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Webinar Video: Context Menu and PDF Filter in OmegaT

Webinar Video

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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  • Paul says:

    I like “keyboard only” work style (it’s just faster), and menu key is a good function. But we have another “most wanted” feature – free movement between sourse and target and beetween different segmets with keys. If think without this menu key will not be to usefull.
    Direct PDF support – completely useless, as with SDL products. I prefer manual preliminary PDF>DOCX process, sometimes – Solid PDF Converter with huge post correction.

    • Hi Paul,
      Thanks you for your comment. When you write, “free movement between different segments with keys,” do you mean going from one segment to another using just the arrow keys, such as up or down, outside actual segments? I am a little bit confused, because OmegaT does provide many ways to navigate between segments easily, including Enter to go to the next segment and Ctrl+Enter to go to the previous one—I am sure you know that.
      Best regards,

  • Paul says:

    Yes, in this context I mean “arrow keys” and perhaps Page Up/Down keys – to move quikly through the document without activating segments one-by-one. Current segment in the cursor position can be activated (opened) by Enter press, for example.
    And, of course, primary concern is an option to move cursor from the source part into target – to copy/paste text (for external use), create glossary entries etc.
    Best Regards,

    • Paul, this function is available since version 3.6.0. Press F2 to switch to the Cursor lock off mode and press F2 again to switch back to the normal mode.

  • Hector says:

    Hi Roman, have you tried the Infix PDF Editor workflow? It has worked wonderfully for me on several occasions. There is even a how-to written by Marc Prior in OmegaT’s website:

    • Thank you very much for pointing me to Infix PDF Editor. No, I have not tried it yet, but I think I will now, although as a long-time fan of re-creating PDF formatting in DOCX before translation, it is difficult for me to see how anything else can be better. 🙂

  • Hector says:

    Well, it may not be better for every case, but it sure helps. It can also export the PDF’s contents to plain text, RTF and HTML, so you can add it to your “re-creating PDF formatting in DOCX before translation” workflow 🙂

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Roman Mironov
Roman Mironov
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As the founder of Velior, Roman has had the privilege of being able to turn his passion for languages into a business. He has over 15 years of experience in the translation industry. Roman has helped dozens of clients increase sales by making their products appealing for speakers of other languages.