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?
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:
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:
Also, two Inkscape related articles, if you choose to use this software (and do not have access to Adobe Illustrator):
Hope it helps,
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!
I have a potential (very large) job in .ai format (Adobe Illustrator), and so am currently considering my options. I came across an interesting script and a little program. See:
• https://youtu.be/E1V3QKtvKvs (little script to extract text from .ai file, and put it back)(needs Adobe Illustrator to be installed on yr PC)
• https://polmannshop.com/online/en/sysfilter-for-illustrator/31-sysfilter-tc-for-illustrator.html (little program to extract text from .ai file, and put it back)(needs Adobe Illustrator to be installed on yr PC)