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Integration with TransPDF

Memsource allows the import of PDF files for translating purposes through our integration with TransPDF. This feature, however, requires you to create an account with TransPDF to gain credentials to use the integration (similar to MT or Frontlab). To create your account, please go to TransPDF and follow the instructions given there.

Use of TransPDF is free unless you want to download a final PDF of your translation. Final PDFs are charged on a per-page basis using pre-paid credits. Users are given some free credits when they sign up; however, after using them, you need to buy credits on your TransPDF account page to be able to download the Completed File - final PDF. The standard price per page is EUR 0.50. However, TransPDF offer substantial discounts for larger purchases of credits - if you purchase 1,000 credits and above, the price drops to 15¢ per page.

After you have created your account with TransPDF, go to Setup in your Memsource account and click on TransPDF in the Integrations section. Enter your TransPDF Username and Password and click on Save.


Before importing your PDF file to your project, choose the TransPDF filter in the File Import Settings.

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The PDF files can be opened and translated in both editors (as any other supported file format). Please note that free previews (Document - Preview Translation) from both editors give watermarked PDF files with the list detailing any formatting problems and other issues which can be dealt with following the instructions given there. The Completed File downloaded from your Memsource account is the final PDF, it is subject to payment and, therefore, we recommend making your final check of your files using the previews before downloading your completed files.

TransPDF limit the number of documents in each account to 50 (though individual users can ask for more if they need it). In case you have used up that limit, you need to login to your TransPDF account and delete the files no longer needed.

Scanned PDFs

For scanned PDF files, using any of external OCR systems available to convert files and importing them into Memsource after that conversion is no longer necessary.

The TransPDF service processes scanned PDFs via OCR. If you import any scanned PDF (with the TransPDF filter selected in the File Import Settings), it is OCR processed during the import and you may proceed to the translation of your documents immediately upon the import.

The users pay up-front for OCR processing of such documents - the credits are required - if you do not have enough credits, the document will not be OCR processed. That charge is the only one in the process - there is no other charge for downloading the final PDF once you have completed your translation.

TransPDF processes scanned PDFs via OCR if the PDF contains scanned texts only. Otherwise, only the proper PDF texts contained in such document will be imported.

Plain text

If you choose the Default filter for your PDF file, such file can only be use for analysis purposes.

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If you translate such imported PDF files in Memsource and then export as Completed, you will get an unformatted TXT file, containing merely the plain text imported from the PDF. The following warning is displayed when you attempt at opening a job created from such PDF file in the Memsource Web Editor or Memsource Editor.

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