Dog Übersetzungsleistungen in der Softwarelokalisierung

Translation agency for software localization

Translate software and apps

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Over 20 years of experience with translation and localization

Translate software, mobile apps and machine texts

You’ve put a lot of effort and resources into developing your software and want to get foreign language versions to market as quickly as possible. But software localization is a rocky road. And many a person has stumbled along the way. Often, this process simply takes too long: complicated coordination processes, unclear terminology, error corrections after compiling the translated software … All the more important to have a partner who really knows how software localization works. And who would be better suited for this than a service provider who himself develops software in several languages?

Software localization of strings, texts, graphics and multimedia applications takes into account not only cultural or linguistic aspects, but also technical ones. Every mistake, every delay means that your product will be launched later and you will lose sales potential. We have the processes, the tools and the know-how to deliver time-critical projects on time.

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Software localization challenges

We have the necessary knowledge

Translation service provider for software localization

Benefit from our experience as software developers and translators! D.O.G. GmbH is not only a service provider offering translation and localization services in all business languages. We develop software ourselves (in Python, C# and C++, among others), which we localize as a matter of course.

We have our own development department. This means that we are very familiar with the software development process and the requirements of software localization. Thus, we have developed our terminology management system LookUp not only as a web application, but also as an app on the mobile operating systems IOS and Android.

We can process your software strings from different file formats such as XML, RC, Microsoft Silverlight, .NET Assembly EXE/DLL, XAML, PO, Android XML resources, JSON, Apple iOS Storyboard XML and many more.

In doing so, we use tools such as Passolo and ensure that the defined GUI terminology is adhered to throughout the software localization process. Finally, if desired, we can test the localized software on the basis of agreed tests.

We localize not only the software itself, but also accompanying products such as user documentation and online help, installation software, sample files, tutorials, videos or web pages.

Special care is required for software localization

The localization of software and apps is associated with various challenges. There are linguistic, cultural and technical aspects to consider. From a technical point of view, the translator must first know exactly which words he is allowed to translate and which not.

Usually the files to be translated are prepared in such a way that only the pure strings (texts) are editable, but this can be different in individual cases. Then the translator must be able to recognize program commands or words that belong to the program syntax, such as “while”, “for”, “print”, etc.. These must not be translated under any circumstances.

A special challenge is the handling of placeholders like %s (placeholder for a string variable). In the sentence “There are %d virus found in file %s!” %d is replaced by a number, %s by a string. The translator must understand this and possibly change the order of the placeholders if his language (e.g. Japanese) requires a different syntax. There may also be problems with counting.

Not all languages have the pattern one = singular and higher = plural. Some languages have multiple plurals, such as Polish here.

English Polish
1
%d file
%d plik
2-4
%d files
%d pliki
5-infinity
%d files
%d plików

Example for different solutions of plural cases

Depending on the software product, the encoding of the texts is a particular point to be checked. Chinese and Japanese may be encoded differently, which is especially important to consider for older software products.

A special aspect is bidirectionality, both in the texts and in the arrangement of the information. Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu, and similar languages mix right-left and left-right texts on the same line. The direction of the surrounding context must be controlled for the whole thing to work properly.

Certain software products have length restrictions for texts. This is the case, for example, when the size of dialogs, fields, and buttons is fixed, or when there is little room for longer fields. Localization software such as Alchemy Catalyst, Passolo, Sisulizer, Globalizer, RC WinTrans have useful functions that help the translator to adjust his translation or GUI objects if necessary.

Translation of machine software

Translating machine software is a special form of software localization. Machine software is present in most machines, systems and devices today. Many interact with the user via a human-machine interface (HMI), which controls the program via a touch panel.

There are different types of machine software. For example, they are used for the configuration and control of machines or for remote maintenance and remote diagnostics. This generates a whole range of texts that have to be translated into foreign languages: User interface objects such as buttons and menu items, online help, messages, error messages, etc.

Machine software is created in various programming languages (e.g. CODESYS or Siemens STEP 7) and runs on operating systems such as Linux, Microsoft, Android or IOS. The international standard IEC 61131-3 specifies uniform requirements for programming languages for control systems. These must be considered by the machine software manufacturers. The localization process must therefore take into account the properties of the programming language used and the environment.

Only certain texts may be translated. The encoding of the translated files must be correct, and the translation must not exceed the limited display area available. We will help you standardize and unify the abbreviations for your display texts in all required languages.

The maximum text length is specified in number of characters or in pixels, depending on the system. D.O.G. GmbH has programmed tools internally that control the length of the translation so that the delivered translation is correctly shown on the display.

Linguistically, the lack of context is one of the biggest challenges for translators. Depending on the context, the same word such as "Anlage" may need to be translated differently in two different dialogs. The same is true for obvious abbreviations such as: “Abrzt. Monatsanf./-Ende” (where Abrzt. = Abrechnungszeitraum/billing period).

The localization process

Our software localization process takes into account the specifics of your product and your priorities. We first analyze your files and requirements and, based on this, prepare a fixed price offer and a production plan. If necessary, technical issues are clarified or technical tests are performed.

Our localization specialists prepare the files for the translation process. Terminology is extracted and provided to the translators along with the pre-processed files. After translation, linguistic and technical quality control is performed before the localized files are sent to you. Your software can be translated into multiple languages in parallel.

The localized software still needs to be tested afterwards: Do the commands work? Are all localized texts visible? Are there hard-coded texts? … We can support you in testing the foreign language versions of your software.

Many of our customers are developing their software on an ongoing basis. Our processes enable timely and cost-effective localization of software updates.

The GILT industry

Abbreviations such as “L10N” are popular in the GILT industry. This abbreviation stands for the word “Localization” and is derived from the 10 letters between the letter “L” at the beginning of the word and the letter “N” at the end of the word:

Software localization for various industries

Our customers come from these industries, among others

We localize software and translate user documentation for these industries

Language combinations

We offer these languages

For software localization, we offer a large number of language combinations. Most of the software products we localize have either German or English as their source language. We offer all language combinations from both German and English. Very popular combinations with German as the source language are:

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Quality and time saving

Qualitätsstandards bei Software-Übersetzungen

Quality standards for software translations

D.O.G. GmbH is certified according to the ISO 17100 standard. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for the procedures, resources and qualifications of service providers. These also apply to software localization services.

As a result, the service provider is required to establish and maintain a quality management system that monitors the methods and techniques used to provide software localization services. In order to provide the services properly, the service provider must also have technically skilled and appropriately trained staff. This is the case with D.O.G. and is regularly confirmed during audits.

Establishment of a multilingual terminology management system

D.O.G. GmbH is expert in the field of terminology and terminology management. LookUp, a terminology management system developed in-house, with its powerful functions (such as the statistics and workflow module) allows you to ensure consistent terminology throughout your entire company.

In addition, we also offer LookUp as a mobile app (for both Android and iOS) alongside the web application. With this app, your terminology is accessible worldwide from your mobile devices. LookUp can be integrated with the ErrorSpy quality assurance program.

Aufbau eines mehrsprachigen Terminologiemanagement-Systems
Das Testen Ihrer lokalisierten Software

Testing your localized software

The testing of the localized software is a special quality assurance procedure. We can test the runability on local operating systems.

Various test procedures are also possible and will be coordinated with you depending on the individual case: Installation test, linguistic test, functional test, etc. In addition to our own test scripts, we also perform tests according to your specification. We ensure with tests that your software works in all languages, operating systems, browsers and devices.

Ihre Vorteile mit DOG
Your benefits from working with D.O.G.
10 reasons to work with us

We have been working with many satisfied customers for over 20 years. As developers of software products, we know exactly what kind of pressure software companies like you are under to successfully market their products and services worldwide. We guarantee efficient, customer-oriented processing of your orders and reliable adherence to deadlines. Our services for you:

Standards for data exchange

Important data formats for localization projects

Standards facilitate data exchange between different systems. The standards defined in the area of localization allow data to be transferred efficiently

XLIFF Datei Format
XML Localisation Interchange File Format

XLIFF is a standard for the exchange of translation data. It is an XML-based format that allows localization professionals and translators to exchange translation projects between different translation tools in a standardized way.

TBX Datei Format
TermBase eXchange

TBX is a standard format for the exchange of terminology data. It is an XML-based format that allows terminology management systems to exchange terminology data in a standardized way.

TMX Datei Format
Translation Memory eXchange

TMX is a standard format for the exchange of translation memories. It is an XML-based format that allows translation memory systems to exchange translation memories in a standardized way.

SRX Datei Format
Segmentation Rules eXchange

SRX is a standard format for exchanging segmentation rules for translation projects. It is an XML-based format that allows translation memory systems or machine translation systems to exchange segmentation rules in a standardized way.

IST Datei Format
Internationalisation tag set

ITS is a standard for internationalizing HTML and XML documents. It is an XML-based format that can be used to tag documents with meta-information about their internationalization status. Example the tags Translate or Localization Note.

Some of the software formats we translate

We can localize these formats, among others:

Here are some of the file formats that we can localize:

RES Softwareformat
.RES

.NET resources are files used by the .NET Framework to store data and metadata. They have the extension .res.

EXE Softwareformat
.EXE

EXE files are executable files that can be run by the operating system to launch a program. They have the extension .exe.

DLL Softwareformat
.DLL

DLL files are dynamic link libraries that can be loaded by the operating system to provide functions to a program. They have the extension .dll.

OCX Softwareformat
.OCX

OCX files are ActiveX controls that can be used by programs to provide interactive functions. They have the extension .ocx.

CPL Softwareformat
.CPL

CPL files are control panel applets that can be used to change settings on a computer. They have the extension .cpl.

PO Softwareformat
.PO

PO files are portable object files that can be used to store data and metadata for use by programs. They have the extension .po.

JSON Datei Format
.JSON

JSON files are JavaScript Object Notation files that can be used to store data in a structured format. They have the extension .json.

YML Softwareformat
.YML

.yml files are YAML files that can be used to store data in a structured format. They have the extension .yml.

XAML Datei Format
.XAML

XAML files are XML files used by the .NET Framework to define user interface elements. They have the extension .XAML

RC Datei Format
.RC

RC. Files are resource files. They are used to store data and metadata for use by programs. They have the extension .rc

MIS Softwareformat
.MSI

MSI files are Windows installation files. They are used to install software on a computer. They have the extension .msi

Customer testimonials
What our customers say
FAQ
Questions about localizing software

Software localization is more than the mere translation of texts from the user interface of a software. Software localization includes the adaptation of information (e.g. addresses, units, legal information, order of first and last names...), operation of the software (e.g. key combinations) or layout (colors, symbols) to the specifics of the target country. Localization is necessary, due to technical, linguistic and cultural differences.

The localization of software takes a little more time than the translation of documentation. In addition to the linguistic aspects, technical aspects must also be considered and checked. Over the years, D.O.G. GmbH has developed proven workflows that enable localization projects to be completed quickly and without errors.

Teams of translators can work in several languages in parallel. The development of a specialized terminology and our context-sensitive ErrorSpy quality assurance software ensure a high linguistic quality of the delivered software texts.

  1. Formulate clear localization instructions and define terminology for the user interface
  2. Extract the strings to be translated from the software.
  3. Translate the strings into the desired languages.
  4. Compile the localized version.
  5. Test the localized software to ensure that it works as expected.

Translation service

Your full-service provider for software localization and translations

At D.O.G. GmbH we offer you a high-quality all-round service for your software localization:

Do you have a software localization project?

Then talk to us. We will clarify with you how you can localize your software most efficiently and cost-effectively in the desired languages. Benefit from our experience as software developers and localization service providers.

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