Zoran Luledzija
Zoran Luledzija
July 24, 2023
2 min read
July 24, 2023
2 min read

Strings file editor - Easy editing of Apple Strings files

Strings file editor - Easy editing of Apple Strings files

Apple Strings files are commonly used in Apple's development ecosystem to store localization data. Their structure might be simple, yet manually editing these files can be challenging, especially for those with limited technical proficiency. Incorrect syntax or structure can easily occur. However, there are specialized tools designed to simplify the editing process, reducing errors and enhancing the quality of your work. This article highlights the advantages of using these tools.

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Key benefits of using a Strings file editor

In today's dynamic digital world, doing tasks manually that could be automated can be a waste of time and often result in costly errors. Here are some compelling reasons to consider using tools specifically designed for editing Apple Strings files:

  • Accessibility for all: Strings is a file format designed for localization. While not overly complex, it can be challenging for those unfamiliar with its structure. Fortunately, there are intuitive tools available to simplify the editing process, regardless of your tech-savvy.

  • Error reduction: Manual editing can introduce a variety of issues, such as invalid syntax or missing quotation marks. Automated Strings file editing tools greatly mitigate these risks.

  • Efficient search and update operations: Finding and updating specific text in large Strings files can be tedious. User-friendly Strings editors streamline this process, facilitating quicker text location and editing.

  • Placeholder syntax validation: Syntax validation on placeholders in Strings file editors drastically reduces errors in localized messages.

  • Additional features: Strings file editors come with extra features like Machine Translation, Translation Memory, Glossary, and Screenshots, optimizing the editing process.

Guide to editing Strings files with Localizely

This section demonstrates an easy way to edit your Strings files using Localizely, thereby maximizing the benefits listed above.

Upload Strings file for editing

Go to the Upload page and drag-and-drop your file into the marked area, then click 'Upload'.

Localizely upload Strings file

Edit Strings file

To begin editing, navigate to the Translations page. Localizely offers various editing methods: manual editing, Machine Translation, or delegating the task to team members or professional translators.

Localizely translate Strings file

Download edited Strings files

Upon completing your edits, head over to the Download page. Here, you can download your Strings files with a single click.

Localizely download Strings files

Closing thoughts

In summary, using a Strings file editor like Localizely can considerably enhance your editing efficiency. This article has emphasized key considerations when choosing between manual editing and dedicated tools, and illustrated the ease of editing your Strings files with Localizely.

If you're seeking an effective method to edit your Apple Strings files, consider Localizely. It's a comprehensive localization platform offering a wide array of features to aid in software localization. A free plan suitable for smaller projects is available (no credit card needed), and it's entirely free for open-source projects. Experience the benefits of Localizely today.

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Zoran Luledzija
Zoran Luledzija

Zoran is a Software Engineer at Localizely. His primary interest is web development, but he also has a solid background in other technologies. For the last few years, he has been involved in the development of software localization tools.

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