Translating Content

The Requester User Guide

Requester users can submit content for translation by creating a Job. Jobs created by Requesters will be Awaiting Authorization until an Account Owner or Project Manager user authorizes the Job. Requesters can only see Jobs they requested on their dashboard.

The Requester User Guide contains the following steps;

Activate your Profile

When an Account Owner or Project Manager user adds you to the account, you will receive an email invitation to activate your profile. As this is from a "noreply" email address, ensure to check Spam and make noreply@smartling.com a safe sender to your mailbox.

To activate your profile, click the link in the invite.

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Once you activate your Smartling profile by following the steps on the email invite, you will be brought to your Smartling Dashboard.

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Enable Notification Preferences

We recommend you enable your Global Notification Preferences first. This will ensure you will receive email notifications from Smartling on your Jobs.

To enabled notification preferences;

  • Click the dropdown under your name
  • Click Edit Profile
  • Scroll down to Globale Notification Preferences > toggle ON > Save Changes

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  • Click Notifications (top right) to select notifications

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To return to the dashboard, click the Smartling logo (top left).

Create a Job

To submit content for translation, create a translation job;

  1. Click Request Translation.
  2. Complete the fields in the Request Translation Portal;
    • Upload the file for translation - drag & drop or select files from your local drive
    • Enter the Job Name (required)
    • Choose the Project the Job will be translated in
    • Set a Job Due Date
    • Reference Number
    • Description
    • Choose the Target Languages (required) by typing the locale or clicking Select All
    • Custom Field data if required
  3. Click Confirm.

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Your transition Job has now been created and is in Draft until you click Submit. You can always rename or cancel the request but clicking 3 dots under Actions > Rename / Cancel

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This is a good opportunity to check your content to ensure it has been ingested correctly before submitting it.

Check Content & Edit Job

To modify the Job with additional detail, enter the Job by clicking the Job Name. Here you can add any detail you missed when creating the Job via the Request Translation Portal such as;

  • Add/Edit Due Date
  • Get a Cost Estimate
  • Add a Job Attachment to provide additional reference material for the linguists: Add Attachments
  • Add/Edit Reference Number
  • Add/Edit Description 
  • Add a language to the Job: Add Languages
  • Remove a language from the Job: Actions > Remove 
  • Add another file to the Job for translation: Files > Add File

To check the content was ingested correctly, enter the Strings View by clicking View Strings. Here you can add detail to the Job on a string-level by selecting the string(s) and click Actions to;

  • Change Job: Move the strings from one Job to another
  • Export: Download the strings
  • Edit tags: Add tags to the strings for ease in search/filtering
  • Edit Character Limit: Add a character limit to the translation
  • Edit Translator Instructions: Add instructions on how you want the string translated
  • Add Context: Upload an image file to provide visual context to linguists
  • Remove Context: undo the previous action and remove any uploaded image file
  • Exclude: Exclude content from translation
  • Restore Excluded: undo the previous action and restore any excluded strings back for translation

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To return to the Job view, click Go back to Job

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To submit the Job to the Account Owner or Project Manager, click Submit

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Your Job will now be visible on the Account Owner and Project Manager dashboard in Awaiting Authorization. Again, you can always rename or cancel the request by clicking 3 dots under Actions > Rename / Cancel. Additionally, you can now get a fuzzy estimate on the Job by clicking 3 dots under Actions > Fuzzy Estimate

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When the Account Owner or Project Manager authorizes the job, the status updates from Awaiting Authorization to In Progress. Depending on your notification preferences (see above), you will receive an email notifying you that your job has been authorized for translation. To view the Job, you can click the link on the email, or find the Job on the Dashboard.

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Check the Status of a Job (New Experience)

When your Job is In Progress, you can check it's status by hovering over the progress bar. This will indicate how many words are in each step of the workflow. To get a more detailed view;

  • Enter the Job by clicking the Job name.
  • Click the Workflows tab to view how many strings are in each step.

Check the Status of a Job (Classic)

A job allows you to group and prioritize content for translation. You can check the status of a job you submitted in Smartling by clicking the link from within your email notification, or by logging in to Smartling.

  1. Go to Projects Dashboard.
  2. Mouse over the project. Click View Project.
  3. Click the name of the job to view the overall status of your request.
  4. Hover over the progress bar to display the status of your request by workflow step.

Manage Issues

When Linguists ask a question about a Job, they have opened an Issue. It is important to respond to any open issues on your Jobs as quickly as possible to ensure the Job is not delayed. Read more on how to manage Issues here.

Completed Jobs

When your content has been translated, your Job is complete. Depending on your notification preferences, you will revive and email notifying you that the translation job is complete. Click the link on the email to download the translations.

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Translations will be completed in the same file format as the source file

Download Translations (New Experience)

  1. In Smartling, enter the Job by clicking the Job name, or click the link on the email notification (above)
  2. Click the Files tab > Download Files
  3. Choose how you want your translated files to be downloaded.
    • Subfolders for languages: Downloads a .zip file containing one folder per language for translated files. No language code will be added to the translated file name.
    • Languages in file names: Downloads a .zip file containing one file per language for each file in your translation job. The language code will be added to the translated file name.
    • Subfolders for languages and languages in file names: Downloads a .zip file containing one folder per language for translated files with the language code in the file name.
  4. Click Download.

Download Translations (Classic)

You can download completed translations.

  1. Go to Project Dashboard. Select the project.
  2. Click Jobs (or click the link from within your email notification).
  3. Click More > Download Files.
  4. Select how you'd like your translated files to be downloaded.
    • Subfolders for languages: Downloads a .zip file containing one folder per language for translated files. No language code will be added to the translated file name.
    • Languages in file names: Downloads a .zip file containing one file per language for each file in your translation job. The language code will be added to the translated file name.
    • Subfolders for languages and languages in file names: Downloads a .zip file containing one folder per language for translated files with the language code in the file name.
  5. Click Download.

Enable project notifications to be notified when translation requests are complete.

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