Create text layers in Indian languages | After Effects CC

With Adobe After Effects CC you can now create text layers containing Indic languages and animate them with all its cool features. This capability is provisioned via the Adobe World Ready Composer, which also powers the likes of Premiere Pro, Photoshop and InDesign. The Indian languages supported are Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, Malayalam, and Kannada. In addition to this, After Effects also supports Arabic and Hebrew in the RTL type setting.
This capability also enables cross product workflows between After Effects and Premiere Pro, both of which support these languages.

Setting Indic Preferences.
To use After Effects CC to create a text layer, all that you need to do is to enable the Adobe World Ready Composer. This text engine switch is a necessary step to make After Effects start handling complex Indic scripts.
1. Go to Preferences>Type

2. Select ‘South Asian and Middle Eastern’ in ‘Text Engine’

3. Select ‘Indic’ in ‘Languages Selection’
…and you are all set! Create a new text layer and start using your Indic fonts and keyboards to create text effects on your videos.

In addition to that, video animators will be able to do a lot more than before with After Effects including:
– Indic text will support all the styling capabilities from the character and paragraph panels.
– The 3D animation feature set, type features, and animation presets
– Track Indic texts to the motion of the video
– Export composition for Adobe premier Pro project
– Export as Motion Graphics Template

Indic fonts:
After Effects will now support all Indic Unicode fonts. In addition to that Adobe also offers beautiful looking fonts in most of these languages, and you can access these Adobe fonts from Typekit using the Creative Cloud Desktop app.

See what’s new in the latest release for Adobe Creative Cloud video and audio tools, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, and Adobe Stock here.

Regional Innovation Drives Global Features in Adobe Products

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Product development has evolved dramatically in the last couple of decades. Engineers these days are a lot more internationalization-savvy when it comes to developing and testing global products. The advancement in tools and technologies is also making the process of handling input methods, date/time formats, global characters, and other such aspects, integral to a world-ready product development process. Adobe too has a state-of-the art globalization framework and a dedicated globalization team to help product teams meet diverse regional and cultural needs with ease.

Recently, the Adobe Japan engineering team – in their quest to add more value to regional customers – proposed extending Adobe Stock’s capability into Microsoft® PowerPoint®. The idea was simple; integrate Adobe® Stock®, which offers millions of images, graphics, templates, and other assets, with MS PowerPoint, which is one of the most popular products used for creating great presentations. For the Japan market, this integration meant a perfect tool for increasing the visibility of Adobe Stock, a relatively new product in the Japan market. However, we realized that the idea was compelling, not just for the Japan market, but for markets across the globe.

The Adobe Japan team collaborated with cross-functional teams within the organization, including the Stock product team, to vet the idea. A proof-of-concept was built, as this capability was new for Stock too, and presented for validation to key stakeholders in engineering and other business functions.

After the go-ahead, a cross-campus team was set up to implement the idea. Along with the Stock team, the India-based Globalization Technologies team contributed to make the integration happen.

A key learning from this project was that features requested by the regional markets need not be region-specific. Conceptualizing a feature that is universally relevant has a greater chance of being prioritized in the product development process.

The Stock-PowerPoint integration is a true example of geo-driven global feature development. Although a feature conceptualized for the Japan market, it became relevant to users world-wide.

For more information about the plugin, please visit the Stock-Powerpoint HelpX site.

Understanding the Local User’s Keyboard

Understanding our international customer was never more important than it is now. In some of the Adobe products, the number of local consumers have been recorded as high as 50% of total unique users and it’s only increasing!

Given the plethora of devices and media through which the end customer is reaching us, we have a demanding task at hand of identifying the typical use case of user input method. There are a huge variety of keyboards for each Geo, locale and language. Before coming to how to zero in on what to go ahead with, let’s look at why that is important. There are easily as many as 11 different layouts for a French keyboard on Windows alone, for example, the French Belgian keyboard has the & symbol with number key 1, but French Canadian key has it with number 7.

How do you define the best shortcut for your software and how do you ensure everybody is at least enabled to use your application with a keyboard of their locale? When you go buying a Spanish keyboard, some very different options are available, depending upon the manufacturer and region. Some stark differences are highlighted below.

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Mexican Keyboard
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Spanish Keyboard

Does it mean we could assume that two keyboards of different language from the same region would have the same layout? The answer is interestingly NO.

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In one of the Creative Cloud releases, French users who bought their keyboard from Europe instead of the US or Canada could not even sign-in to the Creative Cloud Desktop App. The reason being, the @ symbol is a shift sequence in American or Canadian layouts, but is a Alt-Gr combination for European layouts. When Creative Cloud disabled special characters in Adobe Id’s, the @ symbol on the Belgian keyboard also got blocked.

Keyboard shortcuts are the most adversely affected area as they often combine special characters, Alt, AltGr, Alt-right, Cmd and parenthesis keys which are placed at different locations on a keyboard depending upon the region (not language)!

For the engineering side, it’s unavoidable to understand how, why and what of “differences in input methods”.

Exercise caution while designing your software. We could be blocking out the Currency symbol due to a special key combination for local currency in a currency field, just like the @ issue mentioned above.

While testing the software,

  • We should never assume the keyboard layout is going to have much to do with OS or application locale.
  • Watch where you buy your keyboard from, amazon.com offers only French and American layout for French language, but local sellers and users certainly use a different one in Belgium, as mentioned above.

Concluding this, I’d say a problem well understood is half-solved. Awareness of your keyboard and its region is key to designing with defect prevention in mind.

Introducing Source Han Serif, a new open source Pan-CJK typeface

When we released Source Han Sans in 2014, the news made a huge impact among the millions of people who rely on Pan-CJK typefaces for their day-to-day work. Today we’re delighted to announce the release of its serif counterpart, Source Han Serif.

Both of these typefaces support Chinese Traditional, Chinese Standard, Japanese, and Korean languages, and also provide Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic character support. In short, these are among the most extensive typefaces we offer at Adobe, with tens of thousands of glyphs, and an effort like this would not have been realized without the support we got from our partners: Google, Iwata, Sandoll Communications, and Changzhou Sinotype.

You’ll find the Source Han Serif fonts on Typekit for web and sync use, and the open-source font files are also available on GitHub.

See our Source Han Serif landing page for full details about the typeface and to learn more about the collaboration behind it. More language options below!

Source Han Serif 源ノ明朝 発表 (Japanese)

Source Han Serif 본명조 발표 (Korean)

Source Han Serif 思源宋體 公告 (Chinese Traditional)

Source Han Serif 思源宋体 公告 (Chinese Simplified)

Original article was featured on the Typekit blog and written by Sally Kerrigan.

Reflecting on the Globalization Mini-Summit

| Organizing the Summit |

The G11n Innovation and Technology Summit 2017 was held at the Adobe HQ in San Jose on February 9th. The planning committee started with the vision to host an event whereby Adobe business leadership would discuss the steps Adobe is taking to increase revenue in international markets. To get a pulse of the industry, globalization thoughts leaders from Google, Microsoft, Intuit and SalesForce were invited to share their thoughts and global vision for their respective organizations.

The registration was open to all Adobe employees and our sessions quickly became filled. The audience included engineers, product managers, program managers and customer engagement teams from across Adobe offices worldwide.

The summit was dedicated to our dear colleague Warren Peet, who in his engineering manager role was a pillar of our Globalization team and one of the longest tenured employees in the company. He will be deeply missed.

The summit was dedicated to our dear colleague Warren Peet, who in his engineering manager role was a pillar of our Globalization team and one of the longest tenured employees in the company. He will be deeply missed.

| Attending the Summit |

The day started with an interesting keynote from Ajay Pande, VP, Engineering, Cloud Technology, Adobe. He talked about the ability to start at the developers’ code base, localize it with the vendor, and ship for all markets along with the English release. The way we at Adobe are striving to get the customer experience right is by running various experiments and have the global products change incrementally at a faster pace than ever before. He focused on using deep learning and related technologies to use data to get to a level of accuracy and correctness much more than ever in the past.

Ajay then handed it over to Macduff Hughes, Engineering Director, Google Translate, Google.  He discussed the transition of Google translate from Phrase-based Translation to Neural Machine Translations.

There were two plenary discussions focusing on internal and external trends. The internal panel titled “Leaders’ Speak” comprised of :

They talked about what can be done to enhance the global customer experience and what it means to expand international outreach and business.

Meanwhile, the external panel was titled “TED-G” – the panel discussed the top challenges faced by their companies and innovative business models built to meet those challenges in the international markets. Panelists also touched upon topics like, Compliance, Regulations, Market specific features, scalability, Analytics and various best practices. The external panel comprised of :

These were followed by interesting demos and discussions hosted by Globalization engineers. The topics included:

• Basic NLP services                                                                                                     POS tagging, Dependency tree, Tokenization, Stemming, Decompounding, Lemmatization, etc.

• Advanced NLP services                                                                                  Keyword extraction, Categorization, Named entity extraction, Wikification (entity linking with Wikipedia)

• Multilingual text analysis                                                                            Language detection, Language analyzers for processing multi-lingual text in various languages

• Machine Learning/Deep Learning based solutions                            Sentiment analysis, Spam detection, Semantic similarity, Auto-tagging text using multi-label classification techniques

• Augmented Reality

| Reflecting on the Summit |

After the summit, we received some interesting quotes and feedback from our attendees and speakers:

“The panel discussion showed the passion we all have for our global customers.  It was also a reminder that each of us must question the value of the work we’re doing for our customers.  If we’re translating content that isn’t used, we have to question how our resources could have been better spent to help customers succeed.” – Chris Hall

“It was great to attend the Globalization mini-summit this year. The planning and content of bringing not only people in from across Adobe to speak to various issues, but having external speakers come to talk about their companies and experiences was a brilliant idea.  It made for very interesting sessions.” – Priscilla Knoble

“The summit was a good chance for me to share how Japan teams work with other teams to support local business from G11n perspective, also had a good interaction with other leaders and attendees to discuss how we should work together to achieve Adobe’s strategic goal in coming years. At the same time I learned a lot about how other companies are working on G11n, what are their challenges, how they deal with the issues, etc. “ – Xiang Zhao

For questions regarding this article, please contact author Akulaa Agarwal at akulaa@adobe.com

Byte Level Research Releases 2017 Web Globalization Report Card

MultiLingual News – March 15, 2017

2017 Web Globalization Report Card

Byte Level Research, analyst of the art and science of web globalization, has released its 2017 Web Globalization Report Card analyzing 150 global websites across more than a dozen industry categories. Analysis is performed on how web designs are shared across countries and mobile platforms, noting languages used on every website and studying local content, social media and navigation.

Adobe is #12 among the Top 25!

Byte Level Research, www.bytelevel.com
Web globalization in interesting times

http://bytelevel.com/reportcard2017/

International Women’s Day

In more than 100 countries, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day.

Its origins can be traced back to various socio-political movements in the U.S., Russia, France, and other parts of Europe, in the early twentieth century. However, it was not until the United Nations General Assembly recognized 1975 as International Women’s Year that March 8 was designated as official International Women’s Day.

The History Channel notes that this day is celebrated in unique ways across the globe. In Argentina, men gift the women in their lives with flowers. China holds beauty events and fashion shows. In 2016, a group of Chinese men wanted to “experience the hardship” of being a woman, so they climbed a mountain in dresses and heels.

Whatever the true origin, there is a renewed focus on IWD’s roots. This year, women and men across the United States will participate in “A Day Without A Woman” in order to draw attention to the issues women still face, such as lower wages, sexual harassment, discrimination, and job insecurity. This day also highlights the important role that women play in the global economy.

Let us know how this day is celebrated in your part of the world or what meaning it holds for you!

Sources:

  • http://www.history.com/news/the-surprising-history-of-international-womens-day
  • http://fortune.com/2017/03/07/international-womens-day-history/
  • Official IWD logo https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Logo

Adobe Translation Center 2011 – 2015

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An Open Letter to Adobe Translation contributors and subscribers

A few years ago, we envisioned that the Adobe International Community would like to be involved in improving the quality of the products they use. We built the infrastructure that enabled our community to freely contribute feedback, vote on translations, propose new translations, and create new language offerings for some products.

While quality work is never “done”, we feel that we have achieved many of our objectives. Now is the right time to reimagine how we should engage with our Adobe community to support international releases in an agile world, where innovation rules.

On 24 February 2016, we closed the Adobe Translation program and took down the site (ref. https://translate.adobe.com/adobe). We would love to receive feedback about your experiences; hear your suggestions for the future; and ideate with you about how to involve the Adobe international community in improving our products.

We give heartfelt thanks to you, our generous international community, for supporting this translation initiative over the years. You have lent your time and talents and shown sincere dedication. For that we are indebted and grateful.

Sincere thanks,
Adobe Community Translation Team
Contact Us at AdobeTranslatorFeedback@adobe.com

References:

Event Recap: AEM Multilingual SIG | APAC Kick Off Event | Singapore | October 8

Together we’ve successfully created a support network where we can share best practices and challenges using AEM and push each other further in our practice. As a keeper of this space of AEM community, I was very impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm that all of you have shown at the event. There were 43 of us from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, India and the United States in the room and 5 members joined us on Adobe Connect from the US.

List of Companies

  • Altera
  • Amway
  • Annotate Consulting
  • Asia Miles
  • BizTECH
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • CapitalLand
  • Chelsea FC
  • CIMB Group
  • DDB Tribal Worldwide Singapore
  • Gcell
  • Infocomm Development Authority Singapore
  • Informatica
  • Lionbridge
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Mirum
  • NOL
  • OCBC Bank
  • Pan Pacific Hotels Group
  • SAP
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Singapore Tourism Board
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Translations.com
  • Tribal Worldwide Singapore
  • Valtech Singapore

Session Recordings

Presentation Decks

On behalf of the group, I would like to thank you to all of our speakers, David, Angie, Alan and Eli for their leadership to be in service to the AEM community – so much thought, effort and time went in to the presentation that we have received and we are very grateful for that. Special thanks to David for flying in from California just to champion the first event in APAC, and Eli for generously putting together a special SEO session with such a short notice. Lastly many thanks to Therese Harris at Clay Tablet for funding some of the activities. All of you have embodied the true community spirit!

Until we see each other next time, let’s continue the conversations at our Linkedin group.

Seung­min Lee

Sr. Pro­gram Manager, Adobe

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David Shao @ Altera (Photo by Jeff Rueppel)
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Group Discussion

 

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Clarissa & Synmark behind the scene (Photo by Jeff Rueppel)

 

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Seungmin Opening The Ceremony (Photo by Jeff Rueppel)

 

 

Top 7 Globalization features in iOS9: iPhone 6S eyeing global markets

With an aim of reaching out to every geography around the world, Apple tries every bit to make its mobile operating system ‘Internationalization (I18N)’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationalization_and_localization) savvy. This trend was followed again when the Cupertino tech giant announced its new mobile operating system iOS 9 at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference 2015 (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/) in San Francisco.

It’s a known fact that Apple’s two-third of the business comes out of outside United States regions and no company would undermine the value of the business which it is getting from international markets. Keeping that in mind and addressing this aspect even further, Apple has made some latest advancements in the Internationalization support of its mobile operating system iOS 9.

Here are the top 7 features which made the cut to the latest iteration of the mobile operating system iOS9:

  1. Support for RTL – Right to Left Languages

One of the most notable feature of iOS 9 in regard to internationalization was the addition of support for right to left (RTL) languages like Arabic & Hebrew. Using the UIKit framework provided by Apple in its Xcode IDE, you can mirror your icons, text, animations in a jiffy. Furthermore, all those native interactions related to Apple’s OS would also get mirrored like while operating your iPhones & iPads you will swipe the screen from right to left to unlock your screen, swiping of home screens from right to left, navigate back in safari from the right and forward from the left et al.

You can refer to https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/MacOSX/Conceptual/BPInternational/SupportingRight-To-LeftLanguages/SupportingRight-To- LeftLanguages.html for more information about this feature.

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  1. Greater Indic Support

Apple has gauged the growing demand for its mobile & tablet devices in India and therefore, it extended its keyboard support for some more Indian languages like Punjabi, Gujarati and Telugu. Evidently, the intent here is to capitalize the Indian growing smartphone market by offering some user-friendly features.

  1. Now, Autocorrect in ‘QuickType Keyboard’ (For Japanese and Chinese users)

Apple has made the life easy of all those folks whose native language is Japanese and Chinese by offering them AutoCorrect feature in the QuickType keyboard. They can now simply select the text using the multi-touch feature of the new redesigned keyboard and then can apply the Auto correct feature to straight things up.

Auto Correct

This feature will ease up the task of the users who find it challenging to type commonly used sentences a number of times using iPhone keyboard.

  1. Transliteration for Hindi Keyboard

And that’s not all, Apple has also given a treat to its Indian customers by adding transliteration support for Hindi keyboard in which all those users who was not comfortable enough to type in Hindi directly, can now type in English characters and the powerful transliteration system will offer you suggestions by converting them to Hindi. For more detailed information about the last two features, have a sneak peek at the ‘Quick Type’ section at http://www.apple.com/in/ios/whats-new/.

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  1. More Keyboards (for French, German, Spanish etc.)

Apart from the Indian languages, the tech giant has also added new keyboards for some other regions like French (Belgium), German (Austria) and Spanish (Mexico).

  1. Switch between number systems for cosmopolitan Dubai

Another important update to users living in UAE is giving them the freedom to switch between number systems. They can choose which number system (Arabic, Hindi) they want to use – so you can use your device in the way that feels most natural to you.

  1. Predictive Input for Fr, De and some more languages

One more addition to the plate is the addition of predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish.

After all these updates to the keyboard, dictation and predictive typing system of the iOS, the current support provided by Apple for the world of languages in its mobile devices is demonstrated in the below snippets:

Language support:

English (Australia, Canada, UK, U.S.), Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, Traditional Hong Kong), French (Canada, France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Cz_ech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Quick Type keyboard support:

English (Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, UK, U.S.), Chinese -Simplified (Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke), Chinese – Traditional (Cangjie, Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke, Sucheng, Zhuyin), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Japanese (Kana, Romaji), Korean, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Emoji, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Gujarati, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi (Devanagari, Transliteration), Hinglish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic, Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese

Dictation languages:

English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, U.S.), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Turkish, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Siri languages:

English (Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, U.S.), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, U.S.), French (Belgium, Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Swedish (Sweden), Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), Norwegian (Norway), Russian (Russia), Turkish (Turkey), Thai (Thailand), Portuguese (Brazil)

Definition dictionary support:

English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese

(Brazil), Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Bilingual dictionary support:

Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Spell check:

English (Australia, Canada, UK, U.S.), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Russian, Swedish, Turkish

Now with the news coming in that Siri would be localized into many more languages and would operate without an Internet connection when iPad Air 3 comes to the market, it certainly acknowledges the fact that Apple has a vision for its virtual assistant to break down all the language barriers. Hoping that Siri would be available in Hindi too, it would be a remarkable experience to hear some Santa Banta jokes from the smart voice-powered Apple’s assistant.

To conclude I would say, Apple has gone to the right way to push out features which may not be so relevant to announce during the unveiling of the OS at WWDC but are undoubtedly needed to support the international markets.

If you made this far, thanks for reading. Please let us know your feedback, comments about this article and if you know something which I have missed here, kindly drop in your comments and I will try my best to respond and take this conversation forward.

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