Google Drive Connector

Translating with the Google Drive Connector

The Google Drive Connector supports translation of a range of supported file types. Content is sync'd with a specific folder within Google Drive. Translations are requested from within the Smartling platform, and translated content is automatically sent to a Google Drive specific delivery folder as per your settings.

Once the Google Drive Connector has been connected and set up, you will find Google Drive content in the Google Drive tab in your Smartling project. Here, you will be able to manage the translation process. From the Google Drive Content tab, you will be able to request and authorize content for translation.

This article will outline how to:

Request Translations 

There are two ways in which you can Request Translation;

1) Select the asset > Actions > Request Translation. This option also allows you to select multiple assets for translation.

2) Click the information icon of an asset > Request Translation. This option allows you to request translation for only that individual asset.

Both options will open the Request Translation wizard.

The Request Translation two-step wizard will appear for you to enter the Job details. You can choose to create a New Job or add the asset to an Existing Job.

  • Insert the Job Name - the title for the translation task in Smartling.
    • Ensure the file selection is correct. Click the X to remove any asset listed.
  • Insert a description for the linguists, if desired.
  • Select the Target Languages.
  • Click Save Job and Continue to create the Job in Smartling.


The next step will display the Job Processing. Once the processing is complete, the Authorize Job button will activate by turning blue. Click Authorize Job to set a Job Due Date, choose the workflow and submit the asset(s) for translation.



Getting Translations to Google Drive

As translations are completed, they are automatically sent to your Google Drive instance, to the folder configured in your settings. Files that have never been translated in Smartling before are delivered back as soon as the file has been translated in Smartling.

Files that have been translated previously but have since been updated, the translations are returned as per your Google Drive Connector configuration - every three hours is the default and recommended frequency.

You can always get the translation to Google Drive manually as well. To perform a manual export of translated content from Smartling to Google Drive:

  1. From your Google Drive project, click the Google Drive tab
  2. Select the translated assets to download (Bulk-Select and Export is supported)
  3. Click Actions and select Export Translation

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