Earlier in the day I wrote about the free product Colligio SharePoint Reader which allows you to access your SharePoint sites when away from Internet access. This is a fantastic resource and you can download it from here at no cost. At the same time you may be looking for a product which not only allows you to access your SharePoint sites but also enables you to edit them offline and then sync back to the server. Colligo has covered this with their product Colligio Contributor.
Colligio Contributor is a fully featured product which has a rich user interface allowing you to continue working with SharePoint in an Offline environment. Two way syncing and a drag and drop interface make this a highly intuitive piece of software which will have a dramatic impact on the productivity of teachers who can update their subject sites at home without the internet and update them on arrival in the school the next day. This product is available from the Colligio site on a trial basis and is well worth looking at for key staff who are power users of SharePoint.
Yesterday I started a new series of product reviews by looking at the excellent RSSbus SharePoint Web Part which helps you to connect to hundreds of sources of data and place them in your SharePoint environment. Continuing with the theme of SharePoint Product Reviews I wanted to look at the issue of access to SharePoint 24/7 and anytime/anywhere. One of the biggest issues here is how do you stay connected with your SharePoint environment without Internet access. The increasing availability of public wireless and the emergence of 3G has in some ways helped to reduce this issue. At the same time the move towards paid for public wireless and the huge number of 3G black spots means that more than ever having access to SharePoint withouht the internet is essential. One of the excellent tools you can use to help you do this is Colligio Reader for SharePoint.
Colligio Reader for SharePoint is a free product which allows you to sync your SharePoint to your laptop to view in read only mode. This is a fully fledged product which takes all the SharePoint libraries and picture galleries along with all your meta data into the offline environment. The reader works straight off your laptop with no server based installation so you can download it here and start using straight away. As with the RSSbus Web Part we will be producing a range of full product reviews with screenshots examining the functionality in the Autumn Term so look out for this.