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Translating and Re-Purposing Content

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Please note that this is the help site for SmartBuilder version 3.

The SmartBuilder version 4 Documentation and Video Tutorials can be found in the Help menu in the tool, or view the v4 Help site.

The translation feature allows you to create alternative versions of a lesson containing different text and media, while maintaining a single source version for all other elements of the lesson such as layout and interactivity. In other words, you can maintain the basic functionality of a lesson, but re-purpose the content for different audiences.

This can be useful if you need to translate a lesson to another language. It can also be useful if you need to re-brand a piece of content for a different audience.

SmartBuilder does not automatically translate content.  Rather it allows for easy translation, or content manipulation, to be done using a translation manager.

There are two ways of using the translate function to make different versions of the same lesson:

  1. In the SmartBuilder interface:  The main advantage of this approach is that you can manage media and hyperlinks in the target versions.
  2. By exporting text to an Excel spreadsheet:  The advantage of this approach is that the edits can be made outside SmartBuilder using a desktop application with which most translators are familiar.

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