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What I’m Working On: Christophe Humbert

As those of you who follow EndUserSharePoint.com know, I have a high regard for the work being done by Christophe Humbert at Path to SharePoint. Over the weekend, he announced what he will be working on over the next few weeks, and some of this stuff looks VERY interesting.

From Christophe Humbert:
Just a quick heads-up on what you can expect on my blog and demo site in the weeks to come:

  • Image rotator
  • Easy Tabs
  • Calendars
  • jQuery
  • HTML calculated column
  • iframes
  • Guest posts

All of Christophe’s solutions are no assembly, meaning there is no developer code and deployment on the server needed. Any power user with site manager permission will be able to implement his solutions.

Definitely worth following. — Mark

Resources:
Path to SharePoint
What I’m Working on

Final Call: Live Online Workshop – Create a Dashboard in WSS

Today, at 1:00pm EST, I’ll be moderating a live online workshop on how to Create a Dashboard in WSS. This is a hands-on session. We give you your own SharePoint sandbox where you can implement nine dashboard type solutions in WSS. Watch the screencast below to see the Visual Status solution and then read about the other solutions.

I look forward to seeing you there. — Mark

Visual Status Indicators in a WSS Dashboard

Screencasts and Resources for Content Types, in Arabic

I have been working on a cross-cultural project with Ayman El-Hattab from the Egypt SharePoint User Group over the past month. He has put together a series of screencasts, in Arabic, regarding SharePoint Content Types. Ayman sent me a note, saying screencasts, a slidedeck and images from the most recent Egypt SharePoint User Group are available for download.

I’m really happy to be presenting these. SharePoint is a world-wide community of users and this content proves it. Thanks, Ayman. Your work is appreciated.

Regards,
Mark

Description of the resources:
"Content types are incredibly cool and fundamental to how SharePoint works with Data and Information. Is this session we�ll explore the power of custom content types development and see how we can use them for customizing the visual appearance, introducing new behaviors and much MORE !"

User Group

Ayman M. El-HattabAbout Ayman El-Hattab:
Ayman M. El-Hattab works at ITWorx since October 2008, and since then has been working on building solutions using Microsoft Office, SharePoint 2007, .NET Framework 2.0/3.0/3.5, Microsoft SQL Server, C#, XML,ASP.NET and others.

3 Minute Screencast: Create support links in a SharePoint WSS Dashboard

One of the recommendations I give in all of my SharePoint Site Administration Workshops is for every site to have contact information for the site manager in the top, right corner of the entrance page to every site. In this screencast, I show how to use LyteBox functionality to open a support contact page without losing the context of the underlying page.


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Access to support pages, the use of LyteBox, and other techniques for creating dashboards in WSS, are included in the Tuesday, June 30 live online workshop, Case Studies in SharePoint WSS Dashboards. The workshop is a three hour, live online, hands on session where you are given your own SharePoint sandbox to practice implementing the dashboard solutions.

1 Hour Screencast: Build a Project Management Dashboard w/ SharePoint

I was able to hang out with my good friend Dux Raymond Sy at SPTechCon last week. When I walked into one of his sessions, he stopped his presentation to ask "What are you doing here? You’ve seen this SO many times!" Well, Dux, it’s good stuff! So good in fact, let’s take a look at his recorded screencast to see what techniques he uses when building a Project Management Dashboard w/ SharePoint.

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Visual status indicators, and other techniques for creating dashboards in WSS, are included in the Tuesday, June 30 live online workshop, Case Studies in SharePoint WSS Dashboards. The workshop is a three hour, live online, hands on session where you are given your own SharePoint sandbox to practice implementing the dashboard solutions.

4 Minute Screencast: Dashboard Indicators in SharePoint WSS

One of the limitations of WSS is the lack of KPI and visual status indicators. In this screencast, I show a technique for displaying status information as a bar graph within any SharePoint list or library. Thanks to Christophe Humbert from Path to SharePoint for the original idea.


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Visual status indicators, and other techniques for creating dashboards in WSS, are included in the Tuesday, June 30 live online workshop, Case Studies in SharePoint WSS Dashboards. The workshop is a three hour, live online, hands on session where you are given your own SharePoint sandbox to practice implementing the dashboard solutions.

Create a user-friendly media library using Lytebox: Update

Note from Mark Miller: Last week I did a quick screencast on an idea for a multi-media library. I love it when people take my ideas and expand on them.

Kevin Hughes improved the concept by making screencasts available through a dynamically generated query string. In addition, his improvements make it easy for an End User to simply upload a video or screencast and have it "discovered" as part of the library, without having to do any tweaks.

This is an excerpt from his article. You can read the entire case study on his site: SharePoint Kevin

Author: Kevin Hughes
I was inspired by the screencast on EndUserSharePoint.com called 5 Minute Screencast: Create a Multimedia Center in SharePoint.

I decided to create a solution along these lines for our company intranet. However, in looking further into the solution I found that many things were probably included in the workshop on this topic that I was missing by just watching the screencast.

Being one to try to find my own solutions to these sort of things I set out to create my own solution.

Criteria:

  • The Media Library would be built within a SharePoint site
  • The Media Library was to use Lytebox to display the videos
  • The Media Library needed to be dynamic enough that an end user could use it by only uploading new videos to a SharePoint document library
  • The end user would not need to create any code
  • The end user would not need to create any new pages (more on this later)

Read the entire article.

If you would like advanced notice when the next live online Create a SharePoint Multi-Media Resource Center workshop is scheduled, please register below.

2 Minute Screencast: SharePoint Conference 2009 Interface Suggestion

The submissions for the SharePoint Conference 2009 interface design competition have been completed and they are now in the process of selecting a winner. I’ve created a quick, two minute screencast to show how a tabbed interface might be incorporated into the winning site design, whatever that might be.

This is a full sized screencast, 800 x 600, so you might have to scroll down a little bit to hit the start button when the page opens. I used a WSS plain vanilla site to incorporate the tabs into a single SharePoint page, allowing for access to all of the site’s content without having to refresh the page. Everything you see in the screencast uses Out-of-the-Box SharePoint functionality.

Watch the screencast. If you like what you see, head over to BitsOfSharePoint.com and whip up your own interface. Thanks, Peter. Mark