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nibTranslate is a little Cooca application that provides a graphical front end to nibtool, Apples command line application for nib manipulation. It allows translation and generation of multiple nib files using a single translation dictionary for each language. nibTranslate is based on mmalcom Crawfords iTranslate application.

For an introduction on the whole topic, please read mmalcoms article "Internationalizing Cocoa applications" on www.stepwise.org

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • Adds compatibility with ibtool installation path contained in Xcode 4.3
  • Works around a problem with wrong 'bordered' button attribute in localized Mac .xib or .nib files.
  • Double-clicking on a line in the "Occurences" table now opens the corresponding source file
  • Improves handling of unreadable .xib and .strings files
  • Saves custom toolbar configuration
  • More minor bug & typo fixes


  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • Intel 32
  • Apple Developer Tools installed

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Pripyat Member IconReview+264

I've had to change my review due to the recent developments with the software. I have paid £21 on the AppStore for this application, but the quality is not good at all. At first, I could not use the application at all due to the large amount of bugs this app showed, which took a lot of waiting for those to be fixed. Today I tried to use this applications again to localize my Nibs and it failed miserably again. It doesn't seem to handle Nibs with custom elements in them (but detects them) and basically doesn't translate the NIB at all as soon as it detects custom objects from plugins such as BWToolkit.

A big disappointment, £21 down the drain. I've been really patient with this software, but this is just getting ridiculous.

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Version 1.0.2
Pripyat Member IconComment+264

Does not export files - sent email to developer to address this.

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Version 1.0b3
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Version 1.0b3
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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 3,564
Version Downloads 331
License Commercial
Date 24 Oct 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $34.99