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I noticed that the Translator Dashboard connector is only available for the umbraco 7. Are there any plans to bring it to umbraco 8 and if so do you have a rough idea of when? If it won't be for a while, that's not a problem. Our team is presenting translation options within translation manager to a client, and I just need to determine whether this connector will be one of the options we present.
TL:DR Its is on our list, June time if things don't change.
When we did the v8 version we where thinking that the built in side-by-side editing would mean the Translator Dashboard wouldn't be needed, but a few people have asked us about it now so we have moved it up - once a few other things are out of the way, we think we are looking at around June for something.
That is assuming that the side by side stuff in Umbraco doesn't get extra work done (I think the core team are looking at things mainly around security and publishing) which might mean we are again in a position of the extra section not being needed.
You're right that it probably won't be needed eventually. The main reason I would consider using translation manager for this is that umbraco doesn't have a mechanism out of the box to copy content from one variant to another. Not that difficult to do with the SendingContentModel event, but not something that is in the core yet.
I wouldn't make this a high priority, since umbraco isn't far from being able to do this out of the box. It just needs the variant copy feature and the ability to restrict users to particular variants.
Translation Manager does have a button in it's dashboard to do the copy between languages.
If you have a content item with a variant that has never been translated before. then you should see a clone button next to that language in the Translation Manager dashboard.
It probably needs a couple of other tweaks (if for example that language is then never sent to translation by translation manger the button remains).
Also its not the most complicated feature - it does as you suspect 'just' loops through the content that varies and copies it between cultures.
Thanks for letting me know. I wasn't aware of this, since the translation sets I've been testing are only configured for two languages, so the clone option would never show. I've been using the passthrough connector to achieve the same thing, but that involved more steps than what I'd like for what is essentially a copy operation.
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