Watch this video from my latest webinar about two recent additions to OmegaT’s well-rounded set of features:
Accessing the context menu in OmegaT using your keyboard
Currently available in the Editor pane only, this function allows you to open the context menu by pressing the Menu key on your keyboard, thus making it possible to access the commands in this menu without using the mouse. The context menu includes commands such as adding a new word to a spell-checking dictionary or creating an alternative translation. With the recent introduction of this feature, users are able to run these commands more conveniently. Unfortunately, right now, this function is limited to the Editor pane. Let’s hope it will make it to other panes as well, in future releases.
PDF filter in OmegaT
This new filter makes it possible to translate PDF files directly, without converting them into something more OmegaT-friendly first. OmegaT can open a PDF file as long as it contains actual text rather than image-based text. This means that if you save an image as a PDF and try to open it with OmegaT, it will not work. Personally, I have found the utility of this PDF filter limited for two reasons. First, it often provides very poor segmentation of the text from a PDF file and displays too much garbage, irrelevant for translation. Second, it produces a text file without any formatting, which means you need to format the document from scratch, whereas the very idea of using such a filter is to avoid dealing with the formatting. For these reasons, I recommend sticking to the best practice for translating PDF files: re-creating the formatting before translation.
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