Fast localization texts plugin for SKETCH — April 9, 2016

Fast localization texts plugin for SKETCH

You’ve finished your game and you are now ready to prepare the screenshots and other marketing stuff to promote it. Your game is available in XX languages and you just realize that you will have to COPY+PASTE several texts in several languages on several screenshots many MANY times!!!… to give you a perspective of what is happening, you need to translate those “promotional”texts on every SINGLE PICTURE…

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screenshots for different resolutions ( spoiler alert: our new upcoming game! )

I made that process once but I’m not ready to repeat the whole nasty and tedious process again, it’s time to invoke my programming super powers!

If you never heard of the app SKETCH or never give it a try, go now and start playing with it!. Sketch is an awesome tool that you can use to build apps, webs, and more… you can draw in Illustrator if you want and copy+paste your vector on Sketch, together are fantastic!.

I made a plugin for that app that allows me to replace the text very fast in other language… let’s say that I want to translate “EASY TO PLAY!” to Spanish “FACIL DE JUGAR!” in every picture, you will normally select the text layer, copy your localization text, paste on the selected text layer, adjust width and repeat until you die… with this script you just need to

  1. Run the script
  2. Write the text you want to replace (in our case “EASY TO PLAY”)
    Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 6.05.50 PM
  3. Write the new text value (in our case “FACIL DE JUGAR!”)
    Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 6.06.11 PM
  4. And… let the code do its magic!
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Get the code! Just copy&paste on Plugins->Custom Plugin