Podcast Script: Language Packs

Welcome to this sixty second Sugar snippet. My name is Susie Williams. Today we're going to talk about Language Packs, which are a great way to extend your Sugar software so that it speaks your language.

Simply put, a language pack is an extension to Sugar that translates the screens into another language. Please note that the data in your system is untouched; just the program interface is translated for you so your screens display in your language. "Opportunty" becomes "Verfauschance" with the German language pack loaded, but we don't touch the actual Opportunity name so it's whatever value you entered.

Language packs can be downloaded for free from www.sugarforge.org, which is the website for developers to post and collaborate on Sugar-related projects. Language packs are generally created and supported by the Sugar community. Besides language packs, you can find all sorts of interesting modules to download and load onto your Sugar installation, but for now we're going to focus on just the language packs.

We have over 70 language packs posted on SugarForge. To give you a sense of how diverse these languages are, let's do an audio demonstration!

(in Arabic) We have over 70 language packs posted on our site, including Arabic!
(in Mandarin) We have over 70 language packs posted on our site, including Mandarin!
(in French) We have over 70 language packs posted on our site, including French!
(in Japanese) We have over 70 language packs posted on our site, including Japanese!
(in Russian) We have over 70 language packs posted on our site, including Russian!

So pick out your language pack, download it, then use the Module Loader, located in the Admin area of Sugar, to load the language. The next time you or anyone else logs in, you'll see an option on the login page to select your language. You may have to click on the Options link to see the Language selection dropdown.

If you don't find the language pack that fits your needs, it's fairly easy to create your own translation. Check out the Sugar Wiki, located at wiki.sugarcrm.com, for instructions on how to create a language pack. We have posted tools on SugarForge that will help automate the translation process as well.

Having software that speaks your language helps make this helpful tool easier to use. And that's true in any language.

And that's your sixty second Sugar snippet. Goodbye!

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