ForeUI V4.0 brings a lot of new features, one of the most interesting new feature is that you can localize ForeUI by yourself, which means you can translate the text you see in ForeUI into the language you want.
Why we make it?
Previously we include language packs translated by volunteers, which works well. However, the translations need to be updated according to software update, and we have more languages to support. We want to build a platform for it, so everyone can very easily contribute his/her translation.
How it works?
Translating all texts will be a lot of workload, but you don’t have to translate all of them. Sentence or phrase is the minimum unit for translation. You can translate just one sentence or phrase and submit it. Once you do that, your translation will be automatically applied on your ForeUI, and you can enjoy your work immediately.
All translations will be public shared. When you try to translate a sentence or phrase, you may see that someone already did it before, and you can use his work instead of translating by yourself. Your translation may also be used by others, the more users choose your translation, the more credit points you will get, and those credit points can be used to get discount on buying/renewing ForeUI license in the future.
We will put those translations that are widely used into language pack and push it to all users during software upgrade.
How to use it?
You may already notice the new tab on the right side of ForeUI’s main window, and the view has title “ForeUI Connect”, which is the entrance of this feature. ForeUI Connect is a platform for online activity, and translating ForeUI is just the first feature we implement on it.
You will need to login before using this feature. The login account/password is the same you used to login our website. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register one here, or click the “Not a member yet?” link in the view.
After login you will see the “Translation” tab inside the view, and you are ready to go:
Here you need to specify which language do you want to translation ForeUI to. Then you can input a keyword in English to find the text to translate. Below is an example, I input “New Plot” as the keyword and then click “Search” button, and 7 results a listed:
There are two “New Plot” phrases in the list, because we have two places in ForeUI that use this phrase (one is for menu/toolbar/welcome page, and the other is for the settings window). Now you can choose the phrase to translate. If someone else (or you) has ever submitted a translation for this phrase, you will see it in the “Available Translations:” list. As shown below:
If you like this translation, you can select it and the click the “Use It” button. The more users use a translation, the higher chance that it will get included in future language pack. If the translation was submitted by you, you can also edit or delete it here. If you don’t find any existing translation can satisfy you, you can submit your own by clicking the “Add…” button above the list. A window will pop-up and accept your new translation.
After clicking the “Submit” button, congratulations! You just contributed one translation to the repository! Meanwhile you will be able to switch to the language that you are translating ForeUI to, and see the translated text in ForeUI immediately.
We hope you like this new feature, and wish more users to contribute their translations 🙂