July 2016
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Custom SharePoint Solutions With No Code

By: Will Cooper | Comments [0] | Category: General | 7/19/2016

Today I had the opportunity to speak with many of you regarding an alternative development path for SharePoint: Custom Solutions With No Code.

Building custom Solutions on the SharePoint platform often comes with many challenges, but Infowise Ultimate Forms really cuts through a lot of those challenges and allows for SharePoint power users to be able to build and maintain their own custom solutions.

Usually SharePoint development must be done through programming and requires multiple layers of customization that are difficult to manage.

Customizing with Infowise is all done through configuration in the SharePoint interface.

I hope you'll take the time to watch our presentation if you weren't able to attend our meeting today.

Please send me a note if you are curious about how you can solve your own requirements using our toolset: willc@infowisesolutions.com

 

 

Improving Customization of Forms using Infowise

By: Will Cooper | Comments [0] | Category: General | 7/13/2016

There is tremendous opportunity when it comes to customizing SharePoint forms using Infowise. In working with various organizations I often feel that form (pun intended!) is not balanced with functionality. There is a focused effort to model the business process, but not enough attention is put towards making forms attractive and delivering a user friendly experience that is visually appealing.

In many cases, this type of customization has required someone with coding experience and the process of customizing anything related to look and feel in SharePoint forms has been cumbersome. Therefore this key part of the process often gets thrown right out the window.

Infowise provides great tools which make this process accessible and even fun to do. (At least a little bit!)

I really feel that there are many kinds of opportunities to improve web forms in SharePoint.

Here are some newly added training topics that explore significant steps that you can take to help your forms to look great:

  • Customize Form Width to 100% shows you how to paste in some simple CSS entries in the Tab Settings section to make your forms fill the width of the page 100%.
  • Creating a Dynamic Header (1/2) looks at how to customize the Title Bar which shows above the tabs in Infowise forms. In this example we show how to help users clearly see when they are in the edit form versus the display form.
  • Creating a Dynamic Header (2/2) looks at further customization of the Title Bar focusing on making list forms look different between various lists. Also shown is how to use icons for differentiating tools and providing a visual anchor point for users.
  • Fragments - Inserting Custom Diagrams in Forms show you a simple way to have visually compelling diagrams directly in your forms to help guide users through the process.

There are so many possibilities when it comes to form customization. In many cases, small changes can lead to a lot of positive feedback and add polish to the whole experience.

Have you discovered other form customizations? I always love to see what new things people are coming up with. Please let us know if you have any questions related to these steps!

 

Office 365 New Experience and Ultimate Forms

By: Vladi Gubler | Comments [0] | Category: General | 7/5/2016

Hi,

If you use Office 365, you might've noticed that Microsoft started rolling out the "new experience" UI for the document libraries. It looks radically different from what you are used to, not like SharePoint, but more like OneDrive. The whole rendering mechanism for both list views and forms has been updated and streamlined, using modern, responsive UI that works great no matter what device you use.

Unfortunately, it does come with a price. At this point, the new UI is completely uncustomizable, meaning that any special column types or forms extensions that you might use, such as Ultimate Forms tabs or columns, cannot be rendered on the new UI.

If it's important for you to preserve the rich form experience of Ultimate Forms, make sure to switch your document libraries back to "classic experience" for as long as customization are not supported (Microsoft promises more support for customizations in the future). You can do it in Advanced settings of a particular document library or, if you are an administrator, tenant-wide, using PowerShell script.

For more information on how to change the UI, read the following article:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Switch-the-default-for-document-libraries-from-new-or-classic-66dac24b-4177-4775-bf50-3d267318caa9?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US