Dropbox is a must have! I don’t think I can go back to using the old method to collaborate.
Here are some of my ideas on how to collaborate with game translating(or collaborate with anything else-like Game Making). I spend some time researching Dropbox and softwares that can be used with it. Maybe some of you will find it useful.
Any suggestions to improve collaboration is appreciated.
Why is Dropbox good? Lets see the old fashion way. Translator upload files to email, compiler downloads x N times. Or translator have to completely finish all translations before giving to compiler, leaving the compiler with nothing to do, got out of touch and then probably disappear. With Dropbox, the compiler and translator can change the code anytime(some limitations like cannot edit same files together). Since it sync, it’ll be up to date for the compiler to take it for testing. Plus, any problems you can communicate easily with the chat app I listed down there.
– Install Dropbox desktop software. Dropbox integrates to windows explorer like a normal folder.
– Save files that need to be translated in Dropbox folder. We have folders “Chat”(for chat app), “Screenshots”(to communicate if words are hard to do)
– Make the folder a shared folder. Shared the folder with everyone that is in the team.
– Edit the files directly, it’ll sync when you save it. It’ll sync the files with everyone when they open the Dropbox software. You can see the icon changes when it is syncing so pretty handy.
– Any Edits to the file will let everyone on the team receive balloon notifications on what is edited/added/deleted. No screenshot as none of my teammembers are around to help me get a notification now 😀
– There is even an external chat software I found that you can communicate with everyone in the team. Even though it’ll create conflicting copies, but at least the chat will be kept for everyone in the team to see when they run the Dropbox application. Normal chat software can’t do that. Before we use this software, we were using txt file(or any file) and changing the name of the file. It’ll give notifications when we change the file name. As you can see we have a few of the chat app in different folders as individual chat about a certain topic(you can run multiple of the chat if it is put in different folders). We have GeneralChat, ScriptChat, GraphicsChat, Announcements/Questions(no chat here but to get a global msg across if he/she not around). To access them fast, I create shortcuts to my dock so I can check all of them at once after I launch Dropbox. The software need .NET 4.0!
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