Software translation tools go live

Published on Tectonic

The last two days have seen the release of not just one but two online software translation portals. Yesterday Translate.org.za announced their system Pootle and on the same day Ubuntu Linux announced its Rosetta. Both allow registered users to translate PO files for a range of open source software.

Translate’s Dwayne Bailey says the Pootle management system is designed to help people translate software into their language with the minimum of fuss while also aiming to help simplify the translation process for software and translation maintainers. Pootle is already being used by the Translate.org.za team to manage existing projects.

He says that the portal was developed by Translate.org.za through the Translate Toolkit community. The development was funded by the CATIA project with assistance from St James Software.

To use Pootle users can register and create a translation account. ”You may translate online using the web interface or download files for translation using your existing translation tools,” says Bailey.

Current translation maintainers can have their language and software components enabled on Pootle to manage their existing projects through Pootle.

Bailey says Pootle makes it easy to translate software without you having to learn the intricacies of the tools traditionally needed to translate free and open source software.

”For language maintainers the evolving feature set will allow them to target releases, monitor progress and manage their tea,” says Bailey.

The Ubuntu announcement of Rosetta is here