Social Squared November Release

 SharePoint, SharePoint 2010.

We’re very excited to bring you the November release of Social Squared – version 2.0.0.1, our forum tool for SharePoint that is perfect for large scale discussion boards. We’ve got lots of big and small improvements in this release, here are a few special ones:

Forum Tools Menu

Forums Tools Menu

The Forum Tools menu appears at the top right of the Social Squared Web Part and allows your users to get easy access to certain screens. These include:
Edit Profile – easier access so that users can set their signature or upload their profile picture to be used in the forums.

View Email Subscriptions – view all the email subscriptions that you are signed up for across the forums and topics. You can also easily delete subscriptions from this page.

View Recent Activity – shows all of the topics across Social Squared that have had posting activity over the last seven days.

Database Installer

Rather than expecting you to manually run SQL scripts to create or upgrade Social Squared databases, we’ve now created a database setup program for you to use:

forum database setup tool

Search

We’ve had the search box within the Social Squared web part for quite some time now. This allowed you to search within topics and posts. With this latest release we create a few new stored procedures as part of the database upgrade. These stored procedures can be used to create a Business Data Catalog Entity or Business Connectivity Services External Content Type – depending on which version of SharePoint you are running. You can then setup a Content Source within SharePoint Search to crawl this Entity/ECT so that Social Squared topics and posts can appear as part of the standard SharePoint Search results. If you’d like to connect SharePoint Search and Social Squared in this way please drop us an email at support@lightningtools.com and we can supply you with some further documentation.

Show Post Edit Information

When a user edits a post, a message in the bottom left of the post displays who edited it and at what time:

Edit Post Text

More Configuration Settings

From customer feedback we’ve added a number of configuration options that can be changed in the Forum Settings page:

Paging values – decide how many topics or posts to appear before the forum starts paging.
Show search box – allows you to show or hide the search box in the top right of the forum web part

Other Stuff

There are quite a few other small changes we’ve included in this release – please take a read of the Release Notes document which is part of the download.

Where to get it…

You can download the Trial version of Social Squared from here:

Social Squared Trial

Or if you are already a customer get the latest version from the Downloads page once you have logged in. Remember if you are upgrading to make sure you backup your Social Squared SQL database first

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