Translate with Excel files

Redokun allows you to export your text from your InDesign file to an Excel or XLIFF file, which you can send to translation. When the Excel/XLIFF file is translated you can import it back into Redokun and download the translated InDesign document.

See how to use the Excel method to translate your InDesign documents in this video or follow the instructions below.

Step-by-step guide

1. Upload your InDesign document in IDML file format. Visit this page to see how to export an IDML file from Adobe InDesign.

Upload an IDML file


2. Choose the source language.

Choose the source language


3. Choose the target language.

Choose the target language


4. Choose "(me)" as a translator.



5. Export all the phrases (or segment) from the InDesign file in a Microsoft Excel file, by clicking on the "down" arrow.

Export sentences

You can fill the translation column with past translations by flagging the relative flag. Excel cells with translations automatically imported from past work are marked with a yellow background.


6. Edit the exported XLSX (Excel) file and enter the translated phrases in the third column (column C).

Edit the exported XLSX


7. Click on the "up" arrow to import the Excel file into Redokun.

Export sentences


8. After the import, you'll be presented with a guided upload wizard and you will have the opportunity to see which phrases are being imported.

Import the XLSX in Redokun


9. Confirm the translation and download the translated IDML file with the same styles and layout as the original file.

Confirm the translation


To separate and preserve style changes or special characters Redokun uses tags (Link) and markers (Link). If the source language contains tags, then you should place each tag in the translated phrase.

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