Friday, November 2, 2007

RichText WYSIWIG Editor for SharePoint (Safari Friendly)

It's a common problem for anyone trying to roll out SharePoint to a community that has Apple users. SharePoint is only semi functional for Safari users. If you ask "the Soft" himself he'll tell you that almost any browser from OS 9/10 is a "Level 2" browser and will have limited support for interacting with Lists and Administrative context menus.

Probably the most difficult pill to swallow though is that the stock HTML editor barely works at all from Safari. Even if the editor did work well, its still a pretty terrible user experience even for users who are running browsers that are supported. Common tasks like uploading documents, images and managing them from a text entry screen are not supported even from IE or Firefox.

Enter the RadGridLite. The RadEditorLite (for SharePoint) is free and adds some hot features to stock SharePoint Blogs/Wiki's, especially for users who want to include a little media with their Blogs, Wikis, etc...

Here's a Screen Shot of the stock editor.


Trying to add an image to a Wiki with the stock editor:


And this is what it looks like with the RadEditor Lite:

Browsing Images with RadEditor:

Uploading Image with the RadEditor:

You can create folders to store uploaded images but it's of note that all the content that you create is under the default Wiki SharePoint list. This probably makes sense for some implementations but a lot of instances have all their content stored in central document repository. I went through the .chm and was unable to see any documentation that made it easy to point uploaded content to another list (like a document repository or some other kind of content repository).

Either way it's a step in the right direction and it's always hard to criticize free add ons too strenuoulsly.

Take if for a spin and let me know what you think.

Best,
Tyler

1 comment:

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Jason Grilo