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    Default How can I change the language of the Beyond Compare 4 user interface on OSX?

    How can I change the language of the Beyond Compare 4 user interface on OSX?

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    The Mac version of Beyond Compare supports English, German, and French localizations. It is a single installer, the language should be automatically set based on the system localization settings on your Mac. It isn't possible to manually set it to a different language. As an example, it isn't possible to have your Mac set to English but force Beyond Compare to run in French.

    If you have your Mac set to German or French and Beyond Compare isn't using the matching language, please let us know.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    To expand on what Chris said, it's controlled by a system-wide setting. Go into the System Preferences, then Language & Region, and change the "Preferred languages" option. It's an ordered list, and it will automatically use the highest one that BC supports.
    ZoŽ P Scooter Software

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    To expand on what Chris said, it's controlled by a system-wide setting.
    Please implement a feature in the preferences to override the system-wide setting.

    Thanks for the support.

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    The current behavior is the standard way that Mac apps handle translation selection, so all of the Apple apps at least work the exact same way. Is there something wrong with our translation?
    ZoŽ P Scooter Software

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    There is nothing wrong with the translation (although I didn't check), but as in many other languages, non-established technical terminology is sometimes confusing and somehow arbitrary, so after using computers for 25 years, English language UIs just come easier. So it just takes more time since I actually need to make an effort to read the text and understand it. But that is a general linguistic issue relating to I18N- not one of BC. But as a workaround it would be nice to have a way to manually override language preferences.

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    Do you know any example Mac apps that provide a method of overriding the language? The method we're currently using is what we understand to be the standard behavior and we'd need to research alternatives.

    If you want all Mac Apps to be in English if possible, have you considered changing your system language to English?
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudido View Post
    How can I change the language of the Beyond Compare 4 user interface on OSX?
    You may have found this solution somewhere else already, but I found this thread while looking for a way to do this and want to share the way I solved this.

    With defaults write com.ScooterSoftware.BeyondCompare AppleLanguages '("en-US")' you can force BeyondCompare to use English instead of the system language.

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