Doc Translator: Software that Translates Office Documents, Keeps the Formatting
Article by George Norman
On 18 May 2010
If you want to translate documents created with Microsoft Word for example, you can easily do so with Google Translate, the free online language translation service created by Mountain View-based search engine giant Google. Useful as Google Translate may be, it does come with a major disadvantage: it can mess-up the documents formatting since it doesn’t support images and it cannot be saved properly since the output is a HTML file.

Having to redo the document’s formatting ca prove to be a pain in the unmentionables. Luckily enough there is a solution. You could take advantage of an online service that translates documents with Google Translate, but doesn’t make a mess of its formatting. That online service is Doc Translator.


To be more precise, Doc Translator is actually a Java-powered webapp. It will take your Word document and translate it in little time, while maintaining the original formatting. It will take other Office documents and translate them as well. Here is a detailed list of supported formats: .doc, .docx, .xml, .xls, .xlsx, .pptx, plain text document.

Doc Translator does not have to be installed, it runs entirely in your web browser. You need only visit the Doc Translator webpage here and click on Translator. Then you need to let the Java applet to run. It will of course eat some system resources, but not as much as you may expect.

You can upload any supported file to Doc Translator, regardless of how big it is. That’s right, there are no file size limitations. Once you upload the file, Doc Translator uses Google Docs to identify the language of the text – and it uses Google Translate to, well, translate that text into any of the more than 50 languages Google Translate provides support for.

In related news, the team behind Google Translate recently announced that it added five new “alpha” languages to the lineup (Azerbaijani, Armenian, Basque, Urdu and Georgian) and that it extended the functionality of the text-to-speech feature to cover more languages (Afrikaans, Albanian, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh).

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