How can I localize an InDesign file?

I’m looking for some method for automating the localization process for an InDesign document.

Basically, I want to be able to take the contents of the file, translate it into a few other languages (using machine translation) then rebuild the document that many times with all the formatting maintained. The document is already using things like threaded master frames anchored objects to keep the graphics in-line with the text, so the length changing shouldn’t be an issue. I’m not sure how to maintain the paragraph and character styles though.


There are few options:

  • Redokun (disclaimer: I’m one of the Co-Founders) – Export all the sentences in an Excel file, translate them and then reimport the sentences into the InDesign files automatically. However, the tool doesn’t provide a way to translate automatically. That would result in an unprofessional work, as some users already said.
  • Make an InDesign script, although there are a few things to keep in mind when exporting/importing phrases from InDesign
  • Use a (paid) tool (InPagina come to mind, but there are a few of them).

There are also more advanced solutions that save your document layout and information in a database and automatically create your InDesign document. These solutions are very powerful, they are able to manage any changes you make and store your translations.

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