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First published by:
Troy Wolbrink
on 12 Feb 2009
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on 6 Apr 2017
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How can I become a translator?

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Set your profile language preference

In order to translate a project into your language, your profile must be set to this language.  This should have been detected automatically, but to be sure, click on the "Edit" link next to your name so that you can edit your profile.

Your language preference is under "Regional and Language Options".  Set this to your language preference.  If your language preference is not listed, please contact Troy Wolbrink to request that your language be added.

Go to the online translation center

Click the "Translate" navigation link near the top right. 

Note: If your profile language is "English" then you can't go any further.  You can see the progress of translations, but you can't translate anything.

Click on the project you want to translate

If you want to translate the online help, click on "TntMPD Online Help".


Replace all the English text with the translated text.  If you see placeholders such as "%s", "%d", "1:s", "{0}" or anything else that looks a little abstract, please treat this as a placeholder.  What this means is that you can consider this a word that is filled in later.  Keep these placeholders as is.  If you don't, the translation screen will inform you, and give you a chance to correct it.

Save your work

When you are done translating, don't just close your browser.  Be sure to click "OK" at the bottom of the screen.  There area also other ways in which your work gets saved.  Everytime you click the "Next>" or "<Previous" link to go to the next or previous page of translatable items, when you click "Apply" or when you click the "TntTranslator" link at the top of the screen all cause your work to be saved. 

Not saving your work

To cancel (not save) your work since the last time your work was saved, you can either:

  1. Close your browser window, or
  2. Click the "Cancel" button.

Advanced options

Check the "Advanced" check box near the top left to reveal some additional options. 

These options allow you to:

  • Filter by some custom text that you enter
  • Sort by the English text
  • Import a *.Translation.CSV or *.PO translation file.
  • Download a *.Translation.CSV file.
  • Work Offline.

Working Offline

When you click "Work Offline" under the "Advanced" area, you can download a file onto your computer, and disconnect from the internet.  You need TntMPD 2.0 r73 or newer installed on your computer for this to work.  Just double-click on this file to open it in TntTranslator.  You can save your changes as you work.  When you're all ready to upload your changes to the web, under the "File" menu, click on "Save to Web", or click the "Save to Web" button on the toolbar.



Learn how you can test your TntMPD translation.


Recent Comments

By: Chris Pratt Posted on 25 Mar 2010 9:49 PM

Is there any need to be approved as a translator, or can anyone who changes their profile to a foreign language translate? We have someone who would like to help with the Portuguese translation.

By: Alberto Malta Posted on 9 Apr 2010 2:57 PM

Hi Chris and Troy, I have working on improving the portuguese Brazilian translation and I am uploagind what I have done so far. There are still more to do, but I think it's about 95% great!

By: Alberto Malta Posted on 9 Apr 2010 3:01 PM

How can I get the TntMPD 2.0 r73 or newer in order to SAVE TO WEB my job? I did not find any other way to upload the translation to the web...

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 17 May 2010 5:24 PM

You have to start with the "Work Offline" link.  Otherwise "Save To Web" won't be enabled.

By: GregorySmith Posted on 8 Apr 2011 7:08 AM


I don't see where I can translate Donorwise into Thai.  My team would like to make changes.


By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 12 Apr 2011 6:32 PM

Hi Greg,

Head over to the DonorWise Translation Center at:


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