POEditor Leverages the Power of Many to Simplify Software Localization

Eric Carter, Founder & Corporate Counsel, Dartsand
Dec. 28 2012, 08:00AM EST

POEditor's goal is simple: "A simple way to translate your software." POEditor accomplishes this task through a global community of translators who can work on needed translations or launch projects of their own. POEditor developed as a browser-based software localization tool. However, developers can now leverage the platform within existing sites and apps with the POEditor API. The API calls project related data and allows developers to track progress and users to work on projects.

Traditionally, software localization remained a laborious process that required tiresome hours for limited results. However, as software developers aim for a more global audience, localization became a necessary evil. POEditor simplifies this process by distributing the task across a worldwide collaboration of willing participants who together represent a collective group of specialists. Now, developers can achieve maximum results through the power of collaboration.

The POEditor API uses REST protocol and returns in a JSON data format. API methods include project status and change data (i.e. list projects, project details, project languages, view terms, add terms, sync terms, update language, export and upload). Those interested should first register and become part of the POEditor community.

Software localization most often represents a problem in a provider's go to market strategy. Crafting a tool into a target audience's host language (whether lingual or technical) can be challenging; and, unless the translator is native to the language, the results often leave much to be desired. Through global collaboration and access via API, POEditor removes cost and time and should broaden audiences throughout the software world.

Eric Carter Eric is the founder of Dartsand and Corporate Counsel for a specialty technology distributor. He is a frequent contributor to technology media outlets and also serves as primary legal counsel for multiple startups in the Real Estate, Virtual Assistant, and Software Development Industries. Follow me on Google+

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Very strange! I created an account on PO Editor. Once I did so, I could never get back to their home page or any kind of documentation at all. Once logged in it appears one has no choice but to create projects. I actually had to log out and then it would let me see their home page again. I guess they want people that log in to do real work not mess around reading documentation and learning. LOL