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.NET Resource Editor App for .resx Files

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Working with resource files (.resx) in Visual Studio 2002/2003/2005 is very easy and straightforward.

A .resx file is a fairly simple XML file that can be used for a lot of things. Where I have used it the most is for localization of ASP.NET websites and Windows Forms applications.

Although it can contain images and other file types, I have only used for storing strings.

At work, we are working with a localized ASP.NET application that has to be translated into several different languages.

So we use .resx files for storing these languages. Us, the developers, do not do the actual translating our selves. Nor do we decide what to be written in the first place. That’s for the copywriters to decide and control.

The problem is that they do not have the means to control the text without going through one of the developers that can easily open the .resx file in Visual Studio and make the changes.

The copywriters haven’t got Visual Studio installed and cannot open the .resx in Notepad to make the changes in the raw XML. It’s just too complicated. It would also be a bad idea to let them modify the XML document manually, because if they make a syntax error, the whole .resx file will be invalided and the website would throw a lot of exceptions.

So, I searched the web for an application designed for editing resource files. I wanted to find a simple and intuitive application, but I couldn’t. Not even Scott Hanselman’s ultimate list of tools offered me one.

That’s when I saw the light and decided to write my own little resource editor application. It is written entirely in C# 2.0 and is deployed as a ClickOnce application.

It is a very simple app, which only does what it is supposed to do – edit resource files. No more, no less. The only added feature is a security lock down for the name column. This will prevent the copywriters from editing the name and deleting and adding rows. This can be turned on and off by checking the check box in the bottom left corner.

Give it to your copywriters and let them edit the text by them selves.

Download the Resource Editor application
Download the C# project

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Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located
in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in
2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and
web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.

http://www.madskristensen.dk/

.NET Resource Editor App for .resx Files
About Mads Kristensen
Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in 2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.

http://www.madskristensen.dk/ WebProNews Writer
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  • http://chris-ferrario.com Chris Ferrario

    I used resx on my online portfolio all the time and visual studio’s resx interface is quite annoying when the cells are filled with lots of stuff (i.e. html formatting in paragraphs)… I’ve been looking for something like this! Thanks!

  • Guest: Radu

    Hi Mads, I have a problem: I can’t download your tool. I need a WYSIWYG tool for resx files in order to insert some text (not code). I must say I’m not a programer, I’m a translator. I don’t understand very much from programing. Perhaps you can help me with your tool. thanks a lot. cheers, Radu

  • nate

    looks like the site is down and I am unable to download the tool.

  • Cesar Sanz

    Hi,

    the links does not work.

  • AnHund

    Download links does not work!

  • Johana

    Hi,

    It’s exactly what I need for people who want to modify translation … where can I get the application? It will be very helpfull.
    Thanks a lot,

    Johana

  • walid Aly

    Hi,
    I’m trying to download your tool, but the link is broken. It would be very nice if such tool exists.
    Thanks

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