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Smart Translator

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30 Nov 2000
Application to aid in the language translation of another application's resources.
  • Download source files - 156 Kb
  • Download Installer - 620 Kb
  • Sample Image - SmartTranslator.jpg


    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.

    CResourceInfois the base class for any translatable resource item
    CResourceExtractoris the class for extracting the resources. Here you can add your own resource types if you want
    CResourceWriteris 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.
    CProjectfor the Project Management
    CDictonaryis 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


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    Comments and Discussions

    QuestionGreat Tool. but I got some problem at runtime. Pin
    Gorden12-Dec-06 20:30
    Gorden12-Dec-06 20:30 
    QuestionGREAT tool - has anyone devised a word count method? Pin
    user200726-Oct-06 19:33
    user200726-Oct-06 19:33 
    GeneralMaybe Some Corrupt Virus Pin
    easter_20072-May-05 12:56
    easter_20072-May-05 12:56 
    GeneralRe: Maybe Some Corrupt Virus Pin
    Mike Walter10-Jun-05 10:34
    Mike Walter10-Jun-05 10:34 
    GeneralMulti file translation Pin
    soundman3214-Apr-04 1:35
    soundman3214-Apr-04 1:35 
    GeneralTranslated DLL could be corrupted Pin
    Anonymous30-Mar-04 11:12
    Anonymous30-Mar-04 11:12 
    GeneralRe: Translated DLL could be corrupted Pin
    Mike Walter30-Mar-04 11:42
    Mike Walter30-Mar-04 11:42 
    GeneralWonderful! Pin
    H.Yoshimura16-Dec-03 18:16
    H.Yoshimura16-Dec-03 18:16 
    QuestionHelp!!!!!! Don't know what to do?? Pin
    micky200316-Aug-03 16:38
    micky200316-Aug-03 16:38 
    AnswerRe: Help!!!!!! Don't know what to do?? Pin
    Anonymous18-Aug-03 15:33
    Anonymous18-Aug-03 15:33 
    GeneralBGC Control Pin
    markusschroth8-Aug-03 1:20
    markusschroth8-Aug-03 1:20 
    GeneralChanges only the StringFileInfo Pin
    Yoel Glick18-May-03 3:24
    Yoel Glick18-May-03 3:24 
    GeneralBCGControlBar library isn't free, so i cant d/l it Pin
    20-Feb-02 13:22
    suss20-Feb-02 13:22 
    QuestionWhere can I found dictionnary ? Pin
    5-Nov-01 2:04
    suss5-Nov-01 2:04 
    GeneralSave As format Pin
    11-Sep-01 20:19
    suss11-Sep-01 20:19 
    QuestionHow to do work on the Windows 95/98? Pin
    13-Aug-01 14:59
    suss13-Aug-01 14:59 
    AnswerRe: How to do work on the Windows 95/98? Pin
    christi g3-Nov-02 14:36
    susschristi g3-Nov-02 14:36 
    GeneralInteresting Pin
    De Nardis Andrea15-Jun-01 23:19
    De Nardis Andrea15-Jun-01 23:19 
    GeneralDictionnary Pin
    12-May-01 6:04
    suss12-May-01 6:04 
    GeneralDictionnary Pin
    12-May-01 6:03
    suss12-May-01 6:03 
    GeneralUsing a translated file as a starting point Pin
    3-Jan-01 7:57
    suss3-Jan-01 7:57 
    GeneralRe: Using a translated file as a starting point Pin
    soundman3213-Mar-02 23:52
    soundman3213-Mar-02 23:52 
    GeneralDictionary Pin
    Daniel B.27-Nov-00 23:53
    Daniel B.27-Nov-00 23:53 
    GeneralAssertion in UpdateResource Pin
    27-Nov-00 8:55
    suss27-Nov-00 8:55 
    GeneralRe: Assertion in UpdateResource Pin
    Mike Walter27-Nov-00 9:31
    Mike Walter27-Nov-00 9:31 

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