Shane Polizzano, SimulTrans, LLC
Screen shots are often used to help illustrate software functionality, but are very difficult to manage within documentation. Recreating screen captures for localized versions of documents poses particularly challenging. Factors such as software not being fully localized or difficulty in finding the proper screens often hinder the screen capture process.
To pass on some advice about creating and localizing screen captures, SimulTrans’ COO, Adam Jones, has prepared a 20-minute video.
When developing documentation containing screen captures, efficiency can be increased and costs reduced by minimizing the number of screen captures, creating a full set of sample data in the source language so it may be translated initially, providing instructions to find or recreate particularly complex or esoteric screens, and taking additional steps that will be explored during this discussion.
The video covers the following topics:
- Screen capture tools
- Best practices for creating screen captures
- Best practices for localizing screen captures
- Strategies for creating and storing sample data
You can find this video at: http://www.simultrans.net/video/ScreenCaptures/.
I promise this is an informative presentation, not a sales pitch about our company or services. If you don’t have 20 minutes to watch the entire video, you can jump to the sections most relevant to you, using the outline on the right side of the screen.
As Adam mentions in the video, we have created a handy Word template that you may use to provide screen capture instructions; details about where to find the free download are given in the presentation.
If you have any questions about localizing screen captures, or anything relating to localization, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Shane Polizzano, Account Manager
1804 North Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, California 94043 USA