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Translate Photoshop Actions with the help of the "ATN Action Translator"

Over the past days I had to adapt a bunch of english third party Photoshop Actions, which I wanted to use for quick turnarounds in a German Photoshop Elements version, but performing all the needed language translations in Photoshop CS or a HEX editor is a painful slow and time consuming job. So I thought it might be better to build some sort of assistant tool which helps me to do this sort of work in a better manner.

Well, the result of these thoughts is a little Java-based tool which I've named the "ATN Action Translator". With the help of this tool it's now much easier to perform and manage the needed search and replace strings inside of Photoshop Actions, in order to localize those Actions for non-English Photoshop and Photoshop Elements versions.

ATN Action Translator main window

The "ATN Action Translator" tool has a little build-in search and replace string editor (I've named this "rule editor") ...

ATN Action Translator rule editor

...which allows to create, change, save and load a table of search and replace strings for the translation of individual Photoshop Actions.

If you like and have a need for it, you can give the "ATN Action Translator" a try and download it >> here << under the websites download section. 

NOTE however that the UI (user interface) and help system of this Java-based tool is actually just localized in German and English language and that you will need an installed Java 6 Runtime Environment on your computer, in order to run this tool. - Note further that this tool is still in alpha stage !

The hassles with foreign Photoshop Actions

I often have to do image editing and frequently also use third party Photoshop Actions for these tasks. A constantly occurring problem here is, that most third party Photoshop Actions were created with English localized Photoshop versions and therefore do not run in a neatless manner, without further adjustments, in other localized non-English versions of Photoshop. The adaptation of foreign Photoshop Actions is often a tedious and time-consuming task, especially for complex Actions. Photoshop Elements users have it even more difficult here, because Elements itself doesn't offer any customization options for Photoshop Actions.