Google Drive Connector

Google Drive Connector Overview

Google Drive is a file storage service developed by Google, that allows users to store files on Google's servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files.

Smartling’s Google Drive Connector automatically syncs content within a specific root-folder in your Google Drive to Smartling, allowing you to authorize this content for translation from within the Smartling platform. Translations are automatically sent back to Google Drive once complete.

The root-folder should be a repository for ready-to-translate files. Your team can collaborate on creating content and once the files are ready for translation, save them to a shared folder that is also the root-folder, so content is automatically available in Smartling for translation.

Supported File Types

Smartling’s Google Drive Connector currently ingests the following file types:

*Google files (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) are only supported file types in Smartling with the Google Drive Connector. When submitted these file types for translation, the Google Drive Connector converts them to .docx, .xlsx, or .pptx, respectively, for processing. When translation is complete, the Google Drive Connector will upload them back to Google Drive, and automatically convert them to their native Google file format.

**Similarly to Google files, PDF files are converted to .docx files once they have been submitted for translation. However, when translation is complete, the Google Drive Connector will upload them back to Google Drive, as a .docx file, meaning you will not see translated PDF files in your delivery folder. We recommend that you submit the native file for translation, when possible.

This conversion and processing may impact file formatting and layout. 

Please read each file type's documentation for information on how the file can be prepared and parsed.

Visual Context is supported as per the file type's default. For example, Microsoft Office files have visual context by default, but Java property files do not. For more information, read our documentation on Supported File Types.

Limitations

Google Drive cannot export Google files above 10 MB, due to a limitation in the Google API. All other file types have a max size limit documented in our Supported File Types article.

If you attempt to submit a file too large for translation, an error will flag, and the Job will not be created. In this case, download the file and upload it to Smartling manually.

Translation Delivery

You can choose to have all translations delivered into the same folder as the source files, or they can choose to deliver translations into a subfolder. These options will be covered in detail in the Settings section.

Translated files that are delivered into the same folder as the source files will include the custom language name on the file name.

Translated files that are delivered into a sub-folders will include the custom language name on the folder name.

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