What tools to use?

We recommend you to install translation tools at your personal workstation, since this has been proven more powerful than on-line translation services.

There are various tools available to aid in translating. Ultimately .pot and .po are plain text files, and any text editor can be used to change them. However, your work will be more efficient with dedicated tools, and you will need one at least to compile strings and generate .mo files.

An open source program for Windows and UNIX/Linux which provides an easy-to-use GUI for editing PO files and generate MO files.
Another open source PO editing program for the KDE window manager on Linux.
GNU Gettext
The official Gettext tools package contains command-line tools for creating POTs, manipulating POs, and generating MOs. For those comfortable with a command shell.