Amara and PCF have a new look - tell us what you think!

We’re very excited to announce the newly redesigned homepage of amara.org! We hope the redesign better reflects who we are, and what we have to offer.


All Amara’s offerings at a glance

Now it’s much easier to browse through all of Amara’s tools and offerings -- free tools and professional services, right from the header of the amara.org homepage. We used to have this separated into a site called pro.amara.org, but on the new homepage it’s all at your fingertips in case you want to upgrade your subtitling tools and capabilities.




Or, you can jump right into the free editor with a big green button:




Learn and get involved

Finding new teams to volunteer for remains as easy as before. We’ve renamed the page “Volunteer” to make it even more obvious (this used to say Community). We couldn’t be more thrilled about our new About page, which clearly shares the reasons we’re all here, and showcases our core team.



I already have an Amara account - do I have to do anything differently now?
Nope - logging onto the platform is as simple as ever. Go to the Login button on the top-right corner to enter your username and password; and click on your username to access your profile, messages and teams!


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Instead of the old "Subtitle Video" header item, logged in users should use that same user menu in the upper right of the page to select "Subtitle Video." Non-logged-in users will see the big "Start Subtitling for Free" button.




You’ll also see the new header style on most amara.org pages. The remaining pages will get the updated header style in the next couple of months.



Thanks for checking out the new site -  we hope you enjoy the new look and organization of the homepage. Let us know what you think!



 



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Hi,


In the old Amara, I can print out subtitles draft for checking. But the new Amara, in PDF printout, the top (about 1 inch) is blocking part of the subtitles......

Is this my own computer issue, or others have similar problems?

Please see attached screen-shot.


Thanks,

David


Thank you for pointing this out, David: I've now tried printing as PDF with another subtitle page and had the same issue.

However, I had never tried this method before you mentioned it. When I want to check a subtitle set offline, I usually download it as .sbv (because .sbv has the least amount of code).  See the .sbv attachment, downloaded from https://amara.org/en/videos/Z8nmlCGBQ5Qe/en/1224233/ .

As .sbv files are plain text files with just a different extension, you can then open them in a browser where you can zoom them as much as you need, or copy-paste them in a word processor (LibreOffice Writer, MS Word...) where you can change the paragraph style to the size you want. Advantage of downloading the subtitles as .sbv: you only get the subtitles, not the extraneous things in header, footer and left column.

 

sbv

Hi, I logged in my Amara account today and found out that somehow I was "kicked-out" of my team (TED) and I couldn't continue to subtitle the video that I'm working on it. 


Please help me to fix this, I don't want to "join team" again and go through verification process. And more importantly, I don't want to lost my works that I've done before, linked to my account. 


Thanks, 

Lan Dao

Hi Lan,


I just wanted to let you know I've received your post in the Support desk. You don't need to reapply. 

I will fix the access to the TED team  and I will update you soon via the ticket and email. 

Thank you for letting us know about this problem!


Best,

Rieann

Amara Support Team. 

One less fortunate thing is the stationary upper band with the name of the service and a basic menu. It is unfortunate, because the videos can not be viewed in full screen format, but has to be enlarged by using the zoom function of the browser. Because the band is stationary it overlaps the enlarged video screen and does not allow a near full screen enlargement of the video screen. It allows a 150 percent enlargement whereas previously 200 percent was possible. This ought to be remedied. Perhaps the stationary band should be more flexible?

Great job!

Hi Soeren,

If I first linearize the page (1), then the band no longer overlaps and I can zoom the page up to 200% again.

(1) linearizing a page is a feature of the Web Developer addon that exists for Firefox, Chrome and Opera - but there are probably other ways to do that.

 

Hi Soeren, 


Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the new Amara pages. By sharing it here it will help us see how many other members find this an important feature to help us determine and prioritize our next improvements. I can't say when, but we are looking at improvements for full-screen viewing when possible. You can follow this post and I will post updates here for any upcoming changes in this feature. 


Thank you for all your contributions to Amara!


Best,

Rieann

Amara Support Team

Hi Claude and Rieann,

 

Thank you, Claude, for that helpful tip. And thank you both for quick answers. Still, I think the stationary band is an unfortunate feature of the design for many people. It certainly is for those interested in my six hours of texted videos here. They are mostly beyond middle-aged people who are not accustomed to install programs on their computers. For them this tip is of no use, and they will have to settle for this lower enlargement of the viewer which is the result of this design, and I think people find it annoying. I am a newcomer to this video culture, and I cannot say anything for certain about it. But given that the major video providers on the net, such as YouTube, provide full screen viewing, I suspect most people expect this feature on Amara too. Now, before the new site design it was possible to come close to full screen viewing by using the zoom function in the browser. Now it is not possible any more because of a detail in the new design. I think it is a pity for this otherwise perfectly functioning and beautiful site. In practical terms it must be easy to avoid the stationary band and insert it on top of the pages instead. In that way it would disappear when enlarging the video screen, and this would allow for a better viewing. This is of cause debatable, and this is just my ten cents.

 

Best,

Soeren

Oh. now I understand, Soeren: I first thought you wanted to show the video with a beamer in some meeting. Obviously, my workaround is too complicated for your purpose.

Other temporary workaround, using Subtitle Horse, because it has a full-screen mode that keeps the subtitles

  • copy the URL of the original video you used to create the Amara page
  • download your Amara subtitles
  • go to http://subtitle-horse.com/ and paste the URL in the URL box to create a Subtitle Horse subtitling page.
  • in the Subtitle Horse page you created, File > Open Subtitle File to import your downloaded subtitles
  • then File > Save And Exit

You'll land on a page where you can generate two URLs: one for editing the subtitles, the other for just viewing the video with subtitles. You could share the "viewing" URL with your audience. One thing, though, in full-screen mode, the cursor must be on the time bar for the subtitles to show.


In a way, I can understand the reason for the "stationary" menu bar: some pages are very long. Nevertheless, couldn't the same purpose be effected with a few "Back to Top" links, Rieann?


And then, could the search and upload links be re-added in that menu bar?

 

Best,


Claude

Hi Soeren and Claude,


Thank you for sharing those great details and suggestions! Understanding the details of how people want and need Amara to work helps us to constantly improve. I'm sharing them with our team as I write this because that is why we started this Forum, we want to know what works for you.

We'll be sharing any updates as soon as we can.


Best,

Rieann


Hi, Claude,

 

Thanks for explaining that workaround with Subtitle-Horse. I haven't been able to get the Subtitle-Horse full-screen mode to work, though. I have tried in various ways and at various times of the day, without any success. But I've found another way around which make it useful for me. When my browser's zoom and full-screen functions are used, the videos show up almost in full-screen mode, only surrounded by a tiny white and light blue frame. So this is very useful after all.

 

Another workaround is to make mirrors of the Amara pages on a local website. They would probably only import the Amara videos alone and not Amara's new design with the stationary band, and if the browser's zoom and full-screen mode is used, the result would also be close to full screen mode.

 

Maybe this issue of a reduced zoom function (before 200 percent, now 125 percent) because of the new site design is no problem for young people, who are used to watching tiny screens on their mobile phones. And maybe this video service is mainly for young people and not for "the rest of us". Still, I hope Amara would change the stationary band on top of the pages, so that videos can be seen in a proper size here.

 

Thanks,

Soeren

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