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Settings - Hot folders

This page is useful to connect a Beebox project with a cloud sharing system such as Dropbox, an FTP or other mechanisms. Have a client or computer system drop files and get back translations later on like magic. You probably already know that each Beebox project has two hot-folders: One to receive source files and another one to deliver translations. Requesting a translation is as simple as dropping a file into the project input directory ("in"). This page shows the input and output hotfolder location, including immediate sub directories. 


Hot folders and languages

If a file is placed into the input hot folder, Beebox will trigger translation workflows into all target languages configured in the project. 

What if you want to give the choice of the target language? For example, create folders such as "Translate into French", "Translate into Chinese"... In other words, each folder triggers translation into one (or selected) target languages. A client or computer system can then easily specify the wanted language by copying the files into the corresponding folders.

Configuring hot folders

Click the Hot folders tab in a project's Settings page:

All folders inside the project input directory are listed together with the languages into which source files are translated.

Click Edit to customize languages per folder. In the example below we changed the target languages. If you now copy a file into ...\in\ToFrench, Beebox will pick up the file for French translation only.

Advanced delivery of translated files

With the second option below, you can simplify delivery of translated files to a client using a cloud sharing system or FTP:

With this option, translated files are copied back to the input directory inside a subfolder (you customize above). Consequently, it is sufficient to share the input directory with a client. The client can then paste source files into the shared folders and receive back translations inside the very same folders.

In the example below, we can see the source file of the client in a shared hot folder "To French":

Once the translation is done, the "Translations" sub folder is created:

Inside the sub folder the client finds the translated document. Note how the file name includes the language code according to our settings above:

Folder configuration files

If you push files using software or scripts into hot folders, you may be interested to know that folder properties are contained in a small JSON file inside each folder. These files are named "configuration.beebox". For the above screenshot, Windows file explorer shows us this content:

Note: If you do not see the file then your file explorer is not showing hidden files. Indeed, Beebox flags the configuration files as hidden.

These files are all optional and a folder without a file "inherits" its language properties from its parent folder, and so on.

If you want to learn how to create these files yourself (or by software), please see this chapter:

Folder and File instructions




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