This week SDL launched an OpenExchange Developers competition. Actually it was launched a month or so ago but the number of downloads for new applications started counting at of the beginning of this week. The key dates are these:
19 March to 31 July Apps can be submitted
1 June to 31 July Downloads counted
Early August Winners announced (Actual results are here)
Over the last month or so I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the things the developers are creating and there are really some fantastic ideas and apps in progress. Most of the apps for this competition will be free for Studio users, but you will have to be using Studio 2014 to take advantage of them. This is because the competition is all about using the integration API in Studio 2014, so developers can create new ribbons, new views, new ribbon groups etc. This allows for anything from a simple feature to a full blown application, and I’m seeing some fantastic examples of both.
There will be a page created on the OpenExchange site specifically for these applications so you can find them easily, but I thought I’d add them to this article as they are published and maybe write a short description about each one so it’s clear what they can be used for. I’m going to aim to do a short youtube demo for each one too and I’ll update the descriptions by adding a link to the images below as I complete them.
The first one to be released was today! Click on the app images to see a short video demo of each one and the title to get the app from the OpenExchange (any links not there yet are coming!).
Allows you to double click a word in source or target and have a dictionary lookup through a small popup next to the word. You can set the default language for the text, or allow the language shown to be defined by the languages in the document you are translating. Right-click the feature on or off. Simple and effective!
“Studio Time Tracker”
Integrated tracking of your working time. The time recording is automatic and starts as soon as you open a file. Out of the box it categorises the work based on translation, review or sign-off (recognises the way a file is opened in Studio) and allows you to store projects against your clients. You can also store hourly rates for different kinds of work per client and then export your recorded time, with costs, straight into an Excel report.
This plugin takes advantage of the new AutoSuggest Provider API in Studio 2014 and adds an additional AutoSuggest Provider to your options. It works by suggesting possible translations as you type from single words up to full segments. It doesn’t require use of the Google Translate API so you do not need an API key.
This application brings the concept of Project Glossaries into the Studio interface itself. Three ways, all of which add a termbase to your Studio Project: a simple one click create, a use of the MultiTerm wizard, or create from a spreadsheet. You can also export your Project glossaries to a spreadsheet for anyone not using MultiTerm afterwards.
A neat little plugin that extends the search capability available for single files within Studio so that you can search across multiple files, or even multiple Projects and review the results in a new window within the Studio environment. Search supports regular expressions and the results can be exported to a file in the form of lists of matches.
Skin your Studio! This plugin allows you to select from a variety of themed skins to complement the built in choices. If you’re a football fan then now’s the time to support the World Cup with a couple of sporting themes to choose from!
“ApSIC Xbench Plugin”
This plugin provides an integration between SDL Trados Studio 2014 and the quality assurance tools provided by ApSIC in their Xbench application. For this to work you do need to have ApSIC Xbench 3.0 build 1186 or later already installed on your computer. The plugin itself provides a nice integration, even in a multilingual environment.
“Word Cloud plugin”
Create a Word Cloud based on the source content of your projects. A novel idea that gives you an instant view of the sort of content, the variety of content and the common theme running through your projects. Displays as an additional tab with your project statistics, but movable to wherever you like.
So if you see an application you like, and you would like to support the developer(s) to help them win the competition then head over to the OpenExchange and download your favourites. The most downloaded from now until the end of July wins!