This question came up the other day. “I received a PDF file from overseas and I wanted a German PDF document translated into English, I could not copy and paste this document to a translation program. How can I accomplish this?”
A PDF is a file formated almost like an image. You can read it with the appropriate application but without additional software, you cannot edit the information in the PDF. The file must be processed using an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) application. The recent versions of Microsoft Word will convert a PDF to a somewhat editable document file. There are many websites that will perform the conversion for you.
To answer the question, I used PDF to DOC to convert the PDF into an editable DOC file. Then the resulting DOC file can be opened in a word processing program like WordPad, MS Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs, etc.
I had never tried to convert a non-English PDF and was pleased that it worked fine. The German was now ready to be translated into another language. In my case this was English.
I opened the foreign (German in this example) document in MS Word. Then under Help, I searched for “translate”.
The entire document was translated into English and displayed in my default browser. Then it was an easy copy/paste to place it on the clipboard for use in an email, the original document, or elsewhere.
Instead of using MS Word, I could have opened a browser and searched for the word “translate” in the Google search engine.
Then pasted the German text in the left box. The translation to English immediately appears in the right box. A simple copy/paste and the results can be used in the application needed.
Another toolbox tool…