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Tech Productivity

Issue #204  (Review of Localazy) 01/09/23

The following intro is a paid product review for Localazy, a software localization and translation management platform for developers and software teams.

If you're an app or website developer, no doubt you want your product to be accessible to as many people as possible. Often the challenge in expanding your audience is language barriers. For example, if your app is exclusively for English-speaking users, you might be shutting out more than 4 billion people from your audience potential.

Localazy is a software localization and translation management platform that addresses this problem, allowing you and your team to streamline your product's translation work.


Localazy has integrations with just about any app platform or technology — iOS, Android, Figma, React, React Native, Markdown, TypeScript, Strapi, and lots more. If you're a developer, you can use any of the code or technology integrations to make Localazy part of your regular workflow.

Localazy can be set up in just a few minutes, allowing you to translate your app or website content into more than 80 languages. Once you create your account, your dashboard allows you to add projects, from which you can search for and enable integrations.

Localazy integrations

The easy-to-use dashboard lets you manage unlimited projects, add multiple contributors, and even start a glossary to ensure consistent terminology is used throughout any given project.
  Localazy Glossary

An example of where a glossary might be useful is if you have a specific word or phrase that you don't want to be translated, but you instead want to use it as a universal term in its English format (e.g. the word "tweet" can refer to something a bird does, but in the context of Twitter it means something else). 
Other examples where a glossary helps is with terms that mean something in the IT industry but mean something else in other contexts (e.g. "drive", "link", "bit", etc).

Localazy Translation Languages

Adding languages to a project in Localazy is easy and the platform also includes a really neat feature called shared translations. This allows you to use crowdsourced words and phrases that have already been voluntarily translated by others, helping you save on translation costs.

Localazy also allows you to put your product's internationalization on autopilot. This is what Localazy calls continuous localization. You can order professional translation services and have those translations reviewed, and this is all done through your dashboard.

Some other features of Localazy worth checking out are:
All in all, Localazy is a powerful and feature-rich translation platform that you should definitely consider if your team is looking to expand its content to new regions. The Localazy docs have a good getting started guide to get you up and running quickly.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!


Tools & Apps

Napkin — An AI-based note-taking system, available on multiple platforms, that will automatically show you connections between related ideas, to help you form new perspectives.

Magical — Chrome extension or web app that turns every calendar invitation into a collaborative workspace where you can schedule, coordinate and automate your meetings.

komorebi — An open-source tiling window manager that works as an extension to Microsoft's Desktop Window Manager in Windows 10 and above.

Gmail Tabs — An enhancement for Gmail's native organization system that places your most frequently used Gmail labels at the top of your inbox for easy access to keep you productive.

Upgrade Your Sleep and Downgrade Your Stress with the Apollo Wearable — The Apollo wearable uses proven touch therapy to rebalance your nervous system and support your circadian rhythm. Sleep better and longer, stay calmer, find focus, and feel more energized with this groundbreaking new wearable. Get 10% off today.   sponsor  

Channel — A private and secure communication channel for your team
that you can use as notification center, directory, file sharing platform, chat, and more, as an alternative to Slack.

SO Viewer — Secure remote desktop access for Windows, and it's free for commercial use with no limitations.

Articles & Resources

The Cornell Note Taking System — This is an online course, mainly for students, but the varied suggestions may help you if note taking is part of your current role.

The Science of Why You Have Great Ideas in the Shower — This looks at some recent brain research that explains the phenomenon which may inspire you to create these kinds of situations more often.

4 Rare Workplace Habits of Exceptionally Happy Employees — This advice goes contrary to the 'do anything to get ahead' mentality and more workers should adapt these simple and effective suggestions.

The Art of the Finish: How to Go From Busy to Accomplished — A 2007 article by Cal Newport who's well known for his writings on productivity and learning.

Join Noom, The Psychology-Based Program for Lasting Healthy Outcomes — Getting healthier means changing your lifestyle. Noom Weight helps users lose weight in a sustainable way through behavioral change psychology. It's a no-brainer.    sponsor  

Time and Energy — This is a really personal and inspiring account from Will Larson on how he's changed his outlook on where he spends his time, mainly due to now having a child.

Working Effectively When You’re Overwhelmed — Leo Babauta shares the top three things he does to help himself find focus and effectiveness even in a scattered state.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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