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Translate any file format in Wordfast Classic with CafeTran

Wordfast Classic is a CAT tool that works as a Microsoft Word add-in. As such, it cannot be used to translate directly other file formats than Word documents (DOCX, DOC, RTF). This video shows a “CAT hopping” (using one CAT tool to translate in another CAT tool) scenario in which CafeTran Espresso 2016 is used to extract translatable texts from a PowerPoint presentation, the texts are translated in Wordfast Classic and the translated texts are imported back into CafeTran. Finally, CafeTran is used to generate the translated version of the PowerPoint presentation. The same technique can be used to translate any file format supported by CafeTran. The trial version of CafeTran (which is not time-limited) is sufficient for this purpose, since no TM is needed in CafeTran.

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2 comments to Translate any file format in Wordfast Classic with CafeTran

  • Hans

    Pipe (vertical bar).

    Hi Domi!

    Congratulations with 5 years of making great videos with lots of views.

    As a tip: You don’t need to copy the red vertical bar, you can just type one | (black, normal character).

    BTW: Why not hide the first two columns and leave the table as is?

    All the best,


    • Dominique

      Hi Hans! Thanks! The reason why I detached the column and convert it to text is that tables aren’t the optimal environment to translate with Wordfast Classic, especially if the document is large. In this particular case, hiding the first two columns and keeping the table would have worked, as the file wasn’t very big and segments were quite short. Thanks for the tip regarding the vertical bar!

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