Monday, August 27, 2007

Microsoft Terminology Translations

Microsoft have published a glossary of terms that are used in Windows with translations for 59 different languages. The glossary is quite useful when localizing Windows applications, especially if using a tool like Sisulizer that performs machine translation.

The value of the glossary really depends on your particular application but I've experienced automatic translation rates of 20% for menus and 10% for dialogs. That's great news if you need to localize your application for several cultures.

My only gripe is that the glossary uses a CSV file instead of TMX. This isn't a problem if you use Sisulizer though. I can't seem to get the glossary to work with Lingobit so please leave a comment if you have any luck.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Philips 3D Display

Philips has created a new display technology for 3D visualization without the need for 3D glasses. The technology is conceptually simple, involving a sheet of transparent lenses interfaced with a liquid crystal display. The sheet causes both of your eyes to view a slightly different image and your brain perceives these differences as depth.

Of course, 3D technology isn't really new at all. Philips have simply packaged  a solution that is targeted at advertisers and video gamers. Don't expect to get 3D HDTV any time soon. This technology is dependent on a digital signal processor that combines a regular 2D image with a depth map before rendering. Regular 2D video cannot be shown in 3D without a depth map. However, Philips have created an OpenGL control that extracts depth information from existing 3D models so that they can be viewed in 3D.

Click here for more information on Philips 3D products.

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Visual Studio Team System Rosario CTP

Microsoft has released the August CTP for Visual Studio Rosario. The CTP is delivered using a Virtual PC image so feel free to download the image for evaluation without polluting your development machine. Be warned that the VPC setup is a little involved. There is a CTP white paper if you're just after an overview. Otherwise, here are the basic CTP features:

  • Enter, edit and track work items using Excel or Team Explorer
  • Link work items in a parent-child relationship
  • Identify track and report work item dependencies
  • Query requirements test coverage
  • Perform manual testing

Here are the links:

Download Virtual PC 2007
Download Rosario August CTP
Download Rosario CTP White Paper

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Visual Studio Team System Future Releases

Are you interested in the upcoming features in VSTS 2008 and Rosario? Microsoft has published some useful information here. It looks like Geoff will have to wait until Rosario for hierarchical work items.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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