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Trans – AutoCAD DWG text translation

XANADU a.s. published version 1.3 of the TRANS add-on utility for AutoCAD. Here are some details:

You can use the TRANS add-on utility to translate drawing texts to another language – either manually, or CAT-assisted (e.g. with Trados or other CAT tool), or automatically (via Google Translate).

TRANS extracts (exports) Text and Mtext entities from AutoCAD drawings into a text file (you can then translate it using any automated text translation tool or by human translator) and then puts the translated texts back into your DWG drawing (to the original places/positions and with the original properties). The automatic mode employs the API of the online tool "Google Translate" to perform language translation between the specified language pair.

The utility supports batch processing and translating the contents using Trados (or any other TEnT, since the format is RTF with tags). The tool does not support Unicode. A free trial version is available for download. The commercial version costs 39 USD.

Trans – AutoCAD DWG text translation

Translating text in AutoCAD drawings

The excellent Translator’s Tools blog  contains a post on TranslateCAD, a utility that can be used to translate files saved in the AutoCAD format. We receive files in this format only occasionally, but I will definitely go back to that post the next time we receive this type of request.

via Translator’s Tools | Translating text in AutoCAD® drawings