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    Anyone have an easy/cheap (if not free cheap is good) app, link, whatever that will mean I can translate PDFs?

    I usually copy text and put in into DeepL but with some PDFs I'm getting I can't copy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin View Post
    Anyone have an easy/cheap (if not free cheap is good) app, link, whatever that will mean I can translate PDFs?

    I usually copy text and put in into DeepL but with some PDFs I'm getting I can't copy
    You might need to scan to an image, then OCR. If so, slow and painful

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    Default Re: Need to translate PDFs

    Will Adobe Professional not allow you to copy/paste?

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    Quote Originally Posted by horse View Post
    you might need to scan to an image, then ocr. If so, slow and painful
    ocr??

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    Thank you


    Quote Originally Posted by gremlin View Post
    Will Adobe Professional not allow you to copy/paste?
    Not sure. I don't have Adobe Professional!

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    Default Re: Need to translate PDFs

    If it's just so you can read it, you could use a translation app on your phone. If it's to convert a document to send somewhere you'll need to convert the image of the text in the PDF into some actual text first.

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    Default Re: Need to translate PDFs

    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin View Post
    ocr??
    Optical Character Recognition.
    A pain in the ho-har, but sometime necessary if the PDF is protected or an image

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin View Post
    Thank you




    Not sure. I don't have Adobe Professional!
    Sign up for adobe cloud where you can use the full version of adobe reader.

    You can just sign up for a month and then cancel, about 30 i think for a month.

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    Default Re: Need to translate PDFs

    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    If it's just so you can read it, you could use a translation app on your phone. If it's to convert a document to send somewhere you'll need to convert the image of the text in the PDF into some actual text first.
    Yeah. Google Translate is quite impressive for a free app. Scan the image on the phone and it translates it in front of your eyes if you only need to read it.

    Failing that as Bob says, if you need the actual text to paste/translate you would need to find an OCR utility. Something like this: https://www.pdfpro.co/convert-pdf-to-word

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat View Post
    Yeah. Google Translate is quite impressive for a free app. Scan the image on the phone and it translates it in front of your eyes if you only need to read it.
    If it's on your phone, take a screenshot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin View Post
    Thank you




    Not sure. I don't have Adobe Professional!
    Free trial of Pro available here (offer on the right)
    https://get.adobe.com/reader/

    From memory, you should be able to save it out to Word which will convert to text, depending on how the PDF was created.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonercat View Post
    Free trial of Pro available here (offer on the right)
    https://get.adobe.com/reader/

    From memory, you should be able to save it out to Word which will convert to text, depending on how the PDF was created.
    Maybe. For a while I was using Serif PagePlus to create locked pdf files. They could be viewed,but not copied or have elements extracted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonercat View Post
    Free trial of Pro available here (offer on the right)
    https://get.adobe.com/reader/

    From memory, you should be able to save it out to Word which will convert to text, depending on how the PDF was created.
    I often digitise old transcripts. I scan them into a PDF in acobat then run the OCR through it and simply cut n paste the resulting mess text into a word Doc for the researcher to edit and correct.

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