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Useful software

This is a selection of essential programs for the localisation professional. As a subjective compilation, it is quite likely I'm missing other usefull applications. If you feel some other software should be mentioned here, just let me know. This section is intended to be a guide to help you find the right tool for each localisation need.


Comparison Tools

Beyond Compare - a powerful time-saving utility for comparing files and folders on Windows systems. Manage source code, keep folders in sync, compare program output, and validate copies of data. Beyond Compare can create a snapshot of a live directory structure, and compare it against the live copy at a later date. It helps you analyze differences in detail and carefully reconcile them. It commands a wide range of file and text operations, as well as script commands for automating tasks. More info.



DiffDog - powerful and easy-to-use synchronization tool that lets you quickly compare and merge text or source code files and diverse directories via its straightforward visual interface. It also provides advanced XML-aware differencing and editing capabilities. More info.



ApSIC Comparator - ApSIC Comparator is a freeware tool that allows you to create side-by-side reports with all the changes made to a translation by a reviewer. These comparison reports can be used both to evaluate the quality of the translation and to provide feedback to the translator. More info.




Text Editors

TextPad - Whether you simply need a powerful replacement for Notepad, a tool for editing markup languages, or a programming interface, TextPad does what you want. Built-in file comparison utility. More info.




UltraEdit - powerful text editor which main target audience are programmers, since it includes database handling, file management, macros, and other programming specific tools. Very useful for editing source code. More info.




EmEditor - a lightweight yet extendable, easy-to-use text editor. Very customizable, with support for Unicode and powerful macros. More info.




TextPipe - text transformation, conversion, cleansing and extraction. It makes it fast and easy to convert, transform and re-purpose data in text files, including HTML, XML and delimited files. Many built-in filters. More info.





File renaming

WildRename - a free multi-file renaming application that allows you to modify upper/lowercase in filenames, add or remove strings of characters from filenames, replace characters in filenames. Use either simple replacements or powerful regular expressions. Includes a test mode. More info.






Web browsers

Mozilla Firefox - Firefox is the award winning preview of Mozilla's next generation browser. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and efficiently than with any other browser. Always make sure your web sites are compatible with Netscape-based browsers. More info.

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Opera - Safe, secure, powerful and fully customizable, the Opera Web browser is faster and more secure than other browsers available on the market. Opera delivers robust security and a far-richer feature set than any other Web browser and it's free. Más información.






Email clients

Mozilla Thunderbird - Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster, and easier than ever before with the industry's best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, built-in RSS reader, quick search, and much more. More info.

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FTP Clients

FileZilla - Free FTP and secure FTP application. Easy to use, includes a site manager and allows for multiple simultaneous connections. More info.

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WinSCP - WinSCP is an open source free Secure FTP client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer. More info.





Computer Aided Translation

MetaTexis - A powerful, user-friendly and affordable tool developed by a professional translator for professional translators.




Localisation engineering

Alchemy Catalyst - Alchemy CATALYST meets requirements of software localisation engineering head-on. Using advanced Translation Memory technology and an intuitive interface, it supports localisation professionals helping them work more efficiently and produce higher quality translations. Alchemy CATALYST 6.0 is built around an integrated visual localization environment. This ensures that your translators, project managers and localization engineers work collaboratively delivering higher quality applications. More info.




Passolo - PASSOLO is a specialized software localisation tool. It directly can handle a large number of software specific file formats, including executable programs, resource files and XML based files. Text strings can be translated into numerous languages including Asian languages (Unicode) and right-to-left scripts like Hebrew and Arabic. Its target language approach allows you to include multiple languages in the same project. More info.




Multimedia localisation

Avral Tramigo - Tramigo allows you to translate Flash MX SWF files into foreign languages in three simple steps. There's no need to obtain the source FLA files from the client, since Tramigo can work directly on compiled SWF files. If you simply need to translate strings on a Flash animation, this is the most convenient tool. More info.




Search Tools

Search & Replace - Excellent utility for finding text in files and performing advanced search/replace operations on text or binary files using grep style regular expressions.The many features include searching files in ZIPs, HTML mode, clipboard search/replace... More info.



dtSearch - instantly search for words or phrases in terabytes of text across local or network drives. It indexes the contents of files you specify allowing you to perform ultra-fast searches on that index. More info.





ApSIC Xbench - This is an integrated reference tool aimed to provide a clear and structured view of the terminology of any translation project. Index and browse large MS glossaries on a friendly interface. Essential tool for translators and authors dealing with vast and numerous terminology lists. More info.



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