Miniscope v4 - localization with GNU gettext

Miniscope v4 user interface can be localized with GNU gettext Delphi and C++ Builder (dxgettext) tools. It allows to add or modify translation without changing source code and recompiling.

General limitations

Miniscope is non-Unicode application. When testing translation (running program with other than English language selected) you may have to change "Regional and Language Options"/"Language for non-Unicode programs" to in order to correctly display characters outside basic ASCII set.

Preparation

In order to start you have to install dxgettext package, preferably 1.2.2 version. Use "Integrate with desktop environment" and "Modify path" options when installing.
dxgettext installation options
Integration with Windows Explorer can be also fixed later using shortcut created in Start menu.

Second tool needed is translation files (.po) editor. In general any text editor, preferably with unicode support might be good, but I would recommend Poedit. It also creates more effective .mo file when saving text .po file.

Creating new translation

Updating existing translation

It is very likely that translation file will become outdated when new release of application will arrive. In few steps you can update missing translation:


 "Cookie monsters": 2814722    Parse time: 0.001 s