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PointFire Translator Server – v2.0
Posted by Martin Laplante on 20 December 2019 04:36 PM

April 26, 2021

This is a supported release.  It fixes several errors in v2.0.0 and is easier to install.


Please see the installation and configuration manual for details.

This version of PointFire Translator includes a command-line tool, a web interface, an app interface, and a Power Automate interface. After it is installed on a shared server, the PointFire Translator app, supports connecting to this server and translating using the user's own credential. It can be installed as a shared server or on the local workstation like previous versions of PointFire Translator. If installed as a workstation, only the user on that workstation can use it.

The PointFire Translator app will connect to the PointFire Translator service at the URL for which it has been configured, if it is running, but if it is absent it will fall back to using the SharePoint Online Machine Translation Service. PointFire Translator works with SharePoint Online (SPO), with OneDrive, and with SharePoint 2019. You can trigger a translation from a Power Automate flow, with some additional configuration.

The installer will give you the option to start PointFire Translator either in console mode, or to install it as a Windows service which can be always on. It will then open the browser interface on the local machine so that you can enter license keys and API keys, and optionally set credentials that it will store. In most cases, these credentials only need to be entered once, even if you are prompted for them later on.

If you install it as a Windows service, then we recommend that you open services.msc, find the PointFire Translator service, right-click to select Properties, then under the Log On tab, make sure that Allow service to interact with desktop is checked. Also, in Microsoft Word if it is installed on that computer, click File > Options > Advanced under the "General" heading, and please make sure that "Confirm file format conversion on open" option is disabled.

You need to get a Translator Text API key from Azure

The installation will prompt you for the following information:
⦁ PointFire Translator license key. For a trial key, enter "30-day-trial", or contact
⦁ Translator Text API key, see above
⦁ an optional Category ID if you use a specialized translation engine

If you want to use the Web interface, on the physical machine not remotely, or the script interface, you can use stored credentials, in which case it may also require:

⦁ SPO Username, which will be stored for later commands (not required for MFA)
⦁ SPO Password, which will be stored for later commands (not required for MFA)
⦁ SPO site URL, which will be stored as a default for later commands

You may skip these prompts, but you will have to issue the SetCredentials command later. If you are using Multi-Factor Authentication, then the Username and Password may not be required, however a dialog box will open to let you log in, and a new login may be required in later sessions.

PointFire Translator can be used from the command line using the TXFIRE exe, or from PowerShell, using scripts like the sample scripts that are provided. However it is easier to use it from the PointFire Translator app that runs on SharePoint. More details are here

To install PointFire Translator, drag and drop the file to your app catalog and add it to your site, the carry out the configuration steps described in the Translator Installation Manual.

New and Changed Features

⦁ Many improvements to AppReg.ps1 to make it easier and clearer to use, and difficult to enter incorrect parameters
⦁ Support many new languages, including Inuktitut, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Oriya Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Maori
⦁ Improved support for Khmer, Lao, Burmese, Nepali, Armenian, Amharic, Albanian, Tigrinya
⦁ Ability to use a specific Azure region
⦁ Support sites where MLP was implemented then turned off

Resolved Issues 

⦁ Error with Multilingual Page Publishing - error translating original when some pages but not all pages translated
⦁ App localization in Chinese (simplified)
⦁ Better messages when PointFire Translator Server is not found and using Machine Translation Service instead
⦁ Warn that Machine Translation Service does not support multi-select
⦁ Disabled translation of folder types
⦁ More consistent handling of localized list/library names
⦁ Better messages when document does not require re-translation
⦁ Some missing localizations in Irish, Kazakh, Azeri, Bosnian, Macedonian, Dari

⦁ Error in auto-detect of language
⦁ Better handling of incorrect ClientID/secret
⦁ Error with Multilingual Page Publishing - error translating original when some pages but not all pages translated
⦁ Better error handling for incorrect list item translation requests
⦁ Issues with filtering news webparts with hyphenated language codes like pt-br, pt-br, zh-cn, zh-tw, sr-cyrl-rs, sr-latn-cs
⦁ Changes to the code signing certificate autority
⦁ Changes to the service to avoid error on startup
⦁ Translation for image webpart's overlay text and alternative text.
⦁ Changes to support Stream webpart, Quick Chart webpart, Countdown Timer webpart
⦁ Improved error when Microsoft IdentityModel Extensions are missing
⦁ Better support for documents in folders
⦁ Better support for Bosnian
⦁ Better support for pt-pt and pt-br
⦁ Better support for languages that are not SharePoint languages
⦁ Problem when the re-translated name of a file is different from the previously translated name


The following SharePoint languages are not handled:
⦁ Basque
⦁ Galician

One of the old Serbian language codes, discontinued by SharePoint, is no longer working. We are working on a fix for those that used it.

Internet Explorer is not supported for the Web interface.  Please use Edge or Chrome.

 pfpowertranslatorsetup.exe (8.00 MB)
 pointfire translator v2 installation_guide.pdf (3.39 MB)
 pointfire translator v2 user's guide.pdf (1.91 MB)
 readme.rtf (10.82 KB)
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