Tag: firefox

SharePoint links add-on for Firefox

Found a nice little Firefox add-on, explores the idea of abstracting SharePoint-y navigation out of the website UI and into the browser. Works for SP 2007 and 2010 (not 2013):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/SPAdminToolbar/

The Sharepoint Administrator’s Toolbar will let you quickly access most of the locations in a Sharepoint Portal. It eliminates the need to use or display the Site Actions menu, and gives you a quicker navigation experience. You can navigate ANY Sharepoint portal with the same set of commands. You can “lock” the navigation to a particular root or a particular SCA. When you “lock” the navigation, it will always use that site, otherwise, it will use whatever site is currently loaded in the browser.

You will receive a popup if SPAdminToolbar thinks you are trying to use its functions on a page that isn’t Sharepoint. You can disable this in the options panel. Although SPAdminToolbar works with IETab2 and IETab+ (Coral), it does not work right with the plain IE Tab. Presently, plain IE Tab seems to have a few issues with SharePoint, anyway. I personally recommend using IETab2 with SharePoint – the only thing you can’t do (that I’ve found) is to rearrange the order of columns (IETab2) – that will crash Firefox every single time.

Also, please do note that navigation does not work correctly when navigating *out* of a wiki-library. I haven’t yet figured out how to discover if I am in one. As soon as I figure that out, I will fix it. This is a known bug. If you have ideas, comments, complaints, wish to make translations, or wish to contribute, please send an email to my address is in my user profile.

Firefox Friday #2 – SharePoint & Firefox

​Firefox does have issues when being used with SharePoint, let’s ID the known issues and workarounds:

Feature

Limitation

Connect to Outlook, Connect to Office, and Sync to
SharePoint Workspace

Works with an
ActiveX control, but requires a Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office
2010 does not provide a Firefox control adaptor for this control. The feature
also requires an application that is compatible with the stssync:// protocol,
such as Microsoft Outlook.

Datasheet view

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in Microsoft Office 2010,
and a Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a
Firefox control adaptor for this control.

Drag and Drop Web Parts

Cannot be moved by
using drag and drop on Web Part pages. Users must click Edit on the Web Part, select Modify Web Part, and then select the zone
from the Layout section of the Web Part
properties page. Web Parts can be moved using drag and drop on Pages.

Edit in Microsoft Office application

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in SharePoint Server 2010,
and a Firefox control adaptor. For more information about Microsoft Office
2010 Firefox Plug-in, see FFWinPlugin Plug-in
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=199867).
If you install and configure the Office Web Applications on the server, the
Edit functionality works and you can modify Office documents in your browser.
This functionality only works with Microsoft Office 2010 or an equivalent
product together with a Firefox plug-in.

Explorer view

Removed in
SharePoint Server 2010. Libraries that have been upgraded from earlier
versions of SharePoint Server 2010 may still have Explorer views, and these
may not work. Explorer view requires Internet Explorer.

Export to Excel

Downloads a file
with an .iqy extension to the Web browser. If Microsoft Excel is not
installed, and if no other application is configured to open this file, then
this feature will not work.

File upload and copy

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in Microsoft Office 2010,
and a Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a
Firefox control adaptor for this control.

Microsoft InfoPath 2010 integration

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in Microsoft Office 2010,
and a Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a
Firefox control adaptor for this control.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Picture Library
integration

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in Microsoft Office 2010,
and a Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a
Firefox control adaptor for this control. The user can use the following
workarounds when no control has been installed:

  • If a user wants to upload
    multiple pictures in a picture library, the user must upload one picture
    at a time by using Upload.aspx.
  • If a user wants to edit a
    picture in a picture library, the user must download the picture, edit
    it, and then upload the picture to the picture library.
  • If a user wants to download
    more than one picture from a picture library, the user must download one
    picture at a time by clicking on the picture link.

Microsoft Visio 2010 diagram creation

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one delivered in Microsoft Office 2010, and a
Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a Firefox
control adaptor for this control.

New Document

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one delivered in Microsoft Office 2010, and a
Firefox control adaptor. For more information about Microsoft Office 2010
Firefox Plug-in, see FFWinPlugin
Plug-in
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=199867).
Although the New Document command may
not work, you can use the Upload Document functionality. If you install and
configure Office Web Applications on the server, the New Document command works, and you can create an Office
document in your browser.

Rich Text Editor – Basic Toolbar

A user can update
the Rich Text Editor basic toolbar to a Full Rich Text Editor that includes
the ribbon by changing the field’s properties, as follows: On the
FldEdit.aspx, in the List Settings
menu, select Specific Field Settings.
Next, under Columns, click Description. In the Additional Columns Settings section, under Specify the type of text to allow, select Enhanced rich text (Rich text with pictures, tables,
and hyperlinks)
.

Send To

Can leverage an
ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in Microsoft Office 2010,
and a Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a
Firefox control adaptor for this control. Without the control, files cannot
be sent from one SharePoint farm to another SharePoint farm. However, files
can still be sent from one site to another site.

Signing Forms (InfoPath Form Services)

Requires an
ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in Microsoft Office 2010,
and a Firefox control adaptor. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a
Firefox control adaptor for this control.

Spreadsheet and Database integration

Require ActiveX
controls, such as those that are delivered in Microsoft Office 2010, and
Firefox control adaptors. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a Firefox
control adaptor for this control. The user can use the following workarounds
when no control has been installed:

  • If a user wants to edit a
    document, the user must download the document, edit it, and then save it
    back to the server.
  • In a list that requires a
    document to be checked out for editing, a user must use the
    Edit menu to check out the
    document, edit it, and then check it in by using the
    Edit menu.
  • Export to spreadsheet.
    Users can export a SharePoint list as a spreadsheet by clicking
    Export to
    Spreadsheet
    on
    the
    List
    tab on the ribbon.

Web Part to Web Part Connections

May require
deactivation of browsers pop-up blockers for SharePoint sites.

Slide library and PowerPoint 2010 integration

Require ActiveX
controls, such as those that are delivered in Microsoft Office 2010, and
Firefox control adaptors. Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a Firefox
control adaptor for this control. The user can use the following workarounds
when no control has been installed:

  • Delete a slide. Users can
    delete a slide by first clicking the slide, and then clicking
    Delete
    Slide
    . Repeat
    for each slide.

The following
features do not work on this platform:

  • Copy a slide to a
    presentation. This feature enables users to add a slide to a PowerPoint
    2010 presentation.
  • Publish a slide. This
    feature enables users to upload a single slide from a PowerPoint 2010
    presentation to a slide library. Microsoft Office must be installed on
    the client computer.

 


Firefox Friday #1 – Useful Plugins for SharePoint Development

As SharePoint developers we are bound to IE but often fallback to other browsers for various reasons such as performance, HTML standards compliance, or in my case with Firefox – the plugins available.   The official Technet on what is and is not supported on various browsers (Chrome is notably not even in there): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263526.aspx. I will follow up this post with a list of what specifically will not work with SharePoint when using Firefox (so you can’t say I didn’t warn you!)

While Google Chrome is definitely a solid choice, if you are using Firefox the following plugins will help you out:

FasterFox Plugin

Download: http://fasterfox.mozdev.org/
Description:
Various network tweaks that deliver a zippy experience. This will also speed up your SharePoint user experience greatly too.

  • Prefetch Links
    Dynamic speed increases can be obtained with Fasterfox’s unique
    prefetching mechanism, which recycles idle bandwidth by silently
    loading and caching all of the links on the page you are browsing.
  • Tweak Network
    Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering
    settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache,
    DNS cache, and initial paint delay.
  • Page Load Timer
    A millisecond accurate page load timer tests the effectiveness
    of your settings.
  • Block Popups
    A popup blocker for popups initiated by Flash plug-ins is also
    included.

Notes:
1. Remember, just because you’ve got a turbocharged browser doesn’t mean your colleagues or clients do.  This plugin is a double-edged sword because you can get lazy or indifferent about performance problems on web applications. If you are developing, testing, or QA’ing systems you should either use a different browser (COUGH IETester COUGH) or temporarily disable Fasterfox.

2. The out of the box setting in the Firefox > Add-Ons > FasterFox > Options menu is “Optimized“. Set that bad boy to “Turbo Charged” and to hell with playing nice with server resources – our time is worth more!


Windows Media Player Plugin for Firefox

Download: http://www.interoperabilitybridges.com/windows-media-player-firefox-plugin-download
Description: Lets you run Windows Media content in Firefox. In particular you will be able to stream WMV videos such as the ones we have in the newly minted it groove SharePoint center directly in your browser window.

Web Developer Toolbar

Download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/web-developer/
Description: Adds a toolbar with a slew of options essential for anything webby. CSS, Forms, Images, Cookies, Viewing Source – instantly get Xray vision into any web page.

iMacros for Firefox

Download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imacros-for-firefox/?src=collection&collection_id=da0ecd99-2289-7ab0-7d57-e7c489c845c3
Description: Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the
Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the
same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords,
then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of!
***Whatever you do with Firefox, iMacros can automate it.***

Colorzilla

Download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/colorzilla/
Description: With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your
browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.
You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between any
two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing
colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in
custom palettes.

Basic end-user usage could be grabbing the color code for the blue from a clients logo and matching it up to another design element.

Firebug

Download: http://getfirebug.com/
Description: Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools
at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor
CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

Learning to use Firebug is a whole different topic but it is possible for non-developers to get working with it to quickly id and delegate issues due to Javascript or CSS issues, broken images, etc.

Firebug also is required for Yahoo YSlow and the Google Pagespeed Firefox Plugins