About the Video

The Art of Formatting. Part 2 – OCR

In the second of our file preparation series, Richard, Head of Project Management at Surrey Translation Bureau, will take a look at four programs for converting .pdf files to editable Word files – Free OCR, Adobe Acrobat Pro, SDL Studio and ABBYY FineReader – and how to use them.

The session examines the comparative strengths and weaknesses of each method and offers some insight into how to recognise problems with converted files. Richard then goes into more detail on using the specialised OCR features in ABBYY FineReader to help viewers get the most out of the software.

You can find part 1 of the series here.

Who should watch it?

This presentation is for those who are regularly presented with .pdf files from clients but still want to carry out translations in their preferred CAT tool.

What are the benefits to you?

Viewers can continue to use their CAT tool of choice and benefit from building their translation memories or using termbases. They will also learn the basics of how to convert files, as well as the potential pitfalls involved.


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Richard Davis

Richard holds an MA in Translation and Professional Language Skills from the University of Bath. He has worked in France, Spain and Germany and is fluent in both French and Spanish. Richard has been working at Surrey Translation Bureau (STB) since 2010. As well as being Head of Project Management, Richard is our resident IT guru and file preparation expert, with hundreds of hours of experience in taming unruly pdfs.

STB is an award-winning independent translation agency with over 30 years’ experience and a diverse range of clients across most verticals, including the manufacturing, legal, medical and scientific sectors. We provide our clients with high-quality, specialised translations into most world languages. In-house, we have a multi-lingual, experienced and award-winning Project Management team and a small but experienced team of translators and reviewers.


56 min.

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