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Create interactive PDF forms with Infix PDF Editor

The latest update to Infix adds a set of new tools and functionality to enable creation of interactive forms with buttons, check-boxes, lists and other useful widgets. As well as creating your own, you can also edit forms created by other people in other applications and import/export data to and from forms in standard XML format.

To start using the forms tools, make the new toolbar visible by choosing: View->Toolbars->Form Editing. To help you get the best layout when designing your forms we recommend showing the grid, enabling snap-to-grid and guides. That way you can ensure all your form elements line-up nicely.

If you have an active license or subscription to Infix, just let it update itself or download and install the latest demo. If your license has expired you won’t be able to get the new facility, sorry.


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Wrapping text around awkward shapes

Sometimes you need to make your paragraphs flow around a picture or diagram, hugging the boundary but not overlapping it. This is difficult to do using just paragraphs and adjusting right and left margins.

Infix has a trick up it’s sleeve which can get you out trouble in this respect. Hidden deep in the text editing menu is the Line Width sub-menu and it’s made for just this kind of situation.

Take a look at the movie which explains how it works, much better than a short blog-post could ever do.

Watch the tutorial.


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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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Ignore page headers and footers in PDF

When you want to get the text out of a PDF for translation or any other reason, headers and footers can cause problems. Often repeated across every page, they break up your text-flow and are time consuming to remove.

Fortunately it’s pretty simple to tell Infix PDF Editor to ignore header and footer regions before you export the PDF.

Use the Crop tool to drag-out a box which includes all the text you want from a typical page, but excludes the header and footer areas. Then press the Return key to finish. The next time you export the PDF, all text outside of your crop-box will be ignored.

It’s easier to see it in action, so we’ve prepared a short movie showing how it’s done. You can also read all about the Crop tool in the on-line user-manual.


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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.


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Worried about security when translating PDFs?

We know some of our users love the idea of our new PDF translation service – TransPDF, but can’t take the risk of uploading confidential PDFs to a public server.

Others have such high volumes of PDFs to translate, they would need an entire server all to themselves!

We think we now have the answer.
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Will automated translation ever take away the need for human translators?

In what may have been a surprising outcome to some, human translators triumphed over AI programs yesterday at the Human vs. Artificial Intelligence Translation Challenge at Sejong University, Seoul.

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PDF 2.0 Interop Workshops 2017

Two free workshops have been announced by the PDF Association, aimed at providing PDF tool developers the opportunity to validate their work against the new PDF 2.0 standard (ISO 32000 – 2).

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Malware File Types Changing to Look less Suspect

Following on from our previous post about the State of Malware report from Malwarebytes last week, a new warning has been released from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center that malware distributors are now using less suspicious and known file types in an attempt to make their emails look more genuine, and as such convince more users to open the files.

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