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[Full Guide] Best Way to Translate Scan Text in Any Other Language

The world has become a globalized business and knowledge hub where information is shared across regions in a blink. This has increased the use of translation tools for both real-time translation and text-based translation. Although it is easy to type manually or copy-paste text to a translation tool, how do you translate the scanned text?

A scanned text is not editable, so you cannot translate it through a simple copy-paste approach. You need a more advanced way to detect the text and translate it. To address this hassle, this guide will discuss the best way to translate scan text, whether it is in an image format or a long scanned document.

Part 1. Can I Scan Text to Translate?

Yes, you can scan text to translate. You can first scan the text using a scanner or camera. Afterward, you can use a tool with advanced OCR (optical character recognition) technology to detect the text and then translate it into any language you want.

Google Translate scan text is one such tool to translate text, but it is suited for translating image-based text. Alternatively, UPDF is a more powerful translation tool for both image-based scanned text and lengthy scanned documents. The next part talks in detail about the best tool to translate scan text, no matter if it's a scanned image or a lengthy document.

Part 2. How Do I Translate Scan Text into Other Languages?

Translating scan text into other languages is a two-phase process. First, you have to detect the text from the scanned file and make it editable. Afterward, you have to select and translate the text.

There is one tool that streamlines the whole process, and that tool is known as UPDF.

UPDF is an AI-powered scanned text translator tool that is available on all four major platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. It provides a click-based interface to quickly translate scan text within 1-2 minutes.

UPDF's powerful OCR technology (available in Windows and Mac versions) can convert scanned text in an image or lengthy scanned document into editable text with high accuracy. Afterward, it provides an AI translator (UPDF AI, available in UPDF's all versions) that can translate selected text into any language you want.

The key highlights of UPDF are as follows:

  • It supports translating scanned text into any language.
  • It supports the translation of a large amount of text, such as scanned documents, into another language.
  • It can detect text in 38 languages (such as English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Finnish, German, Russian, and more) and translate it into any language.
  • It can translate on computers and smartphones. 
  • Its AI translation provides authentic and accurate translation no matter the topic's complexity.

In short, UPDF is one reliable and feature-rich tool to translate scan text into any language. That's the reason it is trusted by hundreds of thousands of users across the globe. Therefore, download UPDF and see it in action yourself.

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Follow the below steps to translate scan text into other languages using UPDF:

Step 1. Download and launch UPDF on your computer. From the main dashboard, click "Open File" to open the scanned PDF.

If your scanned text is in image format, click File > Create > PDF to Image.

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Step 2. Tap the "OCR" option from the right sidebar to recognize text from the image. In the pop-up window, specify the text language, pages to scan, and other details. Afterward, click "Perform OCR".

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Step 3. Once the OCR is completed, you will notice that the text has become editable. Now, you can select and translate the text with the UPDF AI translator. To do that, select the text and then tap "Translate" from the small pop-up window beneath the selected text.

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Step 4. Select the text you want to translate. Tap UPDF AI > Translate > choose the language to translate.

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Step 5. UPDF will automatically generate the accurate translation for you.

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This way, you can easily translate scan text with the AI technology of UPDF. The best thing is that UPDF capabilities are not limited to just translation. Read the next part to learn about other state-of-the-art features of UPDF.

Part 3. UPDF – Your Complete Document Editor, Annotator, and Converter Tool

UPDF dominates as an advanced translator tool and a better alternative to Google Translate scan text, but it has a lot more to offer. UPDF is a complete PDF editor tool. This means that you get a full set of PDF editing and annotating features with UPDF. Below is a quick overview of all the key features UPDF provides alongside translation:

  1. Create PDF: It can create a new PDF from scratch or convert Word, Excel, PPT, image, and other file formats into PDF.
  2. Read/View PDF: It provides a seamless PDF viewing/reading experience with different page layout options, reading modes, etc.
  3. Edit PDF: It can edit the text, add/replace/crop/delete images, customize links, and change the background of a PDF.
  4. Convert PDF: It can turn a PDF into other file formats, such as Word, PPT, Excel, image, RTF, CSV, and more.
  5. AI Chatbot: It offers an AI chatbot (UPDF AI) to use as a virtual assistant while reading a PDF. It can summarize, translate, explain, rewrite, answer questions, and do a lot more about document content.
  6. Annotate PDF: It lets you annotate the PDF text by highlighting, marking, drawing, underlining, or inserting stamps/stickers.
  7. Compress PDF: It can shrink PDF file size with three simple clicks.
  8. Password Protect PDF: It can protect your PDF with a password to avoid unauthorized use.
  9. Batch Process: It can take multiple PDFs and combine, insert, encrypt, print, or them simultaneously.
  10. Organize PDF: It can rearrange, replace, crop, rotate, extract, add, and split PDF pages.
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In simple words, UPDF is the most well-designed and complete PDF editor and translator tool. So, why think more? Download and purchase UPDF right now on your computer and smartphone and utilize its features in your day-to-day activities.

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Part 4. FAQs About Translating Scan Text

Q1. Can I scan a document and then translate it?

Yes, you can scan a document and then translate it. UPDF offers a seamless way to translate scan text into any language. It scans your document with OCR technology and allows you to use its AI translator to translate the selected text into any language. No matter the document length and language, it can scan and translate proficiently.

Q2. Can Google Translate a scanned document?

Yes, Google can translate photo to text on PC as well as scanned document. However, there are a few limitations. The document size should be 10 MB and must be in PDF, DOCX, PPTX, or XLSX format. In the case of a PDF file, it should be within 300 pages.



To translate scanned text, you need to choose the right tool to detect the text and then provide translation. That's what this guide has presented in the form of UPDF. UPDF is one of the best tools to translate scan text with high accuracy. From its intelligent OCR scanning to AI-powered translation, UPDF has everything to translate scanned text from images or documents into any language. To sum up, simply download UPDF and follow the above steps to translate scanned text effortlessly.

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