SharePoint Designer wrongfully says a file is checked out when it is not 7

Ran into a new problem with SharePoint Designer today. Not sure how I caused this to happen but several files were marked as checked out in SPD despite the fact that the files were not checked out to anyone in SharePoint. SPD would not allow me to check out the files, errored if I tried to check in the files, restarting SPD didn’t help, even rebooting didn’t help. Turns out you have to clear a cache in the local app storage. The fix to this problem is to navigate to your local app settings WebSiteCache folder, which in Windows Vista is here: C:\Users\Randy\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebsiteCache From there just delete all the files or just the ones that correspond to your SharePoint site. When you restart SPD you may have to check in/out the files one more time, but after the warning message the file status will return to normal. Thanks to Tom Puleo’s blog for the information

My MSDN Article is live – “Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites” 9

I’m excited to announce that the SharePoint branding paper that I wrote with Andrew Connell has finally been published to the MSDN. I put a lot of effort into creating a paper that was concise (well it is pretty lengthy, but believe me I edited plenty of stuff out) while still covering all of the important topics related to creating a branded website in SharePoint 2007. In essence the article encompasses what I do on a daily basis when designing SharePoint websites (barring a few things that were too complex to delve into). The first half of the article focuses on planning for SharePoint branding and the second half focuses on actually creating and deploying the branded SharePoint files. Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 – Part 1 Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 – Part 2 Also, for those of you that liked the previous Adventure Works site, this article features a ...

Fix for Photoshop Save for Web color shift problems 3

I’ve had a lot of problems lately with Save for Web producing colors that are slightly different than my source PSD. After finally losing my mind I set out to find a solution. The most direct discussion about the issue I could find was at www.viget.com. The gist of the article discusses doing these three things: Close anything that is open in Photoshop and click Edit > Color Settings. From there switch the color profile to Monitor Color and uncheck Ask When Opening. Click View > Proof Setup > Monitor RGB Now when clicking Save for Web, uncheck Convert to sRGB. This item may be a check box or underneath the little arrow on the top right depending on Photoshop version   For me, these changes did the trick, now my gifs and jpgs are as close to the original as my compression settings will allow. MUCH more discussion in the comments here: http://www.viget.com/inspire/the-mysterious-save-for-web-color-shift/

Firefox doesn’t respond to Enter Key in SharePoint Search Box 7

Stumbled across a funny little problem with SharePoint and Firefox today. Turns out that with some master pages, Firefox has a problem responding to the “enter key” when using the SearchBoxEx control. In these cases, hitting enter just refreshes the page. I only noticed it because a recent client wanted to hide the Search button. So, it turns out that this problem is actually solved in default.master where Microsoft use two unassuming lines of uncommented code: <input type="text" name="__spDummyText1" style="display:none;" size=1/> <input type="text" name="__spDummyText2" style="display:none;" size=1/> All you have to do is add these two lines to your custom master page anywhere before the final tag. Thanks to SteveNG for the blog post that solved this for me.