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PDF Translations And The Issues That May Arise


PDF Translations and Their Problems

C AT t o o l s a r e c r u c i a l f o r t h e t r a n s l a t i o n o f text documents, and they work through four main functions. They come in handy when you receive a PDF document and you need to translate it to another format. An example of t h e m o s t u s e d C AT t o o l s i s m e m o Q T h i s article highlights the process of PDF translations and the problems commonly encountered.


Definition of PDF Portable Document Format (PDF for Adobe is the standard file format that is used to share files and documents regardless of the software. PDF files always have a similar layout on all computers despite the local settings. Most documents sent for translation are in PDF, which, for translators, is not an ideal file format. PDF is a formatted document, and the original format of the document can be in Microsoft Word, or Adobe Indesign Another format is the PDF scanned format.


Converting PDF to Microsoft Word Document

CAT tools like memoQ cannot convert scanned PDFs. You will need other applications to do so. These programs come in handy if your file is in regular PDF format and memoQ convertor cannot produce the document required. The applications will vary according the language and content types. You will have to try several before you settle on the one that suits your needs.


PDF Translations And Conversion Most files sent for translation come in PDF format. You can ask the sender to share the original file with you. If you receive it, you will avoid a lot of unnecessary steps. If you cannot convert it, you will need to install a CAT tool. MemoQ comes with an in-built PDF to Word converter, which will give you very excellent results. You will, however; be required to save the converted file in Microsoft Word. Converted PDF documents will also give you a lot of tags and line breaks. In case the in-built converter of memoQ does not suit your needs, you can try to use OCR tools such as VueScan, Capture2Text, gImage Reader and Free-OCR to Word. In case these applications do not meet your standards, Dave Turner’s excellent CodeZapper macros will give you the options of processing the files and removing tags.


PDF Document Alignment And Monolingual PDF Files Using memoQ’s in-built PDF filter may be worth it, especially when aligning translated documents or with monolingual PDF files. This is because memoQ feature will turn a PDF file into text. In addition, the filter will not give tags or will not give line breaks. To do this, follow these steps:      

Open the memoQ application Go to LiveDocs and select for instance, ‘Add alignment pair’. Click on ‘Add source documents’. Go to and click on ‘Change filter and configuration’ Under ‘General’, choose ‘Import by converting to Plain Text’. Do the same with target documents

PDF translations to other formats can be tricky at times. There are several applications that can make this process simple for you and give you desired results as discussed above


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PDF translations and the issues that may arise  

CAT tools are crucial for the translation of text documents, and they work through four main functions. They come in handy when you receive...

PDF translations and the issues that may arise  

CAT tools are crucial for the translation of text documents, and they work through four main functions. They come in handy when you receive...