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OpenTM2 Tools -> ZZ-PaT -> Overview

01 Overview

ZZ-PaT is a tool that allows "transfering" the folders to be translated from the Project Manager OpenTM2 workbench into the Translator OpenTM2 workbench, and once the Translator has finished the translation, from the Translator back to the Project Manager. It also takes care of the administrative tasks.

ZZ-PaT will provide a common parcel to send the OpenTM2 translation material and will run all tasks related to the transportation and invoicing of the translation work.

Using ZZ-PaT the translation overhead tasks, i.e. file management and billing, are automatized.

ZZ-PaT will place all the translation material in a PaT file (i.e. folders and reference files). A PaT file is a zip file that allows working in a traditional way in case this is needed.

ZZ-PaT is highly flexible in the sense that allows switching to the traditional workflow without pain. Here we will show ZZ-PaT in its maximum extend.

The main steps with ZZ-PaT are the following:

02 PaT file content

PaT is a Spanish acronym for "Package to be Translated" ("Paquete a Traducir)". A PaT file is a zip file that contents all the material you traditionally will send to the translator (plus some ZZ-Pat files). For example:

The mission of ZZ-PaT is to deliver the PaT file to the translator, but notice that even without any ZZ-PaT transporting feature, the translator would have all he needs once he receives the PaT file by any other mean.

In the following topics will focus in the mainstream process, leaving aside all the configuration information as much as we can.

03 The Exchange Area (EA)

Thru the doc, in several places, we will use the term Exchange Area (EA). This term describes a computer resource (an FTP server, a shared drive or a network resource) that can be accessed both from the Project Manager and the Translator. All the files that are exchanged between the Project Manager and the Translator go thru this area.

04 Step 1 - Project Manager: Creates and sends a PaT file to the Translator

In this step the PM with the help of ZZ-PaT will:

If a target translator has been selected, the program will place the PaT in the Exchange Area related to the translator and it will send an email to the translator.

The following video will explain in more detail how it works.

05 Step 2 - Translator: Receives and installs the PaT file in the Translator machine

The Translator will be aware of the presence of a PaT file in the Exchange Area with the help of an email that is sent to him when the PM creates the PaT file.

The folder installation is pretty straightforward. The Translator will open a client program, the ZZ-InstallPaT, that will:

The folders will be ready to be translated by the Translator.

The following video will explain in more detail how it works.

06 Step 3 - Translator: Sends the translated folders to the Project Manager

Once the folders are fully translated, the translator will use the ZZ-Pat client program, ZZ-InstallPaT, to return the translated folders. The program will:

The following video will explain in more detail how it works.

07 Step 4 - Project Manager: Receives the translated folders from the Translator

As noted in the previous step, the Translator ZZ-PaT client program will send an email to the Project Manager indicating that the folders are finished and ready to be collected by ZZ-PaT.

In order to complete all the tasks, the Project Manager only needs to load the manifest in ZZ-PaT and the program will:

The following video will explain in more detail how it works.