At QuickSilver, our preference is to work with the original document format. However, if the text to be translated is not in a compatible format or only available as a PDF, we use a combination of software tools to create an integrated, highly optimised method for exporting text and then importing the subsequent translation to and from all major formats:
Professional layout tools – QuarkXPress, InDesign, FrameMaker etc.
Web-based formats – HTML, XML, ASP, etc.
Adopting this methodology helps eliminate the risk of human error (cut and paste mistakes, lack of knowledge of the target language, etc.) and significantly speeds up the translation cycle.
We are also able to convert older files (e.g. Ventura or PageMaker) into newer formats.