Translation and layouting in one package
As an international translation agency, we assist our clients from all around the world with their projects. We take part in projects promoting cultural events, supporting human rights activist foundations, advertising assistance with health issues, and the list goes on. One could think that we only do translation and editing. But our work goes far beyond that and this is what makes it interesting and exciting.
One of the additional services we provide is completing the typesetting of the translated documents. With this, our clients receive not only a translated text but ready-to-print files as well. Usually we do typesetting on books, leaflets, sales brochures, labels, posters and many other kinds of documents. Working on the layout design of these documents is itself interesting, but what happens if we add 23 languages to the project? How can we, as an agency, facilitate our clients’ projects?
We can divide these projects into two parts. First, we complete the translation and editing of the text into the requested languages. If we have a multilingual project, for example into 23 languages, the project manager must coordinate 46 linguists working on the project. Strict time management and precise knowledge of every little detail are very important for carrying out such huge projects.
Once the translation and the quality check are ready, we send the translation to our client in a bilingual two-column RTF file. We always ask for our client’s approval of the translation before proceeding with the typesetting. Why is this useful? Actually, we can save time and money for the client. It is more comfortable to compare the source and target text seeing them next to each other without the layout. It’s also easier and faster to correct the translations in the text files than in the layout files after the typesetting is completed.
After the client has approved the translations, our DTP specialists carry out the typesetting and what the client receives is the final ready-to-print file. One of the biggest advantages of this additional service is that the client doesn’t need to be in touch with a translation agency plus a graphic designer. We can carry out the whole process coordinated by one contact person assigned to the client.
Written by Zsanett Kórik, Project Manager at Eurideas Language Experts