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 September 2020.
Release Notes – May 14, 2020
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.
- 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.
PointFire 2019 also includes an optional app for modern sites. To add it to app catalog ur update it, you can drag and drop the pointfire-2019-sppkg file, or use the PowerShell script UploadAppToAppCatalogSite.ps1 . Then for each site, add it using the Site Contents page, or upgrade it if a previous version is already on the site, or use the scripts InstallAppFromAppCatalog.ps1 or UpgradeAppFromAppCatalog.ps1 .
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.
- The REPAIR and REPAIRALL options will correct the "Term" field of the Multilingual Translations List if it is missing
- New script files InstallAppFromAppCatalog.ps1, UpgradeAppFromAppCatalog.ps1 and UploadAppToAppCatalogSite.ps1 are included in install.
- A custom list page in English and French is rendered as a blank page when PointFire is activated.
In French the 'ç' character disappeared in choice field values.
The French values of the columns associated with the local term store in the custom list view are not translated
A blank page is getting rendered for datasheet view when the list item has certain special characters in a multiline text field.
A calendar view url is being translated to French in the view dropdown of the calendar webpart.
A blank page is getting rendered on a custom list page for https URLs when configuration key PFSemicolonDelimitedText is set to TRUE.
Language menu on modern pages shows languages that are disabled for the site in the site configuration
Many error reported in event log for _layouts and vti_bin folders
Can not hide “Multilingual List Settings” link button in the Ribbon Menu despite "PFHideListSettingsMenus" value "TRUE"
For certain sites after changing to the modern mode it’s not possible to change the language. The dropdown is empty.
Title value of Promoted Link List is not getting translated if it contains certain special characters or double quotes
View name containing double quotes is not getting translated
Some characters are missing in view names
Column containing special characters, like "Åpþly- & Trãnslâte" is not getting translated
Column name containing double quotes is not getting translated
Structural navigation is not being translated in publishing site modern mode
- Various other minor fixes and enhancements
- 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
- View name containing a double quote is translated in the custom list in the webpart, but it is not translated in the ribbon.
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
PointFire 2016 v1.0 to 2019 v1.0 Upgrade Guide:
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 email@example.com