Convert PDF to WORD with Wordfast Word Counter
Thread poster: Orsolya Bugar-Buday

Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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May 15, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

A couple of weeks ago I asked my Hungarian colleagues whether they could recommend me online tools to convert PDF into Word. Then someone mentioned that I just should send the pdf to wordcount@wordfast.com, with the language of the document in the email subject. And that 2 minutes later, hey presto! I'd get the converted document by email.

To my greatest surprise, it works!

Are you familiar with this tool? Any experiences to share?

Thank you in advance,
Orsolya

[Edited at 2013-05-15 09:39 GMT]


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Andriy Yasharov  Identity Verified
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Word counter May 15, 2013

I thought that the service just counted the words in the submitted document. Does it convert pdf files to word files to boot?

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Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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not only counts, but converts too May 15, 2013

Andrey, it does. I have just used it this morning.

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Mark
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Confidentiality May 15, 2013

Hmm. Well you give them a document and your e-mail address. But they promise to be nice:
Confidentiality: As always, all data received by Wordfast on your behalf is kept strictly confidential. Wordfast will not reuse, sell, reveal, distribute or in any way disclose the data you entrust to our servers.


http://www.wordfast.com/support_wordcount.html

[Edited at 2013-05-15 09:12 GMT]


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Heidi Fayolle  Identity Verified
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phantastic May 15, 2013

I've just tried to see how it works - it's phantastic, the word document (out of a french pdf) - with lists and charts - is perfect.
Thank you very much BBOorsolya for sharing this good news.
Heidi


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Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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is there a catch somewhere??? May 15, 2013

Or is it just a free service that works marvellously?

To be honest, when posting this topic, my aim was to get answers to this question too.

But I hope that other colleagues will also find it useful.


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Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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oh yes May 15, 2013

Mark, thanks for your input, I had the same thoughts. I would've needed this service for another document, but as it was a confidential thing, I decided not to. Now I am translating an article that was published months ago, so no such worries there.

As for my email address - it's public anyway.


Mark Dobson wrote:

Hmm. Well you give them a document and your e-mail address. But they promise to be nice:
Confidentiality: As always, all data received by Wordfast on your behalf is kept strictly confidential. Wordfast will not reuse, sell, reveal, distribute or in any way disclose the data you entrust to our servers.


http://www.wordfast.com/support_wordcount.html

[Edited at 2013-05-15 09:12 GMT]


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Christophe Delaunay  Identity Verified
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Wordfast and confidentiality May 15, 2013

I did a WF training session last December with Yves Champollion who is the founder (and the mind) of the Wordfast family. He told us about Skydrive (Microsoft), Google Drive, Dropbox and the likes and seemed to be very wary about possible leaks using those tools. So it seems to me that he wouldn't allow his tools to do just what he fears from other tools.
My two cents

Thanx for sharing BBOorsolya!!


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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Hi Everyone! May 15, 2013

I just tried it out on a PDF I had to convert for a recent job.

While the results are not bad, they are far from perfect. If you are skilled at using ABBYY FineReader to convert your PDFs, and know about spurious line breaks, etc., and the possible effects these things can have later on in your CAT tool (sentences getting cut off at seemingly random places) . . . I would say this is a pretty good way of converting your PDFs.

However, if you already know what you are doing, the results are rather mediocre.

I wouldn't really worry about confidentiality. You are probably already breaching as many NDAs by just using Gmail as you would by sending your document to Wordfast's servers.

Michael


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Very good indead May 15, 2013

I sent a rather complicated pdf with different text colors and lots of images, two column text and additions, and it turned out perfect. From now on Abbyy Finereader is out.
The bad news is that nowadays I hardly ever need pdf conversion, since one customer went over to use Studio and SDL Wordserver, where the files are already converted to sdlxliff.

After loading the docx-file into Studio 2011 most of the segments were recognized as 100% matches, though originally I translated the text two years ago in Word with WFC. No extra tags to be seen, so this is not a scanning tool but one that extracts pdf directly.

They could sell this service and make money out of it.


[Bearbeitet am 2013-05-16 11:10 GMT]


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Beatriz Ramírez de Haro  Identity Verified
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You made my day! May 15, 2013

I sent a huge PDF and got a very decent Word doc.

This will help many colleagues, thank yo very much Orsolya.

Bea


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Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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:) May 16, 2013

Dear Colleauges,

I'm so glad you found it useful. Enjoy it then!

All the best,
Orsolya


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