KMFasTrans FREE runs under the Joomla administrator and relies on the native multilingual feature of Joomla. It will not interfere with the Joomla normal displaying of content because it doesn't change the content at all. You can even uninstall KM FasTrans and everything will keep operating normally.
Key features of KMFasTrans FREE:
* Based on the concept of a "Translations Set".
The main entity in KM FasTrans is a Translation Set. This is the set of items of the same type (articles, banners, categories,..) that are translations of the same content.
* One place integrated Language Management.
Everything related to languages (installed site, installed admin, content, overrides, translations) can be done and must be done from KM FasTrans.
* Automatic preparation of site for multilanguage.
One click preparation of the site with the automatic creation of the default Menu, Menu Item, Module and Root Content Category for language 'All'.
* At a glance view of sets of translations and its items.
One screen view of all sets and translations items of a type (articles, banners,...). You can even change the state of every item from this screen.
* Support of all translatable content.
All Joomla content that can be tagged by language is supported.
* Front end article editing.
When you make a change to an article in Joomla frontend it will be propagated to KMFasTrans. This means that you will see the details of the modification in the set details screen. The same applies if the changes are made in Joomla back end native editor.
* Article level language switching.
The KMFT Language Switcher module provided allows switching at the article level in addition to menu item level.
Upon my search for an alternative I contacted KM FasTrans team with some suggestions and reactions to "probe" their attitude.
I found their reaction to be everything i missed and encountered from support devision with my previous purchase.
It was openminded and supportive.
I have been a payed subscriber now for over a month, and even though i find the subscription a bit expensive, i am very happy.
This extension does not operate from the front-end link my previous purchase, but to me that was only confusing, so i am very happy with the backend solution.
The general setup is well thought of, and with this solution i get to translate "from all" "to all languages" and i'm not stuck with beeing forced to one source language.
In addition KM FasTrans applied ajax where possible eliminating needless check, and select action butons.
The list overview of articles/menu's etc gives and immediate overview of completed sets and translation sets that need to be updated.
For me it was woth the investment. Even so .. this is still a young component and needs work to be done to be truely a production booster in for example:
* intelligently coupling articles to translated menu items when the artcle in the source language already has an know translation.
* percentage completion for workflow
But as said these items have been communicated and received favourably, obviously things take time so don't expect them in tomorrow.