Translate your AutoCAD drawings in three steps:
How do you translate AutoCAD drawing text from one language to another?
There’s a hard way and then there’s an easy way. By using our powerful tool you
can translate a series of drawings from one language to another without having
to manually go through each file.
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When AutoCAD drawings need to be translated into a different language,
conventional methods are expensive, slow and prone to error.
Problems translating AutoCAD drawings on your own:
- Text can difficult to find on large AutoCAD drawings, all texts may not
- The translator must be familiar with AutoCAD.
- BLOCKS containing TEXTS and variable ATTRIBUTES may cause problems.
- The procedure may be extremely slow.
Benefits using our translator tool:
- Allows the translator to concentrate on the translation work.
- The translator does not have to work in the AutoCAD environment.
- Your translated database (Ms Excel) runs outside of the AutoCAD.
- The graphical formatting of elements stays unaffected after the
- Translated files might be produced in hours, not days.
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Translates AutoCAD drawings in 2 ways
Our tool can work on individual file or in batch mode. Either way, your
AutoCAD drawings will be translated into your desired language using just three
Translate a single drawing
With this function you translate the active drawing, using an Excel workbook.
Translate AutoCAD drawings in batch mode
You can translate entire projects or folders of AutoCAD drawings with batch
run. After the start, the translator tool asks you to choose the drawings in a
dialog box that displays the preview of the drawings. The first run saves
all the texts in the drawings, in an Excel workbook. This file should be
translated manually, or using a CAT tool (such as Trados, Systran, WordFast,
SDLX, DejaVu, etc.) or using the internet. The second run translates all
the chosen drawings using the updated Excel file
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AutoCAD 2007 - AutoCAD 2012 / Ms Excel 2000 or higher
With DwgTextTranslator you can convert an unlimited number of AutoCAD
drawings from one language to another rapidly and efficiently. This is
achieved by running batches.
Preview of drawings:
When selecting drawings to be included in the translation process you can see
thumbnails of the drawings.
Translating numbers:Back to Top
By default, the DwgTextTranslator omits texts that contain only numbers, but you
can configure the application to also include numbers in the translation
Layers included in the translation process:
You can choose the layers you want to translate, this speeds up the translation
process and you can easily omit such layers which texts you don't want to
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You can define a layer for the output translations. In this case all
translations will be placed on a layer you define, the default name of this
layer is "Translations", but you can freely choose the name of the layer and
it's color. In this way you can have both the source language and the
translations on different layers in the same drawings. You can have
English texts on the layer "English" and Chinese texts on the layer "Chinese".
Use a CAT tool for the translation work
Translate the texts with your favorite CAT tool (Trados, Systran, WordFast,
SDLX, DejaVu, etc.)
You can also request translations from an internet service, directly from the
within the application. This is useful if you do not have a CAT tool.
Elements included in the translations process:Back to Top
The application translates all AutoCAD text elements: texts, mtexts, blocks
attributes, and blocks texts and mtexts. Also AutoCAD proxy entities are
The application uses a smart system to deal with AutoCAD multi-line texts
(MTEXTS). This means that the formatting parameters and the actual texts
are separated, so you only need to deal with the text content.
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You can translate to, or from unicoded languages, such as Chinese, Russian or
Japanese. When translating to such languages you can define which big-font
you want to use for the translations texts.
Sorting the texts:
The texts are saved in the Excel workbook in a descending order from the top of
the drawings. This makes it is easier to read and translate the texts in
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All time critical routines are placed in an arx-module, which means that the
conversion process is extremely fast. You can convert a thousand drawings
in less than an hour.
Use the application as an add-on:
You can use the DwgTextTranslator as an add-on on other AutoCAD applications.
You only need to include the path of the DwgTextTranslator in the support path
of your favorite AutoCAD application.
You can access all files output by the application from within the
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AutoCAD 2007 - AutoCAD 2012 / Ms Excel 2000 or higher.
How it works
Step 1: You select the drawings that you want to
translate. The translator tool goes trough the drawings and exports their
texts to the column "Drawing text" in an Ms Excel table. In this example
we translate English drawings to Chinese ones.
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Step 2:You translate the table by filling the "Target text"
column with the translations. This can be done in different ways:
- Using a CAT tool, such as Trados, Systran or DejaVu.
- Using DwgTextTranslator's internet CAT tool.
- By typing the translations.
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Step 3: The translator tool goes trough the
drawings, and translates them using the updated table.