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Skeptic won-over by PDF Translation Technology

I’m reviewing the Infix PDF Editor. I was very skeptical, to be honest, because I just couldn’t see how it would manage to do all it boasted.

My business deals with translations. Many clients send PDF only material which we then have to translate. The process involves having to extract the text, translate the text, and then create, or re-create, the format for them. This process is time consuming and even with extra costs being compensated, it is a huge time management fiasco!

Your software setup was quick, the instructions were simple, and the process was painless.

First, I exported the text into XML format. It asked to save the file, so I simply added a number 2 to the end of the file name. Then I processed the translation as usual, and once done, I imported the text back into the Infix software. Wow, there it was! I did have to tinker with some layout, and I did have to move some text around a bit, but THERE IT WAS!

I think this will be ideal for smaller projects without a lot of formatting issues, but it will certainly be a step-saver even for larger projects.
Oscar Andrino
Global Business Translation Services


A PDF Editor for Freelance Writers

I’m a freelance writer and editor and work with PDFs in the course of my work every day, but I’ve never found a quick, easy and self-explanatory way to edit a pre-written PDF until today when I came across Infix PDF editor.

Often when you need some software quickly a search online using Google (or whichever search engine you prefer) will successfully turn up what seem to be the answer to your needs, but hours later you’re stuck with a selection of poorly designed or inaccessible software products on your laptop that you don’t want and still left scratching your head as to how to solve the problem, or worse, find that you’ve inadvertently downloaded something which is untrustworthy or damaging. I can’t count the number of times this has happened to me.

So I was so pleasantly surprised to find that Infix does what it claims to do, doesn’t install any unwanted extras in your computer, and is straightforward to understand, which is essential if like me you’re downloading it to use while on a deadline. I was able to select the part of the text that I needed to remove and replace it with the new lines in a couple of seconds without reading any manuals or watching any tutorials – I’ll be recommending this product to anyone who asks me for a reliable PDF editor in future.

– Jai Temple


PDF translation using MacOSX and Infix

As a freelance copywriter and translator (WillHelton.Com), I’m often called upon to work with a variety of different file types. Some of theses are easier to deal with than others and PDFs in particular can be tricky depending on how they were created and what the customer’s expectations about the finished product might be.

I was recently asked to translate two large PDF files with extensive, complex formatting. This included column layouts with enclosed graphics, diagonal and vertical text, and other complications. I’ve never really been satisfied with the results I’ve obtained so far with my current toolset, so decided to ask my fellow Mac-based translators what they find most useful. Hands down the most recommended solution was Iceni Infix and it’s easy to see why.

Installation was a breeze – simply download the dmg, double click, and drag the Infix icon into the provided shortcut to the Applications folder and then launch. You are given three installation modes to suit your particular needs: Form-filling mode (to quickly and easily fill out PDFs), Standard mode (for everyday editing and commenting of PDFs), and Professional mode (for advanced editing, translation work, find & replace in multiple documents, etc.).

Working with Infix also couldn’t be easier. The interface is very intuitive and I was able to open a very large PDF, export an XML version of the content to my favourite translation management tool, and get straight to work. The ingenious bit here for me, though, is that Infix gives you the ability to save off a working copy of your PDF to use as the template for re-importing your translated XML file later. This ensures that the finished translation preserves the formatting and layout of the original file.

If your PDF isn’t a “true PDF” (i.e. is a scanned text file), Infix also includes an OCR recognition function. Although not perfect – it is very resolution dependent and can produce duff text in spots – the ability to edit output on the fly makes it very serviceable.

In short, I’ve found Iceni Infix to be a feature-rich application that makes working with PDFs almost a joy. If you’re looking for a professional solution for editing or translating PDF files, I highly recommend giving Iceni Infix a try.

– Will Helton


Screenwriter prefers Infix over Acrobat

I am a screenwriter and film producer and I’m often dealing with PDF documents that require amendments, alterations, changes. I have Adobe Pro, but it’s always a supreme hassle dealing with changes and with sensitive documents needing attention the tool I turn to is Infix.

One of the many essential uses I’ve found for Infix is the excellent document signature option. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been in transit with a document needing to be signed NOW. Without a printer and a scanner the seconds turn to hours and that’s often too late. With Infix, I can place my scanned signature right on the dotted line.

As a writer, I’ve used Infix to make changes to screenplays and books that were virtually impossible to alter in ACROBAT. All in all, it’s a great and flexible program.

– Brian


Design Engineers use Infix to speed-up form-filling

I own a small business which is in a constantly changing marketplace. We are design engineers and professional A/V integrators endeavoring to staying abreast of the latest A/V technology. To accomplish that goal, we are required to interact with hundreds of vendors and manufacturers. Often a manufacturer will change their dealer terms and/or agreement, require an updated credit form, require a special form to be filled out to enable a drop shipment of equipment, or credit card or a spiff form completed, et cetera. This is but a small sample listing of the forms required to be filled out, which are sent to us on a regular basis. In general, they include many text fields and numerical fields to be completed on each page – additionally, some requiring photos, signatures, et cetera.

Numerous forms we receive are old and have absolutely no interactive or editing capability. Sometimes we receive documents via mail which need to be completed – the ultimate hassle. One method, often utilized by us, is to import the emailed PDF document, or scan, into a CAD application – importing a file for each page, one page at a time. Next we add a transparent layer above the incomplete form and proceed to create text fields for each entry field required. When the need for a signature arises, we import a signature – previously created with a freehand graphics application, into the transparent CAD layer. Once that action is completed, we convert the layers to a single PDF document for each page, on a one-by-one basis. Definitely a very slow procedure… to the point where we wait until the last possible moment before we actually complete the tedious process.

And then tax season arrives… where all the documents from the accountant – which require editing, field completion and signatures – are old PDFs (we believe the accounting firm recently learned email!)

This process leaves CAD documents for each form, which now require coordinated… Ugh!

After learning about Infix, we felt like we had been missing out on one of the greatest efficiency-based applications ever created. What a time saver it would be to directly edit and complete all the PDFs we receive; and simple email them back to sender. WOW, excellent! What a revelation!

– R.Rosati


That’s when my troubles began.

I’ve been using Infix on and off for a few years now and never had any regrets. It all started when I had to translate a brochure from English into Russian while maintaining the original style and layout.
 
That’s when my troubles began.
 
Lacking a proper professional Adobe Acrobat software I’d gone through a number of third-party PDF editors but even my favorite Foxit Phantom couldn’t handle the layout properly. In some cases text boxes needed resizing, in others Cyrillic symbols were not available, some editors would break down the original into too many objects making it way too tedious.
 
That’s when I stumbled upon Infix and was stunned by the number of tweaks and features I gained control over that at times it felt Adobe itself couldn’t have done a better job. Moreover Infix’s interface is originally designed around editing needs making it very convenient with all the needed tools accessible from a single toolbar. In terms of text editing, Infix flexibility makes me feel like I’ m working in a Microsoft Word environment while objects manipulation reminds of the Page Maker control over page layout.
 
To make it short, Infix became to me a one-stop solution for all my PDF editing needs.
 
Thank you, Iceni!
Regards,
Andrei


PDF editing on Mac – don’t be put off!

I was very pleasantly surprised with Infix Pro for Mac. I had been looking for an affordable PDF editor for my work. I would like to afford Acrobat, but the price tag strains my shoestring budget near to breaking. Enter Infix Pro! It’s originally built for Windows and retains its interface, but don’t be put off by it – the program will still install correctly.

One big advantage over Acrobat is that you can edit right away without worrying whether a font is missing. While I was editing a book, Acrobat noticed that I did not have the book’s native font, and substituted another one. This worried me; what if the clients specifically wanted that particular font? With Infix, no problem. I was able to make edits without any fuss.

You may have to resize boxes slightly to keep the format, but it’s a very small price to pay for ease of use and affordability. Infix Mac works just like a word processor. Of all of the alternatives, Infix Pro for Mac feels the most intuitive. I highly recommend it, and I’ll definitely be using Infix Pro for Mac for all of my editing needs.

– Linda Apton


Positive review turns out to be an historic occasion

As a historian by profession, I work with a huge amount of PDF files ranging from journal articles through electronic books to scans of primary sources. In the case of primary sources especially, these files often require heavy editing as they can show stains, illegible characters or other forms of damage incurred over centuries.

For a long time, I have been looking for a PDF editor that could handle these complex files as well as advanced OCR operations. In addition, I also required a product running under Ubuntu (even if it meant that I had to use Wine).

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Translating PDF brochures on a deadline

I used Infix PDF Editor for the first time this month in order to translate a very specific brochure which had to remain in the PDF format.

First I tried other software programs but the text and formatting didn’t work for me: the line would just go out of the text box or the font would suddenly change. I was about to give up on the translation when I read a recommendation for Infix PDF Editor in a forum for translators. So I gave it a try and I was very pleased.

This software reads PDF files without any problem and editing is done easily. Very complicated files, like brochures made of various layers, are easy to operate with and transform: fonts can be changed as well as their size, you can use specific characters such as letters with accents…

I found everything working easily and I was able to meet my deadline on time.

– Visnja Jovanovic


CAT Export – It’s what translators want for PDFs

Hello Iceni, I wanted to congratulate you on Infix Pro.

I’m a freelance translator and am always slightly alarmed when I receive PDFs to translate because normally you have to convert into Word before you can translate, and the conversion is always prone to cause graphics to leap around, or text suddenly becomes 1-cm wide columns, or even somehow lies on top of other text. It all gets a horrible mess.

I’m not yet fully familiar with Infix Pro, but yesterday when I had to urgently translate a graphic-rich PDF, I decided to use Infix Pro’s “CAT Export” tool. It saved the bare text as a simple .txt file which I could easily translate in Trados. Then I opened my translated .txt in Infix and Infix laid it out correctly.

Result: a nice clean PDF looking like the foreign text but in English! What more could one ask for?

You deserve special thanks for that CAT Export tool.

– Stephen Fennell