Thursday, August 21, 2008

Version 0.9.2 is out

Here goes another Narro version. Several issues were fixed, many things were added. Among the biggest additions there is OpenId login, the possibility to debate a text and the fact that you can change the current translation language on any page.

If you're updating a database from version 0.9.1, use the database update script distributed separately.

I'm getting close to version 1.0.0 which would acomplish my dream of pushing the translations to the versioning systems through a button. I'll be able to focus just on translation, everything will be on the web, in the open, for everyone to see and anyone can help me translate. To achieve this, I'll considerably grow the import/export sections allowing more and more types of sources and destinations.

Among other cool things planned for version 1.0.0 there are glossaries per project and a page where you will see texts and associated suggestions for all projects. On this page you will be able to see where a text is used in all projects, or just in one, and how it is translated. So it's more or less a check for consistency.

Other low priority big additions are showing translations for similar texts and mass operations, like translating in the text list.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Discussions where they belong, in context

I've seen many translation communities using mailing lists to discuss terms. This leads to an email account pumped with messages that you will or not delete and a web archive somewhere that most of the people I met don't use. So valuable information is often lost.

I'm very happy to have the possibility to discuss texts right in Narro. These discussions are tied to the texts and every time a new project uses a text that was previously discussed, the discussion will be shown on the translation page.

You can follow these discussions with RSS. If you're not using RSS, you better start to. It's better to read something when you want instead of having it delivered in your email when somebody else wants. If you're worried about offline access, don't be. Every major reader caches the articles for offline use. I recommend Google Reader if you're already using Google products. There are other interesting feeds also, so if you're using Narro, check these out. Just click on the feed icon in the location bar.

In other news, Narro supports OpenId authentication and version 0.9.2 is on its way.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Many languages in many tabs

Some people expressed the need to work with different languages in different tabs. This was not possible, because the language was stored in session and if you tried this, you'd get some weird behavior.

Just back from the Firefox Summit, I spent some time to change this, so now you can select which language you are translating in at anytime and you can work on different languages in different tabs.

The one thing that's still stored in session is the user data, so you can't be logged in with two users at once in the same browser.

Another thing added is that now you can choose Narro's language independent of the language you are translating in.

There are lots of things that will be added, and a 0.9.2 release will be out soon.