Posts Tagged ‘SharePoint 2013’

SharePoint Designer 2013 – How to modify List View web part filters and parameters

Date:May 30th, 2014 Author: Tags: , , ,
Category: Filter, FilterPoint Web Part, General, SharePoint Development, SharePoint Ideas Comments:10 ;

SharePoint Designer is especially useful for things like setting up complex filters and parameters for List View web parts like ‘wildcard’ searches and ‘before or after a date’ filters.

In SharePoint Designer 2013 (SPD 2013) the “Design View” was (controversially) removed so now it’s a little harder to use as you have to wade through some X/HTML soup. There is also a bit of a wicked bug that’s going to trip you up as well so in this post I am going to give a few tips on how get to the Parameters and Filters options in the ribbon menu.

SharePoint Desinger 2013 - Filter and Parameters

Note –this post is NOT a tutorial on how to use SharePoint Designer (its complex and worth a whole book in itself) but just a few tips for those already familiar with using SPD on how to do use the 2013 version. It won’t put back all you’ve lost, just allow you to access the Parameter & Filter options.

Missing Designer View and finding the List View Web Part

When you edit a page the most obvious difference in SPD 2013 is that you don’t get a Design View (the WYSIWYG view that allows you to see how the page will look whilst editing it). Instead you’ve only got the code view and you’re going to have to work through some angle bracket gibberish!

You’re looking for the code that defines the list view – it starts with <WebPartPages:XsltListViewWebPart and ends with </WebPartPages:XsltListViewWebPart> (pink in the pic here).

SharePoint Designer 2013 - how to find List View Web Part LVWP in code view

But save your eyes! Just search (CTRL+F) for XsltListViewWebPart! If the cursor is between the two XsltListViewWebPart tags then this is the same as clicking on the List in the old Design / Split view.

(If there are more than one List View on the page you will have to figure out which is which by the position of the web part in the page or look for the URL listed in TitleUrl, DetailLink or Url)

Getting the List View Tools options to show in the Ribbon

After putting the text cursor (or clicking) in the code that makes up the List View web part the ribbon should show the List View Tools option.

Except… there is a wicked bug in SPD 2013 at the time of writing that means the Ribbon doesn’t update to show the Options menu (unless you’ve turned off Server Rendering).

The trick (given to me by MdMazzotti) is to right click on XsltListViewWebPart then select Tag Properties and then click OK without clicking anythingSPD - Tag PropertiesYou will now have access to the List View Tools > Options ribbon and the Filter and Parameters button (see picture at the top of this page) SPD - Web Part Properties

You can view these steps in a video :-

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Reminder web part is now compatible with SharePoint 2013

Date:March 7th, 2013 Author: Tags: , ,
Category: General, SharePoint Alert, SharePoint Reminder Comments:0 ;

Our Reminder web part (which gives date based “Due Soon” and “Overdue” email alerts) is now compatible with SharePoint 2013 as of version 1.8.0

If upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 simply perform the upgrade then install the latest version – your old settings and license key will be picked up. Full instructions for upgrading Reminder to SharePoint 2013 are in the online manual.

SharePoint Reminder - date based email alerts

Reminder is the last of our commercial web parts to be made SharePoint 2013 compatible.

TeamTime 1.5: 2013 and more

Date:February 1st, 2013 Author: Tags: , , , , ,
Category: SharePoint TeamTime, SharePoint Timesheets Comments:0 ;

To start with: TeamTime is now compatible with 2013, at last! To upgrade to the latest version, just download and run the new installer: Download

As you may have noticed, TeamTime is the product we can’t help but keep polishing and shining as we hear more from our customers. So here are a few little tweaks to help make TeamTime that little bit nicer.

In order of everyday to technical:

Everyday folks

Just use TeamTime for logging time? The punchcard now shows the time logged so far without refreshing the page. Just click Start and watch it run.

Admin Gurus

You know how the menu shows all the different options to all users? Then does the whole “permissions denied” thing when they try to access them? Well now users will only see the pages they can use.

This means only Managers will see pages like the Team Overview and Analysis (unless you’ve allowed users to see Analysis), and the Settings page will only be shown to you.

There have also been a number of minor performance improvements: For those of you that have hundreds of Projects and Tasks, you’ll notice that this version is considerably faster to load the My Dashboard page.

Designer-people

TeamTime no longer has it’s own custom Master Page, and won’t reset it during upgrades. When you install this version it will switch back to the default Master Page.

In short, this means you can use your own customised/themed Master Pages in TeamTime, so it fits in with the rest of your organisation. Add your own CSS, JavaScript, or logos to make it your own.

Want more?

Tell us! We get all kinds of interesting requests and suggestions from our customers. Once we get enough requests for the same feature, it gets shoved to the top the queue for the next version.

Of course, sometimes we have to say “No, sorry” or “Not quite yet”, or very occasionally “I’m not sure that’s physically possible”, but you’ll always get a good reason at the very least. So drop us a mail: support@pentalogic.net

Planner web part is now compatible with SharePoint 2013

Date:January 29th, 2013 Author: Tags:
Category: SharePoint Planner Comments:0 ;

Our Planner web part is now compatible with SharePoint 2013 as of version 2.8.1.

You can download and install the latest version and find upgrade instructions in the online manual.

If upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 simply perform the upgrade then install the latest version – your old settings and license key will be picked up.

SharePoint Planner

The following page will be updated as our other web parts are made SharePoint 2013 compatible.

Highlighter is now compatible with SharePoint 2013

Date:January 25th, 2013 Author: Tags: ,
Category: Highlighter Comments:0 ;

Highlighter is now compatible with SharePoint 2013 as of version 1.7.3.

You can download and install the latest version here.

If upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 simply perform the upgrade then install the latest version – your old settings and license key will be picked up.

This page will be updated as our other web parts are made SharePoint 2013 compatible

Is Conditional Formatting in SharePoint 2013 dead?

Date:January 25th, 2013 Author: Tags: , ,
Category: Highlighter, SharePoint Development Comments:1 ;

With the release of the controversial new SharePoint Designer 2013, has the ever-popular Conditional Formatting option died a death?

Why is SharePoint Designer 2013 controversial?

The bee in everyone’s bonnet is SPD 2013’s lack of a Design View; one of the staple tools of every Designer user. The place to get up to speed on this topic is Marc Anderson’s article: SharePoint Designer 2013’s Missing Design View

How does this effect the Conditional Formatting option?

I asked the same question myself, so I installed SPD 2013 and gave it a try. After clicking, selecting, choosing, and swearing at pretty much every component I came to the conclusion that I was clearly missing something.

I posted on SPSE expecting a quick helpful pointer. Instead I was met by a resounding silence. After a suitable pause, I reposted onto MSDN, only to find that Conditional Formatting on list view web parts doesn’t seem to be supported anymore! Please feel free mock me mercilessly if this isn’t the case.

Of course it’s still possible to use it for other purposes, but formatting list views is the major purposes of that feature; it seems kind of pointless without it.

Is SharePoint Designer 2013 dead too?

It may still be early days, but when initially searching around for an answer, I was struck by how hard it was to find any blog posts about SPD 2013 (other than complaints about the Design View). For comparison, with the release of SPD 2010, the community was positively frothing over with articles and praise.

The same was true when posting on the forums: I leapt into the middle of the mainstream SharePoint 2013 river, expecting to be swept away by all the keen Designer users already trying out all the features. Instead I found myself sat in a rather shallow puddle.

So how can we apply Conditional Formatting in 2013?

Instead of wildly speculating on the popularity of SharePoint 2013’s tools, here are a couple of methods for working around the problem:

XSLT: It’s possible to create your own XSLT template by customising the default main.xsl, and then assigning it to the LVWP. I’ve searched high and low for a guide on how to apply conditional formatting using this method, with no success. Please let me know if you’ve seen such a thing.

Buying a solution: Inevitably the vulturous SharePoint software vendors have swept down on SPD 2013’s dying form, hoping to profit from its misfortune…

Oh! On an unrelated note; did I mention a new 2013-compatible version of SharePoint Highlighter has just been released? 😉

FilterPoint web part is now compatible with SharePoint 2013

Date:January 22nd, 2013 Author: Tags:
Category: Filter, FilterPoint Web Part, General Comments:0 ;

Our FilterPoint web part is now compatible with SharePoint 2013 as of version 1.3.2.

You can download and install the latest version here.

If upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 simply perform the upgrade then install the latest version – your old settings and license key will be picked up.

PivotPoint web part

This page will be updated as our other web parts are made SharePoint 2013 compatible

PivotPoint web part is now compatible with SharePoint 2013

Date:January 17th, 2013 Author: Tags: ,
Category: General, PivotPoint Web Part Comments:0 ;

Our PivotPoint web part is now compatible with SharePoint 2013 as of version 2.4.0.

You can download and install the latest version here.

If upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 simply perform the upgrade then install the latest version – your old settings and license key will be picked up.

This page will be updated as our other web parts are made SharePoint 2013 compatible

PivotPoint web part

SharePoint 2013 Compatibility

Date:November 21st, 2012 Author: Tags:
Category: General Comments:0 ;

Now that SharePoint 2013 has reached the RTM milestone we’re hard at work making sure our web parts are compatible with SharePoint 2013. We’ve been through this process before (Pentalogic sold its first SharePoint product in 2005 and we have experience working with SharePoint 2003, 2007 and 2010) and don’t expect any problems.

This work will be completed over the coming months and updates posted on this blog and the SharePoint 2013 compatibility page with links to upgrade instructions.

As part of this process we will no longer be supporting SharePoint 2003 for Planner and Reminder but intend to continue supporting SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 for all our products.


SharePoint 2013