SharePoint Designer Blog Updates

Hello All,image

My name is Sam Chung, and I'm a PM on the SharePoint Designer team.  I just wanted to let everyone know that we're bringing back to life this blog and that we will be posting new entries in the upcoming weeks.   There have been quite a few changes within the SPD team and these changes have made it so that we weren't able to give this blog the attention it needed up until now.

We currently have a list of topic ideas that we're reviewing to see which topic to write about. But if anyone has any blog topics that they'd love to see right away, please feel free to post it in the comments below.  We will review the comment topics with our list and prioritize our blog postings accordingly. 

Thank you to everyone who has continued to return to this blog hoping for updates.  We apologize for the lack of updates but the blog is back now.  And there will be updates soon. 🙂


Comments (19)

  1. Christian Ståhl says:

    Great news, looking forward to the comming articles!

  2. Will Pender says:

    This is great.  Even the archives of this blog have been helpful to me, so I welcome the return of fresh content.  It's good to have this resource back.

  3. priesmeyer says:

    I have a workflow that I do at work regularly (multiple times a week) (tracking SSL Certificates that are about to expire and need to be renewed) that I would love to automate.  I have them all in a SharePoint list and would love to read articles on how I go about getting started in turning this into a workflow.  How do I sit down and map out my work process and then translate that into a workflow using SharePoint Designer?  I think articles that deal with work processes and give advice like this would be great!

  4. Nik Patel says:

    I still remember you guys wanted to do 7 or 8 part list series… Are you guys still reviving this?…/sharepoint-2010-list-view-blog-series-part-2-using-the-new-sharepoint-lists.aspx


  5. Nik Charlebois says:

    How about something on how to create workflows with loops (for and while)  in them. Currently exporting from Visio into SharePoint Designer doesn't support this scenario, but there's got to be a way to do it.


  6. Nico de Jong says:

    I would like to see a scenarion desribed where you customize files through SharePoint Designer and take those to Visual Studio 2010, to depley them in an uncustomized state (as a solution). This could be the case in a dev environment where you use SP2010 and VS2010 together, where in the user acceptance and production you just deploy solutions and not do any customizations.

  7. Ram says:

    Can you pls add some more articles on XSLTListView Webpart. At present, It has only 3 articles in this blog…/Post.aspx

    It was very useful.


  8. Alan Richards says:

    I think SPD for workflows is not  pushed enough. Also the link between SPD and Visio for import / export of workflows. I use Visio quite a bit for visualizing workflows easier and then importing into SPD to add the commands I to each section.

  9. Justin says:

    Please show more workflow examples. The more examples you show and details you explain the better.

  10. Justin says:

    Please show more workflow examples. The more examples you show and details you explain the better.

  11. Glyn Clough says:

    Hi Sam,

    Great that you're bringing the blog back to life. Not sure if it's on your list already but I'd love to see the series that was started back in 2009 continued/ completed regarding the XSLT List View Web Part. In particular I'd like to see how to use the XLV with cross-web and joined data sources.


  12. spdblog says:

    Great list of topics folks.  We've added your comments to our list and we'll start going through this list and add it to our current list.  We obviously won't be able to create postings on all of these topics right away, but please keep the suggestions coming; we'll do our best to create regular postings.  Right now we're aiming for 1 to 2 posts a month.  If time permits we'll post more frequently.



  13. Hello Sam!

    Would be awesome if you go through the case of creating a list workflow (in Visual Studio) that would be able to dynamically add/remove items into "List Item Menu". So that you can sort of add or remove drop-down actions to each list item individually, depending on this item's workflow state or some other conditions. Thanks.

  14. Dean says:

    Could you please improve the Help System for SPD 2010. There are many menu items and features of this app that are not mentioned at all in the online Help system. As a minimum, you should be providing links to the other information that has been previously developed in MSDN or Technet. We should not be entering a search term for an menu item and get ZERO results. This is tremendously frustrating and a major waste of our time.



  15. I did an upgrade (database attach) from 2007 to 2010.  Now people are asking me why, on their list view, when they create a new event, the option to categorize the list is gone.  I looked and the section for category really is not there.  How can I get it back?

  16. DamanAsha says:

    Reiterating Nik Patel & Ram's requests for more on the List View Series. While early articles were good, there's so much more depth to be explored w.r.t. the XLVs and sadly, finding solid information and how-to's seems to be quite difficult. So definitely "more please". Also kudos on the revival of this blog.

  17. ddite says:

    So what occurred to "Reviving" this bog  … ?

  18. spdblog says:

    Sorry, we haven't beena ble to really keep updating this blog like we wanted.  But I can assure that we haven't been just sitting around.  We've been working on some really amazing stuff for the next release. 🙂  We'll have more updates as we get closer to the next release of Office.  🙂

  19. katpro says:

    this resources are very helpful to me. i am expecting more articles regarding sharepoint  from you. thanks for the post.

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