After many months of work we are delighted to announce that FilterPoint is now available to purchase.
Filtering is one of the things that any serious SharePoint user is going to need to do at some point. As you put more data into SharePoint lists become longer and you will need a quick and easy way to get to the items you are looking for.
When you create applications and dashboards, bringing together information from different data sources and displaying it in different ways with Web Parts adding filters will make your applications and dashboards dynamic – giving users the information they need, when they need it.
But when you start filtering you are going to quickly come across things that you wish you could do with SharePoint’s built in filters, but frustratingly just can’t.
So in the same way that we built Reminder to improve on the functionality of SharePoint Alerts, and Planner to improve on Gantt charts and calendars, we have built FilterPoint to give a little more power to your SharePoint filtering.
If you are working with SharePoint 2010 Foundation or WSS your filtering options are limited to static filtered views. Filtered views are great for getting at data sets that you want to see regularly – like “this month’s sales” for example. Set the view up once and it’s there whenever you need it.
But what if you have 100 clients and want to be able to look at “this client’s sales” for any of them? Setting up a filtered view for each client, and navigating to it is going to be quite a drag.
With FilterPoint your filter can be set up in seconds, allowing users to flip between the different data sets they need with just a couple of clicks.
With MOSS and 2010 Enterprise you get more filter power. But we still felt there were some things missing. So for example even with MOSS filters you can’t:
- Set up several Filters within one filter web part
- In 2007, send many filters to one filter consumer list or Web Part (e.g. filter on both customer and product).
- Use different styles of filter, like Free Text, drop down lists or Radio Buttons
- Clear filters with a single click.
So even though MOSS offers more filtering options, there are still some significant gaps and we believe that FilterPoint goes a long way towards filling these.
Of course FilterPoint isn’t the only 3rd party filtering web part on the market and you can see how we match up to the competition by taking a look at our comparison chart here.
When we were looking at the competition one thing we noticed was that some of the most useful filter Web Parts – the ones offering the most functionality – were incredibly complex to set up. You would need the patience of a saint and a PhD in SharePoint (if such a thing existed!) So we have worked very hard to keep the setup of FilterPoint quick and simple. Take a look at our short on-line demo here, and let us know whether we have succeeded.
We’ve also tried to keep the prices competitive. Our Single Server License is $595.
And of course, like all of our products FilterPoint comes with a 30 day free trial and a no quibble money back guarantee.
And for existing customers we are offering a 25% discount for purchases made by 31st March 2011. Email email@example.com for your discount code.
So why not give it a try today?
As FilterPoint is our new baby we are very keen to know what you think of it – so please let us have your comments and feedback.