Tag Archive for: ‘Colligo Contributor’

Calling All Beta Testers!

Although version 4.0 is a bit late, we’re pleased to announce that it’s ready for external beta testing. The wide range of operating systems and Microsoft Office configurations it is designed to support, coupled with the sophisticated twiddly-bits we put into Windows Explorer have delayed release a wee bit longer than expected due to final QA.

If you would like to request a beta copy of 4.0 for testing, please fill out the Colligo Contributor Pro Beta Request Form. Once we’ve had a chance to sift through the requests, we will send out copies of the beta code next week (week of August 10th). We will even provide a nifty online form for testers to provide their feedback quickly!

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SharePoint Workspace 2010 Will Be Good For Colligo: Bring It On!

Awhile back I <a href="/blog/topic/sharepoint-workspace-2010/">posted about the re-naming of Groove as SharePoint Workspace 2010</a>. During the webinar we did in June introducing version 4.0 of Colligo Contributor, we mentioned SharePoint Workspace again, and this <a href="/blog/colligo-contributor-release-4-webinar-replay-and-answers-to-questions/">spawned a number of questions from attendees</a>. Recently, I noticed some buzz on Twitter about Colligo’s imminent demise as a result of Groove’s repositioning.

I feel compelled to provide a preliminary response to the questions and comments. Frankly, it’s too early to be doing this as SharePoint Workspace is still in private beta, so no one can talk about the details publicly. And the devil’s in the details, as they say. While we’ve had a chance to play with the code, we are under NDA and cannot talk about it (and rightly so).

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Colligo Contributor Release 4 Webinar Replay and Answers to Questions

On June 30 Colligo held a live webinar entitled “Supercharge Your SharePoint Deployment With The New Colligo Contributor 4.0”. Our VP of Development, Dave Foster, gave an extensive demo, which seemed to be very well received judging from the comments. You can view a replay of the webinar, request additional information, and sign up for a free trial of Contributor 4,0 at the webinar resource center.

Colligo Contributor 4.0 is scheduled for release the week of July 13th, 2009. For a list of features, please read the press release.

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Versioning

This afternoon I received a question on our support for versioning. In short, our support is as follows:

Colligo Contributor and Reader behavior is the same here. The latest version is downloaded – in Reader that is the end of the story as it is a reader with no write access. In Contributor uploading documents will act as SharePoint is configured.

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Version 4 Advanced Briefings

We will be releasing version 4.0 at the end of the month and are giving advanced briefings to press, analysts, bloggers and Microsoft MVPs. If you are interested in scheduling a briefing, please send me a note via the contact form on or before June 24th. Please include your name, email, URL, and whether you are an MVP, blogger, analyst or press.

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Colligo Contributor User Tips on LinkedIn

Melanie Aizer, our dedicated and talented marketing specialist, has been posting Colligo User Tips to the Colligo for SharePoint User Group on LinkedIn. We are getting some good feedback on the posts, as people are discovering new ways to use the product. If you are a Contributor user, I’d suggest joining the group.

Melanie is posting a lot of other interesting information on LinkedIn and is finding an active Colligo community on Twitter.

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Andy Dales’ SharePoint Awards 2009

Andy Dale, the Senior SharePoint Consultant at UK SharePoint Specialists, Officetalk published his list of “Best SharePoint” Awards for 2009 on his blog. I’ll repeat them here:

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SharePoint Reviews

If you haven’t yet visited, SharePoint Reviews, it’s a terrific site. Hundreds of SharePoint Products are featured and many have been reviewed by users. Mike Ferrara, a SharePoint consultant in South Florida, writes an interesting column there called OnPoint.

I was pleased to see that Colligo Reader is the Top Rated Freeware product at SharePoint Reviews. Colligo Contributor Client also received a 5/5 rating. Thanks to all the people who were kind enough to do a review of both these products. I noticed that they just put a product description of Contributor Add-In for Outlook up there recently, but it hasn’t received any reviews yet. We’d love to get a few reviewers if anyone is so inclined. You can get a 30 day full function evaluation copy of the Add-In here.

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Upcoming Webinar – Introducing Colligo Contributor 4.0

Colligo Contributor 4.0 – The Latest Innovation in SharePoint Client Solutions

SharePoint is evolving at full tilt with new use-cases cropping up every day. In these challenging times, supporting new requirements can be daunting for IT departments already stretched to the limit. Colligo has responded with the launch of Colligo Contributor 4.0, a significant new release that provides important enhancements across the entire product line, and introduces two exciting new products.

Join Dave Foster, Vice President of Product Development at Colligo and me as we discuss how SharePoint is moving beyond the portal and how Colligo can help you respond rapidly with off-the-shelf client solutions. You’ll see a hands-on demonstration of Colligo Contributor 4.0 (to be released in June) and learn how to get more horsepower from your SharePoint investment.

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Colligo Add-In for Outlook Used By Legal Departments

A recent post by Rees Morrison in the “Law Department Management” blog discusses how National Grid, a large power utility headquartered in the UK, is using SharePoint for document management.

I was pleased to see the following quote from Adam Davidson of National Grid:

We are also about to start deploying (after a successful pilot) the Colligo Outlook Add-in to give us an even better tool to upload emails into SharePoint, as well as allowing lawyers offline access to their matter files within SharePoint.

This really highlights how the Contributor Add-In for Outlook can help to reduce the barriers to adoption of SharePoint for content management applications, such as legal matter management. I was especially proud since we were selected by a team that has been recognized for it’s leading edge application of SharePoint. National Grid won the “In-House Legal Department Initiative of the Year Award” at the Legal Technology Awards in 2006 for their use of SharePoint for DM.

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