News Archive – 2006

 

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.

 

 

December 2006 —  Service Release with New Features (Build-Version 8.4.1.3)

 

Maximum String Length Check

IMPROVED

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:

1.

Number of characters: the total number of characters allowed for the target text.

2.

Expansion percentage: a given amount (expressed in a percentage) of extra length allowed for the target text.

3.

Dialog units (Win32): the maximum length of the target text expressed in (Win32) dialog units (DLUs).

 

ADM Files (Administrative Template File Format)

NEW

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 (8.4.1.3).  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.

 

 

November 2006 —  Service Release with New Features (Build-Version 8.4.0.0)

 

Project Data View

NEW

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.

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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.

 

Translation Status Indicating Color Bars

NEW

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.

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Automatic Translation

NEW

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.

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Data Migration – RC-WinTrans Versions 5 through 7 Project Databases

NEW

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.

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.NET Forms Editor

IMPROVED

The External .NET Forms Editor now shows both the source and target views of a selected Form (previously target view only).

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Dialog Box Navigation

NEW

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.

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Additional Information Shown in the Text Table View

NEW

The Project window's Text Table view now has three additional columns:

"Origin"- Shows the source of the translation text if it was added with the auto-translate function (match value is also shown).  COMING SOON: The "Origin" column will also be used for texts that were imported from a file.

"Date"- Shows the date and time when the target text was last edited.

"Author"- Shows the name of the author who last edited the target text.

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Faster Performance for Commands in the Source and Target Files Dialog Box

IMPROVED

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.

 

Win32 Combo-Boxes

NEW

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.

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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.

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Custom .NET Resource Types

NEW

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."

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New Indication/Information Display for Errors in .NET Files

NEW

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.

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Languages

IMPROVED

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:

www.microsoft.com/globaldev/nlsweb/default.mspx

 

Hotkey Suggestion

IMPROVED

The Hotkey Suggestion HTML page now can be accessed directly using the Hotkey Suggestion Page menu command from the Checks menu.

 

Toolbars and Menus

IMPROVED

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.

 

Miscellaneous Bugfixes

IMPROVED

Several bug fixes have been reported and found since the last service release.
Please see the RC-WinTrans X8 release notes for details.

 

 

June 2006 Service Release (Build-Version 8.3.3.x)

 

Omit Resource from Target File (Win32 RC Files)

NEW

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.

 

.NET Components Reference Directory

NEW

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 Macros Files

NEW

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.

 

Miscellaneous Bugfixes

IMPROVED

Primary fixes include:

Translation of tab-separated files.

Import from Excel spreadsheet.

.NET Forms Editor (editing .NET Forms).

Export to TMX file.

Dialog Box Editor (Set to Original Size command).

The RC-WinTrans X8 release notes list out the changes introduced with each new service release. They are published on the Schaudin.com website (www.schaudin.com | Support| Current Versions).

 

 

April 2006 Service Release (Build-Version 8.3.2.x)

 

Check Functions: Handling and Display

NEW

RC-Wintrans X8 has a new checks handling and check results display to makes finding and resolving critical software errors easier than ever:

1.

A Checks menu and Checks toolbar for running individual checks or a number of selected checks at once.

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2.

A Check Results view displaying the results of checks performed and giving a short description of the (possible) error(s) found.  Click on a reported error listed in the view and RC-WinTrans navigates to the most appropriate view for viewing and resolving that error.

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3.

Errors are also indicated directly in the Text Table view.  The error information can be found in the new "Check Result" column.

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4.

There are three new tabs in the Dialog Box view used specifically for dealing with dialog box layout errors (text fit, overlapping items, and source layout changes).

5.

A new dialog box ("Different Translations") can be used to display all non-uniform translations when such errors have been reported.

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For additional information on checks see the RC-WinTrans X8 Help ("Checks" and "Multi"Check" topics).

 

Additional Display/Indication of Changes in the Source File(s)

NEW

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.

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Import from Translation Project/Translated File

IMPROVED

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.

 

Word Count

IMPROVED

The method for determining repetitions (multiple, identical source texts) in the word count function has been updated.

 

Performance

IMPROVED

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.

 

Managed .NET C++ Assemblies

FIX

RC-WinTrans X8 can now read/process managed .NET C++ assemblies.

 

.NET Framework 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 Compatibility

IMPROVED

RC-WinTrans X8 is now compatible with the .NET Framework 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.
RC-WinTrans keeps track of the version of the .NET Framework (1.1 or 2.0) for which the source files were developed and makes sure that the translated target files are created for the correct version.

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.

 

.NET Forms Editor

IMPROVED

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.

 

Dictionaries

NEW

1.

There are two new commands available for editing and deleting a dictionary entry.  These commands are available via a local menu called up from the Dictionary Found Results list in the Translation Edit bar.

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2.

Two more new commands for reloading a dictionary (after external editing) and for saving a dictionary have been added to the Dictionaries view in the Workspace bar.

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Editing Bitmaps in RC Files

IMPROVED

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.

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See the RC-WinTrans X8 Help for additional information ("Image Translation" topic).

 

Java Properties Files

IMPROVED

The reader/writer component for Java Properties files has been optimized.

 

Translation Status Filters

NEW

There are four new toolbar buttons that provide easy access to the most common filtering options for items listed in the Text Table view.

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NOTE: The toolbar button previously used in combination with the State Filter dialog box has been removed.

 

Excluding Text from Translation

NEW

The function for excluding texts from translation has been expanded to include the following options:

1.

The "exclude text from translation" attribute can be set for one or more translation units in all the available target languages at once.

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2.

A predefined set of text items can be used to specify those items that are to be excluded from translation.  When an item's source text matches a text given in the predefined set, the item will be excluded.

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New Languages for the Integrated VBA Development Environment (IDE)

NEW

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).

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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.

Download Installation

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.

 

 

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