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Nov
15
PointFire 365 v2.2.1 Release
Posted by Martin Laplante on 15 November 2018 11:51 PM

This is a recommended update release for PointFire 365 for SharePoint Online, part of Office 365. 

This release add significant new functionality and corrects a number of issues in version 2.2.0.0 - 2.2.0.6.

New and Changed Features

  • In version 2.2.0.0, the file names of the two apps have been changed to make installation simpler. See installation manual for instructions when upgrading from an earlier version.
  • Faster language change for users that have "Edit personal user information" permission
  • Improved installation and detection of tenant license
  • Improvements to PowerShell installation and upgrade scripts to install both classic and modern apps
  • Improvements to PowerShell script to activate the app, asks fewer questions
  • Improvements to generated script for allowing custom script if it is not currently allowed
  • Modern webpart titles can now be localized using the Multilingual Translations list

Resolved Issues

  • Text with ampersand not working in Chinese Traditional
  • Fixed issues with incomplete UI translation
  • Fix for Translation of Navigation does not update after change of translations
  • When new version is activated, less likely to use cached older versions.
  • Language change menu no longer appeared on some pages due to rollout of new SharePoint libraries.
  • Other issues related to rollout of new SharePoint libraries.

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.  And when used in combination with PointFire 2016, the hybrid cloud is here!

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 v2.2 reproduces the most important functionality of PointFire 2016 in the cloud.


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Nov
10
Emergency release for PointFire 365, version 2.2.0.5
Posted by Martin Laplante on 10 November 2018 05:41 PM

Late in the day on November 9 2018 (yesterday), the SharePoint Online platform started rolling out a minor change to its JavaScript libraries. One of the side-effects was that PointFire 365's language change menu option stopped appearing in personal menus on most Modern pages. If you have encountered that issue, then this emergency release will resolve it. The testing of this release has not been as extensive as for usual releases. In a few days, PointFire 365 v2.2.1.0 will be released, which will include this fix and some other functionality and fixes.

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.


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Sep
28
September 28, 2018 Update Release for PointFire 2013 v1.0
Posted by Martin Laplante on 28 September 2018 04:35 PM

This release corrects several 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. It is recommended that you update only if you have encountered the resolved issues below.

Documentation is available here.  

The next update release is expected in March 2019.

 

Release Notes – Setember 28, 2018

Deploying PointFire 2013


It is recommended that you run the installation on the server where Central Administration is located, that "Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application" is started on all application and all web servers before installingans that in Central Administration -> System Settings -> Manage services on server -> Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application is started. Once PointFire 2013 is installed on the target server you can deploy the feature by running the PFConfiguration tool:

Start ->PointFire 2013 ->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\PointFire2013
⦁ 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 2013

If you are updating an existing PointFire 2013 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 2010

If you are upgrading from a PointFire 2010 deployment, please consult the PointFire 2010 v1.0 to 2013 v1.0 Upgrade Guide.

 

New Features

⦁ (none)

Resolved Issues

⦁ Content and Structure page blank when pointfire is activated as a feature

⦁ SharePoint 2013 CPU spike 100% in w3wp.exe contention during init
⦁ Language switch not working for Chrome and Firefox - cookie with leading dot domain
⦁ Error message with Machine Translation Service (Translate Documents)
⦁ Term of choice column disappears when exact match of word in internal column name
⦁ Task Chart - Column names do not translate immediately when in Gantt view
⦁ Task Chart - View names do not translate when in Gantt view
⦁ Deployment manager: wait for web config modifications to finish before next change on large/slow farms

Known Issues
⦁ There are known combinations of settings where creation of a Document Set that includes a date can cause an error when saving. Contact support for a workaround if you encounter this.
⦁ Undocumented feature, sorting on column headers, in Manage Variations is disabled.
⦁ No “Add Un-translated Terms” and “Multilingual Site settings” popup on Site Settings and on Manage Site Features pages.

Documentation

Documentation for PointFire 2013 is available to be downloaded from the following links:
PointFire 2013 Installation Guide: 
http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/116/18/pointfire-2013

PointFire 2013 Administrators Guide: 
http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/116/18/pointfire-2013

PointFire 2013 Users Guide: 
http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/116/18/pointfire-2013

PointFire 2010 v1.0 to 2013 v1.0 Upgrade Guide: 
http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/116/18/pointfire-2013

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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Sep
18
PointFire Power Translator is Released
Posted by Martin Laplante on 18 September 2018 01:17 PM

After nearly a year in Beta, PointFire Power Translator (formerly called Batch Translator) is available.

PointFire Power Translator can translate individual items or entire libraries or lists in SharePoint Online.  It handles modern pages as well as classic ones.  It also handles several other file types.  It differs from PointFire Translator in several respects

  • It is command line, using CMD or PowerShell, not a SharePoint add-in
  • It uses the Microsoft Cognitive Services Translator Text API, not the now-deprecated SharePoint Translator Service
  • It requires a Translator Text API key
  • It defaults to using the latest neural network translation models, but can use a variety of machine translation engines, including ones that you train using your own documents.
  • It translates modern pages and many modern webparts, including Hero webparts
  • It translates Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files, anong others
  • It can translate entire libraries and lists
  • It is not free, and neither is the translation engine
  • It is much faster and the accuracy of translation is much greater.

A graphical interface that is integrated with the SharePoint Online user interface will be added in a few weeks.  If you are using PointFire Translator, we recommend that you plan to migrate in the next year, since it relies on an API that has been partly deprecated.

Many thanks to the beta testers who helped us get the product to this state.

For more information, contact sales@icefire.ca


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Sep
5
PointFire 365 v2.2.0 Release
Posted by Martin Laplante on 05 September 2018 05:03 PM

This is a recommended update release for PointFire 365 for SharePoint Online, part of Office 365. 

This release add significant new functionality and corrects a number of issues in version 2.1.0 - 2.1.4.

New and Changed Features

  • The file names of the two apps have been changed to make installation simpler. See installation manual for instructions when upgrading from a previous version.
  • Added functionality to change the region setting of the user while changing language. This means the user’s regional settings, which control date, number, and currency formatting, can change when the language changes. Where a language has several different regional variants, the variant can be chosen. 
  • “Online manual (English)” is now more prominent when first installing, before PointFire is first activated. It appears as a button above all the buttons in app page if user has added the app and is coming to the page for the first time. Once they activate the app it will revert to showing the usual manual link on top right corner of the page.
  • Added message if user Activates PF365 classic app but PF365 modern app is not installed on the site. Both must be installed.
  • Previously when you Activate the app, if you wanted to add/remove all the languages then you needed to check/uncheck all checkboxes one by one. Now added new checkbox Select/Unselect All to make it easier.
  • While performing one operation in app page, other buttons will be locked/disabled. For example if you are Activating the app all the other buttons like Deactivate, License, Translate the interface including Activate button itself will be disabled until activation is finished.
  • While saving the webpart language in modern pages, new feature shows feedback if user clicks on "Save" button.
  • In Manage Variations page, user is now able to see all the items/document in all the folders and sub-folders.
  • In Manage Variations page, it will not only set the variations it will also publish the pages so that the changes can be seen by other users.
  • In Manage Variations page now you can drag and drop an item that you want to set for a particular language.
  • PowerShell scripts are now signed. This will allow them to be run with the default PowerShell execution policy.
  • A tenant level license can be set only once in the tenant using a PowerShell command. Then users don’t need to apply the license in each site collection level. App can only write to the site collection license, but will use the tenant level license if the site collection license is missing or expired.
  • Various performance improvements

Resolved Issues

  • In the mobile SharePoint app, some PointFire functionality was not working when you switched to PC view.
  • In modern view while navigating to a list/library with a custom view, page kept refreshing a few times.
  • Modern webpart was not hiding in a page while navigating from modern page to modern page using a navigation menu.
  • User interface translation broke after about 200 items.
  • For sub menus in structural navigation MUI was not working.
  • For external links, url is replaced correctly with its destination language url but clicking on that it was navigating to the original url instead of replaced url.
  • Following link to a list view page in navigation menu on modern pages loads unfiltered view first and then it reloads the filtered query. 

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.  And when used in combination with PointFire 2016, the hybrid cloud is here!

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 v2.2 reproduces the most important functionality of PointFire 2016 in the cloud.


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May
18
PointFire 2016 v1.0 Update Release, May 17, 2018
Posted by Martin Laplante on 18 May 2018 09:43 AM

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 November 2018.

 

Release Notes – May 17, 2018


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

  • New class of licenses for farms where PointFire is unable to count the web front ends because of permissions or configuration

Resolved Issues

  • License request code generation is less likely to generate an error, and has better error logging
  • License code entry is less likely to generate an error, and has better error logging
  • Adding custom properties in advanced search page drop down and its corresponding translation into the Multilingual Translations List does not translate
  • Using NewForms.aspx to add new items to lists that have look up columns display the form where everything is greyed out (disabled) and the fields are missing
  • Images of a picture library are not displayed in Thumbnail view when alternate language is selected
  • Cannot make a list multilingual in Danish. When Group By is set in the view, items are not displayed in document library
  • Entries within Multilingual Translations list containing single quotes can disable the ribbon or breaks Javascript
  • On large farms, PointFire Deployment Manager PFConfig.exe is sometimes not able to update all respective web.config files on all servers for all applications.

 

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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