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Photoshop: allow users to change the UI language without having to purchase multiple licenses.

Users of localized versions might need to use the english version for several reasons: following one of the many english tutorials on the web, using some of the shortcuts that are not available in other languages, use some actions that have been written in english without making sure they would not break in other languages.

Some countries have multiple national languages, and companies might have employees speaking different languages using the same machine. Letting them select their language of choice would be a must!

The only legal way to do it now seems to purchase another version of the software en english, install it, then use the preferences entry to change the languages.

But paying a whole new license of Photoshop is quite expensive, especially if one knows that other software, also produced by Adobe, allow their users to change the langage of their interface for free: After Effects, Lightroom, Bridge are examples I know of.

After effects users can switch their localized version to english in order to use english-written expressions, or to follow the vast amount of tutorials in english: (it's even evangelized as a useful function!: http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/20... )

Lightroom follows the language of the Operating System, at least on Macintosh.

Bridge allows the change of its UI Language in its preferences.

Please empower your users!
Some multi-lingual users would then be able to evangelize in multiple languages, therefore helping and reaching more customers, and giving them more incentives to purchase (because they know they would get help...)
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  • Totally agree!!!
    I'm Brazilian (portuguese), working on a French company (french) and forced to use Photoshop in French.
    All my life I worked with English versions.
    Can you imagine how difficult is to adapt to this menus?!
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  • The After Effects format is a great way, as PECourtejoie said.
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    I know this problem, as I also have multi-national co-workers. And for myself - I was used to working with the english version of PS, and then my company bought me a german version :-P

    So I know this is a problem of many honest users who bought legal software and therefore deserve to have a solution from Adobe. Buying it multiple times just for language reasons is - in my opinion - a rip off. Even more as this also a very basic feature in many many other programs.

    BUT there is some kind of solution - at least for turning it to english - it worked for me. You can find it here:
    http://forums.adobe.com/message/3620959

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    by liit64
    I was able to replace language into ENGLISH, by using this format
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Locales\es_MX\Support Files
    I replaced "tw10428.dat" into "tw10428.bak"
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    However - in my opinion switching between all languages is a must-have for the future.
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  • I’m undecided
    We have licenses for adobe CS design premium in our native language, Turkish. But it's hard to be use photoshop in Turkish because i used it in english for years. Can we edit the language file without voiding license?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Photoshop Language Problem.
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  • After searching for different solutions - and, yes, I do have an official Licence of the CS5 Master Collection - I found the only way that works on Mac OSX is by renaming the file "tw10428.dat".

    On Mac OSX Snow Leopard it is placed here on a French installation :

    /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Locales/fr_FR/Support Files

    just rename it, and the program starts in English !

    I wish Adobe would make the Preference "Language UI" dropbox useful. Why have it here if it's of no use... ?

    Thanks Miguel Marn for posting :)
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  • JP,
    Yes, I don't know if it is totally legal to temper with the files...
    The drop-down works, if you PURCHASE a license for each language that you want to use! Then, the drop-down becomes useful.
    In Lightroom, Bridge and other Adobe software, you can freely change the UI language.
    The worst is that often, users need to have different languages in order to help users from different part of the world.
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  • Completely agree.. Just downloaded the whole suite and found out everything is native language..!

    I just want it in english please!
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  • In the times of Commodore Amiga there was a feature integrated in the operating system called "Locales". The programs were coded with texts in English but there were Locale files containing all those texts in other languages. They were plain text files similar to XML files. Normally a program was shipped with several of this files but you could add more locales simply by downloading and copying the locale files to the locale folder of the program or you could even create your own locale file by editing some existing locale file since they were plain text files.
    If a locale file was present for your default language, the program would run already localized in that language. If not, it would run in English.

    Even multiple users of the same machine could have the same program installation localized to their chosen languages.

    Well, if you take a look to a Photoshop installation you will see the program exe file is coded with English texts and the localized texts are all of them in another file. All that is necessary to hack the program into another language is replace this localized file so it would be very easy to implement some sort of Locales feature.

    Of course the perfect thing would be Microsoft implementing the Locales in Windows (and Apple in MacOS, of course) so all programs would use this feature. This would also reduce costs in retail software since software companies would not need to create localized versions of their installation discs but only one international version containing several languages and adding more by downloads from their websites.

    I think the so called modern Operating Systems still have much to learn from "ancient" Operating Systems like AmigaOS.
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  • Agree with Juan.

    Kim: If all you want is English, no problem: Just download the English version.

    There's only a problem if you want to switch between languages, or want to upgrade from one language to another. (the fact you can't is, IMO, frankly ridiculous)

    Lightroom for instance is multi-language by default.
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  • I’m sad
    Using the Adobe Applicatio Manager. All though its set to english - the downloaded app is (in my case) Danish.
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  • Hi,

    I'm using the 30 day tryout while I wait for for my boss to upgrade. It installed in french, but I'd like to use it in english... I don't think there was an option in the installer!
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  • I’m frustrated
    My niece, who speaks Russian, moved to the USA. I want to get her Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended in Russian and I want her to be able to change the user interface to English when she learns English better, or when she wants to compare the Russian UI to the English UI so she can learn English.

    But I want her to be able to have the ability to switch languages when she wants to. How hard can this be to implement? What is Adobe's concern?
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    • Geez, you're right. I suppose I wasn't on the same page with the rep I spoke with a few days ago. Indeed, all the apps are included in the subscription price and so my "above" complaints were so much hot air.

      Thanks, christoph, for helping me resolve that. I appreciate it very much. Indeed, it seems that the Cloud is the best bet for her!
    • Christoph's addition about Creative Cloud is a welcome solution for the users that can go that route, but makes this issue even more hard to swallow for users of Perpetual Licenses. Note also that CC allows a mixed OS installation (one Mac, one PC)
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  • I just purchased my PS CS6 upgrade in German and was surprised I couldn't switch it to English. Yes, I rememberd then that there was this issue. Stupid if you ask me, and unfair. I don't do more work with PS just because I switch languages, so why would the second license be justified? Language packs should be free or available at small charge max.
    Yes, cloud would be an option. But I just decided against it. I only use PS, the upgrade costs far less then the cloud subscription.
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  • I’m Frustrated
    I just gotta say I agree. I bought the Creative Cloud package, and must've missed the language option, assumed the software would be in English, but now I'm stuck with a Swedish one which is, to me, quite literally foreign.
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    The point is, all is needed to change the language of the program are the locale files in the folder C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Locales\**_**\Support Files (Where **_** are the different language_COUNTRY packs) and the possibility for the user to select the Language in the prefs window.

    CC users can do that. As I said, Amiga user could do that decades ago. Adobe should allow all user do that (download language packs and select them), not only CC users.

    I wonder what happens if you copy, lets say, the de_DE folder from a computer with a German version of PS to a computer with, lets say, a Spanish version (same software version, of course). Would just the presence of the new folder and files allow the selection of German in the prefs the next time you run PS?
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  • I can tell you, Juan, because I tried. Being a nosy IT guy I of course took the en_GB locales folder and copied it over to my German installation that had only a de_DE folder sitting there. Aswer part a) yes, I was able to select English (GB) in the settings after that. Answer part b) no, it isn't that easy. After a restart PS recoginzed an unlicensed language pack, wouldn't work. So I deleted the folder again.
    Proves that technically it is very easy. It's only a matter of license and sales policy. I am quite an Adobe product fan. They have great software. But I am getting a disgruntled fan more and more. Issues with LR 4, Premiere Elements 10 I had to return because it couldn't handle my regional settings properly and would damage its own project files by mixing commas and semicolons for separators, issues not really well handled. Now a language pack that apparently is supposed to cost as much as the product itself? Sorry, the product is expensive enough as it is. I'd be willing to hand over another say 20 €, but not several hundreds. I am after all, not making money with my photography, at least not enough worth mentioning, alas. And Elements is just not the same.
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  • Got it working by renaming the subfolder in Locales to en_US, just renaming the .dat file didn't do it for me. I get an error about missing keyboard shortcuts, but it runs.

    Anyone know how to change the language of Acrobat Pro X?
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  • Dear Adobe
    Please fix this bothersome problem in CS6 now! At least make english an option in every language, since all tutorials etc are in that language. I bought Design Premium upgrade in my native language by mistake...and I don't like to rename files if I can help it!
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