Back in my Windows days, my favorite tool in handling PDF is Iceni's Infix PDF Editor. It's a cool program that lets you edit PDF file directly, making it easy to correct typos. And in addition to editing PDF, Infix also makes it easy to translate PDF while retaining its original layout. Another good news is, especially for Mac translator, like yours truly, Iceni now has Mac version of Infix.
Try it out for freeIceni offers free trial of Infix PDF Editor for Mac. After the download is completed, double click the DMG, then drag the application icon to the Applications folder.
Oddly enough, the installation looks a lot like its Windows sibling. It turned out that Iceni ported its Windows version of Infix and equipped it with CrossOver in the Mac version.
Translating a true PDFThere are two types of PDF files:
- True PDF that is produced from an application, e.g., desktop publishing, word processor, etc. The easy way to spot this type of PDF is you can select and copy, if it is not locked, the text directly.
- Scanned PDF that is generated from scanned hard copy. The text in the scanned PDF cannot be selected as it is actually a raster graphic.
- Open the PDF in Infix.
- Eliminate line breaks. To ensure smooth translation process, I suggest eliminating undesirable line breaks first before exporting the PDF:
- Reveal the text boxes by going to Document - Translate - Mark Text Boxes for Export. Revealing the text boxes makes it easy to select the boxes in the next step.
- Connect columns to make sure smooth text flow by going to Tools - Text Connect Tool, then just select the columns based on their sequence. Click on empty area when you have finished connecting the columns.
- Check the text flow by going to Tools - Text Tool, then click the connected columns.
- Remove line breaks. Usually all the line breaks between columns will be gone automatically when you connect them. If you do find line break, however, just click on the break and delete it.