The English to Pirate translator converts plain English into Pirate. For example, enter "Hello there miss, I'm Mr. Moses. It is a fine day for some lunch", and click the translate button to get "Ahoy thar Wench. I'm Cap'n. Moses. 'tis a fine day fer some grub".
Pirate Translator included with MacUP magazine 11-2-2006
Pirate Fight has begun! 10-29-2006
Pirate Translator added to Wigipedia 10-17-2006
The Pirate Translator is now on Wigipedia, a new widget site.
Pirate Translator on MacObserver 10-17-2006
Chris Barylick of the Mac Observer wrote a nice article on the Pirate Translator. Thank you, Chris.
Blow me down! Another Outage 10-8-2006
The success of the Pirate Translator has taken me by surprise. With roughly 80,000 downloads of the translator and only two major versions, there are probably 40,000 to 50,000 people out there using it. There are an average 15,000 translations a day since version 1.2 came out and a record 18,497 translations on 10/3.
Pirate Translator on Sitening 10-3-2006
Shiver me timbers! Down again. 10-3-2006
I had it starting a new log every day, but as of today, it overran the file size by 4:37 pm. Time for a new logging scheme.
Pirate Translator on TUAW 10-3-2006
English to Pirate Translator widget 1.2 10-2-2006
I added random exclamations to dress up bland untranslatable text. From the back of the widget, choose 'light', 'peppered', or 'doused' to make your text a little more colorful with random piratey exclamations.
Apple's Top 50 Widgets and Staff Favorites 9-30-2006
I'm not quite sure how this happened, but the Pirate Translator Widget for Dashboard has made it to #5 on Apple's Top 50 Widgets and it's on the Staff Favorites. There have been more than 38,000 downloads now.
Pirate Translator working again 9-23-2006
The Pirate Translator was pumpin' the bilge, er, that is to say, it stopped working. I have the translator log the original English and the translated Pirate parts of the translation so I can look through what people want to translate and come up with better translations. I did not take into account that it would grow so fast as to hit a file system limit in three days. I moved the old log out of the way and will work on some automatic rotation of logs so it doesn't happen again.
Tips on translating 9-21-2006
After watching what people try to translate, I have some tips for using the translator.
English to Pirate Translator widget 1.1 9-20-2006
Now ajaxified. I was just changing the dictionary too fast, so it makes more sense to have it pull from a central repository. The server-based Perl version handles much more sophisticated regular expressions, so capitalization, words at the beginning of sentences, and verb tenses are handled now.
English to Pirate Translator widget 1.0 9-19-2006
This is the first version. Only does translation. It still needs to handle capitalization, more complex regular expressions, and a separate dictionary file. It supports nearly 200 words.