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Translating PDF Documents

New Here ,
Mar 18, 2016 Mar 18, 2016

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What is the easiest way to translate a pdf doc from a foreign language to english.  I am using Adobe Acrobat DC

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 18, 2016 Mar 18, 2016
There is no easy way to do it in the PDF format, because it was not built for such tasks. If you only have access to the PDF then export it to another format (like Word), translate it there and then create a new PDF. If you can get the original file used to create the PDF then use it for the translation, and then create a new PDF when done.

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Mar 18, 2016 Mar 18, 2016

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There is no easy way to do it in the PDF format, because it was not built for such tasks. If you only have access to the PDF then export it to another format (like Word), translate it there and then create a new PDF. If you can get the original file used to create the PDF then use it for the translation, and then create a new PDF when done.

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Mar 18, 2016 Mar 18, 2016

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To expand on this, PDF is what is known as a “final form file format” as opposed to an editable document format such as you would have with Word, WordPerfect, FrameMaker, InDesign, etc.

PDF has no real concept of sentences, paragraphs, articles, etc. and at best, heuristics can be used by Acrobat to allow simple text edits. When you get to translation, you are effectively replacing all the text with content that very likely uses either more or fewer characters and space. Acrobat's text edit is for touch-up, not major text replacement.

             - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Jul 31, 2016 Jul 31, 2016

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go to translate.google.com and use the document translation, it leaves out the pictures however which sucks when trying to follow a tech doc.

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Aug 30, 2017 Aug 30, 2017

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Here is the best way.

Step 1: Go to Google translate (https://translate.google.com/ )

Step 2: Click where it says "translate a document."

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Step 3: An option will allow you to choose a document. You can drag and drop the file (the drag and drop can be a little tricky to get it just right) or you can upload it the old fashioned way. Once the file is uploaded click the blue "Translate" button. This will load your translated document into a new tab on your web browser.

Step 4: Right click this new page in your web browser and select the button print. Change the output of your print to a .PDF.

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Step 5: Do a happy dance.

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Jan 14, 2018 Jan 14, 2018

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Thank you so much!!!

That is really a great solution and answer!

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New Here ,
Nov 27, 2019 Nov 27, 2019

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Hey guys I found the best iOS app to translate PDF files in 48 different languages ... You can download it from here : 

Rian File Translator 

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New Here ,
May 17, 2020 May 17, 2020

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Hi there,

is there a quick solution or plug-in in acrobat when you select a word in a document and in real time you have the translation?

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Thank you

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2020 Nov 02, 2020

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Use QTranslate.

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New Here ,
Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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I just found out probably the easiest way to translate a PDF. Export the file to HTML web page, and Google translate on chrome will automatically translate it for you. 

 

File>Export to> HTML Web Page

For a paid program this should be a standard feature just sayin..

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May 29, 2021 May 29, 2021

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