Frontify allows you to make your Style Guides available in multiple languages. Note that the Multi-language option is limited to the Enterprise plan.
To enable the multi-language feature, reach out to your Customer Success Manager or to the Support team via in-app chat or email@example.com with the following details:
- Style Guide URL where you want to enable the feature
- Languages you'd like to enable
Note that the feature is enabled for Editors and Translators by default.
Once the translation is done on your end, let us know and we will enable it for Viewers.
How Multi-language works
One Style Guide can have multiple languages enabled which means it would have different translations of the same content. When translating your Style Guide, you basically create a version of your Style Guide.
Note that you can only translate the content (existing content blocks), not change it or upload additional content blocks in the translated versions.
If you have a specific person who should take care of translation, invite them to the Style Guide with Translator role.
Users with this role are limited to translating text and images and cannot modify your master Style Guide.
Once the multi-language feature is enabled, you will see a language switch in the upper right corner. The first language you see is considered the master language. Only in this language, you can add, remove or edit content blocks.
All the additional languages are going to be translations of it.
By choosing one of the other languages, you can start translating the content within your guideline. The translation process is similar to editing - in Edit mode you replace the text in the text blocks, reupload images in the Image blocks, and so on.
As mentioned above, you can't add or remove content blocks in the translated version.
Once you change to the Edit mode, you will notice a red indication bar on the left. It shows you the translation progress - when everything is translated on the page, the bar is green.
Additionally, you can see a red or orange indicator next to the content blocks. This indicator helps you find blocks that
- a) have not yet been translated (red)
- b) need your attention since the block was recently changed in the master language (orange).
Once you have translated the block, the indication bar disappears.
Activating translation for all Users
Once you are ready to publish, reach out to your Customer Success Manager or Support team to activate the language for all users ( Viewers included).
To keep your translations up to date over time, you can monitor the changes made in a Style Guide by going to the Changelog in the Style Guide settings. This might be particularly helpful for keep track of recent changes and communicate with translators to adjust the translations accordingly.