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April 9th: Blender Translators Day


BlenderChinaWiki.jpgIn preparation for the upcoming Blender 2.42 release and the Dapper Drake Ubuntu release the Blender DocBoard group is hosting a translation day. The aim is to help individuals who are unfamiliar with the translation process, or who are experienced translators but have not translated for Blender to help get involved.

LetterRip wrote to us:

We would like Blender to be available to as wide an audience as possible and a big part of that is having Blender and its documentation available in a language that the user can understand. So if the idea of having people in your local communities be able to use Blender to create cool 3D content appeals to you, please come help translate this Blender Translators Day. All help will be greatly appreciated.

We will meet on Sunday the 9th of April in #blenderwiki on at two times

7 AM GMT Sunday 1:30 India (For India)
3 PM GMT Sunday

We will have people there to help with various issues, such as getting
permissions on the wiki, help with understanding what a word means if
it is unclear and other issues that might arise.

There are three potential translation tasks that can be done:

  • Translation of Blenders tool tips and interface elements for the Dapper release, which can be done at Launchpad.
  • Another task is translation of the quickstart guide which can be edited with Scribus. You can download Scribus here.
  • The third task is translation of the user manual which is on the wiki, which has translations started in a number of languages. Editing the wiki requires edit permissions which can be gained signing up at the wiki and then by emailing LetterRip AT gmail DOT com.

There is also offsite translations of the manual for Chinese, Japanese, and German:

To help with the terminology there are the following glossary pages
(although the glossary is still in progress, new terms will be added
as needed).

If you like feel free to start early :) If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me at LetterRip AT gmail DOT com

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Rhellik: That news is going around pretty long already, you can also download the CVS(test build).

    I would like to see the fully Dutch manual soon. It's the language of the first Blender Developers and also of me!
    Go translators!!

  2. How do you start a new language for translation at Blender wiki?? - i'd like to at least start on a danish translation.
    I've never edited wiki-files, and i can't find a manual describing how to start a new language.

  3. 3DGuru - source/blender/ pots/blender

    Tjeiken, sign up at the wiki, then email me (see my address in the article) and I give you edit permissions, then edit the main page adding your two letter country code, then copy and paste the english versions main page to your page and begin translating.


  4. I have done a swedish translation of the blender quickstart for the students at my school and I am wondering if would be of intrest for someone. I tried to install Scribus on my machine but it will not run. I can mail a pdf of my version if it would help anyone


  5. moh taia sign up at then email me (LetterRip AT gmail dot com) and I can get you edit rights, and help you to start


  6. magu: I've just completed a first draft into swedish. Please mail me your translation so I can merge your translation with mine!


    //styken (kenneth//dot//styrberg//snabela//telia//dot//com)

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