The online localization platform POEditor is free to use to translate software projects collaboratively in the following circumstances:
With Free Accounts
If you register to the POEditor, you get an account with a Free plan by default. The free account can accomodate software localization projects summing up to 1000 strings, which is usually enough to translate a small app or a WordPress theme into a few languages.
Also, you can use your free account to contribute without any limitation to localization projects owned by other users. The strings you translate for others are counted against their account.
Free plans, like all the other POEditor plans, can host an unlimited number of projects, languages and contributors. But, unlike accounts with paid plans, free accounts don’t come with a Translation Memory feature.
At POEditor, everyone in your localization team can find tools to increase productivity and simplify their part of the job. Below, I present some main features our localization management platform offers to improve automation.
At POEditor, we are dedicated to bringing you the best interface where you can manage your collaborative translation work. We know it is essential for any localization project manager or translator to stay updated with their team’s whereabouts and actions, in order to maintain a smooth and natural workflow. So, to avoid stepping on each other’s toes, we’ve built POEditor with a Realtime Translation System.
The POEditor Realtime Translation System is good for all POEditor users, regardless of their role in a project. First of all, it is useful for contributors, because they can see who is active on the same language as they are, at the same moment. It also shows them in real time if a translation is added, edited or deleted for a term in that language. If there is more than one person translating on the same page, the system will mark the translation fields that are being worked on by coloring their borders. If two or more contributors are on a translation field at the same time, a bubble will inform them who else is translating that term.
On an owner and administrator level, there are some extra benefits. At the bottom of the Project Page, a Live Activity box will appear, if at least one person is connected to the project. If they perform any actions (add/delete translation), those will also be streamed. Here’s what it looks like:
The POEditor Realtime Translation System has been well improved to give even more useful information to localization teams in their efforts to provide quality software translations. Unwanted events, like translating a string twice, for example, can easily be avoided with it.
In case you have feedback that you would like to share with us, don’t hesitate to drop us a comment or to use our contact form to get in touch.
Here at POEditor, we’re always trying to optimize and improve performance. For this reason, in the past few weeks, we’ve been really busy reconstructing our Translation Memory engine.
Given the growth rate of POEditor and the number of strings in large accounts, we began noticing some delay in the TM for suggested translations, especially when the system searched for translations of small strings (such as “Account” or “Cancel”). Some tests and debugging quickly pointed us to the database queries, which had become slower as the database increased.
We then took a radical decision, to move all the TM related searches to a dedicated search engine. After lots of research and tests, we choose Elasticsearch, which is based on the powerful Apache Lucene project. Elasticsearch is a flexible and powerful open source, distributed, real-time search and analytics engine, running on Java.
To cut the technical stuff short, the performance improved by a factor of more than 10 times in some cases and it’s expected that the future growth won’t affect the system performance as it did before this.
We would like to see you test the limits of the Translation Memory engine, with countless translations from old and new localization projects. You will surely be compelled by how this powerful piece of software enhances the automated part of the POEditor experience!
We are proud to let you know that on the 2nd of August, two years ago, the project that came to be the POEditor you know today first saw the light of the Internet. Although we couldn’t imagine how far we’d get back then, we believe now that our localization platform has grown into a beautiful piece of software that is valuable to many people all over the globe. Along the way, we’ve added new & useful features and updates, always taking into account your opinions for improvement and other requests, making it our assumed duty to deliver to you in the shortest amount of time possible. This is the kind of relationship we will continue cultivating with our users.
A big thank you to everybody for supporting us and for using our product. We hope to keep on growing together while you enjoy POEditor for years and years to come.
Keep the #l10n roaring!
We recently made a list of all the formats we support for localization projects, and gave a few explanations for each of them, linked to POEditor’s expectations. We take the chance to clarify a question that keeps popping up in our mailbox: why do we not support certain formats?
The short answer is because of the perspective from which we’ve built the entire translation platform: we preferred to treat every localization job from a project point of view, and not as a mere file translation. For this reason, we need to be able to import every localization file format to the same list of terms and translations, so we can provide back to our users the same content, in the same format, flawlessly.
Taking this into consideration, and the fact that we don’t like to “partially support” language files, we’ve arrived at this list of main formats.
The current list of formats is not final, of course, and new additions will be adapted to this vision, so our users won’t get the feeling of getting too technical.
Have a look at our supported formats:
Gettext .po and .pot files, Excel .xls and .xlsx files, Android .xml files, Apple .strings, Microsoft .resx and .resw files, Java .properties files, .json text files.
Academic discounts and other goodies
Today we’re going to tell you all about our special academic discount program. We know that professionals entering the localization industry come from many different fields (marketing, international studies, language studies and so on) and that their number, as their need for technical accommodation, is growing by the day. Thus, for educational purposes, POEditor developed the academic program. It consists in a 50% discount on all subscription plans for academic institutions and individuals, and it is aimed at encouraging hands-on practice for those in the academia hoping to achieve a better understanding of what the process of software localization entails, and how the commercial translation environment looks like.
Students and professors can get familiar with cloud localization by using the POEditor platform, benefiting from unrestrained access to all of its features, at a privileged half price.
Are you eligible?
All that is necessary to qualify for our special academic discount program is to be a part of the academia, as a student, teacher, or researcher. Verification is done by email address, so you will need an educational email address matching the school’s domain name with which to register (for free) on POEditor.
How do you purchase?
To benefit from our special academic discount program, you will need to contact us by e-mail, specifying which address you used to register. After checking that the requirements are met, we will provide a unique link that will get you 50% off on your chosen subscription plan.
Translating OS projects with POEditor
POEditor supports and believes in the Open Source movement, offering free localization services for all Open Source projects. You can translate Open Source projects without using up strings from your account’s limit. All you have to do is request POEditor’s approval for such a localization project, if the software you want to translate is an OSI approved Open Source software. You can find out how to make the request here.
Remember, when you fill out a request for an Open Source Project, you have to prove that your project is Open Source by providing the type of OSI approved license, a project description and a link to your project page.
What are Open Source projects?
Open Source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open Source software is developed and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a global non-profit that supports and promotes the Open Source movement. Among other things, OSI maintains the Open Source Definition, and a list of licenses that comply with that definition.
Yes, we know! We should have started a blog years ago, but we were too busy making our translation software great. Now our team is getting bigger and we decided it’s time to communicate more. So here we are! We would really love to hear what you think about the service, or whatever you guys think we should be implementing next, before we start bragging about POEditor’s cool features. You can use our Twitter, Google+ and Facebook accounts for comments and suggestions, and for more information, see https://poeditor.com.
Here’s to a good start!