02 July 2015

TimeCard for SharePoint Goes Mobile

TimeCard for SharePoint logotypeWith TimeCard for SharePoint you can report working hours directly from the SharePoint calendar where you plan your time. Now we will soon release a mobile app for TimeCard, so that you don’t have to open your PC to add and edit events that should be reported. Instead you can do that in your smartphone.

The responsible developer, Madhur Trivedi, will tell you more about TimeCard Mobile for SharePoint.
Madhur Trivedi photo
Smaller devices
Computing is moving towards smaller devices, and the market for mobile applications is booming. People are looking for a mobile app for every application they use on a PC (online or offline).

Keeping up with the latest trends, is soon coming with a mobile app for our solution TimeCard for SharePoint. The app will support three popular mobile platforms, Windows Phone, iOS and Android, and it will be called TimeCard Mobile for SharePoint.

Do all this with TimeCard Mobile
In the first released version of TimeCard Mobile for SharePoint, we are offering the following features:
  • Tag events with the tag values from your Personal settings on the SharePoint site (like Customer, Project or Task). TimeCard Mobile events list
  • View events list.
  • Filter the events list based on week, month or date.
  • Add a new event on a particular date with the following information: title, start date, end date, location and description.
  • Delete events.
  • Edit events. Also events (recurring or none recurring) that were previously added directly in SharePoint can be edited.
Application flow
TimeCard Mobile logotypeTo use TimeCard Mobile for SharePoint you must be added to your organization’s TimeCard for SharePoint installation. When TimeCard Mobile is started the first time, the app asks you to enter the URL to the SharePoint site where TimeCard is installed. After successful authentication, you will be taken to the app’s events page, where you can see today’s pre-scheduled events.
TimeCard Mobile events list
The events page has three views: Day view, Week view and Month view. The Day view shows events on a selected date (default date is today), the Week view shows events on a particular week (default is the current week) and the Month view shows events in a selected month (default is the current month).

Each event has buttons for Edit and Delete., and you can easily navigate back and forth in the app while filtering events and performing Add, Edit and Delete event operations.

TimeCard Mobile is developed on top of Cordova, which is a hybrid mobile application development framework. Popular web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery and an MVC framework AngularJs have been used in this Single page application, which was created in Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 IDE.

The development of TimeCard Mobile has been interesting, and it has been a pleasure to cooperate with our JavaScript expert, Senior Developer Sharad Verma, on this project. I hope we soon can release our new app. I am sure all TimeCard for SharePoint users will appreciate TimeCard Mobile!

Madhur Trivedi
Mobile App Developer Business Solutions

30 June 2015

Display SharePoint Online Web Designer Galleries

SharePoint iconWhen you open the site settings of the default SharePoint Online team site to upload a solution, you will discover that the Solutions Gallery is not displayed in the settings. In a tutorial in the Office 365 from Scratch series I have explained why and what to do about it.

Sandboxed Solutions
Four of the SharePoint Solutions - Kanban Task Manager, TimeCard, Study Manager and Calendar Browser - are sandboxed solutions that need to be uploaded and activated in the Solutions Gallery of the site collection where they should be used.

Find the Web Designer Galleries
Most SharePoint admins create new SharePoint site collections for the Solutions. Then they can open the Site settings, find the Web Designer Galleries group, select Solutions and upload their product.
SharePoint Web Designer Galleries
However, if you try to install your Solution on the default team site, you will discover that the Web Designer Galleries group is not displayed in the site settings. The reason is a fairly new setting that prevents users from running custom script on self-service created sites.

Allow script
To solve the problem you need to go into the SharePoint admin center and change the default settings, so that custom script is allowed on self-service created sites like the default team site.

In the demo below I show how to do it, and the process is also described in an article on how to show the SharePoint Online Web Designer Galleries the in the Tips section. It is quick and easy – you just need to know what to change!

Office 365 from Scratch
The SharePoint Online Web Designer Galleries tip is just one in a new series of Office 365 tutorials. I begin from scratch, with a demo on how to set up a trial version of Office 365, and after articles about basics that are common for all Office 365 apps I continue with SharePoint Online. Welcome to have a look!

Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer Business Solutions

19 June 2015

Swedish Midsummer Celebrations

Today is Midsummer's Eve in Sweden, and the Swedish members of the team celebrate the shortest night of the year.

Sweden has long and dark winters, and maybe that is the reason why the Swedes have honored the lightest day of the year since long before Sweden was a country. Midsummer's Eve is the day of the main celebrations, and some dress in folk costumes to highlight the long tradition of this festival.

Most Swedes try to celebrate Midsummer in the countryside, so on the island where Sigge and I live and has its headquarters, we often have guests for this holiday.

In the morning of Midsummer's Eve, people go out to pick flowers and dress the maypole. "Allemansrätten", the law that gives us the freedom to roam in the countryside, also gives us the right to pick all wild flowers but  orchids and other protected species.

After a lunch on pickled herring, chives, sour cream and the first potatoes of the season, it is time to raise the maypole on a meadow or lawn. Then all join hands and create huge rings, and we sing traditional songs while wandering around the pole. Often special movements have to be performed with each song, and this is a great joy for the children.

In the evening follows a long dinner with friends and family and more dancing and singing in homes that are decorated with greenery to create the right Midsummer spirit. As you can see in the slideshow below, Sweden is at its best this time of the year.

In ancient times people believed that magic was strong during Midsummer's Eve, so it was a good night for rituals to look into the future. Unmarried young girls picked a bouquet of seven different flowers and put it under the pillow to dream about their future husband. Herbs picked at Midsummer were considered to be highly potent, and the spring water could bring you good health.

I hope my readers feel some of that spirit reading this post. Even if you don't celebrate the light in the way the Swedes do it, I know many of you honor it in other ways. Therefore I wish you all a Happy Midsummer! Or as we say in Sweden: Glad Midsommar!

By Kate Kalmström
COO Business Solutions