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For more precision:

  • I'm runnning Ubuntu 12.04

  • I'd like an indicator which shows up to the left of the date/volume/wifi icons

  • If possible I'd like to be able to change the translation language

  • The indicator could use internet based translators (google translate etc.) or have a complete library come with it so translations can be obtained offline.

Relating to usability: I'd like to have it work in a way where you click on the indicator icon and you can start typing either directly or once a window has opened and it instantly shows the translation you need (with your target languages pre-set or determined in options).

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Interesting idea. If none exist, then I can probably make one for you. You're only interested in translating to, right? You select the language you want to translate to, then a dialog appears and you enter text which is then translated to the language you chose? – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Sep 14 '12 at 0:52
Yes if you could I'd be incredibly grateful, alternatively a lens would work nicely too (was planning on maybe trying that myself as making some doesn't seem too hard, although I'd be messing around in the dark to begin with), and I guess it sounds like laziness to not simply open up google translate or whatnot, but I find it clearer and more hassle-free to not open a browser. If you happen to need a hand I've dabbled a bit with programming so give me a heads up if you'd need a hand, but if you could make one I'd be very grateful and sure others would be too :) – Oyibo Sep 14 '12 at 21:56
Send me an email to and let's discuss it. This is a little bit limited. :) – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Sep 17 '12 at 21:53
Added to favs to give kudos for Jo-Erlend when he finishes this ;-) – Rafał Cieślak Sep 18 '12 at 20:12
@Jo-ErlendSchinstad I sent you an email a while back, you're probably pretty busy but just wanted to make sure you'd gotten it, if not I can resend it :) – Oyibo Sep 30 '12 at 8:29
up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you have gnome-shell installed, you could use this extension

It doesn't work if you're using Unity

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Pending a Unity indicator this has worked perfectly thanks a lot! – Oyibo Jan 7 '13 at 10:16

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