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# mulle-genstrings This is like a version of Apple's <b><tt>genstrings</tt></b> first dumbed down and then put on steroids. With it's added muscle it is able to merge changes with the <tt>Localizable.strings</tt> file. The dumbing down, means that it only has limited options. It always reads UTF8 files and it always writes UTF16 files. Dumbest of all, it can only deal with one keyword <tt>NSLocalizedString</tt> (or a substitution keyword) <b><tt>mulle-genstrings</tt></b> tries not to "fix" <b><tt>genstrings</tt></b> behaviour too much, except when the output would be clearly broken. In my tests, the files created by <b><tt>mulle-genstrings</tt></b> are identical to the files created with <b><tt>genstrings</tt></b>. ## Usage Assuming your project is in english and you wrote: NSLocalizedString( @"foo", @"this is foo as a verb"); You want to run `mulle-genstrings -o en.lproj *.m` to generate the english <tt>Localizable.strings</tt> and `mulle-genstrings -a -m de.lproj -o de.lproj *.m` for other language projects. This will ensure, that old translations will not be overwritten and new keys are added. ### -a option: append only Only useful in conjunction with the -m option, this will not overwrite previous values for keys. ### -f option: force output If mulle-genstrings doesn't find any localizable strings, no output will be generated. You can force the generation of an output file with "-f". ### -m option: specify merge source **mulle-genstrings** can merge strings files. Here you specify a source, that you want to merge with. Additionally specify "-a" if you want to keep the original values intact. ### -s option: change search key You can change the term to search for instead of `NSLocalizedString`. Useful if you follow the suggestions from [Localizing library code, the right way ?](// ### -t option: translate value You can push each localizable strings value through a translate script. The script is specifed with the -t option. Every occurence of {} will be replaced with the value to translate. The script should echo the translated value. As an example the "" script is provided, that uses [Microsofts Translation API]( to translate pages. You would call **mulle-genstrings** with `-t "./ de pt {}"` to create a translated `Localizable.strings` from german to portugese. In order for this script to work, you have to register with Microsoft and get the proper secret into `~/.mulle-genstrings-v0/secret`. Currently the MS translation API is free for small loads. ## Releasenotes *** 18.48.5 *** * use VERBOSE environment variable to slightly more output * fix a variety of (apparently harmless) bugs introduced by being able to specify the "-s" option. *** 18.48.4 *** * genstrings doesn't merge anymore by default, you have to explicity specify a strings file to merge with "-m". ## Author Coded by Nat! on 16.10.2014