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Mar
26
PointFire Power Translator version 1.1 is Released
Posted by Martin Laplante on 26 March 2019 03:32 PM

PointFire Power Translator version 1.1.0.0 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.  It differs from version 1.0 in that it has a web interface and can use the PointFire Translator app 

PointFire Power Translator can translate individual items or entire libraries or lists in SharePoint Online, using its command line interface.  It differs from PointFire Translator in several respects

  • It is command line, using CMD or PowerShell, in addition to working with a SharePoint add-in
  • It uses the Microsoft Cognitive Services Translator Text API, not the now-deprecated SharePoint Translator Service
  • 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 requires a Translator Text API key
  • It requires a license key
  • It translates modern pages and many modern webparts, including Hero webparts
  • It translates Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files, among 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.

 

It can be downloaded here (login required)

http://community.icefire.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/141/0/pointfire-power-translator-v11

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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Mar
25
PointFire 365 v2.2.3 Release
Posted by Martin Laplante on 25 March 2019 02:06 PM

This is a recommended update release for PointFire 365 for SharePoint Online, part of Office 365. It is a mandatory release for Targeted Release users.

This release adds some new functionality and corrects a number of issues in previous versions.  Because SharePoint Online is rolling out new menus, where the user's picture is to the left of the personal menu options and not above, this release is required when those new menus are rolled out to your tenant.

New and Changed Features

  • When a list or library is made multilingual, set the default value of the "Item Language" column to current user language.
  • PowerShell scripts modified to support Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Full support for Irish, Azerbaijani, Welsh, Macedonian, Bosnian (Latin), Serbian (Latin), Kazakh and Dari.

Resolved Issues

  • New personal menus being rolled out, with user picture to the left of the menu options rather than above it, didn't have PointFire menu items
  • Manage Variation is not working for Custom list
  • Make List Multilingual button could be clicked twice, creating duplicate columns
  • Other minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

 

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


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Feb
20
How to subscribe to PointFire announcements
Posted by Martin Laplante on 20 February 2019 12:59 PM

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We have recently changed how to subscribe to receive announcements such as this one, which are usually announcing a new release of one of the PointFire products.

To subscribe, click on https://community.icefire.ca/ then click on "Subscribe" in the left column, enter your email address and click "Submit".  But that's not all: you should look for a confirmation email at that address and follow the instruction to confirm.  If you do not get this confirmation email, please contact sales@icefire.ca

We are now removing unconfirmed email addresses from the subscription list, since we have started receiving spam subscription requests and because privacy requires it.  We remove unconfirmed addresses that are on gmail, yahoo, and the like, and may contact you if we are not sure whether an unconfirmed email is legitimate.

Note that this announcement list is different from the newsletter.  The newsletter gives you advance information of what we're working on and useful tips, about 4 times a year.  You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  You are not automatically subscribed to either list by contacting us for other reasons or by purchasing a license.


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Feb
8
PointFire 365 v2.2.2 Release
Posted by Martin Laplante on 08 February 2019 02:07 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 previous version.

New and Changed Features

  • PowerShell scripts to install and activate PointFire on many sites at once
  • In lists/libraries that support publishing, when using Manage Variations, user now has the option of saving the items as either draft or published.
  • When adding multilingual functionality to a list/library, option to mark all existing items as being the current language.
  • When removing multilingual functionality from a list/library, confirmation that this will delete language columns and their data.
  • The ability to localize modern webpart titles has been removed. It will return in a later release.
  • Support for mega-menu localization

Resolved Issues

  • Performance improvement - displaying language menu in modern mode
  • Performance improvement - Dramatic improvements, particularly in modern mode
  • Performance improvements - language toggle
  • Language selection dropdown in menu not displaying correctly on some pages until page is re-loaded
  • Modern webpart localization was sometimes not working
  • Blog webpart did not show "Display this webpart in" menu option
  • Blog site templates, posts and categories were not being filtered by language.
  • UI improvements in PointFire 365 - better detection of current state, and interface changed to highlight recommended next steps
  • Better license detection in the case of multiple licenses one of which is expired
  • Trouble translating list column names when there are several untranslated column names in the same list
  • Double page refresh for language-specific pages that require filtering of list views
  • Language selection for modern webparts does not appear under some circumstances
  • Issues with apps installed on the site collection app site rather than the tenant app site
  • In some cases, changing language on classic list view with no filtering did not reload the page.
  • Other minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

 

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


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Dec
17
PointFire 2016 v1.0 Update Release, December 17, 2018
Posted by Martin Laplante on 17 December 2018 03:20 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 June 2019.

 

Release Notes – December 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

  • none

Resolved Issues

  • A webpart page with 2 list view web parts are connected and being filtered from Query String filter web part goes blank on language change.
  • Content on a list view page containing tab characters and zero-width-space character loads blank
  • Sometimes impossible to modify (or create) a view from a list view web part.
  • Sometimes impossible to delete an item from a document library using the list item menu (not ribbon)"
  • Some content of a list column when included in list view renders empty on change of language. Occurs when using third party product "Infowise" with specific content but may occur without it.
  • A list containing specific content from Infowise and which has pagination, does not change page.
  • Ribbon disappears from a Calendar list in French site when clicking "Parcourir"
  • PointFire menus present in Site Settings gear icon and in user menu are sometimes not collapsed on first login
  • Items in custom refiners on search results page are not translated.  Improved, not complete fix yet.

 

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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