Starting Out as an App Translator

Starting Out as an App Translator

The Applingua Knowledge Base tries to cover as many topics as possible regarding app translation. This page will help you navigate some of the other posts if you are starting out as an app translator and translating an app for the first time.
What Does \n Mean?

What Does \n Mean?

\n is a line-break character. All that follows \n will appear on a new line. Just like that.
Formal or Informal Voice

Formal or Informal Voice

When deciding to localize your app, you need to be clear to the translator or localization agency who your target audience is. Is your app a game or social networking chat app? Or is it a financial stocks and shares tracker?
What Is An App?

What Is An App?

The word "app" is derived from "application", which is a piece of software that runs on your computer or mobile device. Since the introduction of Apple's iPhone, the word app has become a commonplace in the tech industry.
Testing an App on Your Own Device (iOS)

Testing an App on Your Own Device (iOS)

It is possible to install a development build of an app on your own iOS device for Quality Assurance testing. You may want to test your translation fits within the size constraints of a certain device and whether it also fits the app's context as a whole. This post looks intimidating but it's actually pretty easy!
Taking Screenshots on Your Mac

Taking Screenshots on Your Mac

Mac OS X allows you to take a screenshot without interrupting your workflow. There is also some area flexibility when taking a screenshot.
What is iOS? The Basics.

What is iOS? The Basics.

You may have seen the term iOS but if you're not sure, it could be hard to work out exactly what it is. iOS stands for i Operating System. It is the operating system that runs on all iPod touches, iPhones and iPads.
What is Mac OS X (OSX)?

What is Mac OS X (OSX)?

Mac OS X or, as it is commonly referred to, OSX is the operating system that ships with all Apple Mac computers. It is comparable to Microsoft's Windows or a Linux system.
Dealing with Duplicate Strings

Dealing with Duplicate Strings

There are often duplicate strings in apps. Imagine how many times the words "OK" and "Cancel" appear when you use any piece of software. Dealing with duplicate strings can be laborious and time consuming.
Text editing tools for translators (OS X & Win)

Text editing tools for translators (OS X & Win)

It is important to preserve text encodings when sending, receiving and editing files. Default text encodings differ from machine to machine, but fortunately there are a list of standard, common encodings which every good text editing tool should offer.
What do %@, %f, %i mean? What are they?

What do %@, %f, %i mean? What are they?

When translating apps you will often find such characters in the middle of your text, but what are they? They are called String Format Specifiers and are essentially placeholders for data pulled in when the app is running.
What are .DS_Store and _MACOSX files?

What are .DS_Store and _MACOSX files?

.DS_Store and MACOSX files are files created by computers running Mac OS X which determine how a file appears on their computer.