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13
PointFire 2019 v1.0 Update Release, November 13, 2019
Posted by Martin Laplante on 13 November 2019 02:38 PM

This is a v1.0 update release of PointFire 2019.  It supports SharePoint classic pages as well as Modern ones.  If you received an interim release from IceFire support for testing, it must be updated with this release.  This release is a major release, with significant functionality changes.

The installation package and documentation are available here.  

The next update release is expected in March 2020.

 

Release Notes – November 13, 2019

Deploying PointFire 2019

It is recommended that you run the installation on the server where Central Administration is located. Once PointFire 2019 is installed on the target server you can deploy the feature by running the PFConfiguration tool:
Start ->PointFire 2019 ->PFConfig

Note: If you experience issues running the configuration tool from the shortcut, you can navigate to the PointFire directory and run PFConfig or one of the installation scripts directly.
C:\Program Files\IceFire\PointFire2019

  • PFConfig.exe – PointFire Deployment Manager
  • InstallPointFire.ps1 - to install PointFire using PowerShell.
  • UpgradePointFire.ps1 - Upgrade PointFire using PowerShell.
  • RemovePointFire.ps1 - To retract the solution using PowerShell

Note: Deploying using the scripts requires additional configuration steps. Please see the install guide for detailed information.
PointFire 2019 also includes an optional app for modern sites.

Updating PointFire 2019
If you are updating an existing PointFire 2019 deployment, launch the PointFire Deployment Manager and follow through the upgrade process, or retract then re-deploy PointFire, or navigate to the installation directory to run the upgrade script.

Also remember to update the PointFire-2019.app in the app catalog and in the individual sites.

Note: If configuration keys in the web.config files have been edited manually after PFConfig initially set them, using PFConfig to update the PointFire may erase or overwrite some of those keys. For safety, note the values of the keys currently in web.config prior to updating.

Upgrading from PointFire 2016

Upgrading from a PointFire 2016 is not yet fully supported. Contact support for availability. The scripts PF2019Migration.ps1, SetWebPartLangSetting.ps1 and CallSetWebPartLangSetting.ps1 are included, but additional work is needed to complete the migration. Please note that Item Language and language variations columns have changed, so any customizations based on them will also have to be revised.

New Features

  • PF2019Migration script removes language filter webpart from list and library pages, because it is no longer needed on those pages
  • PFMUI=REPAIRLISTS added the correct language options to the Item Language columns, but did not properly delete the incorrect ones
  • Changed license request code to help ensure correct licenses.

Resolved Issues

  • PointFire blocks the "LIKE" functionality of Posts list of Blog site collection in SharePoint 2019 for the users with "Read" permission
  • Webpart Language Setting in modern sometimes doesn't work
  • Some terms don't translate if they contain zero-width space character
  • Double language menu in classic mode
  • Localize "Are you sure you want to make all compatible lists on this site multilingual?"
  • "Translate" option is not there in Modern mode
  • When copying list item in Translate Item, make the Title unique by adding "[fr]" etc.
  • Error message in event log "General (): System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null."
  • Error message in event log "Cannot redirect after HTTP headers have been sent."
  • Various other minor fixes and enhancements

Known Issues

  • Functionality related to machine translation is not fully tested at the moment, the Machine Translation Service in the current version of SharePoint 2019 is still not working (confirmed by Microsoft).  If you need translation features, we will provide a free copy of PointFire Power Translator, which works on this version, in the meantime.
  • Some ribbon icon text not localized in modern mode


Documentation
Documentation for PointFire 2019 is available to be downloaded from the following links:
PointFire 2019 Installation Guide
PointFire 2019 Administrators Guide
PointFire 2019 Users Guide:
http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/142/0/pointfire-2019

PointFire 2016 v1.0 to 2019 v1.0 Upgrade Guide:
coming soon

Support
We recommend that you, or whoever you designate for support, register an account on the support site http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Base/UserRegistration/Register . Support can be obtained by clicking on New Ticket on the site after you login or by sending an e-mail to icefire@wssplus.ca


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Oct
30
PointFire 2016 v1.0 Update Release, October 30, 2019
Posted by Martin Laplante on 30 October 2019 12:07 PM

This release corrects certain issues.  If you received an interim release from IceFire support for testing, it must be updated with this release.  This release is a bug fix release, with minor functionality changes.  It is recommended that you update if you have encountered the issues that are discussed.

Documentation is available here.  

The next update release is expected in May 2020.

 

Release Notes – October 30, 2019


Deploying PointFire 2016

It is recommended that you run the installation on the server where Central Administration is located. Once PointFire 2016 is installed on the target server you can deploy the feature by running the PFConfiguration tool:

Start ->PointFire 2016 ->PFConfig

Note: If you experience issues running the configuration tool from the shortcut, you can navigate to the PointFire directory and run PFConfig or one of the installation scripts directly.

C:\Program Files\IceFire\PointFire2016

⦁ PFConfig.exe – PointFire Deployment Manager
⦁ InstallPointFire.ps1 - to install PointFire using PowerShell.
⦁ UpgradePointFire.ps1 - Upgrade PointFire using PowerShell.
⦁ RemovePointFire.ps1 - To retract the solution using PowerShell

Note: Deploying using the scripts requires additional configuration steps. Please see the install guide for detailed information.


Updating PointFire 2016 

If you are updating an existing PointFire 2016 deployment, launch the PointFire Deployment Manager and follow through the upgrade process, or retract then re-deploy PointFire, or navigate to the installation directory to run the upgrade script.
Note: If configuration keys in the web.config files have been edited manually after PFConfig initially set them, using PFConfig to update the PointFire may erase or overwrite some of those keys. For safety, note the values of the keys currently in web.config prior to updating.

Upgrading from PointFire 2013

If you are upgrading from a PointFire 2013 deployment, please consult the PointFire 2013 v1.0 to 2016 v1.0 Upgrade Guide.

New Features

  • none

Resolved Issues

  • Problem saving new Document Set with date field when ManageRegionSettings is TRUE
  • Choice items in search drop down do not translate
  • Choice items containing commas do not translate
  • Default values of Choice columns in SharePoint not retained in alternate language, including dropdown, radio and checkbox
  • Choice items do not translate on edit form (when the same entry exists more than one time)
  • Choice item not translated on listview when filter or ranking is applied
  • For a particular custom template, blank page appears due to wrong HTML
  • Blog Posts do not render in alternate language with custom blog site template
  • Refiner items do not translate on search results page (osssearchresults.aspx page)
  • Content type names in list view webpart not translated while using pagination
  • When uploading document, Lookups (drop-down) do not translate.
  • The left navigation doesn't translate when in full page edit form.
  • Pointfire flooding logs with PFCacheSite messages
  • The left navigation and breadcrumb are translated but the contents on page and the gear menus are not translated in Site Settings page.

 

Documentation
Documentation for PointFire 2016 is available to be downloaded from the following links:

PointFire 2016 Installation Guide: 
http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/134/0/pointfire-2016-documentation

PointFire 2016 Administrators Guide:

http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/134/0/pointfire-2016-documentation

PointFire 2016 Users Guide: 

http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/134/0/pointfire-2016-documentation

PointFire 2013 v1.0 to 2016 v1.0 Upgrade Guide: 

http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/134/0/pointfire-2016-documentation


Support
We recommend that you, or whoever you designate for support, register an account on the support site http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Base/UserRegistration/Register . Support can be obtained by clicking on New Ticket on the site after you login or by sending an e-mail to icefire@wssplus.ca

 


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Oct
15
PointFire Power Translator version 1.2.1 is Released
Posted by Martin Laplante on 15 October 2019 05:17 PM

PointFire Power Translator version 1.2.1.0 is now available.

It makes it simple to translate Modern pages such as the ones in Communication and Teams sites, as well as classic pages, documents, lists, and metadata.  

 

New Features

  • Prevent translation of certain terms. This requires create the file mstrans.dic and using the tags to control string translation 
  • Prevent translation of a list field if the field description value starts with "Do not translate"
  • Translate PointFire 365 or PointFire 2019 Multilingual Translations list.
  • Change pfpowertranslatorsetup so that it copies PFT-Addin.app to the installation directory.

Bug fixes and enhancements

  • Fix classic pages webpart titles are not translating.
  • Blank translated page issue while translating some classic pages.
  • Source item for page not correct when translating and file name already exists
  • Added functionality for better handling of multiple exceptions in parallel execution sections.

 

PointFire Power Translator can translate individual items or entire libraries or lists in SharePoint Online, using its command line interface.  It now includes PointFire Translator which will use PointFire Power Translator as a default translation service, and fall back to SharePoint's Machine Translation Service if Power Translator is not available.

It can be downloaded here (login required)

http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/141/12/pointfire-power-translator-v12

Please note: the next release after this one will be a major release, with a significant change in architecture.  Most notably, it will not need to be installed on every workstation that uses it.  It will be backward compatible with this one, for those who wish to continue with the workstation install.

For more information, contact sales@icefire.ca

 


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Sep
13
PointFire 365 v2.3.1 Release
Posted by Martin Laplante on 13 September 2019 04:27 PM

This is a recommended update release for PointFire 365 for SharePoint Online, part of Office 365. It is a minor release with some new functionality, and corrects a number of issues in previous versions.

New and Changed Features

  • Overrides SharePoint's Hub caching: Hub navigation language changes when user changes language and navigates to another multilingual site associated with a different hub
  • Clearer "Multilingual Setting" user interface when user does not have right to change the list/library multilingual settings
  • When making list/library multilingual, better indication that processing is continuing when setting existing items to the default language
  • Various significant performance improvements. Tradeoff is that other users may not see new translations for up to 2 hours
  • More consistent support for Multi Factor Authentication or non-MFA login in scripts. Requires PnP PowerShell module
  • Show tenant license expiry even if the site collection license is valid.

Resolved Issues

  • When changing language on some sites with multilingual hub navigation, possibility of a page reload loop
  • Translate Interface step 2 could leave temporary popup window open when tenant has no hub sites.
  • Site root URL sometimes did not redirect correctly
  • Support a new version of the "me control" that certain preview users have encountered.
  • Avoid duplicate Multilingual Translations Lists when renaming or translating list or re-activating PointFire using a different language.
  • Manage Variations dialog was not localized in modern mode
  • Update PowerShell scripts so that the functionality using the script more closely matches current functionality of PointFire 365

 

PointFire makes SharePoint truly multilingual and lets your users collaborate in their language.  Two different users going to the same page on the same site will each see it almost entirely in their language, both UI and content, without using Variations.

To get your copy, go to http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/1/pointfire-installation-packages and log in or create an account.

The fully-featured trial version can be downloaded for free and can be used for development and testing, with some pre-sale support.

We thank everyone in many countries who provided feedback on the previous releases for their valuable input.

 


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Jun
28
PointFire 365 v2.3.0 Release
Posted by Martin Laplante on 28 June 2019 03:16 PM

This is a recommended update release for PointFire 365 for SharePoint Online, part of Office 365. It is a major release with new functionality, and corrects a number of issues in previous versions.

New and Changed Features

  • Fast language change extended to subsequent visit to a different site collection later in the session, often with a popup to warn of page reload.
  • When PointFire 365 is re-activated on a site but with more languages than before, existing columns are changed to support additional languages
  • Added script to update item language field choice options of multilingual list.
  • Popup window that shouldn't be closed renamed to "Please do not close this window"
  • If a site is associated with a Hub, the 1,2,3 translation will re-use translations stored on the hub site.
  • When a tenant license is added to a site, it will suggest adding it to the tenant instead
  • SetTenantLicense asks for tenant name rather than full tenant-admin URL
  • Modern Webpart language selector no longer requires a Save button, more consistent with Modern experience
  • "Unfiltered" option is now within the language submenu, for clarity.
  • Improved performance for language change
  • Detects when SharePoint renders the Hub menu in the wrong language and refreshes it correctly

Resolved Issues

  • When a site is created in a recently-supported language such as Welsh, activation sometimes didn't allow deactivating English
  • Incorrect identification of the Irish language at activation
  • Corrected the language name for Welsh
  • Manage Variations is sometimes missing parts of the page.
  • Redirection of newly created pages sometimes didn't kick in right away
  • Migration script for PointFire 2016 to PointFire 365 didn't correctly map language Variation columns to Source Item
  • Increased the speed of checking number of users for tenant licenses with a large number of users
  • Corrected filtering on layouts pages
  • Removed unnecessary functionality for hiding new modern title blocks
  • Changed the symbol used for Chevron in language menu
  • Hide modern webparts more quickly
  • Uncaught ReferenceError: MSOWebPartPageFormName is not defined
  • Corrects previous localized view names when PointFire 365 is re-activated with different languages
  • Translate navigation menu in 123 MUI translation up to third level. Previously it was translating only up to level 2.
  • Improvements to localization

 

PointFire makes SharePoint truly multilingual and lets your users collaborate in their language.  Two different users going to the same page on the same site will each see it almost entirely in their language, both UI and content, without using Variations.

To get your copy, go to http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/1/pointfire-installation-packages and log in or create an account.

The fully-featured trial version can be downloaded for free and can be used for development and testing, with some pre-sale support.

We thank everyone in many countries who provided feedback on the previous releases for their valuable input.

PointFire 365 v2.3 reproduces the most important functionality of PointFire 2016 in the cloud.


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Jun
27
PointFire 2019 v1.0 Initial Release, June 27, 2019
Posted by Martin Laplante on 27 June 2019 03:58 PM

This is the initial v1.0 release of PointFire 2019.  Thank you to all the beta testers who made this possible.  It supports SharePoint classic pages as well as Modern ones.  If you received a beta release from IceFire support for testing, it must be updated with this release.  This release is a major release, but one with minor functionality changes.

The installation package and documentation are available here.  

The next update release is expected in August 2019.

 

Release Notes – June 27, 2019

Deploying PointFire 2019

It is recommended that you run the installation on the server where Central Administration is located. Once PointFire 2019 is installed on the target server you can deploy the feature by running the PFConfiguration tool:
Start ->PointFire 2019 ->PFConfig

Note: If you experience issues running the configuration tool from the shortcut, you can navigate to the PointFire directory and run PFConfig or one of the installation scripts directly.
C:\Program Files\IceFire\PointFire2019

  • PFConfig.exe – PointFire Deployment Manager
  • InstallPointFire.ps1 - to install PointFire using PowerShell.
  • UpgradePointFire.ps1 - Upgrade PointFire using PowerShell.
  • RemovePointFire.ps1 - To retract the solution using PowerShell

Note: Deploying using the scripts requires additional configuration steps. Please see the install guide for detailed information.
PointFire 2019 also includes an optional app for modern sites.

Updating PointFire 2019
If you are updating an existing PointFire 2019 deployment, launch the PointFire Deployment Manager and follow through the upgrade process, or retract then re-deploy PointFire, or navigate to the installation directory to run the upgrade script.


Note: If configuration keys in the web.config files have been edited manually after PFConfig initially set them, using PFConfig to update the PointFire may erase or overwrite some of those keys. For safety, note the values of the keys currently in web.config prior to updating.

Upgrading from PointFire 2016

Upgrading from a PointFire 2016 is not yet fully supported. Contact support for availability. The scripts PF2019Migration.ps1, SetWebPartLangSetting.ps1 and CallSetWebPartLangSetting.ps1 are included, but additional work is needed to complete the migration. Please note that Item Language and language variations columns have changed, so any customizations based on them will also have to be revised.

New Features

  • When making a list or library multilingual, Item Language will have a default value of the language of the user at the time of making it multilingual
  •  PowerShell scripts for migration from PointFire 2016 to 2019

Resolved Issues

  • Manage Variations on a list that is not multilingual disables actions that cause errors
  • Item Language choice field displays short language code consistently
  • Show Manage Variations in classic ECB menu
  • Translate the Interface localization works on all browsers
  • When calling Translate document and machine translation service is unavailable, the copy operation did not have the right values for all columns
  • Redirection did not always follow the settings of PFForcePageView
  • Localizations for submenus when in Modern mode
  • "SiteId mismatch" errors in ULS logs

Known Issues

  • Functionality related to machine translation is not fully tested at the moment, the Machine Translation Service in the current version of SharePoint 2019 is still not working (confirmed by Microsoft).  If you need translation features, we will provide a free copy of PointFire Power Translator, which works on this version, in the meantime.
  • More details as available


Documentation
Documentation for PointFire 2019 is available to be downloaded from the following links:
PointFire 2019 Installation Guide
PointFire 2019 Administrators Guide
PointFire 2019 Users Guide:
http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/142/0/pointfire-2019

PointFire 2016 v1.0 to 2019 v1.0 Upgrade Guide:
coming soon

Support
We recommend that you, or whoever you designate for support, register an account on the support site http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Base/UserRegistration/Register . Support can be obtained by clicking on New Ticket on the site after you login or by sending an e-mail to icefire@wssplus.ca

 


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