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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


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


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


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


Editing graphical “Vampire” PDFs – the easy way

As a self-publishing author, I struggled with converting Word documents into PDF format in order to upload manuscripts to the server. Especially in terms of charts, most PDF editors destroy it upon conversion. Not only need I rebuild it within the PDF editor, but in actuality I need rebuild it every time I amend the manuscript and again convert to PDF. Talk about a tedious waste of time. But then I discovered Infix. This gem allows all manuscript editing to be accomplished with the PDF environment. There is no conversion process, and therefore no need to continuously re-modify the charts and graphs.

Infix is peace-of-mind which keeps me focused on the manuscript as opposed to the tedious PDF conversion and inherent recreation. Infix is the pinnacle of PDF editors!

My first book, Messiah and the Sign of Jonah, had relatively few charts, and still the PDF conversion was an on-going headache. Then I was asked to re-write Vampire Killer 2012, which is graphic intensive; and the very reason I started researching the world of PDF editors. Upon my discovery of Infix, my hesitation to head the project has subsided and I’m on-board one hundred percent!

I encourage everyone who’s considering such a project to save yourself the time, and spare yourself the frustration. Infix is an all-encompassing simplifying solution to the world of PDF.

Christopher Jones
Messiah and the Sign of Jonah


Rebuilding a lost dissertation using Infix

I have recently used Infix editing my dissertation. My computer was stolen, and I lost the entire document (I had a brain f*rt and had not backed up). (All) I had left was a hard copy I had printed the day before the thief took my computer (I did retrieve the computer about a week later, hard drive wiped).

I was prepared to spend a couple of weeks retyping the entire document (245 pages). A friend referred me to Infix and I tried the OCR tool. It did a wonderful job and my two weeks of planned grunt work took me about 4 hours to complete.

After using every other PDF editing software, including Acrobat, this OCR is by far the best when it comes to numbers. In addition, unlike Acrobat, the OCR correction tool makes it extremely easy to fix software mistake without have to export the file and recreate a PDF.

The most useful part of Infix is the ability to use it for free to learn how it works.
I would recommend anyone needing a PDF editing software to consider fully Infix.

– Phillip Mixon