PDF is a file format that retains the original layout of a document regardless of the program, equipment or operating system used to view it. While this makes PDF a useful format for exchanging and evaluating electronic documents, limitations will surface when files are changed, such as when making corrections or translating. I can always translate your PDF files, but I can also help you make the best choice of a range of other options.
How to translate a PDF file
Because PDFs are always generated based on a source document from a DTP program like InDesign or FrameMaker, it makes sense to use this document as a basis for translation. This is the best choice for several reasons.
- Translated documents retain the layout and format of the originals
- No charges for file conversions
- No time wasted on new layout
- No errors or hiccups in conversions
- Shorter translation turnaround time
- Option to deliver translation as a PDF file
If the source document is not available, there are other options for translation.*
- I can use Adobe Acrobat to export the PDF as an editable Office file
- I can use a PDF conversion tool (PDF to Word) to convert the PDF to a Microsoft Word document to translate
- I can use OCR software such as FineReader or Adobe Acrobat to convert a PDF saved as an image (a scanned document) to editable text
I can translate your PDF in a range of ways. Basing the translation on the original source document is always preferable and is the most financially advantageous.
*Depending on the complexity of the layout of the PDF, the layout of the document may differ slightly.