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ArtfulBits Blog Version 1.2


ArtfulBits Blog web part is intended to enhance the standard SharePoint blog functionality. It complements and extends its features by the possibility to add a video or a zoomable image, and preview it. Also, it provides tags for the blog entries, supports the categorization and tags cloud, filters the entries by category or tag, allows for the configurable global settings (i.e. item count on page, tag cloud limit, etc.) and many more.

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Feature List

Feature
Support of categorization and tagging for blog entries
Comments system
Use of SharePoint profile service to display commenter’s profile picture
Configurable tag cloud
Possibility of adding video/zoomable image to blog entry view & preview
Rich blog entry body text editor (supports standard SharePoint html editor)
Rich pagination
“Read more/less” & “Show more comments” blog entry preview functionality
Filtering by category/tag
Archive page (supports filtering by month)
Links page (supports adding custom links)
Configurable menu (supports adding custom menu links or changing existing)
Configurable global settings (i.e. item count on page, tag cloud limit, etc.)
Easy to install (site template)
Expandable (features may be added by request)
Language pack support (desired localization can be added by request)

Why ArtfulBits Blog?

ArtfulBits Blog is a powerful solution that significantly enhances the standard SharePoint functionality and provides free additional features – Image Column and Video Column.

 Standard Edition
Support of categorization and tagging for blog entries   
Comments system   
Use of SharePoint profile service to display commenter’s profile picture   
Configurable tag cloud   
Possibility of adding video/zoomable image to blog entry view & preview   
Rich blog entry body text editor (supports standard SharePoint html editor)   
Rich pagination   
“Read more/less” & “Show more comments” blog entry preview functionality   
Filtering by category/tag   
Archive page (supports filtering by month)   
Links page (supports adding custom links)   
Configurable menu (supports adding custom menu links or changing existing)   
Configurable global settings (i.e. item count on page, tag cloud limit, etc.)   
Easy to install (site template)   
Expandable (features may be added by request)   
Language pack support (desired localization can be added by request)   


General look
Image 1: ArtfulBits Blog general look.

ArtfulBits blog provide a lot of comfortable features that would benefit both - an author and a reader.


General look
Image 2: ArtfulBits Blog general look for anonymous user.

The registration is not required for reading ArtfulBits Blog on SharePoint site.


General look for blog administrator
Image 3: General look for blog administrator.

An administrator of the blog is provided with a simple and comfortable method of adding new articles.


Zoomable preview image
Image 4: ArtfulBits Blog zoomable preview image.

Picture preview provides an additional insight before diving into an article.


Comment system
Image 5: ArtfulBits Blog comment system.

The users can leave comments, reply each other and rate comments.


Archive page
Image 6: ArtfulBits Blog archive page.

Archive page is configurable, and it saves all blog entries without the comments.


Links page
Image 7: ArtfulBits Blog links page.

ArtfulBits Blog users will benefit from the helpful information that can be placed by administrator on the link page.

Preparation for Installation

Before installation, please, check that your target server meets Bulk Check In system requirements.

Also, it is recommended to install ArtfulBits License Manager before (if it is not installed).


1. Installation

Download Bulk Check In installation package from ArtfulBits website, unpack the file, and run Setup.exe:

Note:

You must be a SharePoint Farm Administrator for successful installation. Also "Windows SharePoint Administration" and "Windows SharePoint Timer" should be running on the server:

SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010

After system check is finished, click "Next".

After reading License Agreement, click "Accept" and go to next step.

Select one or more web applications and click "Next".

Wait for install to succeed, click "Next" for deployment status details.

2. License Management

Bulk Check In uses Per-Farm License Model (each license is bound to single SharePoint Farm ID). For more details about licensing models please visit License Agreement.

Product works in unlicensed mode for three days from the moment of installation. In this mode all the product features are unlocked same way as with trial license. After these three days either trial license or full license should be entered for product to function.

  • To get Bulk Check In trial license click here.

After ArtfulBits License Manager is installed, go to the SharePoint Central Administration page:

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Choose "Operations".
Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

This page shows all ArtfulBits installed products and their license statuses.

Click on product name to view license details.

If product is not licensed you can click "Enter License" link and enter license key (trial or full) into textbox. For upgrading product edition click "Convert License" and enter new license of target product edition.

Pressing "Activate" button will verify the key and in case of verification success license status will be updated.

Note: in trial or unlicensed mode all product features are available for evaluation. This way you will be able to try each and every feature available in the product line which will give you good understanding of what feature set will be necessary for you and it will be easier to come up with the decision which product edition should be purchased. After trial period expiration full license should be purchased which will determine product edition and available (unlocked) feature set.

Special link informing about product expiration is shown in SharePoint pages, where ArtfulBits component is used if product is using trial license or such license is "Expired" or no license is provided at all. Clicking on this link will redirect to product license status details page.

3. Activating / Deactivating Feature

Click "Site Actions" menu in the root site of one site collection, then click "Site Settings":
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Click "Site collection features" link in Site Settings page:
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In SharePoint Site collection feature list, activate ArtfulBits Bulk Check In feature (if deactivated):

4. Product Upgrading

Process of updating Bulk Check In is pretty straightforward - just download latest installation package and execute Setup.exe from it. After system check completes, select an "Upgrade" option and then follow setup wizard instructions.

5. Uninstallation / Repairing

Execute Setup.exe from your installation package. On the Repair and Remove section, select Remove radio button and click "Next", the Bulk Check In will be uninstalled. Or select "Repair" - to repair the Bulk Check In .


For SharePoint 2016 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter, 64 bit
Windows Server (2016)
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Server 2016
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5+
Browser:
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
For SharePoint 2013 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2012
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Browser:
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
For SharePoint 2010 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 x64
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.5
Browser:
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome

Questions List


How to get my "FarmID" value?

There are several ways how to get your SharePoint Farm ID.

Method 1:

  • Make sure ArtfulBits License Manager is installed on SharePoint Server and activated
  • Go to your SharePoint Central Administration site
  • Open Operations page (for SharePoint 2007 only)
  • Click on ArtfulBits License Manager link under ArtfulBits Solutions Configuration group
  • Click on Enter License button for certain product
  • FarmID will be displayed on License Management page under License Information section

    NOTE: By clicking on "Click here to get license" link you will be redirected to "Get Trial License" page with auto-filled FarmID


Method 2:

  • Download FarmInfo.zip (ArtfulBits utility for retrieving SharePoint FarmID)
  • Run it on your SharePoint Server

The application dialog will look like this: Retrieving SharePoint FarmID using ArtfulBits SharePoint Farm Info Tool

Method 3:

  • Run Windows PowerShell on your SharePoint Server as administrator
  • Type in the following command to set minimal reqired execution policy:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  • Hit "Enter" key to confirm default choice
  • Enter following commands one by one:
    [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint")
    $spFarm=[Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPfarm]::Local
    $spFarm.Id
Output of commands execution will look like this: Retrieving SharePoint FarmID using Windows PoweShell script commands

How to convert ArtfulBits column to standard SharePoint column and back?

ArtfulBits Progress, Follow-Up, Category, DateTime and all ArtfulBits Lookups columns have "Conversion" feature.

ArtfulBits column can be converted from an existing SharePoint Column and can be converted to the standard SharePoint Column.

Convert from standard:
  • Try to add needed ArtfulBits Column as usual
  • On settings page expand "Column Conversion settings" section
  • In drop-down control choose which standard column will be converted to ArtfulBits Column (will be empty when list doesn’t have proper columns)
  • After selecting existing standard Column and clicking on “Covert” button - warring message will be shown
  • Click "OK", and standard Column will be converted to ArtfulBits column

Convert to standard:
  • Open settings page of existing ArtfulBits Column
  • Click on "Convert" button in Column Conversion section
  • Warring message will be shows, click “OK” button
  • ArtfulBits column will be converted to standard SharePoint Column

How to enable Datasheet view support?

To enable Datasheet view mode support, make sure that ArtfulBits Column site collection feature is activated.

For DateTime, Progress, Category and Follow-Up columns editing in Datasheet is enabled by default.

To enable column editing for Parent Selector, Cross-Site Lookup and Cascaded Lookup do the following:

  1. Open column settings page
  2. Go to "Datasheet Compatibility Mode" section
  3. Choose "Allow Editing" option to enable column content editing in Datasheet view

I received error: Unable to cast object of type
'System.Web.Configuration.ScriptingScriptResourceHandlerSection' to
type 'System.Web.Configuration.ScriptingScriptResourceHandlerSection'...

Possible reason of this issue is conflict in versions of System.Web.Extensions assembly.
To fix the problem, do the following steps:
  1. Backup web.config of your web-site
  2. Add following code into assemblyBinding section of your web.config file:
    <dependentAssembly>
       <assemblyIdentity name="System.Web.Extensions" 
          publicKeyToken="31BF3856AD364E35" 
          culture="neutral" />
       <bindingRedirect 
          oldVersion="1.0.61025.0" 
          newVersion="3.5.0.0"/>
    </dependentAssembly>
  3. Restart IIS service

How to upgrade ArtfulBits SharePoint product to newer version?

  1. Just download new version of product from our site
  2. Unzip files and run "Setup.exe"
  3. Follow wizard steps and select "Upgrade" option

NOTE: Upgrade operation is safe and doesn't affect on existing user data.


Is ArtfulBits SharePoint product update free of charge?

Yes. You can upgrade to newer version within the same major version number completely free of charge. For example, if you've purchased a license for any 1.xx product you can upgrade to any higher 1.yy version. Higher major version will be licensed separately. So, version 2.0 will need a new license.

How to check if AJAX is installed on a server?

  1. Open Global Assembly Cache (GAC)
  2. Find System.Web.Extensions assembly

Which Lookup Column do I need?

See the following features comparison chart of ArtfulBits Lookup columns that helps you make the right choice:

SharePoint
Lookup
 

Parent
Selector
$75,00

Cross-Site
Lookup
$150,00

Cascaded
Lookup
$200,00
Lookup data from lists cross-site within site collection
Lookup data from lists on the same site
Lookup data from the same list
Ajax support enabled
Supported JSLink
Single and multiple lookup
Parent-child relationships
Supported single-single, single-multi, multi-single and multi-multi relations
Unlimited number of cascading levels
Support lookup data from subfolders
Picker Dialog for searching items in lookup lists
Filtering retrieved data using existing list views
Supported default values
Adding items to source list via new item form
on the fly
Adding lookup items via inline entering
on the fly
Adding lookup items via New Item form
on the fly
Editing lookup items via Edit Item form
on the fly
Excluding own item from lookup list during item editing
Checking whether hierarchical data is non-cyclic
Datasheet view support, including edit mode
Conversion among "ArtfulBits Cascaded Lookup", "ArtfulBits Cross-Site Lookup", "ArtfulBits Parent Selector" columns and standard SharePoint "Lookup" column
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Item Version Size
SharePoint 2016
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_SP2016.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog install files for SharePoint 2016, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.2 3449 Kb
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_fullpack_SP2016.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2016, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.2 5391 Kb
SharePoint 2013
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog install files for SharePoint 2013, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.2 3449 Kb
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_fullpack_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2013, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.2 5389 Kb
SharePoint 2010
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog install files for SharePoint 2010, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.2 5964 Kb
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_fullpack_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2010, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.2 9842 Kb
Documentation
Blog_UserGuide.pdf
ArtfulBits Blog user guide.
1419 Kb
Blog_InstallGuide.pdf
Installation guide describes installation and licensing for ArtfulBits Blog.
854 Kb


Note: FullPack is not required if you already have installed or download ArtfulBits License Manager.

Release Notes

Version Notes
v1.2
(November 02, 2016)
New Features:
  • Added SharePoint 2016 support
v1.0
(June 19, 2014)
Initial Release

[PRO] - Professional edition
[ENT] - Enterprise edition

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