Category Archives: TransPDF


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The 3 types of scanned PDFs

Did you know there are actually 3 different types of scanned PDF which can, if you’re not careful, complicate the task of translation:

  • The simple scan – every page is just an image.
  • Searchable scans – each image has hidden text behind it.
  • Mixed – can include scanned images, hidden and real text all in the same PDF.

TransPDF will automatically run OCR on a PDF if it detects no real text – in other words, type 1 from the list above. But for types 2 and 3 it will sense the presence of real text and skip the OCR phase. This can be a problem when you need to translate all the text in the PDF.

Infix to the rescue

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MemoQ 8.1 adds TransPDF integration

Great news for MemoQ users – TransPDF is now available from right within your favorite translation tool.

Along with a host of other new features, the MemoQ update includes direct integration with TransPDF meaning that you can now do all your PDF preparation, previews and generation without ever having to leave MemoQ.

You can read all about version 8.1 at the official product page. I also recommend you take a look at their excellent step-by-step guide to handling PDF jobs with the new software and TransPDF.

And remember, as always, you can edit your translated PDFs for free using Infix PDF Editor.


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Converting a 500-page PDF user manual with TransPDF

Translation expert Gábor Ugray has posted a fascinating series of articles on his blog documenting his efforts to translate an apparently simple iOS app.

We particularly like part 4, in which he uses TransPDF to mine information from existing PDFs to improve the translation process – a use for TransPDF we’d not even considered before.

Along the way, he’s very complimentary about TransPDF –

The really cool thing about TransPDF is that it’s able recreate a fully formatted PDF from the translated XLIFF that you upload… And when I say this is a cool thing, I really mean cool, as in way out there, extraterrestrially cool.

Check out his article which includes links to the entire series.