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Column Data Adapter Version 2.0


You can share and manage data in many ways by using applications like Microsoft Office Access and Excel with SharePoint. By default SharePoint allows to connect and manage list data only for standard SharePoint columns. ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter is an extension component providing ability to use ArtfulBits Columns in Microsoft Access forms, reports and Microsoft Excel.

This feature applies to the following columns:


Feature List

Feature
Link SharePoint list into an Access database, including viewing and editing ArtfulBits Columns values
Export columns data to Microsoft Access
ArtfulBits Columns support in Access forms and reports
Edit ArtfulBits Columns in Microsoft Access
Export columns data to Microsoft Excel

Why ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter?

ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter is a unique add-on to ArtfulBits Columns that allows you to track ArtfulBits Columns data in applications like Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel.

 Standard Edition
Link SharePoint list into an Access database, including viewing and editing ArtfulBits Columns values   
Export columns data to Microsoft Access   
ArtfulBits Columns support in Access forms and reports   
Edit ArtfulBits Columns in Microsoft Access   
Export columns data to Microsoft Excel   

How to Use

Just install this solution to target Web Applications using our installer and activate "ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter" Web Application feature. After that, ArtfulBits Columns values can be viewed and edited in applications like Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Access Compatibility Mode

ArtfulBits Column Actions Remarks
Progress Read & Write  
 
Category Read & Write  
 
DateTime Read & Write  
 
Follow-Up Read & Write Editing is allowed when Follow-Up's "Show Complete" option is not checked.
Discussion Read Only  
 
Cascaded Lookup Read & Write Editing is allowed when ArtfulBits Lookup's "Allow editing" option is selected in "Datasheet Compatibility Mode" section on column settings page. Control will be rendered as standard SharePoint Lookup column. Exclusive ArtfulBits Lookup column features will not be accessible in Microsoft Access in edit mode.
Cross-Site Lookup Read & Write
Parent Selector Read & Write

ArtfulBits Progress, Category, DateTime columns editing in Microsoft Access is enabled by default. Follow-Up column with "Show Complete" option is read only in Access, otherwise is editable. Discussion column is read only in Access.

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

  • Open column settings page
  • Go to "Datasheet Compatibility Mode" section.
  • Choose "Allow editing" option to enable column value editing in Microsoft Access and Datasheet view.

NOTE: Control will be rendered as standard SharePoint Lookup column. Exclusive ArtfulBits Lookup column features will not be accessible in Microsoft Access in edit mode.

Preparation for Installation

Before installation, please, check that your target server meets Column Data Adapter system requirements.

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


1. Installation

Download Column Data Adapter 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

Column Data Adapter 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 Column Data Adapter trial license click here.

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

SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010

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.

3. Activating / Deactivating Feature

Open the SharePoint Central Administration.

SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010
On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Web Application Management section, click "Manage Web application features": If the Web application for which you want to manage features is not selected, on the Manage Web Application Features page, select the target Web application on the "Web Application" menu. On the Central Administration page, in the Application Management section, click "Manage Web applications": On the Web Applications Management page, select the target Web application.

In Web application feature list, activate ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter feature (if deactivated):

4. Product Upgrading

Process of updating Column Data Adapter 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 Column Data Adapter will be uninstalled. Or select "Repair" - to repair the Column Data Adapter .


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
For SharePoint 2007 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 x86/x64
Windows Server 2008 x86/x64

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003/2008
(Please read about limitation)
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • Windows SharePoint Services v3 or SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+ is recommended for Advanced Administration features

Also compatible with:
  • 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
Download Download Download

Item Version Size
SharePoint 2013
ArtfulBits_Column_Data_Adapter_v2.0_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter install files for SharePoint 2013, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 2024 Kb
ArtfulBits_Column_Data_Adapter_v2.0_FullPack_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter 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.
2.0 3961 Kb
SharePoint 2010
ArtfulBits_Column_Data_Adapter_v2.0_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter install files for SharePoint 2010, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 2023 Kb
ArtfulBits_Column_Data_Adapter_v2.0_FullPack_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter 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.
2.0 3960 Kb
SharePoint 2007
ArtfulBits_Column_Data_Adapter_v2.0_SP2007.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter install files, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 2106 Kb
ArtfulBits_Column_Data_Adapter_v2.0_FullPack_SP2007.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Column Data Adapter and License Manager install files, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 4026 Kb
Documentation
Column_Data_Adapter_UserGuide.pdf
Column Data Adapter user guide.
584 Kb
Column_Data_Adapter_InstallGuide.pdf
Installation guide describes installation and licensing steps.
1189 Kb


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

Release Notes

Version Notes
v2.0
(March 25, 2013)
New Features:
  • Added SharePoint 2013 support
v1.1
(June 03, 2011)
Improvements:
  • Added support for new licensing model (ArtfulBits License Manager v1.4)
v1.0
(April 23, 2011)
Initial Release

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

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