Textraplus LogoWith a modern cloud-based solution for process automation for the handling of translation orders, 1stQuad supports a Swiss SME without its own IT infrastructure in a core process. The time-consuming exchange of source texts and translations via e-mail was replaced by an automated process. At the center of the process are a web application for the translators and a REST API for exchanging XLIFF files.


TEXTRAPLUS was founded in 1999 and converted into a limited company in 2009. The success of TEXTRAPLUS is based on fair, long-term customer relationships and the competence and performance of its qualified core translators.


Textraplus offers high-quality translation services. The company is a typical SME with a dedicated team of language professionals. The company does not have its own server infrastructure, but relies on local workstations and cloud solutions.

For one important client, Textraplus processes several internal news releases every week, which are published in three languages. Traditionally, the texts were individually received and returned via e-mail. In addition to Textraplus, the client works with another translation agency that provides an API for the automatic processing of translation orders. Textraplus approached 1stQuad with the desire to offer its clients a comparable interface.

1stQuad developed a cloud-based solution for process automation based on Microsoft Azure for Textraplus in a very short time. The translators now work with a web application that clearly displays incoming orders and their status and works together with Textraplus’ translation software. Source texts and translations are exchanged in XLIFF format, which is standard in the industry. In addition to the text, the XLIFF files contain metadata such as deadline, invoice recipient and notes as well as a visual view of the published news page, so that the translators can also orientate themselves on the layout. The data is stored in the cloud.

The second component is a REST API, which customers use to deliver XLIFF documents to Textraplus, where they automatically appear in the web application. The new solution provides Textraplus with a cost-effective way to automatically process translation jobs. The company saves enormously on administration costs and can position itself as an advanced provider for its customers.