Chatter for SharePoint: DreamForce ’13 Attendee Discount

Are you attending DreamForce ’13? Looking to integrate Chatter with SharePoint? I have the solution for you – and 20% off retail! Email me a picture of your badge (or you with Sassy or Chatty will do) and I’ll send you a link to purchase Chatter for SharePoint for just $79! Same discount applies to the support and maintenance – attendee priced at $800/year per license. Offer is good until 12/1 so hurry!

Want to try Chatter for SharePoint? Download the 15 day FREE evaluation from here. Enjoy DreamForce ’13!

* Offer valid for new purchases by DF13 attendees only beginning on 11/15/2013 and ending 12/1/2013.

Chatter for SharePoint 1.8.1.0 Released!

Hi Everyone! Great news – Chatter for SharePoint 1.8.1.0 has been released. In addition to minor fixes this release includes the new EasySetup install method. If you have already installed Chatter for SharePoint nothing changes for you – everything will work as before. If you are new to Chatter for SharePoint you will have a much easier experience getting CFSP up and running. Why? I’ve eliminated the most complex part: Setting up SalesForce! This is by far the fastest and easiest way to get SalesForce Chatter integrated with SharePoint.

Check out the new one-sheet EasySetup Guide. Seven simple to follow steps and within 5 minutes you will be up and running.

What if I want to customize the installation you say? Absolutely! I’ve updated the User Guide with even more instructions and useful information.

As always I appreciate your feedback and suggestions. EasySetup came about from a user suggestion. Have an idea to make Chatter for SharePoint even better? Now is the time to let me know. Version 2.0 development is underway. I have a ton of new features going into the next major release.

Thank you for using Chatter for SharePoint!

Who’s using Chatter for SharePoint!

They say you’re only as good as the company you keep. By that standard, Chatter for SharePoint is in good company indeed. Here is but a small sample of the fantastic organizations using my software.

BREAKING NEWS: Chatter for SharePoint

Hi Everyone! I have some exciting news regarding a major development with Chatter for SharePoint. Version 1.8 – which is being tested now – will allow Chatter Free users to use the solution! This is a huge breakthrough and (next to O365 compatibility) was the most requested feature. Chatter for SharePoint will be one of the few 3rd party Chatter applications that support Chatter Free and I’m thrilled to offer it to you.

So – if you were looking at Chatter for SharePoint and were discouraged that it wouldn’t work with your Chatter Free users – look again. I hope to release 1.8 within the next few weeks.

Stay tuned. And thanks for using Chatter for SharePoint!

Update: Several of you have inquired regarding if the Chatter Free compatibility is read-only or full access. It is fully functional and identical to the Chatter Plus user experience.

Chatter for SharePoint 1.7.1.0 Released!

Hi Everyone. I’ve just published the latest version of Chatter for SharePoint to the blog. All of the previously discussed features are present, including the first version of the User Profile Sync (2010/2013). You can download the latest version from here.

Just a reminder if you are installing the solution for the first time, please run the PrepareSharePoint.exe utility on your farm BEFORE deploying the WSP. See the documentation for detailed instructions.

As always I appreciate your comments, feedback and suggestions. I hope you continue to find this solution useful.

Chatter for SharePoint 1.7 Update

Hi Everyone. Wanted to provide another status report on the version 1.7 progress. All three editions are now complete and going through extensive testing. More than 50% of the code has been updated in this version so it requires a little more testing than normal. I spent a lot of time optimizing the code, improving performance where I could and squashed a number of bugs along the way. Here is the final change log:

1.7.0.0

  • Added support for Chatter API version 28.0
  • Added initial support for Topics
  • Added the ability to set a default topic or hash tag for the web part
  • Added Post To control to target posting of content to followers or group
  • Added Find on Chatter ribbon option to allow for searching of SharePoint content on Chatter
  • Added support for viewing attachments in comments
  • Fixed issue where web part would hang following authentication
  • Fixed issue where web part could get stuck in a refresh loop if unable to write settings to web.config
  • Fixed issue where sites without the Ribbon could not authorize clients due to missing sp.js reference
  • Removed ‘Fast Load for Cached Content’ setting in web part properties panel
  • Improved Share on Chatter functionality
    • Post to group from web part and ribbon
    • Post files to group from web part and ribbon
    • Upload files from SharePoint document libraries to Chatter
  • Improved formatting of Polls
  • Improved performance of web part load times
  • Improved debug messages

Looking to release the new version the week of July 22nd. Thanks for everyone’s input and patience – and thanks for using Chatter for SharePoint!

On Deck: Chatter for SharePoint 1.7

Hi Everyone – Work continues on the next version of Chatter for SharePoint. We’re still a few weeks out from the release but I wanted to share my current progress.

  • Improved Share to Group functionality

    I’m pleased to report that Version 1.7 will have equivalent Share to Group functionality as compared to the native Chatter experience.

    The ‘Share on SharePoint’ control has been moved into the feed menu to make room for the Post-To control. Clicking the control will open a dropdown:

    Selecting ‘A Group’ will load and cache the user’s available groups:

    The post will be targeted for the selected group.

    The File Upload control (when selected) has been relocated to above the conversation box, also similar to the native Chatter experience:

    The branding and chrome of the web part has been updated to also be closer to the native experience. The Share to Group functionality will also extend to sharing items/documents on Chatter.

  • Find on Chatter

    Also in 1.7 is the ability to find selected SharePoint objects (List Items, Document, etc) that have been shared on Chatter by using the new Find on Chatter ribbon button.

    The option will appear for compatible items in the ‘Share & Track’ ribbon group. Clicking it will perform a search against Chatter and display relevant results:

    Still have some cleanup to do and then porting the changes to 2007/2013. Look for more updates in the days ahead. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and feedback!

Chatter for SharePoint Version 1.6 Released!

Hi everyone. Version 1.6 of the Chatter for SharePoint solution is now available on the blog. You can download the files for your version of SharePoint from this link.

This version includes support for uploading files to SalesForce Chatter from the web part as well as from within SharePoint Document libraries. The version also includes minor fixes and code improvements.

The Share to Group, Photo Sync and localization support are still on the backlog for a future release.

On Deck: Chatter for SharePoint 1.6

Hi Everyone – sorry it’s been awhile between posts. March was a busy month which culminated in a new job working for Automotive Resources International (ARI). Don’t worry – I’ll still be bringing you new blog posts and updates to the solutions here – especially Chatter for SharePoint.

Planning and development of version 1.6 is well underway. While the final list of new features and fixes is still to be determined, I can share what is on the drawing board.

  • File upload to SalesForce
    You’ve asked for it (I pushed back, lol) but I finally relented. Included in version 1.6 will be the ability to upload files to SalesForce Chatter from the web part.
  • Share to Group Improvements
    Looking to improve the Share to Group functionality so it is closer to the native Chatter experience
  • Photo Sync
    This one is a big MAYBE. Thinking about adding a timer-job to (optionally) sync user photos from the User Profile Service to SalesForce Chatter.
  • Multiple Language Support
    This one is also in the MAYBE category. I started the work back in 1.4 but it never got finished due to other priorities. I know a lot of you have asked for it – I am trying to fit it in.

Probably will be a lot more added to that list before 1.6 is finalized. Not seeing a feature you need? Better let me know soon so I can consider it for inclusion in 1.6. Keep that feedback coming! Thanks.

On Deck: Chatter for SharePoint 1.5

Good evening (or whatever time of day it is where you are) and welcome back to SharePoint Snapple. Another week – another new version of Chatter for SharePoint is getting ready to be released. You guys keep asking for features and I’m happy to deliver. Here is what we have coming up in 1.5:

  • Added ‘Load more posts’ option to the bottom of feed to fetch next X number of feed-items into the web part
  • Added support for callback URLs to provide a better and faster authentication experience (your web applications need to be SSL for this to work; the forms authentication method is still present for non-SSL sites)
  • The group dropdown is now trimmed to show only groups to which you are a member
  • Fixed issue with hash tags and searching
  • Hash tags are now searchable within the web part. Just click on a hash tag within a feed item to search for all instances of the tag
  • New ‘Following’ filter to show all feed items from users and groups you are following
  • New ‘Bookmarked’ filter to show all feed items you have bookmarked
  • Added support for bookmarking items from within the web part
  • Updated mouseover event for bookmark/delete functionality to be on the item rather than the right-corner
  • Fixed Alpha filter error on Chrome
  • HTTP timeout values adjusted to 30 seconds
  • New and updated debug information in the logs

Some screenshots:

Above: Navigation showing the new ‘Following’ and ‘Bookmarked’ filters

Above: Bookmarked items and the add bookmark control (on mouseover)

Above: Searching for hash tags within the web part

Still a few more things to fit in before I close up development on 1.5. Expect to see it on the blog in the next 2 weeks. Thanks for all the suggestions!