How to use OCR tools, and choosing the best one for you

Are you regularly presented with .pdf files from clients but still want to carry out translations in your preferred CAT tool?

In the second of the four part File preparation series from ITI Corporate member Surrey Translation Bureau , Richard, former Head of Project Management at STB, looks 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.

By the end of the session you will have learnt the basics of how to convert files, as well as the potential pitfalls involved. You will be able to continue to use your CAT tool of choice and benefit from building their translation memories or using termbases.

This webinar is the second in a four-part series. All four parts can be bought together for a saving. Click the button below to find out more.

There is very little you would ever need to know about formatting in Word that Richard doesn’t cover at some point in these four excellent webinars. You’ll end up knowing a whole lot more about Word and PDF conversion than you did before.

Kari Koonin

About the speaker and STB

Richard Davis MITI
Surrey Translation Bureau