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office    CodeCharge Studio Add-In (Sep 30)

This Add-In converts FrontPage into a powerful Web development environment that lets users rapidly create database-connected Web applications such as Portals, Stores, Catalogs, Employee Directories, Internet and Intranet systems, etc. It generates clean, customizable, industrial strength programming code in all popular server languages, including ASP and C#. You build your application through wizards, and CodeCharge Studio automatically generates both your HTML pages and server code.

Download: CodeCharge Studio Add-In

office    Catalog-CD Publisher (Sep 30)

Catalog-CD Publisher with Portable Server allows you to convert your FrontPage-based Web sites into interactive CD/DVD presentations, from which your customers can order electronically. FrontPage-based layouts become web-styled presentations that can include broadband displays, databases, email forms, surveys, calendar of events, chat and other interactive functions. A few of the file types supported are ASP, HTML, XML, XSL, DTD, CSS, Javascript, PDF, MS Access database(s) and other portable file formats, that support web links.

Why Convert your Print-layouts to CD-ROM?
Because you can quickly and easily re-purpose your existing data into portable interactive broadband displays, which can be direct mailed to your clients. It’s an excellent direct marketing piece. The low cost CD-ROMs save on Printing, Postage, and Advertising Costs. These portable electronic catalogs can not only be put on CD-ROMs and mini-CD-ROMs, but can be downloaded over the web.

Download: Catalog-CD Publisher

office    NetPlugin Tags (Sep 30)

NetPlugin Tags is a FrontPage Add-In tag inserter for your NetPlugin Store templates. It integrates itself within Microsoft FrontPage, making it simple and easy to create and customize your online store templates directly within FrontPage. With the NetPlugin E-Commerce shopping cart solution, designers can quickly build and customize an online storefront. The storefront can then be easily uploaded to your Web site by clicking the Publish button within FrontPage or using standard FTP.

Download: NetPlugin Tags

other    Microsoft Office HTML Viewer Service for Windows SharePoint Services (Sep 29)

The Office HTML Viewer server provides support for users who want to view the content of files on document libraries, but do not have Word, Excel, or PowerPoint from Office 97, or a newer release of Office, installed on their local computer.

Download: Microsoft Office HTML Viewer Service for Windows SharePoint Services

office    FrontLook Site Search Engine Demo (Sep 26)

FrontLook Site Search engine is a professional site search engine to help viewers locate your Web site information without leaving their site or exposing their viewers to annoying ads. The package is inexpensive, easy-to-use and lets users set up a site search engine on their FrontPage-based Web site with a look consistent with the look of their Web site, professional result summaries, search areas and easy-to-use controls for what pages are included in each search area. A Quick Search Form add-in is also included to insert a compact search form on any page taking the user to the search page to view their results.

The search engine supports both Boolean and exact matches of text and keyword meta-tags. Summary pages can be formatted to match the look a feel of the Web site. The Web site viewer has controls for page navigation, items per page, sort order, search area and search type.

FrontLook Site Search Engine can be configured by Microsoft FrontPage 2000, 2002 or 2003 and runs on a Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) server 4.0 or greater running Active Server Pages (ASP).

Download: FrontLook Site Search Engine 30 Day Demo
View: Frontlook

office    Cart32 Form Wizard (Sep 25)

Getting your e-commerce site up and running could not be any easier. Simply enter a few product details and the wizard will generate the HTML and insert it into FrontPage for you. This shopping cart add-in for FrontPage makes it very easy to add all of the HTML needed by the Cart32 shopping Cart system.

Download: Cart32 E-commerce Add-in

info    Microsoft Prototype Camera Designed To Enhance Web Conferencing (Sep 25)

Microsoft is showing around a prototype product, called the Ring Cam, designed to make Web conferences more like face-to-face meetings. Combined with Web-conferencing software that Microsoft acquired this year, remote-meeting participants would be able to view and hear a live, 360-degree image of participants in another location.

Few details are known about when products might result from the prototype. A Ring Cam–actually multiple FireWire cameras–would stitch together images from its surroundings. Software would isolate the audio and image of whichever participant is speaking, says Amit Mital, general manager of Microsoft’s real-time collaboration unit. That technology likely would be incorporated in Microsoft’s Office Live Meeting 2003 service, which is based on products it acquired with the recent purchase of PlaceWare Inc.

Microsoft’s challenge is to integrate the real-time technologies it’s developing–instant messaging, presence awareness, team workspaces, and now Web conferencing–over the next several years, Mital says.

Read the whole article at CRN
See the ringcam: Screenshots

other    Exchange 2003 Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus Capabilities (Sep 25)

Spam and viruses cause more problems for mail servers and email users than just about anything else. As part of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, Microsoft has built new anti-virus and anti-spam capabilities into Exchange Server 2003.

Exchange 2003 will not include any built in virus scanning engines. However, Microsoft has created a new virus scanning API for Exchange 2003. This API will allow companies such as Norton, McAfee, and Hauri to develop Exchange 2003-specific anti-virus software capable of scanning both inbound and outbound mail, and capable of notifying the sender of the infection.

Read the whole article: Exchange 2003 Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus Capabilities

office    InfoPath: Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) (Sep 24)

The Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) is designed for solution providers (SPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and other developers who are interested in developing solutions with InfoPath 2003.
The InfoPath SDK includes documentation and samples that demonstrate development techniques for customizing and implementing InfoPath features, including integration with Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft BizTalk Server, Microsoft SQL Server, XML Web Services, Component Object Model (COM) components, and ActiveX Data Objects (ADO).

Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 SDK contents:
Section 1: Getting Started
Section 2: Common Developer Tasks
Section 3: Best Practices
Section 4: Developer Sample Forms
Section 5: Tools
Section 6: Technical Articles
Section 7: InfoPath Developer’s Reference

Download: InfoPath: Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK)

office    Microsoft Office System 2003 Evaluation Kits (Sep 24)

You can order a trial copy of the Microsoft Office 2003 now. The shipment will begin late October. The evaluation kits are available worldwide for the cost of shipping and handling, $7.95 US for the first kit and $4.95 for each additional kit. Express delivery will cost more.

Read: Microsoft Office System Product Evaluation Kits FAQ
Order: Microsoft Office System Product Evaluation Kit

office    It’s here! Outlook 2003 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup (Sep 24)

Back-ups can be lifesavers! The updated add-in is the same as the previous version but now also supports Outlook 2003. If you also want to schedule your back-up at specific times you might want to take a look at my script in the Download section. I already spoke with someone from Microsoft to implement it in a future release. Also with the open-file back-up functionality in Windows XP the possibility is there to let the back-ups occur when Outlook is open. This way backing up could be completely transparent. Well, we’ll see what future versions will bring us. For now the updated back-up feature is already more then welcome.

Download: Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup
Download: My own schedulable script

office    Microsoft and Monster to Offer Customers “Smart” Resumes (Sep 23)

Microsoft Corp. and Monster, the leading global online careers property and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide Inc., today announced a technology alliance designed to help job seekers build professional resumes. Through the alliance, Monster’s downloadable Extensible Markup Language (XML)-enabled “smart” document templates can be seamlessly installed in Microsoft® Office Word 2003, enabling job seekers to upgrade the quality of their resume. The templates will be available via the Microsoft Office Online Web site, which is visited by nearly 25 million unique visitors per month.

Read: Press release at Microsoft

downloads    Outlook Command ID overview (Sep 22)

I added an overview of the command ID’s in Outlook to the Downloads section. Command ID’s are the underlying numbers for the Toolbar buttons and menu options. These numbers correspond with a certain built-in action. The ID’s can be used to create custom menu’s or disable certain buttons by using Group Policy. Disabling Toolbar buttons can be very handy for network administrators to prevent users from using certain functionality like printing (and help saving the Rain Forest! ;-). A guide on how to disable button’s will be available soon.

Download: Command ID overview Outlook 2002
Download: Command ID overview Outlook 2003

office    FrontPage Add-in: AllWebMenus Menu Builder (Sep 22)

Create any cross-browser, popup or drop-down menu with AllWebMenus, the dhtml menu / javascript menu builder that requires absolutely no DHTML/Javascript experience.

DHTML/JavaScript menus are designed with a treelike approach. Users can tailor their menu by using the Properties Pane or by choosing a predefined appearance from the Style Gallery. The menu can be either vertical or horizontal (pop-up or drop-down menu), it can be movable, stay visible while scrolling, contain static or animated images, borders, colors, and much more. Once everything is set, you can use the insert-menu-into-Web-page command to add your menu in the Web page in a fast and easy manner without any code.

Download: AllWebMenus

office    Microsoft Unveils Office Solution Accelerator Program (Sep 22)

As already introduced below today Microsoft unveiled their Office Solution Accelerator Program.

As part of its mission to deliver ongoing value to customers with the Office System, Microsoft Corp. today announced the Microsoft® Office Solution Accelerator program, a new set of offerings built on and designed for the Microsoft Office System. The accelerators are intended to help customers quickly realize more value from their Microsoft Office System software investments, and to assist industry partners in continuing to grow their businesses into new areas.

Read: Press release at Microsoft