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AlignAssist version 0.6 released

Dec. 25th 2008

I’ve just released version 0.6 of Align Assist.

Align Assist download page.

Align Assist main window

This is a bug-fix update. The previous versions of Align Assist didn’t properly display the grid rows in some cases when splitting segments, and the Split dialog box had some display issues.

About Align Assist

Align Assist is a free program for aligning legacy source and translation files, and creating Felix translation memories from them. It supports a wide range of file formats, including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as XML, HTML, text, and CSV. There is also limited support for PDF files.

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Align Assist version 0.5 released

Dec. 13th 2008

I’ve just released version 0.5 of Align Assist.

Align Assist download page.

Align Assist main window

This is a minor update, with several minor new features and improvements, such as the ability to display the log file.

About Align Assist

Align Assist is a free program for aligning legacy source and translation files, and creating Felix translation memories from them. It supports a wide range of file formats, including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as XML, HTML, text, and CSV. There is also limited support for PDF files.

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Felix extension for OpenOffice Writer

Dec. 7th 2008

I’ve just released a Felix extension for OpenOffice Writer. This extension allows you to use Felix from inside OpenOffice.

To install the extension, first download the file:

Felix_OpenOfficeWriter_1.0.zip.

Save the file to your computer, then unzip it. If OpenOffice Writer isn’t already running, start it.

Now from the Tools menu, select Extension Manager…

Tools - Extension Manager menu selection

The Extension Manager appears. Click Add, then select the file “Felix.oxt”.

Extension Manager dialog box

Close the dialog box, then close and restart Writer. The Felix toolbar and menu should appear.

OpenOffice Writer with Felix menu and toolbar

You can now use Felix from OpenOffice in much the same manner as MS Word. There’s no documentation yet, but the Felix manual entry for MS Word should provide an overview of the basics.

There are still some kinks to work out. For example, the extension currently ignores text formatting, and the keyboard shortcuts don’t seem to work properly in OpenOffice 2.4. I’ll be working to improve the extension, and release updates.

This extension is released under the MIT License, which means that you’re free to modify it, study and learn from it, or use it in other projects with no restrictions. If you do make improvements to the extension, however, I ask that you send them to me so I can feed them back to other users.

Posted by Ryan Ginstrom | in Felix, tools | 8 Comments »

Align Assist version 0.4 released

Nov. 3rd 2008

I’ve released a new version of Align Assist. The main improvement in this version is the ability to specify URLs as the source/translation. Now, you can enter the URLs of any two web pages, and align their text.

Align Assist main window

What is Align Assist?

Align Assist is a free tool to create Felix translation memories (TMs) from legacy translations. You select a source file and translation file, then align them in a grid window. Once the source and translation segments are aligned, select File >> Save to save them as a Felix TM.

Align window

Align Assist can align many different file types, including Microsoft® Word (.doc, .rtf), PowerPoint (.ppt), and Excel (.xls, .csv), as well as HTML, XML, text, and PDF files.


Click here to go to the Align Assist page
.

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Align Assist version 0.1 released

Sep. 4th 2008

I’ve released a completely new version of Align Assist. This is an initial release, so while it’s functional I’d appreciate you let me know of any bugs you find or missing features.

Align Assist main window

What is Align Assist?

Align Assist is a free tool to create Felix translation memories (TMs) from legacy translations. You select a source file and translation file, then align them in a grid window. Once the source and translation segments are aligned, select File >> Save to save them as a Felix TM.

Align window

Align Assist can align many different file types, including Microsoft® Word (.doc, .rtf), PowerPoint (.ppt), and Excel (.xls, .csv), as well as HTML, XML, text, and PDF files.


Click here to go to the Align Assist page
.

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New tool for Felix: Xelif

Aug. 14th 2008

I’ve just released a new utility for Felix: Xelif.

Xelif “reverses” Felix translation memories (TMs) and glossaries by switching the source and translation fields. If you have an English to Japanese TM, Xelif will convert it to a Japanese to English TM.

Quite a simple utility, but when you need it, you need it. And now you’ve got it. 🙂


The Xelif window

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Progress report: Memory Serves

Jul. 2nd 2008

As I stated in my May development roadmap, this month I’m working on a server component for Felix. Development is going very well, and I should have an initial version of the server itself ready for release by this weekend. After that I’ll work on creating an interface to the server from Felix, and together with a couple more features, that’ll be the 1.2 release.

I’m calling the component Memory Serves. Not too creative I know — if you’ve got a better idea I’d love to hear it! It’ll be a separate download from Felix, and will be free. I’ll create a page for it along with the initial release.

The server will work as follows: it’ll launch a Web server on the local computer; you can use your web browser to configure the search preferences, upload Felix memory files, and so on. You can also “download” any of the memories/glossaries in Felix format, to use locally, email, or whatever. Also, anyone on the local network can access this server, and upload/download memories, etc. For the small collaborative groups I’m envisioning, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’ve got a use case that calls for permission levels (like who can add/delete a memory), please let me know.

Memory Serves memories page

From Felix, you’ll then be able to connect to the memories/glossaries on the server from any computer on your local network, using the connection string for each memory/glossary. From there, it will be just like using a local memory, except that you won’t have to worry about saving your memory: the server will handle that automatically.

I’m planning to make early releases of both the server and version 1.2 of Felix, in order to see if users can uncover any problems before I make the official release later this month.

Posted by Ryan Ginstrom | in Felix, Memory Serves, tools | 4 Comments »

New tool: Jamming2Felix

May. 29th 2008

I’ve just released a new free tool: Jamming2Felix.

Jamming2Felix is a simple utility that converts glossaries from jamming format into Felix format.

I originally developed this application at the request of a jamming user, and am now releasing it to the general community. Enjoy, and let me know if you run into any problems.

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