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Archive for May, 2008

Windows Live Writer Resources

Posted by workerthread on May 17, 2008

I use Windows Live Writer to publish content here.  I’ve tried other blogging tools, and the blogging options in Word 2007 and OneNote 2007, but for me Live Writer works best.  Also, I like the various Plug-ins you can download from WIndows Live Gallery.  Live Writer is also a great tool for posting to SharePoint blogs, and if you are using these on your own intranet, or indeed on public sites, I would definitely recommend it.

In the past week I’ve seen a couple of posts which contain useful “how-to” videos for Live Writer.  First, on the Writer Zone blog you can find a set of Writer VIdeos, covering topics such as Getting Started, Basic Authoring, Pictures Videos and Maps etc.  Then on the SharePoint Team Blog, Mike Gannotti has posted screencasts on Using Word 2007 or Windows Live Writer to post to a SharePoint blog.

So why don’t I use as SharePoint site for this blog you may ask?  Well, WordPress offer their blogging service for free, it’s extremely reliable, and they use the excellent Akismet anti-spam technology.  But I have been looking at hosted SharePoint services, and things may change later in the year…

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Bamboo Nation – Excellent SharePoint Posts

Posted by workerthread on May 17, 2008

Bamboo Solutions specialise in web parts and solution accelerators for SharePoint.  They have several products which address some of the shortcomings in “out of the box” SharePoint, including Calendar Plus which goes way beyond what you can do with the standard Calendar List. and List Rollup, which lets you roll up multiple lists across sites.   They also have a nice World Clock and Weather Web Part which is available for free from their web site.

Bamboo’s online store has recently undergone a re-vamp, and one of the improvements they’ve made is an area for each product where you can submit ideas for new feature enhancements.  They also have a blog called Bamboo Nation, and this is worth keeping an eye on.  As well as posting information and “how-to’s” for their own products, they also have some really good general SharePoint content.  Here are some recent favourites:

Utilizing Document Library Templates

How to Build Site Templates Using Relative Links Instead of Absolute Links

Here Quick Launch Bar, Quick Launch Bar. Here Quick Launch Bar. Now where could it have gone????

Well worth adding to your feed reader.

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SharePoint in Education – Twynham School

Posted by workerthread on May 17, 2008

Twynham is a mixed comprehensive school in Christchurch Dorset.  The’ve made extensive use of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services to develop a suite of teaching and learning resources, as well as providing a central gateway for students, parents and teaching Staff.

Dave Coleman at the School has put together a set of videos, PowerPoint decks and PDFs which describe how the portals and resources were developed and how they are being used.  You can take a look at these here.  I am seeing very strong interest in SharePoint technologies in the education sector, and if you want to see what can be achieved I would strongly recommend taking a look at this material.  Even if you don’t work in the education sector it is worth a look to see how SharePoint Technologies and Reporting Services can be put to use in an intranet/extranet portal.

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