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Translate any format in Wordfast Classic with Wordfast Pro 3

Wordfast Classic is best suited for translating Word documents (DOC, DOCX, RTF). Thanks to the new version of Wordfast Pro (3.0, to be released in March 2012), Wordfast Classic users can now translate any file format supported by Wordfast Pro. This video shows how to translate a PowerPoint document (PPTX)  in Wordfast Classic, using Wordfast Pro 3 as a pre- and post-processing tool. The same technique can be used with all other formats supported by Wordfast Pro (IDML/INX, XLS/XLSX, MIF, TTX etc.).

8 comments to Translate any format in Wordfast Classic with Wordfast Pro 3

  • Hello,
    I’m quite surprised that Wordfast Anywhere cannot open idml file as we can often read the opposite in google.
    Thank you for this video.
    Best regards,

    • Dominique

      Yes, you are right: Wordfast Anywhere cannot open .idml files. This is strange, because they are supported by Wordfast Pro (in principle, any file format supported by Pro should be supported by Anywhere, which uses the same filters). A workaround would be to open your .idml in Wordfast Pro, save it as .txml and upload that .txml to Wordfast Anywhere. I’ll report the problem on the Anywhere list.

  • Roger Chadel

    This is very interesting. Thank you for sharing this finding. It can even be used with those heavy doc files with a lot of formatting which become so slow when being translated directly in Word with WFC. I wonder if someone could write a Werecat-like utility to automate the process!

    • Dominique

      Yes, there’s no reason why it couldn’t be used with Word documents as well, for instance those with lots of graphics, text boxes etc. As to automating the process, maybe something with AutoHotKey could be used.

  • Catherine

    I cannot work out how to save as txml. The video does not show this clearly.

    • Dominique

      As soon as you press Ctrl+S in the editor, a TXML will be created (in the same folder as your original source document).

  • Albert

    This is a really great little video. The procedure works like a charm. By the way, I tried it on an unconverted PDF file and it worked amazingly well there too. You end up with a clean translated Word document without having to convert the PDF to begin with.

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