PointFire 2007 Multilingual User Interface for SharePoint 2007

PointFire 2007 Multilingual User Interface for SharePoint 2007

 
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PointFire 2007 Multilingual User Interface for SharePoint 2007

Product Summary

Price, US $
4,000.00
Licensing
Per Server
Free Trial

PointFire 2007 is a multilingual user interface and content management solution for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. PointFire enables users to use any site in any number of supported languages.

PointFire provides translations for: 

  • Out-of the box UI automatically with built-in language packs
  • Custom UI with custom additions to PF dictionaries
  • Third party product UI, optionally
  • Static & dynamic text within scripts, XML, AJAX, gzip
  • More, using conditional tags and API
  • Within the same site, not copied to a parallel site
  • Switches to the other language versions of content, like List Items Documents More, using conditional tags and API

Collaboration - Users create, manage and display content in a multilingual environment.
Look & Feel - Custom site designs and custom Web Parts.
Content Management - Design Web Part pages; link and filter content in multiple languages.
Official Languages - Anytime switching of interface and content language on any site.
Custom Translations - Easily manage custom translations across sites.
Lightning Fast Deployment - PointFire can be installed and sites made multilingual in minutes.
Return On Investment - Manage and maintain one site instead of many.

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4.0

Easy to use

PointFire is a great product. We use it everywhere in our organization

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Pros
Easy to use
Flexible
Cons
Replication of data when having multiple site collections. Need one translation list per site collection which can become very hard to manage. (2007 version)
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3.0

Nifty product but could use some work

The product is nice if you need simple language translations. You get a list on sites where the feature is activated which allows the default language term to be listed and the translations to be provided. So, for instance a list item on the translation list may have fields for English, Spanish, German, Russian, French. Users will be able to switch language from their name drop down menu on the site. Admins can configure translations for web parts and sites. The product has a lot of promise, but does slow down translated sites and is not very straightforward to install/update. Their documentation is actually quite good so an experienced admin should not have issues with installation, but be prepared for user confusion. Out of the box translations do exist so not everything has to be configured in the translation list (out of box based on resource files)

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Pros
Allows custom translation terms to be added to sites
Installs as a feature so it can be activated where required
Allows translation to be scoped to web parts
Lots of configuration settings available in web.config
Cons
Someone difficult to install-first SP Lang packs required, then must install PointFire, and finally PointFire Lang Feature
Performance issues can slow down site speeds especially in high latency areas which need translation the most. (This was being worked on in recent releases)
Update process to add new language translations to existing sites never seemed to work as advertised
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