Lingo's workspace is flexible, uses a modern Multiple Document Interface (MDI), and gives you several options to work the way that you want.
Lingo's user interface consists of the following major sections:
Top The top portion of the Lingo interface displays a ribbon view, which is used to access features.
Left The left side of the Lingo interface is the default location for the File List window pane, which can be used to view a list of the files in the project you are translating. You can double-click files in the list to open them. Other window panes (e.g., TOC View pane, Source Control Explorer) are also displayed on the left side.
Middle The large middle section of the Lingo interface is the default location for the main Project Editor, as well as the Translation Editor, which is used to perform the vast majority of the translation work in your project. It also displays the Start Page, which is used for quickly performing high-level tasks and accessing information.
For the most part, the window panes on the edges of the interface are used to support the work that you do in the middle. You have the flexibility to close or move elements around as you like, so it is not mandatory that every window pane remain permanently in its default location.
Following are overviews of some of the most important elements that you will encounter as you work in Lingo.
The large middle section of the workspace is used to display the Translation Editor, which is used to perform the actual translation work for individual files in your project. Lingo's Translation Editor allows you to work in Translation (or grid) mode, with the source content in one column and the target language in the next column. For some types of files—such as Flare topics, snippets, and master pages; Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents; DITA files; HTML files; and XML files—you can also switch to Live Preview mode, which allows you to view content in its intended context. A suggestions area at the bottom of the Translation Editor lets you quickly select and insert matching translations from your translation memory (TM) database.
In the Lingo Options dialog, you can customize the way the Translation Editor and Translation Memory Editor display translation segments. You can display the source and target segments next to each other, or with the source segment above the target segment. You can also adjust the editor font size, which resizes translation segments, translation suggestions, and segment notes based on your desired font size.
The File List window pane lets you view all of the content files in your project in alphabetical order—or in another order, such as by file type—by clicking the heading in one of the columns. You can limit the files that are displayed by using the file type filter. For example, if you want to see only your snippet files, you could select the "Snippet Files" option from the Filter drop-down list. If you want to see a comprehensive list of the files in the project that should be translated, you can select the "All Files" option from the drop-down list.
The Statistics Browser window lets you view statistics for your Lingo project, displaying information about the translation work. This is a way to compare the project files against the TM database in order to see how much translation work has been completed and how much still needs to be done. This report can be useful if you are a translator and need to provide estimates to a client, or if you are an author who is using Lingo to manage the translation process.
By using the CTRL+TAB and CTRL+SHIFT+TAB shortcuts, you can easily switch between elements in the user interface. This opens a popup displaying icons of the various files and window panes that are currently open in the user interface. Therefore, you can easily move from element to element. By pressing CTRL+TAB, you can tab forward through the icons. By pressing CTRL+SHIFT+TAB, you can tab backwards through the icons. When you release the keys, the element associated with the selected icon opens.
The ribbon layout consists of a File drop-down with common tasks such as creating, exporting, and updating projects, as well as computing statistics. This is followed by the Home ribbon, which is the default, and several others related to various features in Lingo.
The ribbon view also lets you take advantage of the Quick Access toolbar, which lets you add your favorite ribbon options to it.