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amaril
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posted 18 April 2002 15:07     Click Here to See the Profile for amaril     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear all!

I am having trouble with the translation of a bunch of PDF files (source language is English, target language is Spanish).

I need to be able to use either Trados or DejaVu because the material is to be translated with a translation memory.

I have tried exporting directly from Acrobat and/or copying the text into MS Word, but the layout is terrible. There are so many line breaks that I need a lot of pre-processing time before I can use Trados. Even if I solve the line breaks, the main problem is that the embedded images are not exported to Word and in general the layout of the translation is VERY POOR.

I have heard of other possible solutions, like using a special Acrobat plug-in (i.e. Gemini) or scanning the PDFs with OCR software, but in all of these cases the file weight increases a lot, and the layout is not exactly perfect.

Does somebody know a more reliable way to export PDF files into a CAT-enabled format?

Thanks!
Victoria

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alex
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posted 18 April 2002 15:12     Click Here to See the Profile for alex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume that the person who gave you the PDF must have the copyright right to get a translation done?

In which case, what about asking for the original source document?

Other than that, I don't know.

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posted 18 April 2002 15:25     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently Wordfast has an Acrobat export function. It's not perfect by any means, but it gives fewer line breaks. I couldn't get it to work, but one of my clients did and it's okay. Still needs a bit of processing to tidy it up, but a lot easier than just using the Acrobat export function (not available in Acrobat Reader).

What I normally do with these things is use a macro I put together for getting rid of unwanted line breaks in Acrobat>Word exports. Macros are easy to create in Word - just practise once or twice before you record your macro and away you go!

Hope this helps!

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amaril
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posted 18 April 2002 15:57     Click Here to See the Profile for amaril     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your fast replies. I am investigating if I can get the original document on the basis of which the PDF was created, but no luck yet.

I will try the Wordfast software you mention.

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to ask if somebody knows any way to export text from AutoCAD to be able to process it using a CAT tool -and then reimport it back?

Thanks for all your efforts!

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