Free GlideApp for developing Art Gallery translation mobile app

Further to HopOnHopOff (HOHO) for bus tour I could see that this idea could be extended to other instances like Museums, Art Galleries and events. A way of extending the information about a specific subject by translating it into different languages, thereby allowing people to engage more with the subject at hand.

So, my initial attempt at a demonstration app was Free Glide to build translator app for city tour and the actual app is here.

That was fine as far as it went, but I ended up with 4 apps, one for each language and one for an overarching app that you started with that took you to each specific language app. If you had 6 languages, then you’d have 7 apps. I wanted to combine them all in one place.

Between the HOHO app and this one, I also explored a Defects List app for a building site. Here is link to app. Here is article Free GlideApp for Defects list for a new building. This taught me how I could keep all the information in one Google Sheet and only use one app for all the translations.

The City Gallery Exhibition app

Link to app.

I wanted the information on the front screen, so as soon as you opened the app, you had a choice for which language you wanted to view it in and then you would be able to read about it in a specific language.

General information, I had initially on the home screen but decided to relegate that to the 2nd screen of 2. I wanted to demonstrate the access to the translation and the exhibition rather than the Gallery, which is adequately managed on their site.

Google Translate

This I opened 3 tabs and went through cutting and pasting the English into a cell and then copy/pasting the translation back into the spreadsheet. It was tedious. I looked for a better way.

In fact, Google Translate will translate a document:

So I just cut/pasted the English part of the Google Sheet Tab that I wanted translated to LibreOffice Calc and saved that as as an .XLSX file. I then uploaded that to Google Translate :

It displays the result in a web browser:

You can Copy/Paste this into your Google Sheet on the next row down under the English text and it puts the data in the appropriate cells.

Aside: Excel/word translator feature

I’m using the LibreOffice process as its free. If you have Excel (a paid version, free online does not have it) under the Review Tab there is a translation button where you can select/copy text and translate it. I saw a video for this but have not tested it, so do not know if it works over a range of cells. Handy tool if you have Excel.

I will definitely be using the document translate method as you get the translations and the data structure for the cells. Much quicker. There were a couple of small things I had to tidy up. Black Atom 2013 translated into German as Black Atom 2013 whereas Black Atom translated to Schwarz Atom. I noticed that when I was doing each cell block manually, so could change it, but some things do need checking.

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The process is still evolving. This is definitely an improvement on the HOHO app as it is self-contained within one app.

I’m still not happy with the titles but I may find a solution to this later. As a 2nd attempt I’m pleased with the results. I’m also very happy with the faster Google Translate process. That would allow quite a few more languages to be quickly added.

I will move onto the museum exercise next, that one may require a bit of OCR or a lot of typing.

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