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Thread poster: Sandra Kirley

Sandra Kirley  Identity Verified
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Jun 24, 2009

Hi there,
I understand that I can use Wordfast for Powerpoint slides-but can't see how, as I cannot open Wordfast in Powerpoint - The only way I can see is to copy it into Word- but the client wants the presentation done in the Powerpoint presentation itself. They originally wanted me to use Tage Editor in Trados, which I don't have - they seemed to think Wordfast would not pose any problems to this - Could you explain how?
Thanks


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Claire Cox
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See manual or use Werecat Jun 24, 2009

Hi Sandra,

You can use Wordfast with Powerpoint files, but you need to open a blank document in Word, have your Powerpoint document open on the first page, then press Alt Down. The text will magically appear in Word segment by segment. However, if you stop and save halfway though a page, you may not get all the text on that page, or some text may be missed if it is in a text box. Far better, in my view, to use Werecat, which pre-extracts the text from the PPT file to Word and then you can see all the text to be translated straight off. Just type Werecat into Google and download - it's very easy.

Good luck!

Claire


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Two methods Jun 24, 2009

Sandra Kirley wrote:
I understand that I can use Wordfast for Powerpoint slides-but can't see how, as I cannot open Wordfast in Powerpoint...


1. I've never done it myself but I suspect that Wordfast would translate PowerPoint files in the same way as it translates Excel files. Check the User Manual for details.

2. You can extract text from PowerPoint to Word, translate in Word, and then feed the text back into PowerPoint automatically at the end, using a tool like Werecat (I have used this method in the past): http://www.volny.cz/ddaduc/werecat.html

I can't believe Wordfast's User Manual doesn't tell you how to translate PowerPoint files with Wordfast!


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xxxwonita
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No it does't Jun 24, 2009

Samuel Murray wrote:
I can't believe Wordfast's User Manual doesn't tell you how to translate PowerPoint files with Wordfast!


Neither does the manual say anything about Excel.


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Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
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Wordfast pro Jun 24, 2009

Download Wordfast Pro (free upgrade if your present license is not too old); it handles powerpoint files.

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AgriPlume  Identity Verified
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you do use Word... Jun 24, 2009

To begin with, make sure nothing is opened on your desktop..

Step one: open the PowerPoint document at the first slide (or where you stopped the last time) and save it under a new name, as it will become your CLEANED-UP VERSION.

Step two: open Word and open a new document, save it under whatever name suits your working method. The Word document is not the final translation but is used for the translation process.

Step 3: click on Alt down as usual in the new word document: The first segment of the PPT will appear in your word document and you translate as usual...
As you go down, your translation will be transferred into the PPT document, over the original text, usually keeping format of the original PPT version. It will sometimes skip inserted textboxes. To translate them, position you cursor in the PPT textbox and then go back to your word document.

NOTE: make sure NOT to have two (or more) PPT documents open at the same time as Wordfast will import the next segment from the active PPT document... Make sure the active PPT is the right one because nobody likes to work needlessly.

Good luck...

Nadine



[Modifié le 2009-06-24 14:42 GMT]


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Ulf Samuelsson  Identity Verified
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Wordfast Classic Jun 24, 2009

First of all, you have to use Wordfast Classic, and then the procedure is in the manual.

Ulf


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xxxwonita
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Advanced user manual? Jun 24, 2009

Ulf Samuelsson wrote:

First of all, you have to use Wordfast Classic, and then the procedure is in the manual.

Ulf


I can't find anything about Excel and PPT in the manual for beginners.


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WF manual Jun 24, 2009

"Excel, PowerPoint & Access
This feature should be tested before use, because Wordfast may have difficulties initiating the necessary Ms-Office links.

1. Start Excel (or PowerPoint or Access), open the sheet (or presentation or table), place the cursor in the cell (or slide/shape or record/field) where the translation should begin (note: do not actually enter the cell/shape/field, as when you want to edit it - just position the cursor on it).
2. Go back to Ms-Word. Create a new, empty document. Start a Wordfast translation session on the empty Ms-Word document.

Wordfast will "pull" translatable items from the PowerPoint presentation or from the Excel worksheet. You translate them one after the next in Ms-Word. When an item has been translated, it is pasted back into the PowerPoint, or Excel, document. You only work and translate inside Ms-Word.

If you resume translation after having closed the translation session, re-open the last segment in the Ms-Word document and click the Next segment icon. This allows Wordfast to "know" from which slide, shape or record to resume working.

With Excel, you can translate only one sheet at a time. If you need to translate other sheets, start a new translation session on a new, empty document for each sheet."


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Adrien Esparron
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Just some short comments in the WFC manual, but ... they exist ! Jun 24, 2009

Bin Tiede wrote:

Samuel Murray wrote:
I can't believe Wordfast's User Manual doesn't tell you how to translate PowerPoint files with Wordfast!


Neither does the manual say anything about Excel.


Here what is said in my User's Manual (v 5 Classic) :

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Excel, PowerPoint & Access
This feature should be tested before use, because Wordfast may have difficulties initiating the necessary Ms-Office links.

1. Start Excel (or PowerPoint or Access), open the sheet (or presentation or table), place the cursor in the cell (or slide/shape or record/field) where the translation should begin (note: do not actually enter the cell/shape/field, as when you want to edit it - just position the cursor on it).
2. Go back to Ms-Word, start a Wordfast translation session on an empty Ms-Word document.

If you resume translation after having closed the translation session, re-open the last segment in the Ms-Word document and click the Next segment icon. This allows Wordfast to "know" from which slide, shape or record to resume working.


Note:
1. There should be no read/write restrictions on the remote document.
2. This feature can be combined with Wordfast's Translate tool, Xtrans! tool, or the MT facility.
3. With Excel, if you wish to exclude columns/lines from the translation, give them a width/height of 0 in Excel.
4. With PowerPoint, I recommend using Word2000, which is compatible with PowerPoint's colour scheme (with Word97, you risk reducing the number of colours used in the PPT presentation).
If you wish to exclude slide notes fom the translation, activate "NoPowerPointNotes" in Pandora's box.
5. A document used to translate an Excel/PowerPoint/Access file is linked to that application. Use the Wordfast menu option "Miscellaneous/Unlink" on a document to unlink it, or "Relink" to re-link it to the source application and file. This may be useful if, for example, the translated file has to be revised in the absence of the source application.

***

Very short, but a good start, no ?

Kind regards


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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You must have made it up! Jun 24, 2009

Adrien Casseyre wrote:
Bin Tiede wrote:
Samuel Murray wrote:
I can't believe Wordfast's User Manual doesn't tell you how to translate PowerPoint files with Wordfast!

Neither does the manual say anything about Excel.

Here what is said in my User's Manual (v 5 Classic) :


No, sorry, you must have made that up on the spot... it can't be in the manual. Otherwise the OP would have found it. Right?

(joke, sorry)


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xxxEric Hahn  Identity Verified
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Wordfast pro Aug 1, 2009

In Wordfast Pro, you simply drag the ppt file onto the window.

[Modifié le 2009-08-02 07:52 GMT]


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Kristyna Marrero  Identity Verified
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Excel and PPT in Wordfast Classic Aug 5, 2009

Bin Tiede wrote:

Ulf Samuelsson wrote:

First of all, you have to use Wordfast Classic, and then the procedure is in the manual.

Ulf


I can't find anything about Excel and PPT in the manual for beginners.


Bin,

The information can be found on page 74 of the Wordfast Classic Manual.

Sincerely,

Kristyna


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Sheila Hardie  Identity Verified
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Problems with PowerPoint using Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac and Wordfast 5.56g Sep 25, 2009

Hi everyone,

I've been reading this thread with interest because I'm currently trying to translate a PowerPoint document with Wordfast. I've never done this before and it doesn't seem to be working. I get as far as translating the first couple of boxes but then, for no apparent reason, it skips a few boxes. I tried doing what Nadine advised - see below - but to no avail.

AgriPlume wrote:

..
As you go down, your translation will be transferred into the PPT document, over the original text, usually keeping format of the original PPT version. It will sometimes skip inserted textboxes. To translate them, position you cursor in the PPT textbox and then go back to your word document.



Nadine



[Modifié le 2009-06-24 14:42 GMT]


Maybe it's due to the fact that I'm using a Mac? It usually is, unfortunately. I really don't know what to try next. I tried Werecat (red and blue) but they don't work for me either.

Any ideas what could be the problem?

BTW, I activated the line in Pandora's box to include any notes, in case that might include the missing text. But it doesn't seem to have made any difference.

I am using Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac and Wordfast 5.56g.

Many thanks in advance!



Sheila

[Modifié le 2009-09-25 15:54 GMT]


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xxxNMR
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WF skipping boxes Sep 25, 2009

WF doesn't necessarily translate the boxes in the same order as the one in which they are appearing. But at the end of the page or when beginning the next page, everything should be allright.
Don't forget to clean up the Word document after translating so that the segments in the TM will be updated. It is also a good idea to keep the Word file and its .bak copy, sometimes it helps if you have to look up something quickly.


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