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Localized Prerelease Programs

The Localization team at Adobe is continually working at enabling more avenues and channels for our international user to provide us feedback on the internationalization and localization aspects of our products. One such channel is Localized Prerelease Programs. Through these programs, we encourage our international users to provide feedback on UI, translation, and overall world readiness of our unreleased products. These localized prerelease programs allow you to test products in your native language and provide feedback in a structured manner through the prerelease site. We welcome any feedback on the language used throughout the UI, ensuring that the product functions and appears natural in your language. Feel free to give us feedback on truncations, overlaps, clippings, flawed UI geometry or any cross-product inconsistency that you observe in the product in your language.

You can show your interest in participating in Adobe’s Localized Prerelease Programs by filling this form. Make sure you select ‘Yes’ to the question ‘Would you like to participate in a localized Prerelease Program ?’ and specify the language that you are interested in.

Ready For The Community: Adobe Translation Center (ATC)

This article was originally written in English. Text in other languages is provided via machine translation.

A single gateway into Adobe’s Community Translation “universe”

November 2012 marks the month when Adobe’s Globalization group is launching the “Adobe Translation Center” (ATC) at translate.adobe.com. For Adobe’s customers and fans, ATC will be the single access point to provide feedback and improvement ideas for existing translations in “Adobe languages”, the shipping languages of an Adobe product. At the same time, the center will also be the place where our vibrant and growing translator community explores – in a collaborative fashion – opportunities for “community languages”: Languages that are in high demand by their speakers, but not delivered as part of our product offerings.

ATC Landing Page

ATC landing page

So far, our community translation “universe” consists of two planets, reflecting its current two main focus areas:
Adobe Translation Center
itself is now offering functionality allowing fans to collaborate on user interface (UI) translation (formerly this has been available through Adobe Translator). The activity around UI translation has been growing quickly, supported and used by several hundred contributors.
The Adobe TV Community Translation project is ATC’s very successful bigger twin: More than 2,500 translators have already translated subtitles for more than 14,000 minutes of video to make educational, entertaining, and helpful content available in a growing number of languages.

Not too long ago …

In November 2011, this blog presented the success case of how fans and users enabled Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) to ship with an additional language UI in Dutch, entirely translated by the BC partner community. The motivation driving this effort was the interest to better serve the partners’ customers in that language (BC with Dutch UI).

Since then, the ATC product team has been busy at work and put a significant effort into improving the Translation Center’s “look & feel” and its functionality. Entering feedback and translation suggestions is now possible intuitively and in a visually pleasing interface that follows the overall Adobe.com experience. As with all Adobe products, agile development methodologies are allowing the team to react to user feedback: Even though ATC is now launched, we still consider it to be “work in progress” (as opposed to “set in stone”) and are eager to hear what the community desires in order to be more productive or to have a more delightful collaborative translation experience.

Product Explorer

Product Explorer

“Community Translation” at Adobe

At Adobe, community translation refers to the process of enabling our users to translate content in a collaborative environment, assisted by professional translators or moderators. Types of content available for community translation today are videos (through Adobe TV) and software user interface (through the functionality within Adobe Translation Center). In the future, we expect community translation to expand into areas like documentation or user forums.
Ideally, collaboration and interaction between contributors should make community translation a rewarding and fun experience. We are confident that our tools will contribute to such an experience, so that lively and passionate communities will be developing and thriving around them.

Why does Adobe promote community translation?

Adobe has a long history related to localization and globalization. Our products are reaching people all over the world and allow them to express their creativity, regardless of their native language or the locations where they live and work. No matter what language we are using, when speaking to our users, we are always deeply impressed, how important our products are for them and with how much passion they speak of them.
At its core, Adobe is a company as international as our users. We have offices around the world, and in all our teams worldwide one finds colleagues from all over of the globe: The desire to serve all our international customers with excellence, is deeply engrained in ourselves and is reflected in our daily work.

Adobe’s community translation program is one means to get another step closer to the goal of shipping “world-ready” or “truly global” Adobe products, based on demand expressed and input provided by our customers and user communities around the world.

Lightroom Polish

Lightroom Polish project

Why is Adobe building the Adobe Translation Center?

In the past, Adobe pioneered a few community translation programs, resulting in great responses from our users. After a series of pilots, we are now beginning to unify all of Adobe’s community translation efforts in a single place: Adobe Translation Center (ATC).
With engineers, user experience designers, and product managers, ATC has a dedicated product team whose goal it is to provide the best experience for translators from different communities. Building and maintaining such a platform represents a sizable investment for Adobe. However, we believe that the long term gain resulting from a better understanding of our international users, will be worth the effort, time, and investment.

Benefits of community translation

The cooperation between Adobe and its trusted professional translators has been working very well for many years now. This joint effort will continue to be a cornerstone of Adobe’s international success. However, there are some aspects of product translation where the involvement of the user community might have advantages over traditional workflows or may lead to something new altogether.

Feedback and translations through people using our products every day

It is impossible for professional translators to be experts for all products or areas they are translating for. While the professionals’ work for sure will always be correct, the everyday product user might – from time to time – have an edge to provide up-to-date translations.
In the past, we have experienced that a few translations in our products do not reflect the prevailing use of terms by our customers. In this area, we want to use the opportunity to make our translations match our users’ needs and expectations. With similar intent, we are leveraging mechanisms like community voting or commenting, so that translations match the expectations of the community at large and we are not representing isolated feedback.

It is important to note that there will be no “automatic way” for a community translation to enter the final product with review: In order to maintain the quality our products are known for, there will always be trusted moderators and reviewers close to the community who make the decision which string is ready for inclusion in the final product. By the way, only with the help of our partners on the professional translation side, will we be able to achieve scalability and support for the numerous community languages.

Evaluation of more Adobe product languages

ATC Lightroom

ATC Lightroom Page

Historically, Adobe has shipped in languages that have been representing our core markets: North America, Europe, Japan, Asia. That is a good number of languages already. With now the entire planet as the potential market-place for our products, however, we are constantly facing the question which languages to ship our products in. Currently, it is not possible to translate into all languages of the world due to logistics, cost, and incomplete information about addressable market size.
It is exactly the question which language to take on next, where community translation will help finding an answer by reversing a common mechanism: Instead of having to make assumptions about market sizes and demand for translated products before we ship them, ATC is empowering our users to indicate which languages are important to them and, hence, to us: Community membership size and translation speed for a product language, will be crucial indicators.

Shipping product languages vs. candidates for new languages

There are two different groups of languages which we are making available for community translation:

“Adobe languages” are all languages that are current shipping within a product. For “Adobe languages”, users can provide alternative translations if they discover typographic errors, if a string is too long or clipped, or simply, if they would prefer a different translation over the one that is currently appearing in the product. In our tools, shipping languages will usually appear as 100% translated and reviewed in our tools. Nevertheless, Adobe is looking forward to the community providing us feedback for those languages.

“Community languages” are not shipping with a particular product and we we make them available for community translation. For those languages, there can be different reasons why we are adding them to ATC: A passionate user community that we are aware of in a particular country, or repeated user requests to have a product available in their language, or business reasons on the Adobe side.

Full disclosure: To be perfectly clear, a “community language” which is 100 percent translated by a passionate community will not automatically be shipping with a future version of the product. The business decision which languages to ship, will remain the sole responsibility of the products’ stakeholders. Both the community and Adobe Translation Center team will always have to defer the final decision to the product team.

Why would users engage in community translation?

Lightroom Translation

Lightroom Translation

Users who participate in Adobe’s community translation program have a chance to get involved in the development of their favorite tools. They can directly affect the translation of a product through submitting suggestions.
And even if the translation into a specific language has already been completed, users will continue to have a channel to express their opinion (about translation quality). Or they can help us improving the product through reporting localization bugs in a convenient interface, without the need to go through complex bug reporting systems.

By joining the Adobe community translation program, users will strengthen their local community’s role and impact. In return, they will receive more attention. and, moreover, they have a good chance of influencing the future of an Adobe product, maybe even beyond localization support.

Community translation is already a common way for many companies (Adobe’s peers in the software industry among them) to explore new ways to interact and engage with fans, users, and customers. For Adobe, that type of interaction is one way to better hear the voice of our customers.

We strongly believe that our products will continue to improve because we intend to listen to that voice …

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Adobe Type Community Translation

This article was originally written in English. Text in other languages is provided via machine translation.

Earlier today the Adobe Type team launched a new pilot program for Community Translation. This program is aimed at getting translations for Adobe’s typeface notes and will reward contributors with free fonts. The team will be using the Adobe Translator application to get translations for approximately 400 typeface notes (also referred to as typeface histories). These typeface notes provide users additional information about the typeface and often include information about the history of the typeface. On average, these typeface notes are about 100 words in length.

Continue reading…

GALA Webinar on Localization Project Management

This article was originally written in English. Text in other languages is provided via machine translation.

Manish Kanwal, International Program Manager at Adobe will be conducting a webinar at GALA (Globalization and Localization Associates), which is the largest non profit standards organization within the language industry. The webinar will present insights into the best practices for managing a complex localization project. Additionally, it will elucidate with a case study of a comprehensively large project with engineering teams spread across the globe including, linguistics, reviewers, legal, supply-chain, marketing, customer-support and many more.

Join this webinar to acclimatize what it takes to project manage and localize in demanding conditions, right from the point the product is envisaged until its public launch. Event details are available here, it will be broadcasted on 26 July 11:00 EDT

Announcing PSE11 and PRE11 Programs for French and German Users

This article was originally written in English. Text in other languages is provided via machine translation.

Adobe Prerelease Programs are your chance to experience, evaluate and influence upcoming products & technologies from Adobe within a smaller, more focused user environment. Prerelease Programs facilitate a symbiotic development process allowing Adobe to share products in the development stage to gather early feedback. In the process you get a chance to shape the upcoming products and adapt to the new products faster.

Multiple engagement channels are available to Prerelease participants at Adobe:

  • Access to download Prerelease software/technologies and technical documentation
  • Ability to report bugs & request features for the Prerelease software
  • Access to the Prerelease user forums for sharing ideas directly with Adobe product teams and other likeminded folks of the product’s community
  • Opportunity to participate in various product-related surveys

A Prerelease program is an endeavour to engage the real users of the product – YOU – early in the development cycle of the product, to listen and learn from you on how the product is working for you.

Current Prerelease Opportunities: How to Apply?

You may fill in the application forms for expressing your interest to join a products’ Prerelease program at Adobe. The participation will be entirely based on the requirements of the program and the credentials of the participant.

Following products have been opened up prerelease testing opportunities with French and German builds:

Photoshop Elements 11 for French Users– Sign-up now to participate in the Adobe Photoshop Elements Localized program and preview exciting new functionality! – Apply now

Photoshop Elements 11 for German Users – Sign up to participate in the Adobe Photoshop Elements Localized Program and preview exciting new functionality! – Apply now

 Premiere Elements 11 for French Users – Sign up to participate in the Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Localized Program and preview exciting new functionality! – Apply now

 Premiere Elements 11 for German Users – Sign up to participate in the Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Localized Program and preview exciting new functionality! – Apply now

We look forward to your participation in this pre-release program. In case of any issues of if you need more information, please feel free to contact Manish Kanwal at mkanwal@adobe.com or Nimra Khan at nikhan@adobe.com.

 

Coming up: Globalization myth series

This article was originally written in English. Text in other languages is provided via machine translation.

Starting this month, we’ll publish a series of articles on  globalization myths.

If you’ve worked in the Globalization industry long enough, you’ve probably heard many of the myths we are going to describe.

If you’re new or from outside the industry, then we hope this series will help set the record straight.

The first article will be published soon. Stay tuned.

ADEP Data Services for JEE 4.6

Adobe Data Services 4.6 will ship before 2012.  There is a public preview now up on Adobe Labs.  The product will be available in English and Japanese at ship.

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/adep_dataservices_jee/

Feature details here!

Announcing Adobe Pre-release Programs for Hebrew users

This article was originally written in English. Text in other languages was provided by machine translation.

Adobe Pre-release Programs are your chance to experience, evaluate and influence upcoming products & technologies from Adobe within a smaller, more focused user environment. Pre-release Programs facilitate a symbiotic development process allowing Adobe to share products in the development stage to gather early feedback. In the process you get a chance to shape the upcoming products and adapt to the new products faster.

Multiple engagement channels are available to Pre-release participants at Adobe:

  • Access to download Pre-release software/technologies and technical documentation
  • Ability to report bugs & request features for the Pre-release software
  • Access to the Pre-release user forums for sharing ideas directly with Adobe product teams and other like-minded folks of the product’s community
  • Opportunity to participate in various product-related surveys

 

A Pre-release program is an endeavour to engage the real users of the product – YOU – early in the development cycle of the product, to listen and learn from you on how the product is working for you.

Current Pre-release Opportunities: How to Apply?

You may fill in the application forms for expressing your interest to join a products’ Pre-release program at Adobe. The participation will be entirely based on the requirements of the program and the credentials of the participant.

Following products plan to open-up pre-release testing opportunities with Middle East English – Arabic Enabled, Middle East English – Hebrew Enabled and North African French builds:

Adobe InDesign – Sign-up now to participate in the Adobe InDesign ME pre-release program and preview exciting new functionality!Apply now

Adobe Illustrator – Sign up to participate in the Adobe Illustrator ME Program and preview exciting new functionality!Apply now

Adobe Photoshop – Sign up to participate in the Adobe Photoshop ME Program and preview exciting new functionality!Apply now

We look forward to your participation in this pre-release program. In case of any issues of if you need more information, please feel free to contact us at menaprerelease@adobe.com

On behalf of – Ahmed Gaballah, Ashish Saxena, Avinash S. Kotwal, Iouri Tchernoousko

Announcing Adobe Prerelease Programs for Arabic users

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This article was originally written in Arabic. Text in other languages was provided by machine translation.

برامج ما قبل النشر من Adobe

تعتبر برامج ما قبل النشر من Adobe فرصة لتجربة المنتجات والتقنيات التي سيتم طرحها من Adobe وتقييمها والتأثير في خصائصها من قبل بيئة صغيرة وأكثر تركيزًا للمستخدمين . تعمل برامج ما قبل النشر على تسهيل عملية التطوير مما يتيح لـ Adobe مشاركة المنتجات في مرحلة التطوير لتجميع الملاحظات بشكل مبكر. تتاح لك في هذه العملية الفرصة لتشكيل المنتجات التي سيتم طرحها والتكيف مع المنتجات الجديدة بشكل أسرع.

تتوافر العديد من قنوات المشاركة للمساهمين في إصدار ما قبل النشر في Adobe:

- الوصول لتنزيل برامج و تقنيات ما قبل النشر والوثائق الفنية

- إمكانية الإبلاغ عن الأخطاء وطلب مزايا محددة عبر برنامج ما قبل الإصدار

- الوصول إلى منتديات مستخدمي إصدار ما قبل النشر لمشاركة الأفكار مباشرة مع فرق عمل منتج Adobe والأفراد الآخرين ذوي الأفكار المتشابهة في مجتمع المنتج

-الفرصة للمشاركة في الاستبيانات المختلفة الخاصة بالمنتج

يعتبر برنامج ما قبل النشر محاولة لإشراك المستخدمين الفعليين للمنتج – أنت – في مرحلة مبكرة من دورة تطوير المنتج، للاستماع إليك والاستفادة منك حول كيفية عمل المنتج من وجهة نظرك.

فرص إصدار ما قبل النشر الحالية: كيف يمكنني الانضمام؟

يمكنك استكمال نماذج التطبيق للتعبير عن اهتمامك بالانضمام إلى برنامج ما قبل النشر للمنتجات من Adobe. ستعتمد المشاركة كليًا على متطلبات البرنامج وبيانات اعتماد المشارك.

فيما يلي إصدارات المنتجات المتاحة للاختبار عبر برنامج إصدار ما قبل النشر:

- لإنجليزية – التي تدعم اللغة العربية، متاح للشرق الأوسط

- الإنجليزية – التي تدعم اللغة العبرية، متاح للشرق الأوسط

- الفرنسيةالتي تدعم اللغة العربية، متاح لشمال أفريقيا

Adobe InDesign – قم بالتسجيل الآن للمشاركة في برنامج ما قبل النشر للمنتج Adobe InDesign ME ومعاينة وظائف جديدة ومثيرة!انضم الآن

Adobe Illustrator – قم بالتسجيل للمشاركة في برنامج المنتج Adobe Illustrator  ME ومعاينة وظائف جديدة ومثيرة!انضم الآن

Adobe Photoshop – قم بالتسجيل للمشاركة في برنامج المنتج Adobe Photoshop  ME ومعاينة وظائف جديدة ومثيرة!انضم الآن

نحن نتطلع لمشاركتك في برنامج ما قبل النشر هذا. في حالة وجود أية مشكلات أو حاجتك إلى المزيد من المعلومات، الرجاء مراسلتنا على menaprerelease@adobe.com

On Behalf of – Ahmed Gaballah, Ashish Saxena, Avinash S. Kotwal, Iouri Tchernoousko

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Photoshop.com is now available in German, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese

This article was originally written in English. Text in other languages was provided by machine translation.

Come check out the new languages. If you do not have an account, please go to www.photoshop.com to sign up. You will receive free 2GB of storage.

 

To change your language in Photoshop.com, scroll to the very bottom of the page, towards the middle, mouse over “English”, select the language you want when the language menu pops up, and you are ready to go.