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Export Apple Glossaries to TMX with ApSIC Xbench 3.0

In August 2012, Apple released new versions of its OS X glossaries. For each language, there are hundreds of individual XML files that cover one particular area of OS X. The latest version of ApSIC Xbench, 3.0, released on December 14th, 2012, now supports these new  glossaries. This video shows how to add the individual glossary files to an Xbench project, and how to export the content of that project to a TMX memory.

Statistics for the French glossary:
size of the DMG file (container): 4.4 MB
number of individual glossaries (XML files with an .lg extension): 516
total number of items imported in Xbench project: about 118,000
total number of items exported to TMX (after removing duplicates): about 68,000

Note: also see my post on how to use the older (2.9), free version of Xbench to import the new Apple glossaries.

Relevant links:
Apple’s Developer site (register as a developer to sign in)
ApSIC Xbench 3.0

16 comments to Export Apple Glossaries to TMX with ApSIC Xbench 3.0

  • Hi Dominique,

    Where did you manage to find that v3 of ApSIC Xbench you mentioned in your video?


    PS: for those of us on Windows: you can extract the .DMG on Windows using the free HFSExplorer (http://www.catacombae.org/).

  • I can only find Xbench 2.9, and 2.9 isn’t letting me import the new Apple glossaries. When importing ‘Mac OSX Glossary’ files, 2.9 only recognises .ad file, not these new .lg files.


  • Selcuk Akyuz

    Hi Dominique,
    http://www.xbench.net/ is blank, where did you download the new version 3.0

  • Selcuk Akyuz

    OK, downloaded and installed already.

  • Vladislav

    Could you please advise if the any way to convert .dmg to Windows format without Mac? I managed to convert .dmg to .iso, but failed to extract something meaningful from that .iso. Thank you in advance.

  • Vladislav

    Thank you, it worked.

    BTW, these glossaries (.lg files) can be used in Xbench 2.9 as well, but you should select “Mac OS X Glossary” forcefully.

    • Dominique

      Thanks, I didn’t know .lg files could be used in Xbench 2.9. It’s good news for those who don’t intent to upgrade to the paid version and who are happy to stay with the current free version.

  • Judith

    Salut Dominique,

    I also left a comment on the video with regard to this.
    It seems that Apple no longer offers the glossaries. I have registered as a developper and wanted to follow your insightful video as I require Apple terminology in German for a translation. Wanting to be consistent with terminology I am now stumped as to how to obtain the glossary as following the links and searching for “glossaries” within the “Download” section reveals zero (:( ) results..
    Could you help or point me to the right section should this content have moved?

    Many thanks,


  • Gwiezel


    I got to the download area and got results for glossaries, but they seem to be dead links.
    Anyone found the glossaries for download?

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