It's been a busy week at PointFire, with three version releases. Version 2.2.3 of PointFire 365 came out, with several improvements, the much anticipated version 1.1.0 of PointFire Power Translator, and the final beta of PointFire 2019. PointFire 2019 v1.0 was scheduled to be released this week, but instead it still remains in beta. The reason: SharePoint 2019's Machine Translation Service is broken.
The list of deprecated features for SharePoint 2019 was clear; it said "The Machine Translation Service will remain supported but deprecated for the SharePoint Server 2019 release." But version after version, farm after farm, we could never get the service to work on SharePoint 2019 farms. Finally a week ago our support ticket with Microsoft reached a conclusion: the Machine Translation Service does not work. At all, under any configuration they tried. The product group is aware.
PointFire 2019 has the option of using the Machine Translation Service for certain translations. The other option (besides, you know, humans) is to use PointFire Power Translator with its better speed, accuracy, scriptability and flexibility. The benefit of the Machine Translation Service is that it is free. But we can't release something with a feature that we never fully tested. Microsoft might, but not us. So PointFire 2019 is still officially in beta, and we will see in a few weeks whether we remove the option or whether SharePoint 2019 gets fixed.
PointFire Power Translator is Released
9 months ago we showed how PointFire Power Translator can be used to translate modern SharePoint pages. Nothing else does this. It uses the latest neural network translation engines, not the old Bing engine. Thanks to all the beta testers, the final product is simpler to install and easier to use.
It's still command-line, but the GUI version, integrated into SharePoint, is coming out in beta this month.
PointFire 365 v2.2 update
The latest version of PointFire 365 for SharePoint Online has simpler installation and licensing, better support for mobile, and improvements in Manage Variations and in date/number formatting.
The PowerShell scripts for provisioning and upgrading have been enhanced.
PointFire 2019 is coming!
SharePoint 2019 is coming, and PointFire 2019 will not be far behind. It has all the features of PointFire 2016 and more! Support for modern sites and improved interface translation are going to be among the new features. If you would like to get access to beta versions before everyone, contact sales @ icefire.ca
One of the components of PointFire 365 v2.0 is being released as a standalone product, available from the Office Store.
Add PointFire Translator, and in your document menu and in your ribbon you can choose a document and have it machine translated in all of your site's languages. But it doesn't just translate the document, it also translates the text metadata including the title. It also works on pages, list items, calendars, tasks, etc.
Translation quality is quite good. It uses Microsoft's state of the art deep learning powered machine translation. Of course it's always a good idea to edit and approve translations that are created that way.
If you also have PointFire 365, it really shines. It sets PointFire 365's language metadata columns, so list and libraries are immediately filtered according to the user's language and pages are automatically redirected.
Variations are not required, all of this gets done in the same library, and if you're using PointFire 365, at the same URL.
Download it today!