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    Demo Video on Xbench Integration with Transifex

    We’ve just posted a new video on our YouTube Channel that shows how Xbench is integrated with Transifex, a Web-based service popular for translating software and websites with frequent updates.

    This integration brings to new things to Xbench:

    • It is the first time Xbench integrates with a web-based service. Until know all formats were classical offline formats. We’re looking forward to adding more web-based integrations in the future.
    • It is the first time Xbench edits directly strings. Until now we always had the original application edit strings. This was a design decision in Xbench because data integrity is a priority for us and we believe that the best way to ensure data integrity is to outsource the editing task to the original application. This way if the original application decides to make subtle changes in their internal propietary formats, Xbench would not break anything. However, in this case, the clearly defined Transifex API make us to break our legendary design rule for once.

    We hope that you like this integration. You can watch the video here (for best viewing experience, remember to choose the highest resolution and watch it full screen).

    Now Also in French: Xbench 3.0 Quick Reference Card and Plugin for SDL Trados Studio User’s Guide


    We’re happy to announce that now we have French versions of the Xbench 3.0 Quick Reference Card and of the Plugin for SDL Trados Studio User’s Guide.

    As usual, they can be downloaded from the Documentation page.

    Once more, a big thanks to Franck Charreire, also translator of the Xbench 3.0 User’s Guide, for his great effort in making Xbench documentation available for the French community.

    Xbench 3.0 Manuals Now Also Available in Czech!

    We’re pleased to announce that the Xbench 3.0 manuals are now available in Czech! The new Czech manuals can be downloaded from our Documentation page.

    The Czech version of the Xbench 3.0 User’s Guide, Xbench Plugin for Trados Studio, and the Quick Reference Card has been translated by Ivan Šimerka, an English to Czech technical translator, who also translates into Czech from German and Russian.

    We are very thankful for Ivan’s great effort, which will ease the community Czech users to get up to speed with Xbench. With this addition, there are Xbench 3.0 manuals available in 5 languages: Czech, French, German, Polish, and Spanish.

    ApSIC Xbench Quick Reference Card Now Also Available in Polish


    We’re pleased to announce that Michał Tosza, English to Polish translator and CAT tools trainer, has translated the recently released ApSIC Xbench Quick Reference Card to Polish, which can be downloaded from our Documentation page.

    Michał also translated the ApSIC Xbench User’s Guide four various releases since version 2.8, so we are very, very grateful for his efforts to making the docs available to Polish users on an ongoing basis.

    Xbench QA Plugin Samples Now Available on GitHub

    We’re pleased to announce that we have posted samples for ApSIC Xbench QA plugins at GitHub.

    The code is posted in two repositories, one for Visual Studio C++ and another one for Delphi. These samples are probably a good starting point to create 32-bit and 64-bit QA plugins for Xbench.

    The QA plugin API is quite flexible: you can create from simple checks to sophisticate interactive features such as the Xbench spell-checker, which indeed is a QA plugin developed with this API.

    Therefore, if you need to run more complex custom checks than those provided by checklists, these code samples will probably be very handy get as a starting point if you or someone in your team can code in C++ or Delphi.

    New Xbench 3.0 build 1299: Support for Transit NXT and Transifex


    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Xbench 3.0 build 1299.

    This new build has these new main features:

    • Support for Transit NXT. Now you can choose a Transit NXT project directory and load it in Xbench for search or QA.
    • Support for Transifex. This is our first integration with an online-only tool, Transifex. To use it, just choose Transifex Project as file type when adding files to the Project Properties. If you find a segment that you want to edit directly in the online project, you can do that directly in Xbench, with Edit Source.

    As usual, you can see other additions and fixes in our change log.

    To download the new build, just go to our Download page. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you run into any issue with the new build.

    New Xbench 3.0 build 1274: Support for RTL Languages, New Arabic and Hebrew Dictionaries


    We’re happy to announce that we have just released Xbench 3.0 build 1274, which comes with these new features:

    • Support for bidirectional languages, including new Arabic and Hebrew spell-checking dictionaries
    • Support for the upcoming memoQ 2014 R2 (same workflow for QA as with memoQ 2014, shown in this video)
    • Support for entry positioning in MultiTerm. Now when you choose Edit Source in Xbench with an .sdltb or a .mdb MultiTerm file, MultiTerm will open right at the entry selected in Xbench.

    The new Xbench 3.0 build is available for download from our Downloads page.

    As usual, if you run into any issue or have any suggestion, please contact us.

    New Xbench 3.0 build 1266: More Enhancements to memoQ 2014 Integration


    Starting with the new Xbench 3.0 build 1266 and memoQ 2014 build 51 or later, now the best process to QA memoQ 2014 documents in Xbench 3.0 is:

    1. In memoQ 2014, open a project and select all documents (or views) that you want to QA. If you press Ctrl+A, you will select all documents in the project.
    2. Click Export Bilingual to export all selected documents as memoQ XLIFF in a folder on your Desktop (for example, ToXbenchQA).
    3. In your Desktop, select the ToXbenchQA folder, right-click and then choose Run QA in Xbench.
    4. Carry out your QA checks normally in Xbench, such as spellchecking, number mismatches, inconsistencies, etc. When you find an issue in Xbench that you want to edit in memoQ, simply select it and press Ctrl+E (or right-click and choose Edit Source). memoQ 2014 will open automatically the document (or view) right at the segment selected in Xbench.
    5. When you want to run a regression, just re-export the documents again to the same ToXbenchQA folder and then press F5 in Xbench to refresh them.

    This new process for memoQ 2014 does away with two inconveniences of the previous integration for memoQ:

    • You do not need to create a glued view, which sometimes was not even possible with some kind of online server projects.
    • You do not need to have that glued view open as the current document in memoQ 2014, as Xbench 3.0 will now open the right project and document for you

    This new functionality is available starting with Xbench 3.0 build 1266, so if you have not updated your Xbench 3.0 build in a while, now it is a good time to do so by downloading the latest build.

    If you have multiple versions of memoQ installed on your computer, Xbench 3.0 will tell which of the two memoQ integations can be used depending on context. For example, if you export your .mqxlz files from memoQ 2013 R2, Xbench will use the old integration, but if you export your .mqxlz files from memoQ 2014 build 51 or later, Xbench will use the new integration.

    If you run into any issue with this new Xbench integration or have any suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Buy Xbench 3.0 for €29/year, the Strike Price for the Dutch Auction!


    The Dutch Auction revealed that the best promotional price for Xbench 3.0 is €29/year. And now the good news: we are offering this outstanding promotional price to everyone!

    So to benefit from this promotion, simply go to our store and buy one of more years until October 30.

    If you are already a customer of Xbench, remember that to extend your current subscription, you simply need to make your purchase with the same email with which you made your previous purchase.

    Unveiling Xbench 3.0 Domain Mode Licenses

    With the current license scheme, we’ve seen that for larger groups, it turned out to be a bit more difficult for the license administrator to keep track of who should be in the Xbench Control Panel as an Authorized User.

    In larger groups, besides the avid Xbench users, there are users who only need to use Xbench for occasional Engineering bugfixing, file conversion, or to compile a report to the customer. Also, the larger the group, the more difficult it is to be aware of who is new in the company or who left, who is now on maternity leave or a sabbatical, or who changed her role in the company for a few months and the new role does not involve using Xbench that often.

    It turned out that all these events are hard to track for the people in charge of adding and removing authorized users to the Control Panel so we are today introducing two new domain license modes that can drastically reduce administration burden for these people:

    • Full Domain: In this mode, when a new user of the relevant domain (for example, @domain.com) signs up, she is added automatically to the Control Panel.
    • This license mode makes sense when you have a good control on which users may sign up for Xbench with an @domain.com address.

    • Whitelisted Domain: In this mode, the license administrator manually whitelists the users of domain @domain.com that can use Xbench. So, in this license mode, each authorized user is in fact a whitelisted user.

    For both domain modes, a weekly process on Mondays puts in dormant state any users of the domain that did not use Xbench for one week before the weekly process. When a user enters the dormant state, she stops paying for the license. When a dormant user uses Xbench again, for example after returning from a few weeks of vacationing, she is added again automatically in the Control Panel. A weekly digest email sent on Monday keeps in the loop the account holder and her delegates of the automatic changes in the Control Panel.

    In the domain mode license, as in the classic license, you can add users from other email domains (for example, a @gmail address of a freelance translator that works often for your company), but these are not automatically managed. Also, please note that the minimum of one authorized user for each 10 years of time balance remaining still applies, just as in the classic license.

    The pricing per year of the domain license mode is the same as in the classic license mode.

    To be eligible for one of the domain license modes you need to:

    • Own the email domain covered.
    • Have a history of Xbench purchases of at least 10 subscription years.

    If you meet the above criteria and are interested in switching your customer account to a domain mode license, contact us today.