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      Automation action: Amazon Text Translate

      Thy Nguyen

      Updated on April 10th, 2023

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      Gridly Automations provides an opportunity to multi-translate with leading machine translation solutions provided by companies like Google and Amazon, along with the ability to set up a fully automated multi-language pre-translation workflow. This can help you save time, money and increase the productivity of your localization team. 

      When creating an Automation with the “Amazon Text Translate” action, the strings in the language column you selected will be translated to the desired target language whenever the Automation runs successfully. There are also the options to mask commonly understood profane terms and prevent them from appearing in your translations.


      If you are not familiar with creating an Automation, please view the following article: Creating an Automation.


      This is available for Professional and Enterprise plans, with the paid Automation action: Amazon Text Translate. Check this article to find out how to purchase.



      After creating the Automation, you need to configure the trigger and action. In this example, we’ll create an Automation that translates the source strings (English) to French, Italian and German when a record in the source language column (English) is edited.

      Add “Record updated” trigger 

      1. Click Add Trigger, then select “Record updated” from the dropdown list.
      2. In the Watching columns section, select the Source language column (Source_enUS).


      Add “Amazon Text Translate” action

      1. Click Add Step and select Amazon Text Translate from the list of actions
      2. Fill in the required fields: 
        • Select original language of the text: Select the source language of the text.
        • Select language to translate to: Select the target language that matches with the target language column.
        • Select Output column to hold the result: select the target language column in your Grid
        • Amazon translation options are checked by default, click to uncheck if necessary.
          • Use Profanity masking when available: mask commonly understood profane terms and phrases with a grawlix string “?$#@$”.
          • Use Formal Language when available: controls the level of formal language usage (also known as honorifics or register) in the translation output.


      If you want to add another target column to be translated into using Amazon Text Translate: 

      1. Click image5.png  next to the action, and select Duplicate action from the list. 
      2. Change the input value to another language in the Select language to translate to and Select Output column to hold the result fields.


      Test Automation

      1. Switch the toggle on to turn on the Automation.
      2. Click Test Automation. If your Automation is not turned on, Gridly will require that you turn on the Automation in the resulting pop-up message. Click on the toggle to turn on and select Test again.

      Invoke records to apply the Automation to existing records

      If you want to run the Automations on all records without firing the Trigger, select Invoke ALL records.


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