POEditor localization API improvements

The POEditor dev team has been very busy lately, tinkering with the localization API (among others). Below are described the improvements you can find in API v2.

New API methods

Besides completely refreshing the look (structure) of the API, we’ve also completed it with a few methods. Now, we can say it better mirrors the functionalities in the localization interface.
  • Update terms. This is the equivalent of the View or Add Terms in the localization interface. It lets you change the text, context, reference, plural and tags.
  • Remove contributor. This method removes a contributor from a project language or an admin from a project, if the language is not specified.
  • Delete projectIt deletes the project from the account. You must be the owner of the project.
  • Update project settings. The method lets you set or delete a Default Reference Language, as well as edit the name and/or description of the project.

Other improvements

We’ve also updated some already existing methods in the localization API, as follows:
  • View Project Details now also shows the number of terms in the project.
  • List project terms supports plurals.
  • Update project language gained the fuzzy trigger (and can mark as fuzzy the translations in the other languages).

That’s all folks! We hope you enjoy API v2 and look forward to your feedback on it.

POEditor and WPML team up to help you translate WordPress sites & plugins

Translate WordPress with POEditor and WPML

We’re happy to announce that POEditor is now integrated with WPML, one of the most popular plugins to translate WordPress sites. In case you’re not familiar with WPML, what you should know is that it lets you write content in different languages and translate the existing content of your WP site. But content is not the only thing it can help translate.

How POEditor helps WPML users

WPML is also useful for theme and plugin translation, by extracting the strings in your WordPress language files and sending them to a platform where they can be translated. POEditor is such a translation management platform, where you can bring your translation team members to collaborate. They don’t even need a WordPress account to participate! Just add them to your POEditor translation project using their email address and that’s it.

How to connect WPML to POEditor

A detailed guide for connecting WPML and POEditor you can find here. The guide also describes how to send the strings you want to translate from your site to your POEditor translation project.

What translation options do I have with POEditor?

To translate WordPress sites and plugins with us, you can choose between one or more of the following methods:

  1. Crowdourcing translations from your community (using public projects)
  2. Using your own translators (by adding them as contributors)
  3. Using Machine Translation
  4. Ordering translations from one of our partners

According to your resources and needs, you can combine the available translation options in whatever way suits you best.

We believe the integration with the WPML translation plugin nicely complements our WordPress translation plugin. With the POEditor plugin, you can translate WordPress strings efficiently. But with WPML, you can also manage the translation of WordPress content as well, all from your WP dashboard.

Translate your app or website faster with multiple human translation orders

POEditor users have multiple options for translating their software strings. They can bring their own translators, crowdsource translations using public projects, use machine translation engines, or even opt for third party human translation services. The latter feature is provided in partnership with well-reputed human translation platforms in the industry.

Until recently, as a POEditor user, you had to access each localization project to order human translations for it. And you had to repeat this process for each language. Because our users made us aware they wish to accelerate this part of their workflow, we’ve made some small changes.

What’s new with the human translation order process

In essence, you can now place orders for any project in the same page, and can order as many translations as you want, at the same time.

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How to integrate Slack or HipChat into your software localization workflow

Connectivity is essential to a flexibile and efficient localization workflow. Being connected to your team at all times and also being connected to the constant flow of events during the localization process, you can react on the spot whenever something needs attention, increasing productivity and saving a lot of resources on the way. With this in mind, and somehow as a logical step to offering you a better solution for collaborative localization, we’ve decided to add two more options to the list of integrations available with the POEditor localization management platform- Slack and HipChat.

The walkthroughs below will help you connect your POEditor account to Slack or to HipChat. Make sure you log in both to the POEditor localization platform and to your preferred communication service before you begin.
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How to get professional human translation services for your software localization project

The POEditor localization management platform is mainly designed as a productivity tool for localization teams that want to use their own translators in the process of localizing software strings.

Despite this, we know that not everyone who reaches our localization platform has translators to assign to their l10n projects, or a community to crowdsource translation. For them, we provide quick access to professional translation services. Following the steps described below, you can easily order translations for your software localization project, directly from your POEditor account.

Step 1: Go to the Translation Orders page, choose your values and get a quote

In the Project page, click on the Translation Orders button to reach the New Order page. Here, select your desired values, then press Get Quote to find out what the translation price is.
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Updating translations in labels-based software localization projects

If you want to translate an app that uses language files such as .strings, .xliff, .resx, .xml or .properties with the software localization management platform POEditor, it’s very likely your localization process will be a little different than if you were using any of the other supported language files. This is because these language files contain labels.

As a developer/localization manager/someone else handling a labels-based project with POEditor, you will start your software localization process by importing strings from a language file and setting a Default Reference Language.
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Webhooks: a Solution to Automate the Sync Between the POEditor Collaborative Translation Platform and GitHub or Bitbucket Repos

Lately, some users have been asking for a way to automate the synchronization between the POEditor localization platform and GitHub/Bitbucket repositories. Because we want to make them happy, we found a way to do this – webhooks. These “user-defined HTTP callbacks” can be used to trigger a certain sync in your repos. They can be called from anywhere, and can be maintained, modified and managed by any third-party users.

Preparing the webhook

To make use of a webhook, you first need to create a webhook URL. Find an example for GitHub here, and one for Bitbucket here.
After creating the webhook, you can add it to a GitHub or Bitbucket account so that events in the repos trigger terms (and translations) updates in a POEditor project.

Using webhooks with Bitbucket

To add a webhook to a Bitbucket account, just log on to it, go to Settings → Hooks, and select “POST” from the “Select a hook” dropdown menu. Then click on “Add hook” and introduce the webhook URL in the empty field. Whenever the repository changes, the webhook will be triggered to sync between the assigned language/project on POEditor and the file in the repo.

Using webhooks with Github

Adding a webhook to GitHub is also easy. Go to the account, click on Settings → Webhooks & Services → Add webhook, and add the webhook URL to the “Payload URL” field. Unlike in the case of Bitbucket webhooks, you can pick what kind of event(s) you want to trigger the webhook. It can be just the push event, individual events, or everything (any change in the repo).

So that’s that. The POEditor GitHub integration and Bitbucket integration are now faster than ever, because you have the choice to automatically send the updates in the repos to your localization projects managed on POEditor.

Update July 2015: It is now possible to use webhooks to export terms and translations from your POEditor localization project to your connected GitHub account. Please note that the export option can be triggered from anywhere, except GitHub.

 

POEditor autumn harvest

The month of October is nearing its end, and by looking and the amount of updates we have gathered during it, we can proudly say that our dev team’s hard work has been quite fruitful.

Because we don’t want to bore you with very technical stuff, we will limit this communication to presenting the most obvious changes to improve your localization workflow.

Control exports to GitHub

You will notice that in the Github projects page, you now have the following options to filter your exports: all, translated/untranslated, fuzzy/not fuzzy, automatic/not automatic, proofread/not proofread. Once one of these settings is chosen, it is saved and applied for all the Github projects. In the case of multiple files, you will also notice that you are now able to tell where you are with the export, because a progress bar will be visible while the export to Github takes place.

Mass toggle of fuzzy or proofread translations

For an easier time managing translations, the mass toggle option was a must. You can now perform the action of mass toggling fuzzy translations or mass toggling proofread translations by accessing the dropwdown list at the bottom of any language page and clicking “Go”.

Recover translations from History

We have to give a big hand to those of you who suggested this feature, because it will be a blessing to many of your fellow users. Basically, what this feature does is detect if there are translations in the History of an untranslated term. In case there are, you can tell POEditor to recover from History the last one recorded. Please note that a translation gets saved in History only after one hour has gone by from when it was edited.

There are a lot of nice enhancements that we have on our roadmap, so make sure you keep an eye on us so you don’t miss out on any of the good news.

Proofreading translations with the POEditor localization platform

When it comes to the translation part of a localization process, one of the most important aspects is proofreading the translations. Before exporting the localized strings back to your website, app or game, you will want to make sure they’ve been well adapted to their context and are, indeed, good to go. What’s the best way to achieve this? Assigning some proofreaders to your software localization project, of course.

In this post we will show you how our most recently implemented feature works. As usual, the POEditor translation interface makes things really simple.
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Software localization, smoother with Bitbucket integration

bitbucket-logoEver since we added the GitHub integration to POEditor, people have started requesting a Bitbucket integration. We’re not going to get into the GitHub vs. Bitbucket discussion, we’re just going to say they’re both pretty popular among software developers and both deserve the same attention. Today is the day Bitbucket fans get their version of this useful feature.

You can now set up the integration either via Project Import or directly from your Project Settings page. You’ll have to grant the POEditor APP access to your repositories and match your language files with the languages within your POEditor project.

Unfortunately though, Bitbucket users only get half of the pie. You can only import terms & translations from your repository, you can’t export them back from POEditor. This limitation comes from the Bitbucket API, which does not allow us to write anything in your repositories. The guys from Bitbucket promised at some point they’ll fix this, but it doesn’t seem very high on their priorities’ lists. You can change that by upvoting this enhancement on their issue tracker here. Pointing fingers done.

We hope you will enjoy this update and maybe one day we’ll be able to complete the feature with an export, if the guys there decide to offer us the possibility to do that via API. Questions and comments welcomed.