAT tools can handle (also free ones). When you finish translating the .mqxliff file, you upload it back to the LT, and it converts it back into an InDesign file.

[Edited at 2017-03-14 14:17 GMT]

[Edited at 2017-03-14 14:19 GMT]


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Iris Kleinophorst  Identity Verified
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Do I need MemoQ for Language Terminal? Mar 14

Hi Michael,

thanks for the hint! As I understand from the video, Language Terminal is part of MemoQ, right?

I talked to STAR again, mentioning that I think the price is a bit steep for my job. They said I could also get a time-limited new Transit NXT Freelance Pro licence including the InDesign-Filter. This would come up to 200 Euros excluding VAT for 3 months. Sounds much more feasible, though I am not sure about tampering with my current Transit licence.

Any other suggestions?

TIA
Iris


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CafeTran Training
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You'll also need InDesign Mar 14

Are you aware of the fact that you'll also need an InDesign license, since the filter actually is a plug-in?

The filter is good, though, the order of the stories in Transit matches the flow on the ID pages very well.


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wotswot  Identity Verified
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Or via SDL Trados Studio Mar 14

You could also do it via SDL Trados Studio and its legacy converter (idml -> sdlxliff -> ttx -> translate then ttx -> sdlxliff -> idml), or ask someone who has Studio to do it for you. That's what I do, as I don't have the InDesign filter either, but I do have Studio, for just such purposes. The built-in Trados ttx filter in Transit works fine.
Contact me if you're interested. But be aware that, as CafeTran intimated, Studio requires the InDesign export format (idml), which you may have to get from your client if you don't already have the files in that format.

Richard

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Iris Kleinophorst  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Mar 16

I checked with the client, and as I had expected, he said sending me IDML files for translation ist perfectly alright.

CafeTranTraining, thank you for the hint on the INDD version. I had wrongly assumed that it was still possible to get IDML files from the client and directly import them into Transit with the right filter (as used to be the case). But rechecking with STAR confirmed your warning.

If this was a project with a large volume or a long-term perspective, I'd further look into this. For the moment, however, I think I'll either install MemoQ as 45-day trial version for import of the IDML files. Or, even easier, dash over to my friend and colleague around the corner who owns Studio and ask her to import and export for me.

Thank you, Richard, for your offer.

Iris


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