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Smart Translator

, 30 Nov 2000
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Application to aid in the language translation of another application's resources.
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    I started writing SmartTranslator to provide the users of SmartFTP a simple way to translate their resource strings to other languages. First I looked on the web for an app that did this job, most cost money; since SmartFTP is Freeware, I didn’t want the users to have to pay for a third party product to be able to convert it. Thus, the idea for SmartTranslator was born and I started my first project that uses MFC.

    The Smart Translator Installer was kindly provided by Christian Skovdal Andersen.


    SmartTranslator demonstrates how to extract, update and write resources to executables. It uses the BeginUpdateResource, UpdateResource and EndUpdateResource functions, so it will only work on Windows NT 4.0 or Window 2000.

    Project Structure

    The classes are split into logical parts.

    CResourceInfo is the base class for any translatable resource item
    CResourceExtractor is the class for extracting the resources. Here you can add your own resource types if you want
    CResourceWriter is the class for writing the translated resource back to a new file. The original file first copied to the new file after this the old resource gets deleted and the new resources are written.
    CProject for the Project Management
    CDictonary is the class for building a simple Dictionary. The strings in the Dictionary are type dependent. This means one source string can have a translated string for each type or can use a common string.
    Note: the dictionary is not editable at this time. You can import some type of text using Glossary. Glossary is downloadable from


    • You have to install the BCG Controls Library to compile and use this code. You can get it here.
    • For Use under Windows NT4.0 or Windows 2000 due to API requirements.
    • You will also need to add to your Tools/Options/Directories in VC++ the directory paths to the BCG bin directory and the BCGCB source directory from which libraries/DLLs and header files are used respectively.
    • Requires the latest Platform SDK installed for compilation to work correctly.

    Thanks To

    • Stas Levin for his great BCG Control Library
    • Norm Almond and David Wulff for the Office2000 File Open/Save Dialog.
    • Ashley Laurent for the CChartWnd Control
    • The Developers from the Wine project, which is allways a good place to get some information about windows programming.


      November 27,2000
    • File Format changes old project file not longer working
    • Update resources works now for Version Informations
    • Fixed memleak Office2000Dlg
    • Version Updates now uses the orginal codepage
    • some other fixes


    This article has no explicit license attached to it but may contain usage terms in the article text or the download files themselves. If in doubt please contact the author via the discussion board below.

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    About the Author

    Mike Walter

    Germany Germany
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    Comments and Discussions

    QuestionGreat Tool. but I got some problem at runtime. PinmemberGorden12-Dec-06 21:30 
    QuestionGREAT tool - has anyone devised a word count method? Pinmemberuser200726-Oct-06 20:33 
    GeneralMaybe Some Corrupt Virus Pinmembereaster_20072-May-05 13:56 
    GeneralRe: Maybe Some Corrupt Virus PinmemberMike Walter10-Jun-05 11:34 
    GeneralMulti file translation PinmemberNeil Scales14-Apr-04 2:35 
    GeneralTranslated DLL could be corrupted PinsussAnonymous30-Mar-04 12:12 
    GeneralRe: Translated DLL could be corrupted PinmemberMike Walter30-Mar-04 12:42 
    GeneralWonderful! PinmemberH.Yoshimura16-Dec-03 19:16 
    QuestionHelp!!!!!! Don't know what to do?? Pinmembermicky200316-Aug-03 17:38 
    AnswerRe: Help!!!!!! Don't know what to do?? PinsussAnonymous18-Aug-03 16:33 
    GeneralBGC Control Pinmembermarkusschroth8-Aug-03 2:20 
    GeneralChanges only the StringFileInfo PinmemberYoel Glick18-May-03 4:24 
    GeneralBCGControlBar library isn't free, so i cant d/l it PinmemberAnonymous20-Feb-02 14:22 
    QuestionWhere can I found dictionnary ? Pinmemberbiose5-Nov-01 3:04 
    GeneralSave As format PinmemberAnonymous11-Sep-01 21:19 
    QuestionHow to do work on the Windows 95/98? Pinmemberjongmin cho13-Aug-01 15:59 
    AnswerRe: How to do work on the Windows 95/98? Pinsusschristi g3-Nov-02 15:36 
    GeneralInteresting PinmemberDe Nardis Andrea16-Jun-01 0:19 
    GeneralDictionnary PinmemberAnonymous12-May-01 7:04 
    GeneralDictionnary PinmemberAnonymous12-May-01 7:03 
    GeneralUsing a translated file as a starting point PinmemberDean Grimm3-Jan-01 8:57 
    GeneralRe: Using a translated file as a starting point Pinmembersoundman3214-Mar-02 0:52 
    GeneralDictionary PinmemberDaniel28-Nov-00 0:53 
    GeneralAssertion in UpdateResource PinmemberSaravanan27-Nov-00 9:55 
    GeneralRe: Assertion in UpdateResource PinmemberMike Walter27-Nov-00 10:31 

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