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!

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.

Chatter for SharePoint Version 1.5 Released!

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

New and updated features in this version include:

  • 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)
  • Added ‘Following’ filter to show all feed items from users and groups you are following
  • Added ‘Bookmarked’ filter to show all feed items you have bookmarked
  • Added support for bookmarking items from within the web part
  • Added ability to post to group when in the group feed
  • The group dropdown is now trimmed to show only groups to which you are a member
  • Fixed issue with hash tags and searching
  • Fixed Alpha filter error on Chrome
  • Fixed spelling error for Unliked link
  • Fixed issue where the ‘Also Share on SharePoint’ option was not working properly (2013)
  • Fixed issue where share box panel would not expand on the ChatterFeed form (2007)
  • 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
  • Updated mouse-over event for bookmark/delete functionality to be on the item rather than the right-corner
  • HTTP timeout values adjusted to 30 seconds
  • New and updated debug information in the logs

Please download the latest version of the documentation for descriptions on the new features.

Chatter for SharePoint Version 1.4 Released!

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

New and updated features in this version include:

  • Added ability to delete posts and comments from the feed web part
  • Added poll support
  • Added new feed navigation
  • Added new feed filters
  • Added file attachment doctype icons
  • Added ‘Share from Anywhere’ control
  • Fixed issue where under certain conditions the web part would cause a loop while trying to write the license key to the web.config file
  • Fixed issue where under certain conditions users would see an Access Denied message when the solution opened a modal window
  • Many internal code improvements; new css; new and updated images

Please download the latest version of the documentation for descriptions on the new features.

Chatter for SharePoint 2013 Released!

Hi Everyone – I am very pleased to announce that the new 2013-compatible version of Chatter for SharePoint is now available! You can download the latest version here.

The 2010/2013 versions are functionally identical – except where differences in the platform need to be handled. The 2013 version has an updated look that honors the native SharePoint 2013 branding:

It is my intention to manage the 2010 and 2013 version in lock-step, until such time where it is not practical or 2013 gains more traction. A new version of the 2010 solution is also available which includes some cosmetic updates and fixes.

Version 1.2.0.0 changes include:

  • Initial support for SharePoint 2013
  • Fixed issue where URLs to feed items in search results were linking to feeds rather than the actual item
  • Fixed issue where URLs from Links list types were returning the display-item URL rather than the URL of the actual link
  • Fixed issue where the Group breadcrumb would not reload the current feed when clicked
  • Added support for sharing 2013 Task list items
  • Added support for sharing 2013 Picture library items

The 2013 version is licensed in the same manner as the 2010 version – by farm. Same price too, just $49 USD. I’m very happy to offer solutions for both of these platforms – and to be the first to offer a 2013-compatible version. Please check them out and be sure to send me any comments or suggestions. Thanks!

Chatter for SharePoint 2013: Screenshots

11/13/14 Update: Just a reminder that this is an older post and the screenshots are of the 1.x version of the product. The new 2.0 release is now available.

Hello all from sunny (yet chilly) Las Vegas! In town for the SharePoint 2012 Conference and looking forward to a great week of sessions and networking opportunities. Since the topic of this year’s conference is the new SharePoint 2013 I wanted to share with you the progress I’m making with the 2013 version of the Chatter for SharePoint solution. I was hoping to release this before the conference but I have some technical questions around the changes made to federated search that I hope to get answered this week.

So – here are some screenshots of the 2013 version in action:

Above: The Chatter for SharePoint 2013 web part on a Team Site. The web part honors the ‘Metro’ style of SharePoint 2013.

Above: The Chatter Ribbon Integration

Above: The ‘Share on SharePoint’ option now integrates with the social features of SharePoint 2013!

Above: Federated Results (Now called Result Sources in 2013)

As you can see I’m pretty close – just a few things to clean up and then I need to update the documentation. In addition to the 2013 support, the 2010 version will be getting some cosmetic improvements and fixes that I developed while working on the new version.

If you are at the conference this week – look me up by sending me a tweet to @MarcRDavis. Love to talk all-things-SharePoint. Keep checking back for more updates on Chatter for SharePoint 2013!