The OmegaT project and You
OmegaT isn't just a product; it's an exciting project, and you can be part of it.
OmegaT is free software. That means that users like you are free to download and use it with very little in the way of restrictions. You are also free to copy it and pass it on to other people.
OmegaT is open-source software. That means that if you feel so inclined, you may modify OmegaT to suit your own requirements. For advocates of open-source software, this freedom is even more important than the exemption from having to pay anything.
By the same token, the OmegaT project is run by volunteers who receive no payment for the work they do and time they spend on the project. If you have found OmegaT useful, you are welcome to contact the development team and make a donation. However, the project relies for its survival and progress much more on OmegaT users providing support in other forms than upon financial contributions.
The OmegaT project would benefit from greater support from volunteers in almost all areas. Although many users are aware of this, their reaction is often "But I can't program!". Programming is certainly the most important function, and without programming, there is no program. But programming isn't the only job needing to be done. Below is a list of areas for which further volunteers would be more than welcome!
Documentation is very important. Many of you reading this will be translators who have translated a lot of user documentation. Have you considered writing some user documentation yourself? It's a real eye-opener!
Thanks to the work of translators in the past, OmegaT's user interface and/or Help texts have been translated into several languages. That means there are only a few thousand left! Localizing OmegaT into other languages is also an ongoing task, since new features and functions are being added all the time. See the Localizing OmegaT HowTo for details of what is involved in localizing/translating OmegaT.
One of the most useful things OmegaT users can do is... to use OmegaT. And when they find things that don't work, or deficiencies in the documentation, to tell us about them.
OmegaT is written in Java. If you're a programmer and you happen to know Java, we'd like to hear from you. If not...
Programming (not Java)
... it's by no means the case that all programming need be done in Java. If you can program in another language, you can write code to support the core application. Such auxiliary code has already been written in Star Basic and Tcl/Tk, for instance. But I can't program at all, I hear you say. Well, have you considered learning? If you are already reasonably familiar with computers in general and choose a straightforward scripting language like Tcl/Tk, you could teach yourself enough to be able to write simple but useful scripts within just a couple of weeks. Continuing Professional Development is the current buzzword!
Have you ever written an article for your professional association's journal? If not, why not write an article on using OmegaT?