Whether you're a researcher looking to dig into a topic, or working with foreigners, you might want to put aPDFTranslate into another language.
While translating text files is simple,PDFMight get a little tricky.This is especially true if you want to translate a scanned PDF, or if you want to translate on your phone.Here we discuss all the different ways to translate PDFs.
How to translate a PDF file to any language
Let's look at the different ways to translate PDF files into any other language, starting with Google Translate.
1. Use Google Translate
Google Translate is one of the best online translation tools.Here's how to translate a PDF using Google Translate:
1. EnterGoogle Translatewebsite, click "File".
2. Select the current language of the file and the language you want to translate.If you are not sure about the current language, you can select the Detect language option.
3. Click File, and then browse your computer.
4. Upload the PDF file you want to translate and click "Translate".
5. Once Google has translated your document, you will see a button to download the translated PDF file.
As one would expect, the translation works well and supports multiple languages.The layout has also been largely preserved.
Google Translate's document translations are not available on mobile devices.Likewise, it doesn't support PDF files over 300 pages or 10MB file size.Besides PDF, Google Translate also supports .docx, .pptx, .xlsx.
2. Using Google Drive and Docs
If the PDF you want to translate already exists on Google Drive, you can translate it directly from there.
1. To do this, open the Google Drive website and find the file you want to translate.
2. Right-click on it, hover over "Open with", and select "Google Docs".
3. You will be taken to Google Docs, where the PDF will be converted to text.
4. Then, simply click on Tools and select the translation file.
5. Docs will ask you to enter the name of the translation file and the language you want the field to be translated into.After entering these, select "Translate".
6. A new file will be opened with the translated file in it.
This method works well if you want to edit the PDF before/after translation.Using this method, you can translate scanned PDFs (more on that below), but for PDFs with complex layouts, the translation can cause formatting issues.
3. Aspose Free Online Translator
Aspose has dozens of free online tools on its website.One of them is an online document translator.Using it, you can translate Word and PDF documents online.To do this, follow these steps:
1. EnterAspose translation toolwebsite.
2. Select a language, upload a file, and select a translation.
3. Wait for the translation to complete and download the translated PDF.You can also upload it directly to Google Drive/Dropbox or email it.
Language options are a bit limited, but most major languages are included.As it limits the file size to 1MB, Aspose Online Translator only works well for small files.
How to Translate PDFs on Your Phone
Google Translate does not support files on mobile phones.So, here's how to translate PDF files on your phone.
1. Using DocTranslator
DocTranslator is also provided by Google Translate and it has almost the same limitations and advantages.However, unlike Google Translate, you can use DocTranslator on your mobile device to translate PDFs.
1. EnterDocTranslatorWebsite > Scroll down the page and click Translate Now.
2. Upload the file and select the original and translation languages.
3. Click "Translate", then download.
This web-based tool supports over 100 languages and multiple file formats.
2. Use the document translator: PDF Translator App (Android)
For those who need to translate PDFs frequently, it might be worth installing a file translator. Mobile app for PDF translator.The app is free to use, but only available on Android.
1. To use this app to translate PDFs on your Android device, open it and select File Translator.
2. Click the plus icon (+) to select the PDF you want to translate.
3. Select the language you want to translate and click Translate.
The tool translates the uploaded PDF content, which you can download by clicking the down arrow.
While the tool supports multiple languages, the layout of the PDF is distorted during translation.The app has a paid version with unlimited translations, an ad-free experience, and supports more languages.
Download: File Translator: PDF Translator for Android (Free, paid version available)
Can you translate scanned PDFs for free?
All these methods work perfectly for native/normal PDFs.But translating scanned PDFs gets a little tricky.While you can convert and translate scanned PDFs using the Google Drive method, there can be issues with recognition and layout.
However, for better results, it is better to extract the text from the scanned PDF with OCR first.Let's take a look at the process.
Step 1: Extract text from scanned PDF
There are various OCR software for extracting text from PDF.But Microsoft OneNote's OCR feature is an excellent, free one.
1. To extract text using OneNote, open it, go to the Insert tab, and select File Printout.
2. Once the file is added, right-click it and select Copy from text printed on this page.
3. Paste the copied text into a new section.
4. If OneNote pastes an image instead of text, you can right-click the image again and select Copy Text from Image.
5. Now, press CTRL + V to paste the text.
While Microsoft OneNote is an amazing tool that can even convert handwritten notes to text, it can sometimes mess up the layout.In addition to OneNote, you can also use Convertio OCR online to get text from scanned PDFs.
Step 2: Translate the Word Document
Once you have the extracted text, visit the DocTranslator website.Repeat the above steps to translate your files.You can do this on both mobile and desktop.Likewise, you can upload a Word document to your Google Drive, open it in Google Docs, and translate it using the methods explained above.
Translate PDFs to any language like a pro
In a world as interconnected as today, chances are you'll come across foreign language documents.But converting PDF to any other language is a breeze thanks to OCR and translation technology.
However, you may face layout or OCR recognition issues, depending on your file.Almost all the methods used above are powered by Google Translate, which is an excellent tool.However, depending on your situation, you may want to try other methods.
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