Did you know there are many advantages converting documents such as Word or PowerPoint to PDFs? When a file is converted to a PDF it is usually compressed, resulting in a smaller file. Files saved as PDFs are self-contained and can be shared easily. The recipient does not need to have the same program or hardware that the original file was created in. PDFs make it easy to transmit files between computers and mobile devices that have different applications.
An added feature is that most PDF programs also allow you to put on extra security measures such as watermarks, passwords, or data encryption.
The opinions or views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, recommendations, or official position of the Translation Journal editors.
The first version of this article was to appear in the April 2006 issue of the Translation Journal. Before its intended publication I showed it to ATA President Marian Greenfield for corrections of any error of fact and for comments; she in turn showed it to members of the Board and other individuals involved in the Certification Program. None was able to pinpoint any error of fact; nevertheless, I edited a few passages where, according to the President, I was expressing my subjective opinions. In the last minute, I decided to withhold publication.
Being a professional translator or interpreter can be a tough but rewarding career. It can involve travel or it can be done in the comfort of your home. It can help you develop confidence; it can give you exposure to new cultures; and it can broaden your mind like nothing else can. But no matter what kind of bi- or multi-lingual work you are involved in, you can be sure that you are in a unique profession that bridges the gap between languages, cultures, peoples and ideologies. As such, the importance of this profession – in whatever form it assumes - cannot be underestimated.
How are you coming along with setting goals for 2016? Did you block out some time in your calendar this past week to plan how you want your business and personal life to look at the end of 2016? I hope you are well on your way!