Translation Process Overview

Crowdin is a localization management platform that helps companies and individual developers stay agile while translating products like mobile, desktop & web apps, games, help documentation, and more.

In this article, you will find typical steps for a project localization workflow.

Create a Project

First of all, sign up or log in to your account.

Then create a project. On the project creation page define whether it should be private (project members can join only by invitation from the project manager or owner), or public (anyone can find the project via search engines or Crowdin search). Select source and target languages of the project.

Upload Files

Upload translatable content to the project manually or using an integration with your repository or with one of the other supported systems. Integrations are set up in the Project Settings, Integrations tab.

A good idea would be to upload additional resources such as Glossary and Translation Memory (TM) if you already have them.

Also, you can upload any translations completed outside of Crowdin. This way all the source and translated files can be stored in your project.

Upload files

Upload Screenshots

Provide additional context to the uploaded files by adding screenshots in the Project Settings, Screenshots tab.

Tag source strings to the screenshots, so they are displayed in the Editor, where translators will see them in the context section.

Screenshots in the Editor

Pre-translate Project

Pre-translate your project via Translation Memory or Machine Translation to have some strings automatically translated, before translators start working, which helps you save time.

Invite Project Members

Decide who should localize your product. You can work with one of the translation agencies from Crowdin’s Vendor Marketplace or invite your own team of translators.

In case you decide to work with one of the professional translation agencies cooperating with Crowdin – go to Vendors tab in the Project Settings and choose the translation vendor that meets your requirements.

In case you decide to invite your own team of translators – go to the Project Settings, Translators tab. You can invite anyone to become a member of your project using their Crowdin username or email address, as well as by posting the invitation URL to your social media feed. Before sending out the invitations or sharing the link choose an appropriate role in the project for the members you invite. You can invite project members with the following project roles: translator, proofreader, manager.

Invite project members

Once translators join the project, they will be able to cooperate with each other while making translations in the Editor.

Analyze Reports

Crowdin reports provide you with an overview of all the major data regarding the project. There are 5 main types of reports you can find under Reports tab, that include Project Status, Costs Estimation, Translation Costs, Top Members, and Abuse Reports.

Every action of the project members is recorded and displayed in charts, lists, and more.

Project reports

Download Translations

Translations will be downloaded according to the selected parameters in the Export section of the Project Settings.

You can download translations either manually after you build the project or automatically via an integration.

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