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New support for translation during release cycle

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thanks to recent changes made to the Translation Portal, translators can now get a head start on their Tuple ERP translations. Gone are the days of waiting for the final release of xTuple ERP to begin translation work. Now translators can begin working as soon as the Beta for a new version is available. This change should make it much easier for translators to ensure their .QM files are kept up to date with the latest content. With this new process, it is even possible that translations could be finished before the final release is published!

There have been some other positive changes, as well, designed to support translators and our international community of users:

1. A new feature in the Translation Portal automatically translates identical strings found in the language files for newer versions. This means that when translators begin translating a new release, part of the work will already be done!

2. In xTuple ERP 3.7.0 there will be a new Welcome Screen designed to make it easier for international users to get started using xTuple. To learn more about this new Welcome Screen (and how you can help translate it), please see my forum post on the topic.

Just one more word of thanks to all the translators in our community who contribute their time, effort, and feedback to xTuple translation projects. We really appreciate your work — as I'm sure all the users do in the countries where you live! Again, as I said in my forum post, we could really use help translating the new Welcome Screen into the 37 languages we have identified. If you have a few minutes to help with that, we would really appreciate your input. Please post any translations of the new Welcome Screen (with the name of the language) as a reply on that forum.

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Pierce Tyler

Vice President Knowledge Management
Pierce is a founding member of xTuple and, since 2001, has been responsible for the day-to-day technical support of xTuple's global community of customers and implementation partners. In addition to his support role, Pierce also manages product documentation and launched xTupleU. He was previously a manager for knowledge management at Great Bridge, a commercial open source company serving the PostgreSQL community. For many years he taught digital literacy and college English at Old Dominion University and the University of Maryland. He also worked as a beat reporter for various newspapers. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.