Translation of Visio Files Using SDL Trados Studio

Translation of Visio Files Using SDL Trados Studio

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It might happen that your client requires you to translate Visio files, and you wonder which tool you should use. If you have received a VSD file, ask your client to save it as XML Drawing (*.vdx). Several Translation Environment Tools (TEnTs, a.k.a. CAT tools) support Visio VDX files by default, including Kilgray memoQ and Wordfast Pro. Still, you might be required to use SDL Trados Studio and you do not want to purchase a plugin for hundreds of dollars. Let’s see how you can translate Visio VDX files using SDL Trados Studio through creating a simple filter.

You can easily create a Visio filter for SDL Trados using these steps suggested by Yasmin M. Moslem (original article).

The following steps have been tested on SDL Trados Studio 2014; however, it might work fine in older versions of Studio with slight fine-tuning:

  1. Open SDL Trados Studio
  2. Click File > Options.

Note: This is a global option that will be applied only on new projects created after this. If you rather need to apply it on a current project, select Home > Project Settings instead.

  1. Click File Types > New.
  2. Select XML.
  3. Add a File type name (say, Visio).
  4. Change the File dialogue wildcard expression from *.xml to be *.vdx
  5. Optional: If you are going to have other XML type filters, you will need to change the File type identifier to something else (say, Visio).
  6. Click Next and Next again.
  7. Under Parser Rules:
  • Click Add.
  • Under Rule type, select XPath.
  • In the fields XPath, type //*
  • Under Properties > Translate, select Not translatable.
  • Click OK.


  • Click Add.
  • Under Rule type, select XPath.
  • In the fields XPath, type //Text
  • Under Properties > Translate, select Always translatable.
  • Click OK.
  1. Click Next.
  2. Under File Detection, and in the field Any of the following root elements, click Add, and type *  then click OK.
  3. Click Finish.

Now, you should be able to add Visio *.vdx files for translation

You might also like to use this ready-made settings file (Visio filter); on the File Types page, just click the “Import Settings…” button.

Segmentation Rules

In some files, you might find a few lines imported into one segment. In this case, you just need to edit the Segmentation Rules, and this article about Adding a Soft Return Segmentation Rule to SDL Trados Studio gives some useful hints.



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