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attranslate - Semi-automated Text Translator for Websites and Apps

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attranslate is a tool for syncing translation-files, including JSON/YAML/XML and other formats. In contrast to paid services, any developer can integrate attranslate in a matter of minutes. attranslate will leave existing translations unchanged and only synchronize new translations.

Optionally, attranslate works with automated translation-services. For example, let's say that a translation-service achieves 80% correct translations. With attranslate, a fix of the remaining 20% may be faster than doing everything by hand. Other than that, attranslate supports purely manual translations or even file-format-conversions without changing the language.


Preserve Manual Translations

attranslate recognizes that machine translations are not perfect. Therefore, whenever you are unhappy with the produced text, attranslate allows you to simply overwrite text in your target-files. attranslate will never overwrite any manual corrections in subsequent runs.

Available Services

attranslate supports the following services; many of them are free of charge:

  • openai: Uses a model like ChatGPT; free up to a limit
  • google-translate: Needs a GCloud account; free up to a limit
  • azure: Needs a Microsoft account; costs money
  • sync-without-translate: Does not change the language. This can be useful for converting between file formats, or for maintaining region-specific differences.
  • manual: Translates text with manual typing

Usage Examples

Translating a single file is as simple as the following line:

attranslate --srcFile=json-simple/en.json --srcLng=English --srcFormat=nested-json --targetFile=json-simple/es.json --targetLng=Spanish --targetFormat=nested-json --service=openai

If you have multiple target-languages, then you will need multiple calls to attranslate. You can write something like the following script:

# This example translates an english JSON-file into spanish and german.
COMMON_ARGS=( "--srcLng=en" "--srcFormat=nested-json" "--targetFormat=nested-json" "--service=google-translate" "--serviceConfig=gcloud/gcloud_service_account.json" )

# install attranslate if it is not installed yet
attranslate --version || npm install --global attranslate

attranslate --srcFile=$BASE_DIR/en/fruits.json --targetFile=$BASE_DIR/es/fruits.json --targetLng=es "${COMMON_ARGS[@]}"
attranslate --srcFile=$BASE_DIR/en/fruits.json --targetFile=$BASE_DIR/de/fruits.json --targetLng=de "${COMMON_ARGS[@]}"

Similarly, you can use attranslate to convert between file-formats. See sample scripts for more examples.

Integration Guide

Firstly, ensure that nodejs is installed on your machine. Once you have nodejs, you can install attranslate via:

npm install --global attranslate

Alternatively, if you are a JavaScript-developer, then you can install attranslate via:

npm install --save-dev attranslate

Next, you should write a project-specific script that invokes attranslate for your specific files. See sample scripts for guidance on how to translate your project-specific files.

Usage Options

Run attranslate --help to see a list of available options:

Usage: attranslate [options]

  --srcFile <sourceFile>              The source file to be translated
  --srcLng <sourceLanguage>           A language code for the source language
  --srcFormat <sourceFileFormat>      One of "flat-json", "nested-json",
                                      "yaml", "po", "xml", "ios-strings",
                                      "arb", "csv"
  --targetFile <targetFile>           The target file for the translations
  --targetLng <targetLanguage>        A language code for the target language
  --targetFormat <targetFileFormat>   One of "flat-json", "nested-json",
                                      "yaml", "po", "xml", "ios-strings",
                                      "arb", "csv"
  --service <translationService>      One of "openai", "manual",
                                      "google-translate", "azure"
  --serviceConfig <serviceKey>        supply configuration for a translation
                                      service (either a path to a key-file or
                                      an API-key)
  --matcher <matcher>                 An optional feature for string replacements. One of "none", "icu", "i18next",
                                      "sprintf" (default: "none")
  -v, --version                       output the version number

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