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Illustrator

Sorry for the boring question but I couldn't find reliable information anywhere: as of September 2018, what's the least laborious way to translate Illustrator files with CafeTran Espresso?


Many thanks


Hello Mario,


I thought I had included this information in my File Formats reference document, but I see this is not the case. I will add this in the next update.


For now, unless you wish to use a round trip solution (for example, I think you can achieve this via SDL Trados with the use of some apps in the appstore, since out of the box, Trados does not support .AI files), I think your best bet would be to take the SVG route.


Illustrator can import from and export to the SVG file format.

 

SVG support in CafeTran Espresso was suggested here: 

https://cafetran.freshdesk.com/support/discussions/topics/6000052197


It is now fully implemented.


One of the compelling reasons for adding SVG support was precisely to support Illustrator files.


Additionally, here's a link to two MemoQ articles that provide some more information on the SVG method, that you can apply to CafeTran:


https://support.memoq.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/319/14/how-to-translate-adobe-illustrator-files-in-memoq

https://support.memoq.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/422/12/importing-adobe-illustrator-files


Also, two Inkscape related articles, if you choose to use this software (and do not have access to Adobe Illustrator):

https://inkscape.org/en/learn/faq/#inkscape-edits-svg-file-which-was-originally-created-adobe-illustrator-are-lost-when-importing-back-ai

http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Inkscape_for_Adobe_Illustrator_users#Formats


Hope it helps,


Jean

Note: I haven't had a chance to translate .AI files in a production scenario, only in testing. Please report back since the information could be helpful for others as well.

Many thanks Jean! Actually, I saw your post on SVG files and this morning I was about to donwnload the trial version of Illustrator in order to manage the import/export operations myself. But, the client just called me saying that he prefers to provide me with a simple word file where he will copy-paste everything manually, because due to some space-formatting issues between Japanese and Italian the brochure layout will have to change considerably.


I will ask him to provide me with the original Illustrator file though, so that as soon as I have some time I will experiment a little bit for future occasions.


Thank you anyway for your help!



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