As a SharePoint user, do you ever wish to have a seamless navigation across the sites and content repositories on your SharePoint site? As a SharePoint Administrator, do you want to accelerate end user adoption with easy and intuitive navigation bundled with quick search? SharePoint is a popular content management system used by more than million users worldwide. And as the enterprise adoption has increased, so are the complexity of content repositories within SharePoint.  End users and Administrators are always lookout for add-ins and solutions to simplify their user experience and increase user adoption. Thus FlyView for SharePoint Enterprise should be your solution of choice for seamless navigation across sites and content repositories.

 

In this blog post, I would review the product and its capabilities by installing and configuring this product on my own SharePoint Online site.

 

FlyView for SharePoint is an Aurora Bits product for Microsoft SharePoint platform that helps users with improved productivity by reducing the time they spend navigating and discovering content. FlyView for SharePoint is a unique and innovative tool as it can create a lighting fast, global navigation menu at run-time for any SharePoint site. The FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint is installed on SharePoint server/site collection in SharePoint Online, 2016/2013/2010 and displays a dynamic site menu when a user logs in, enabling the users to explore the entire SharePoint Site without having a single mouse click. It supports all major browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox etc. The solution will create Breadcrumbs and Navigation in your browser. The term enterprise in the product clearly shows the focus of the product team to be used within Enterprise SharePoint installation by eliminating browser dependency and focusing on standardized methods.

 

Installation

The installation is very straight forward with a server side sandbox package that deploys javascripts and css. I was able to quickly deploy the WSP to solution gallery and activate it. All that is required to start using FlyView Enterprise.

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User Experience

FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint appears on the top left section of the browser after the menu and by default show the root site. I have seen absolutely no difference in page load time with or without using this add in.

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As I hover over the root site, it quickly displays the sites and other content repositories within the root site, and as you hover in the sub sites, it would expand the content repositories with them. All this was pretty fast and seamless. The icons next to the content repository names provides clear demarcation between subsites, lists and libraries.

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The navigation quickly allows you to navigate from the highest level of content repository (site collection) to lowest level (content). And it doesn’t restrict you to default view. You can have option to select the view you want to see.

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Pinning allows you to handle multiple content by pinning them on the screen. When you click on the blue icon next to a document, you can pin the content or mark as favorite. Pinning the content on the screen allows you to multi manage content properties. Very helpful.

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Last, but not the very least is search. This is not your traditional enterprise search for content. But search for content repositories as depicted in the example below. I am trying to search for a payroll for November 2015 which by my naming standards is saved in “Nov15” folder.

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FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint allows you to view your history and content marked as favorite by hovering over the FlyView icon on the top left. This would allow you to create your own shortcuts to document by marking the content as favorite and review the history.

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Conclusion

 

In a nutshell, this product shows very promising features that can both accelerate user adoption and increase productivity. The product team has meticulously identified end users pain point with respect to navigation and content search. If you would like to see the product in action, feel free to choose from the following.

  1. You can visit Aurora Bits site for more product details.
  2. View the FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint product demo video.
  3. Download a demo of Trial version of FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint.
  4. Request a live preview of Contoso site from here.

I would conclude my review with few pointers from my side that should answer any questions you have

  1. Security – FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint uses logged in user context. It does not save any access credentials.
  2. Content Access – FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint cannot manipulate or delete your content or changes any SharePoint configuration.
  3. Performance – FlyView Enterprise for SharePoint is lightweight and performs well given the reasonable number of Sites, Sub Sites and content.