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Localization Tool Eases .NET Translations

Sisulizer 1.1 for .NET is a translation tool that simplifies worldwide application deployment chores

Translating text files, databases and Windows elements into other languages for deployment across the globe is a fact of life in application development.

Sisulizer 1.1, an upgrade focused on .NET apps from the Finland-based company of the same name, promises to simplify things. The product is built to let translation team members do their work independently, without the need for close collaboration with developers.

The program scans an application and lets users collect the elements that need to be translated. Then that work can proceed, using Sisulizer's WYSIWYG interface.

Sisulizer lets developers export files for translation and send them to translators at remote sites. Once finished, the program automatically rebuilds the application using the translated files. (One advantage here is that remote translators never come into contact with the source code.) The .NET framework does not need to be installed on translators' machines, according to Sisulizer.

Former RDN contributor Mike Gunderloy wrote a short review of Sisulizer on his site, http://www.larkware.com.

"Overall, this is going to be overkill for a simple app that goes into two languages, but if you're managing a serious application that has to support full localization across many languages (with support for BiDi and Far East as well), Sisulizer looks worth a serious trial," he writes.

Sisulizer is compatible with .NET, C++ Builder, Delphi, Visual C++, C#, Visual Basic, Visual Studio, Borland Developer Studio, Java and Windows binary files, as well as XLIFF, according to the company. Version 1.1 introduces support for Borland's new Turbo languages.

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Sisulizer enables translation of application elements to occur securely off-site.
The Professional Edition of Sisulizer costs $1,499; the Enterprise Edition is $2,999 (latest published dollar amounts). The latter includes features such as the ability to localize server databases.

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Chris Kanaracus is the news editor for Redmond Developer News.

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