A new version of our FilterPoint web part for SharePoint is available – v1.3.3
This new version adds a configurable Date Range control.
More details are in the online manual.
Here’s how you can turn SharePoint’s built-in Task list into a powerful task tracking tool, using Pentalogic products.
These are just examples to get you started – we’re only scratching the surface here of what’s possible with our range of flexible SharePoint web parts.
To start, just create a new blank site and add a task list. Here’s one I made earlier:
Now just follow our guide for each section (or just the sections you want):
Each section has step-by-step instructions and a screenshot of the configuration to compare against.
To make the high-priority and upcoming tasks really stand out, we’re going to add a couple of highlighter columns.
Here’s what you will see on the All Tasks view – coloured flags to show priority, a column showing how long we’ve got left to complete items and a red highlight for things that are overdue.
On your site’s home page we’re going to add an at-a-glance overview of your tasks: A view of the task list (highlighted, if you did the previous section) and a task calendar.
Here’s what your home page will look like once we’ve finished:
Now we’re going to create an Analysis page to produce some graphs and reporting data from your task list.
You will have an Analysis page that looks like this – showing charts for each persons workload.
Let’s add a graph to show us if tasks are being raised too often as “High priority”:
Next we’ll add a graph to show the status of tasks assigned to everyone. That’ll show us if we have any bottlenecks in the team:
Lastly, let’s add a filtering web part. this will allow us to drill down into our data by selecting certain statuses and date ranges:
You can display the page on the Quick Launch menu via Site Actions -> Site Settings and selecting the Quick Launch option under Look and Feel.
The last step is to configure Reminder to send email alerts to us when tasks are overdue. You’ll need to create the Pages document library if you skipped the previous section, and then continue with the instructions:
You should hen see the following on the page:
You can also setup email alerts to remind you when tasks are due in a few days.
Your mundane Tasks list is now an all-singing all-dancing Task Master!
This is just one example of the many possible solutions that can be achieved with our products. Please feel free to browse the product pages below to learn more or take advantage of our 30 day free trial:
FilterPoint has had the ability to send Date Filters but a common request has been Date Ranges – like showing everything this month, last year or between two arbitrary dates.
The good news is that we’ve added this in to FilterPoint as of version 1.2
Yes it is – it’s just a limitation of SharePoints filtering I am afraid, but all is not lost!
This page shows how you can do things like Month filtering using calculated columns and this blog article shows how you can setup “Current Month/Previous Month” views using nothing more than Calculated Columns and View filters.
As always you can upgrade without losing any settings by downloading and running the latest trial version and selecting “Upgrade” when prompted (don’t forget you need the a recent version of Planner (v2.6.9+) and PivotPoint (2.2.0+) to accept date range filters.
We’ve just released a new version (v1.1.3) of our FilterPoint web part for SharePoint. We have had plenty of user feedback over the past few weeks and this new version has some added features and functionality that we hope you will all find useful.
As you know, FilterPoint already gives you the ability to set default values globally, to help get users to the most relevant information quickly.
And now new functionality in v1.1.3 will help each user get to their own individual information more quickly too.
There are 2 ways FilterPoint does this. First by re-loading the last used filter values when you revisit a page. And secondly by looking for FilterPoints on different pages that filter on the same fields, and getting them to fetch records with the same values.
Well, let’s take the example of 2 national sales account managers. Freda’s biggest client is Big Corp and Sophie’s most important customer is Enormous Inc. They each want to know what is going on with their key accounts on a daily basis.
So Freda and Sophie both look at dashboards that show sales activity, financial account status, cases and help tickets etc. Freda always filters to see the stuff on Big Corp and Sophie always filters to see what’s happening with Enormous Inc.
Because FilterPoint will now save filter values between visits to a page each account manager will see information on her main client account as soon as she opens a page – so long as that was the last thing she looked at when she last visited the page.
Even better, once one FilterPoint is set up to filter for “Client = Big Corp” by Sophie, all other FilterPoints on the site will also look for information on “Client = Big Corp” and display this for Sophie, so long as this field and value exist in the lists and web parts they have been applied to.
These two new features should be a real time saver for many users.
In addition, there are other new features in FilterPoint v1.1.3:
If you’re an existing customer or trial user you can download and upgrade to the latest version.
And if you haven’t yet tried FilterPoint why not download a 30 day free trial now?
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We have spent a lot of time over the past month working on the beta version of FilterPoint. Our team of professional testers have been working hard to check for compatibility with all versions of SharePoint 2007 and 2010 and a wide range of browsers, as well as looking for bugs and challenging us on some aspects of the usability of the UI.
And we also owe a huge vote of thanks to our beta volunteers who have been testing out the product in the real world. Our volunteers and not only uncovered some bugs, but also come up with suggestions for additional things that we could include in the first release. Some of these we have already added and they include:
As you’ve probably noticed we have had a few changes on our SharePoint blog in recent weeks. We’ve been doing some work on making it a little more user friendly and a bit nicer to look at (hope we haven’t spoiled it with the photos!)
Whilst I was working on the blog I noticed that we have quite a few little gems hidden away in the archives. Old posts – things that were written maybe a couple of years ago, that those of you who are new to the blog might not be aware of, but might find useful. The useful ones fall into a few categories – general SharePoint tricks, tips and ideas, and ideas and tips for users of our web parts. So here they are, I hope you find them useful.
Task Lists are one of the best loved and most used features of SharePoint and this post shows you how to better tailor them to meet your particular needs.
This article explores some of the uses of SharePoint Views and Filters.
SharePoint Out of the box doesn’t automatically distinguish between working days and weekends but if you are setting things like job duration or due dates you may need to – this article shows you how.
This article explains why the often repeated trick for using [Today] in SharePoint calculated columns does not work, and suggests workarounds.
This one looks at the differences between SharePoint 2003 and 2007 when using [Today] in filters.
So you might be a medical receptionist scheduling appointments for doctors, appointments are always 45 minutes long unless the doctor tells you differently, how much easier would it be to just have SharePoint create an end time 45 minutes after the start time automatically?
It’s easy to think of occasions when you might want to filter a SharePoint list to show items falling in the current calendar month: “sales this month” springs to mind, or “subscriptions due for renewal this month”. This post shows you have to achieve this using calculated columns.
Lots of people use Reminder to send an alert when a message is due soon or overdue. Usually its fine for the message to go out at a fixed time before or after the event, for all list items, but there are occasions where you might want to vary the times at which you send your alerts. For example, sending alerts for overdue helpdesk items: for high priority items you might want to send an alert when an item is 1 hour overdue, whereas for low priority an alert for items 1 day overdue might be fine. This article shows you how.
Whilst SharePoint’s out of the box alert emails come in a standard format, with Reminder its possible to customize the alert emails you send by merging data from your list items.
There are some situations where, when you are setting up a Reminder for the first time, you could end up sending out alerts for a lot of very old list items, this post shows you how to avoid doing that.
If you are using Reminder to drive simple workflow you may very well want to send an email when a task is completed – maybe when a holiday request form has been filled in for example. This post shows you how.
There may be times when you want to display timeline or category information from more than one list column in a gantt chart. For example in the chart below we have taken information from the “priority” and “title” columns of a list to populate the category labels.
Shows you a few of the things that aren’t possible with SharePoint OOTB gantt charts, but can be done with Planner.
How annoying is it when you have just created or amended an item in SharePoint, and you immediately get an Alert email about it?
You know the kind of situation: you might be working in a team list, you have the list set up to alert you when an item assigned to you is added or amended, so as soon as you add or amend an item yourself an alert email pings through to your inbox. Completely unnecessary inbox clutter.
So, lets switch off those annoying “alerts to myself” – has to be an easy one click operation, right?
Its very easy using the Filter feature of SharePoint views to show only items completed in the last 30 days or items due in the next X days; for example :-
Completed >= [Today]-30
On the Advanced SharePoint View and Filter techniques post Ed asked how you could filter for the current calendar month rather than a rolling 30 day period (for example all tasks due this calendar month).
Like all great questions it seemed simple enough – something like only showing items where the Month and Year of the due date = the Month and Year of the current date.