Colligo Contributor Client is an easy-to-deploy .NET application that extends the power of SharePoint to laptops, delivering a consistent online and offline SharePoint experience. It enabls users to instantly and securely access, modify, and create content through a rich client interface.
Rich Desktop Client Interface
Contributor Client synchronizes SharePoint content to a local encrypted data store for instant access – improving user productivity over slow connections or when working offline. Its intuitive drag-and-drop interface is tightly integrated with Microsoft® Office desktop applications so it's easy to use. 2-way sync, data encryption, document check-in / check-out, and elegant conflict resolution enables authorized users to keep content safe and up-to-date.
Synchronization Configuration Options
Users can select specific documents, libraries, or entire SharePoint sites for sync to their laptops. With full 2-way sync, users can securely access, modify, and create SharePoint documents, forms, list items, and metadata anywhere, anytime. Content is kept up-to-date with automatic background sync based on startup, view, and configured time intervals. 1-Way sync configuration available for read-only access.
- Select a view, folder, library, or entire site
- Access & update content while offline
- Set sync on startup, view, edit, or interval
Document & Form Libraries
Documents are added to SharePoint libraries and folders with a simple drag-and-drop action, at which time users can immediately apply custom metadata for classification. New documents can also be created on the desktop using the same forms and content types available on the server. Existing documents can be easily opened, edited, and saved.
- Update documents offline, sync changes online
- Drag-and-drop documents from the desktop
- Create documents from content types & forms
Views & Metadata
Views can be used online and offline to easily organize and find content. Metadata for documents and list items can be edited or added to one or multiple items at a time, with a simple right-click action. Default folder-level metadata can be set for automatic application. Multi-value lookups are also supported.
- Right-click to quickly update metadata offline
- Edit common metadata to multiple files at once
- Use Views in Outlook to easily find data
- Set default folder-level metadata
Custom & Standard List
Colligo Contributor Client provides access to custom lists and many standard lists including events, issues, links, contacts, announcements, tasks, and agendas. SharePoint list items are added and edited with just a few clicks.
- Set content types for list items
- Access and update custom lists offline
- Add items to standard lists
- Right-click to edit item properties
Contributor Client has special support for email and attachment drag-and-drop. A unique filename is automatically generated, and message fields including To, From, CC, Date, and Subject are captured as metadata values. Users can immediately set content types and custom metadata for email retention and classification applications.
- Support better email & document management
- Auto capture email fields (To, From, Date, etc.)
- Set custom metadata at time of drag-and-drop
Document Checking & Version Resolution
Check-in and check-out is supported when users are working online. Elegant conflict resolution, integrated with Microsoft Word® compare and merge, notifies the user if conflicting edits have been made by multiple users while offline.
- Use Check-out & check-in to lock content
- Make changes offline, auto update when online
- Resolve conflicts easily with compare & merge
Super Simple to Deploy
Contributor Client is a desktop solution that supports any version of SharePoint (WSS 3.0, WSS 2.0, MOSS 2007, SPS 2003). It's very quick and easy to deploy with a small 5 MB client install package and no server installation. Deployment options allow SharePoint Administrators to easily pre-configure sites for sync, set automatic sync intervals, configure storage locations, and more. SharePoint Administrators can quickly support diverse SharePoint users in various locations, working online and offline. Custom SharePoint clients can be developed using the Colligo Contributor Software Development Kit. Click here to find out more about the SDK.
No training needed - Thousands have used Contributor without reading any documentation. In many cases users find the application easier to use than SharePoint itself. The UI is very intuitive, borrowing many visual elements from applications like Microsoft Outlook® and Microsoft Windows Explorer.
Awards: Best of Tech Ed 2008 Award, Editor’s Choice Award 2008, Finalist for Best of Tech Ed 2007 Award