This topic contains archived "What's New" descriptions for all RC-WinTrans X8 service releases for the year 2006. Release notes from 2005 and 2007 are located in separate archives. Please refer to the "What's New" topic for information on the latest releases of RC-WinTrans X8.
This function checks to see if a string exceeds a specified maximum string length. The Maximum String Length dialog box is used to specify the maximum string length and to enable the check for a string item.
There are three different units that can be used when defining the maximum string length:
RC-WinTrans X8 now supports ADM (Administrative Template File Format) files (Win32). The file converter is available as VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) macros file. These macros files can be added to the RC-WinTrans X8 system to allow ADM files to be translated.
The macros file is not yet included in the latest build-version (188.8.131.52). Please contact Schaudin.com if you need to localize ADM files with RC-WinTrans and we will send the macros file to you by e-mail.
The new Project Data tab view in the Workspace bar shows a break-down of a project's resources and lets you quickly filter, or isolate, groups of these according to type (e.g., dialogs, menus, stringtables).
The filter that isolates resources with text is particularly useful, as is the one which shows only those resources for which the translation text has not been entered/confirmed.
The view also provides translation status information for the project, the files, and their individual resources. Notes, re-check markers, and/or an "Approved" or "For Review" state flag can be assigned to a file or to any item in the Project Data view.
Colored bars in the Text Table view let you quickly see the translation status of translation units. Customize the colors and the translation status that they represent in RC-WinTrans' Options dialog box.
Save time and translation costs with the new auto-translate feature that uses selected data sources to automatically translate one or more text items in a project. The auto-translate function can search the current project, dictionaries/translation memories, and/or other opened projects for translations that meet a predefined set of criteria and apply them to translation units in the active project.
Easy data migration of the project (Microsoft Access) databases used in Versions 5 through 7 of RC-WinTrans database to RC-WinTrans X8 translation projects.
The External .NET Forms Editor now shows both the source and target views of a selected Form (previously target view only).
The Dialog Box view now has extended navigation capability that lets you quickly move from dialog box to dialog box (sequentially) and jump to other dialog boxes by entering its (sequential) number in the counter edit field.
The Project window's Text Table view now has three additional columns:
The overall performance for commands (e.g., Write Target Files, Update Database, Changes Preview) in the Source and Target Files dialog box has been improved and primarily affects projects with several different target languages.
Combo-boxes with static text items are now listed in a resources tree view (Project Data tab view) and are initialized with the items' texts in the Dialog Box view.
The texts of static combo-box items are also checked by RC-WinTrans' text fit check function to make sure the translation is fully visible.
Nonstandard .NET property types of a user/custom control or Form can be designated as text to be translated. The special property must be made known to RC-WinTrans, after which it is handled as a translatable text item and is included in the translation statistics and word count. Prior to being registered in the Custom Resource Type dialog box, nonstandard property types have the type "x-text."
If a .NET Form in a .RESX file or an EXE assembly file cannot be processed when the file is added, it remains in the project but is marked by an Alert symbol ( ) in the Projects Overview tab's tree view (Workspace bar). When a Form's data can't be processed it's usually because (1) the Form is set as "not localizable," or (2) a custom control used in the Form is not available. An informational message box with a description of the problem can be opened by right mouse-clicking on the item in the Projects Overview tab view.
The list of languages that can be used to localize software has been updated to correspond to the languages published on the "NLS information page" from Microsoft:
The Hotkey Suggestion HTML page now can be accessed directly using the Hotkey Suggestion Page menu command from the Checks menu.
The number of toolbar buttons and menu commands has been reduced with the addition of the filter command button in the new Project Data tab view and with the merging of other selected commands.
Several bug fixes have been reported and
found since the last service release.
The new "Omit Resource from Target File" feature lets you designate bitmap, cursor, and icon resources as well as included files (#include) that should be omitted from the target file. This feature is only available for Win32 resource script (RC) files.
The path references that RC-WinTrans uses to locate .NET components (.NET custom controls) can now be specified on the .NET property page in the Options dialog box.
VBA Macro Initialize und Terminate Handler: A new function "OnInitModule" can be implemented for a module that is called right after RC-WinTrans has initialized the VBA system (after starting RC-WinTrans). The function "OnTerminateModule" is called when RC-WinTrans is going to be closed.
A template macros file that has a module with the two functions can be selected when a new macros file is created.
Primary fixes include:
RC-Wintrans X8 has a new checks handling and check results display to makes finding and resolving critical software errors easier than ever:
For additional information on checks see the RC-WinTrans X8 Help ("Checks" and "Multi"Check" topics).
A new Changed Source view (Workspace bar) lists all changes made to data in the source file(s) that affect resources that have already been translated/modified for a target language.
The "Import from Project" and "Import from Translated Resource File" functions have a new user interface (new dialog boxes) and now offer additional options for specifying what and how to import. The overall performance of these operations has been improved as well.
The method for determining repetitions (multiple, identical source texts) in the word count function has been updated.
General improvements have been implemented in the performance of operations such as opening/loading a translation project, importing data, and updating the translation database for changed source files.
RC-WinTrans X8 can now read/process managed .NET C++ assemblies.
X8 is now compatible with the .NET Framework 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.
There are some minor restrictions for the visual editing of standard Forms controls introduced with the .NET Framework 2.0, as well as for Forms created with Visual Studio 2005, but these do not interfere with software localization.
The (external) .NET Forms Editor has been improved for the new .NET 2.0 Form elements and has been updated with some minor bug fixes.
Bitmaps that are included as file names in Win32 resource script (RC) files can now be "translated" (modified and used in the target file) with RC-WinTrans X8.
See the RC-WinTrans X8 Help for additional information ("Image Translation" topic).
The reader/writer component for Java Properties files has been optimized.
There are four new toolbar buttons that provide easy access to the most common filtering options for items listed in the Text Table view.
The function for excluding texts from translation has been expanded to include the following options:
The integrated Visual Basic for Applications development environment (VBA Editor and the VBA Help) is now available in the following languages:
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), and Chinese (Simplified).
CD ROM Installation
The local VBA languages can be installed from the RC-WinTrans X8 installation CD using the "Custom" set-up type. The English and French languages are installed by default.
Only the English and French versions of VBA are available with the downloadable installation file. Individual VBA language support packs will soon be available for download from our website.