New Book: Professional SharePoint 2007 Design 4

I blogged not too long ago that I was working on book specifically for people interested in SharePoint branding and UI. Well after a lot of hours of work, the book will finally be ready for purchase from Amazon next week. Here is the cover and a link to Amazon’s product page: Wrox: Professional SharePoint 2007 Design Of course, I wasn’t the only person working on this book; in fact, there were many folks that I need to thank for all of their hard work. Firstly, my co-author team including, Jacob Sanford, David Drinkwine, and Coskun Cavusoglu for putting in all the long hours with me. Secondly, the team at Wrox that helped make the book a reality including Kelly Talbot, Katie Mohr, and Daniel Scribner. Also, I need to thank our technical editors Andrew Connell and Doug Holland. Along with those listed above that helped produce the book, I also need to give a ...

Nik’s 15 Minutes of Fame

My good pal Nik Molnar recently moved up the NYC, and was a guest on the .Net Rocks internet radio show. He’s mostly at the beginning just shooting the poop with the host, but its still pretty cool.

Minimal Meeting Workspace Master Page 3

I had to do some customization work with the Meeting Workspace today so I decided to pull my best Heather Solomon impersonation by releasing a “Minimal Meeting Workspace master page”. It is very much based on Heather’s minimal collaboration master page with my own twist on tabbing and comments, and of course the required pieces to work with the Meeting Workspace. This is very much an early alpha as its only been tested in my VM so far. So if you use it, please shoot me an email or comment (whether it worked or didn’t!). Grab my Minimal Meeting Workspace master page FYI – Customizing the Meeting Workspace can be challenging, see both Heather and Eric Shupp’s articles on the topic, they cover all of the nasty details so why re-hash them here: Meeting Workspace Master Page Woes – Heather Solomon Creating a Custom Meeting Workspace Site Definition – Eric Shupps Also, if you aren’t ...

Big Changes for the Mossman (Plus a New SP Book) 2

July 4th 2008 was Mossman independence day, in that I have left my cubicle job at a large consulting firm and have begun working with a few small dedicated SharePoint consulting companies. I will be focused on helping them with their MOSS branding efforts. Also, in the coming days/weeks I will be removing the veil of secrecy surrounding my true identity. Truth is, the only reason I started this pseudonym was because I was never sure what my employers policy on work blogging was. In related news I have a book coming out in September with Wrox entitled “Professional SharePoint 2007 Design”. This book will be focused on just the design and branding process with SharePoint. The Amazon page for the book lists my true identity (and a photo of my face!). Can anyone guess which author I am? Wrox: Professional SharePoint 2007 Design

New Article: Automated SharePoint Site Branding

My good buddy Ted Pattison just published an article with the MSDN Magazine entitled “Automated SharePoint Site Branding”. He discusses many different ways to programmatically activate SharePoint branding such as master pages, images, alternate CSS and more. He even discusses switching out the application master pages as well. Automated SharePoint Site Branding

Common Theme Problem: “Write Error on file _themes\” 5

When placing custom SharePoint themes into the 12 folder, sometimes you may run into this error when you try to select your new theme: “Write Error on file _themes\“ Typically, this error happens when you are making changes to a theme and decide to make backups of some of your images by doing a simple file copy and paste. I’m not exactly sure what about this process causes the error, but simply moving the copied files to the desktop (or somewhere other then the theme folder) should correct the problem. Be sure to perform another IISRESET before re-selecting the theme.

Kivati Studio Released

Check out this new product from Kivati, seems like they took all of the SharePoint web service API’s and abstracted them out into a GUI layer that allows developers to rapidly build SharePoint applications. I’m sure the devil is in the details, but the demo looks pretty slick. They show how a skilled user could wire together a workflow application and build a deployment package just by clicking away.

Microsoft Office Labs

Check out a new pilot project from the MS Office team. Sort of like Google Labs, Office labs is a place to check out and give feedback on the latest and greatest ideas from the office team. So far, theres not a ton of projects there, but I’m sure if people use the site a lot, they will put more out there. Microsoft Office Labs

IE8 Beta 1 with SharePoint (Revisit)

Ok, if you’ve read my previous post where I talk about IE8 rendering out of the box MOSS Master Pages poorly, you may have been confused by some of my results. Turns out I was using the Developer Tools to switch the Render Mode manually to IE8 which is not accurate. Turns out if a webpage does NOT include a doctype (like default.master and application.master do not) IE8 will default its rendering behavior to the old way of browsing (quirks mode in this case). Thus default.master and application.master, while still not great, do render exactly the same in IE8 as they would in IE7. Now BlueBand on the other hand (and the other “bands”) DOES have a doctype so it renders in IE8 mode by default and thusly has problems. So, it would seem that the best case scenario for now with custom Master Pages, is to declare a doctype of your choice, but to ...

IE8 Beta 1 SharePoint Screenshots 1

I went and grabbed the IE8 early beta and tried it out in a Vista VM. So far, the out of the box MOSS experience isn’t looking so hot. Of course you could always switch it to IE7 browsing mode and everything looks great. My own MOSS designs look pretty funky as well. Here are some screenshots of IE8 and the out of the box SharePoint UI’s: UPDATE #4 – Ok, after asking some questions on the IEBlog, I now understand what I was seeing in MOSS. Default.master does indeed render in IE7 mode by default, while Blueband renders in IE8 mode. You can check the render mode easily with this bookmarklet: UPDATE #3 – This is what I get for posting so early in the beta. Just read the latest post on the IE8 Blog. Based on their description, I think the MOSS ootb default.master would render in IE7 mode by default as it does not have ...