When someone in SDL Tridion UI clicks on "Translate", if the selected component to translate is a multimedia (doc, pdf, etc.) will that actual file data(binary) be trasferred to the TMS for translation too, or only the "metadata" fields will be transferred?

Are the binaries (pdf, doc, xls, etc) extracted and managed by the Translation Manager/TMS automaticaly or they are not?

Thanks, bvl

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According to the documentation the following restrictions apply to Multimedia Components:

  • Only the name and metadata of a Multimedia Component is sent for translation, not the binary content
  • Only SDL Tridion metadata is sent for External Content Library (ECL) Multimedia Components
  • You cannot add ECL Multimedia Components directly to a Translation Job; you need to add them to a Page or a Bundle and send that for translation

Take into account, that the metadata fields are sent for translation, only if they are marked as translatable

  • Hi Puntero, I tried submitting Tridion components with binary data and noticed that only metadata (text fields marked "Translatable") were sent to Translation management system. Does Tridion Translation Manager support translation of PDF/Multimedia items?
    – S. T.
    Feb 2, 2015 at 20:45

No, just the metadata fields that have been marked as Translatable are sent to TMS. For instance if you have an image and you have metadata for Title and Alternative Text, just those fields are sent if they are marked as Translatable

  • Eric, where to mark the field Translatable? In schema? This "switch" is available in Tridion only after the Tranlsation Manager is installed? Thanks!
    – BVL
    Jan 30, 2014 at 10:17
  • Yes on both--the Translatable option is at a field level in Schemas and after Translation Manager is installed. Dec 4, 2014 at 6:05

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