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Follow-Up Column Version 2.0


Follow-Up Column enables due date flags similar to Microsoft® Outlook® follow-up functionality. Applying of flags to the list item allows adding of visual reminder in a natural way. Such feature releases from necessity of keeping in mind routine things like "What I have to do today" or "What I will need to finish in next two weeks".

Follow-Up flags

The component derives from Date and Time column behavior so you can filter and sort values in this column by standard action:

Follow-Up filtering

Follow-Up column includes several flags with dates, such as Today, Tomorrow, This Week, Next Week or can be associated with custom date:

Follow-Up new form

Feature List

Feature
Set flag with due date from predefined list: Today, Tomorrow, This Week, Next Week or Custom
Different options of follow-up visualization using combinations of flag, text and date
Support of sorting and filtering features
Support of different calendars (Gregorian, Japanese Emperor Era, Korean Tangun Era, Hijri, etc.)
Supported Datasheet view
Two-way conversion between ArtfulBits Follow-Up and standard Microsoft® SharePoint® Date and Time column
Language pack support (desired localization could be added by request)

Why ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column?

Main purpose of Follow-Up Column component is items flagging with due date option (messages, meeting request, tasks, events, etc). Follow-Up Column is useful for great Outlook experience enhanced by integration with SharePoint lists.

 Standard Edition
Set flag with due date from predefined list: Today, Tomorrow, This Week, Next Week or Custom   
Different options of follow-up visualization using combinations of flag, text and date   
Support of sorting and filtering features   
Support of different calendars (Gregorian, Japanese Emperor Era, Korean Tangun Era, Hijri, etc.)   
Supported Datasheet view   
Two-way conversion between ArtfulBits Follow-Up and standard Microsoft® SharePoint® Date and Time column   
Language pack support (desired localization could be added by request)   


Image 1: New/Edit Item Form

From New/Edit Item form user can select one of predefined follow-up flags or set custom due date.

Image 2: View Item Form

View Item form shows selected flag and/or date with text according to column settings.

Image 3: List View

List View shows flags and/or dates with text according to column settings.

Image 4: Different display options

Image 5: Follow-Up Column Settings

These settings change displaying mode for list view and view item form.
1. Show status image(flag) checkbox controls showing flag image;
2. Show description as radiobutton list allows selection of displaying mode for status text and date format;

Preparation for Installation

Before installation, please, check that your target server meets Follow-Up Column system requirements.

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


1. Installation

Download Follow-Up Column 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

Follow-Up Column 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 Follow-Up Column 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.

Special link informing about product expiration is shown in SharePoint pages, where ArtfulBits component is used if product is using trial license or such license is "Expired" or no license is provided at all. Clicking on this link will redirect to product license status details page.

3. Activating / Deactivating Feature

Click "Site Actions" menu in the root site of one site collection, then click "Site Settings":
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Click "Site collection features" link in Site Settings page:
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In SharePoint Site collection feature list, activate ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column feature (if deactivated):

4. Product Upgrading

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


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
Single and multiple lookup
Parent-child relationships
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
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Item Version Size
SharePoint 2013
ArtfulBits_Follow_Up_v2.0_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column install files for SharePoint 2013, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 1880 Kb
ArtfulBits_Follow_Up_v2.0_FullPack_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column 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 3818 Kb
SharePoint 2010
ArtfulBits_Follow_Up_v2.0_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column install files for SharePoint 2010, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 1878 Kb
ArtfulBits_Follow_Up_v2.0_FullPack_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column 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 3815 Kb
SharePoint 2007
ArtfulBits_Follow_Up_v2.0_SP2007.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column install files, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.0 1861 Kb
ArtfulBits_Follow_Up_v2.0_FullPack_SP2007.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Follow-Up Column 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 3781 Kb
Documentation
Follow-Up_UserGuide.pdf
Follow-Up column user guide.
625 Kb
Follow-Up_InstallGuide.pdf
Installation guide describes installation and licensing steps.
951 Kb


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

Release Notes

Version Notes
v2.0
(May 06, 2013)
New Features:
  • Added SharePoint 2013 support
  • Added Russian and German localization
v1.61
(June 09, 2011)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed column settings update
v1.6
(June 03, 2011)
Improvements:
  • Added support for new licensing model (ArtfulBits License Manager v1.4)
  • Added "Save site as template" support

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed column value on item display form
v1.5
(November 16, 2010)
New Features:
  • Added Russian and German localization

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed minor issues
v1.4
(August 09, 2010)
New Features:
  • Added Datasheet view support
v1.31
(July 08, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed error with 6622 Event ID in Event Viewer (Field type DummyField has duplicated definition)
v1.3
(June 11, 2010)
Improvements:
  • Allowed filtering of Follow-Up column values in List View (SharePoint 2007 only)
  • Improved new/edit Follow-Up value behavior (no page postback occurred on value changing)
  • Set date to today on item completed with empty follow-up date
  • Improved Setup Wizard

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed Follow-Up column in Calendar list view (now column returns DateTime value type)
v1.2
(May 13, 2010)
New Features:
  • SharePoint 2010 support added
v1.1
(February 01, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Problem with product version (Setup Wizard only)
v1.1
(January 12, 2010)
New Features:
  • Added Complete option (completed icon is shown when user marks item as completed)
  • Added different calendars support (Gregorian, Japanese Emperor Era, Korean Tangun Era, Hijri, etc.)
  • Added Follow-Up field conversion (two way conversion between ArtfulBits Follow-Up and standard SharePoint Date and Time column)
  • Added Follow-Up column tooltip in List View

Improvements:
  • Improved List View filtering by Follow-Up field (added Expired, Today, This Week, etc. in filter options)
  • Improved Setup Wizard
v1.0
(November 02, 2009)
Initial Release

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