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Overview. PDF scanner options allow the user to specify how to localize Portable Document Format files (.PDF)

The most important settings are the following:

  • File; the PDF file to localize.
  • Scope (Scope tab) ; specify the element types and page range to localize.
  • Output format (Output tab); choose the output format for the localized document.


This plug-in is available as a separate plug-in. To get an evaluation version of this plug-in, contact sales(at)multilizer.com.



Localizable Texts. Specifies the text document elements that should be considered for localization.

Document info Localize main document’s information (metadata).
Bookmarks Localize bookmark elements (nodes) in the navigation pane.
Document text Localize textual properties contained in the PDF page elements.
Notes Localize text annotations objects.

Scan empty strings. Allows user to specify about localizing empty strings. By default empty strings are not localized.

Pages to localize. Specifies the range of pages to localize in the PDF document. Separate numbers in a range by using a dash "-", and separate multiple pages or ranges by using commas ",".


Output directory. Specifies the directory where the localized files will be created. This is the directory where Multilizer creates the localized output files and sub directories. You can control the name of the localized files and directories by setting Type, Coding, Locale separator and Country separator.

Output file name

Type. Specifies how and where MULTILIZER creates the localized file version(s). Possible options are:

Subdirectory Create localized file(s) in sub directories named by language and locale.
Bundle name Append the language and locale information in the output file name.
File extension Replace the original file extension with language and locale information.

Coding. Selects file name initial coding style. Possible values are:

ISO ISO standard coding style.
.NET Microsoft .Net coding style.
Windows Windows coding style.

Output format. Specifies the output file format for the localized document. The default output format is PDF, but the user can choose among PDF, JPEG, RTF, HTML, EXCEL and TIFF file formats.


Highlight translations status differences.  Allows highlighting the text elements in the localized (translated) PDF document depending on the corresponding translation statuses. By default no highlighting is selected. The colors might be selected for Ready, QAed, Translated, Auto, Fuzzy or Not translated statuses.


Context type. Specifies how the context if formed. The possible options are: All context by index, Pages by index, page context by hash and All by Hash.  By default All context by index setting is selected.

All contexts by index is the default way of forming the context. This way of forming the context specifies the location of the localizable texts in the most accurate way. Problems with this context arise, however, if the document undergoes changes and the document is re-scanned. In this situation the contexts may change heavily and translations can get lost.

To overcome issues inherent to changes in the document, All by hash context can be used. In this approach the context is calculated from the text content -- opposed to by index where context depends on location of the text. The drawback of this approachg is that the same native text (E.g. "Hello world") gets the same context in the entire document, which means that the text can't be translated differently depending on the context.

Context sample: Reflects the format adopted by the context depending of the Context type value.

Optimization method. The text inside a PDF file is usually split into multiple parts: a single sentence or paragraph can consist of multiple pieces of text positioned independently inside the PDF document.

Optimization attempts to regroup lines or paragraphs prior to processing the PDF file. By default the Line Optimization is selected, but the user can choose which optimization methods to use. The available optimization methods are listed below:

No optimization Recommended when exporting to Jpeg format.
Line optimization (default) Recommended when exporting to RTF format.
Paragraph optimization Recommended when exporting to HTML format.
Table optimization Recommended when exporting to Excel format.


Do the following when processing a password protected file. Specifies the action to perform when scanning or building a passwords protected file.

Stop processing

Abort scan or build.

Prompt for password

Ask the user for a password every time a new scan/build is executed.

Use the password specified below

Use a stored password when needed.