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8/16/2011
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Top 20 Add-Ons For Microsoft SharePoint

Boost SharePoint's collaboration and file-sharing powers with third-party add-ons. Here's a visual tour of some favorites.
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In its role as a document management system, SharePoint keeps track of who's checked files in and out. But the default procedure requires users to check in each document individually, whether they're adding a new file or returning several that they've been working on--not very convenient. With SharePoint Batch Check In, users can check in a group of files all at once, even if they're stored in folders and subfolders. They can also add new documents in bulk as well as change a document's content type during check-in. A single Web Front End server license costs $799, with a year of Premium Support priced at $400, for a total of $1,199 to get started with the product.

In addition to being a server product, SharePoint also is a Web application development platform, as seen in its support for websites and workflows. That means it also provides a platform for the integration of third-party add-ons. These add-ons, also sometimes called extensions or Web parts, can extend built-in SharePoint functionality--which is already considerable--or just make it more accessible or easier to use. This customization ability has led to an explosion of add-ons available from various sources, ranging from the free and open-source to the high-priced.

Businesses have embraced add-ons as a way to customize Microsoft SharePoint to suit their particular needs. That's why we've scoured developer sites to bring you the 20 top useful add-ons. These extensions will help you do everything from set up SharePoint initially to adding documents as you move between working online and offline as needed.

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stompiehaasbroek
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6/9/2014 | 3:12:50 PM
re: Top 20 Add-Ons For Microsoft SharePoint
Another awesome SharePoint add-on is the Staff Directory web part by Vinewave (http://www.vinewave.com/products/staffdirectory.aspx)
anon0853775193
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5/7/2014 | 2:12:27 AM
re: Top 20 Add-Ons For Microsoft SharePoint
I have been using SharePoint for document management for quite a while. I
was using SharePoint 2010 before and now has migrated to the new
SharePoint 2013 site with http://www.cloudappsportal.com that too free
of cost. It offers every feature that makes document management an easy
and efficient task for me. Data security is the key to the tool.
ConvergepointShirin
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ConvergepointShirin,
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3/17/2014 | 11:13:01 AM
Custom Approval Workflows
A great tool for managing approval workflows for multiple types of documents can be found at http://www.convergepoint.com/ We have great document creation and management sites with user-friendly interfaces. We also do SharePoint consulting. Contact me for more information!
AGORLACH981
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AGORLACH981,
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11/28/2011 | 9:13:34 AM
re: Top 20 Add-Ons For Microsoft SharePoint
Another one freeware SharePoint super addon: HarePoint Workflow Scheduler ( http://www.harepoint.com/Produ... ) it allows to run workflows by schedule and to run workflows for all list items.

WBR, Alexander
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PCODINA080,
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11/21/2011 | 10:15:17 AM
re: Top 20 Add-Ons For Microsoft SharePoint
Good recopilation Jake,
Kaldeera Forms is a awesome tool that must be in this list. Kaldeera Forms is a tool that allows you to modify the standard SharePoint forms and create powerful web form-based applications. Hide fields, display "uneditable" fields, grouping and display the information in a more intuitive way adding static text, images, Web Parts, ...
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David Wachter,
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11/18/2011 | 4:58:29 AM
re: Top 20 Add-Ons For Microsoft SharePoint
Good list of add-ons to improve SharePoint administration and the user experience. IMHO you missed one - AskMe for identifying, aggregating, and making easily accessible the knowledge within SharePoint.
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11/17/2011 | 11:24:46 PM
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Good list of 20 SharePoint add-ons to improve performance and the user's experience and value received from working within SharePoint. I would suggest you missed one. AskMe (www.hivemine.com) is a SharePoint 2007/2010 add-on that tackles the corporate challenges of expertise identification and employee disconnect. Within SharePoint, AskMe identifies, aggregates, and makes easily accessible the knowledge that resides within SharePoint. And then going one step further, AskMe makes it possible to provide access via SharePoint to relevant knowledge that resides in other corporate systems and external data sources.
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8/17/2011 | 8:47:18 PM
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Sorry I didn't respond to your earlier suggestion about creating a printer-friendly view of our slideshows. I heartily agree, and we'll put it on our to-do list. I'm not sure what it will involve in terms of coding, so I am not sure when it would go live on the site, but we'll scope out the effort and start on it ASAP.
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8/17/2011 | 6:44:11 PM
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How many etc. times have I asked you for a one click print button for the entire article in all Slide Shows? Slide shows are a REAL PAIN and certainly do not help your customer relations. I don't care much for .PDFs either, but anything would be better than this.
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8/17/2011 | 5:38:45 PM
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how do you print the slideshow?
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