PlanetPress Workflow Translator action tasks can convert your data from its current encoding to a number of different encoding. The same data may be converted back and forth as required.

The Translator Action Task is useful for data file using foreign languages, as well as to convert Unicode data file (which are not supported by PlanetPress Suite).

You can create your own translation matrix files for the Translation Action Task by adding them to the following folder: 
%CommonProgramFiles%\Objectif Lune\PlanetPress Suite 7\Plugins\Translator
Two examples are already present, converting ASCII to and from IBMEBCDIC.

Codepage 1252 (ANSI - Latin 1) is used for many Latin language documents, since it can be used for Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish. Codepage 932 is often used for Japanese.


Any text-based data file.


The characters in the data file are converted from the old encoding to the new one.


The data file in its new encoding format. Metadata, job info and variables are unchanged.

Translator action task properties are as follows:

General tab

On Error Tab

By default, any action task, branch, splitter or condition that generates an error will simply be ignored, and the task just under it (not within a branch) will be given control of the job file without any modification. Any initial input task that generates an error will stop the process from running as a whole, and output tasks will not generate output. The On Error tab can be used to overwrite the default behaviors.

If storing the message or ID, if they are store in a jobinfo they will be available in any error handling process where errors are being forwarded. In all cases, if your process continues after the error, the contents of the variables selected in this window will be available for the rest of your process, or whenever they are overwritten.

Common Errors

Though some error messages are specific to a task in particular, others may apply to any and all tasks because they are related more to the system than to PlanetPress itself. Some examples would be W3813, W3830, W3991, W4005. These correspond to issues such as not having any space to write files, permission errors on folders or files, etc.

Comments Tab

The Comments tab, added in PlanetPress Suite 7.5, is common to all tasks. It contains a single text area (Task comments) that lets you write comments about the task. These comments are saved when the dialog is closed with the OK button, and are displayed in The Task Comments Pane.