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SharePoint Toast Notifications



SharePoint Toast Notifications

The Toast Notification SharePoint solution (Version 1.0.0.26) lets you centrally manage notifications and alerts targeted to all users or specific user groups.
It reads entries from the included SharePoint List (located in the root site) and displays notifications targeted to either selected groups or all users during the specified time window as configured for each notification.
The solution can be used on SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint Online/Office365.



Product Price     
Toast Notifications Solution
Sandbox Solution for SP 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office365/Sharepoint Online
download..
Toast Notifications License Key
per Frontend Server or Online Tenant
USD 250.00




Installation Instuctions:

  • Download and unpack the AESBNotifications.zip file.
    The ZIP archive contains the AENO_Notification.wsp, EULA.txt and VersionInfo.txt files
  • Login as a Site Collection administrator on the site collection(s) where you need to install this feature.
  • Navigate to "Site settings/Web Designer Galleries/Solutions".
  • Upload the unzipped Sandbox Solution (AENO_Notification.wsp)
  • After uploading, click the "Activate" button.
  • Now the solution will create (on first activation only) the SharePoint list needed to store the Notifications. The operation will take about 7 to 10 seconds, so please wait until you get the below prompt:
    "List successfully created! Listname: AENO_Notifications"

  • The "AENO_Notifications" list is a hidden List, located in the site collection root web.
    Navigate to the adminpage (URL?aenoadmin=1), section mange the list, to start adding notifications to the list. 

 

 

 




Notification Configuration :

If you have opened the list as described above, you are ready to add new items.
The fields to be filled-out are:

  • Title: The text displayed by the toast popup notification (HTML formatting is supported).
  • StartDate: defines the start date/time form which the toast will be enabled.
  • EndDate: defines the endt date/time form which the toast will be disabled.
  • Audience: if left empty, all users will get the notification,
    If you specify a SharePoint group, only the group members will get the notification
  • Type: Sets the alert type (background color).
    You can add your own types by expanding the "Type" column definition (eg. adding #RRGGBB or HTML color names as needed).
  • URL: Set the linked url to the notifiction
  • Target: Set the landing page ow the above URL
  • UserID: please leave this field empty (the field is used to store the users who have clicked away the toast in order to not get this notification again).




General Notification settings:

You can override some general Notification default settings (positioning, refresh rate, license Key etc.) by opening the "General Settings" popup window as described below.
PLease note that you need to be logged in as a farm or site collection administrator in order to change any settings.

to open the general settings, append the below string to the page URL in the browser's address bar:

?aenoadmin=1

Example:
http://ae-web3-ct:28900/SitePages/Home.aspx?aenoadmin=1


If the url already contains a question mark, please rather use
&aenoadmin=1

The following parameters can be configured and will be applyed to all Users:

  • Refresh rate: defines the intervall in seconds to refresh the alerts.
  • Toast Width: Toast width in pixels .
  • Toast vertical offset: The offset from the top of the screen in pixels of the top toast.
  • Toast horizontal offset: The offset for all toasts in pixels from the right hand screen edge.
  • Toast time offset: The offset for all toasts in seconds to be loaded after the Page is loaded.
  • Manage the list: The list is only availiable thru the Admin center, or directly linked (hidden list)
  • License Key: opens a dialog box to enter your license Key.
    If no key has been entered, the toasts will display an "Evaluation version" message.

    Note: There is a fixed included delay of 7 seconds until the toasts appear when opening a page.
    Update: The fix included delay is now configurable!

     

    Please enter a comment below if you have problems with the installation, want to give feedback or have suggestions for improvements:

    User Comments Post a Comment 

    Andre Schlender  
    7/11/2016 08:49 
    Hi again, just trialling your new web part on SP2016 onprem. No problem installing and running. However I have two questions.
    1) EndDate column is date and time. When will the message be disappearing if the targeted user doesn't close it? Is this looking at the day and the time component?
    2) Just a "nice to have" really. It would be great if you could have a URL column that acts as link for the message and points to more information. I know you can operate this into the title column with html, but that doesn't really work for normal uses.
    Otherwise good job as always.
    Raphael  
    7/14/2016 14:44 
    Hello Andre,

    Yes. The Notification will disappear either if the EndDate (Date and Time) is reached, or the User have marked the toast as read.
    The Option to set a URL to the toast is a great idea, we will Focus that Feature on the next update.
    We also would implement the translation from the UserID’s, which has marked the notification as read, to the display name. Only for administrators.
    Shawn  
    8/5/2016 19:07 
    Does this solution still work with Microsoft's recent decision regarding sandbox solutions?
    Juerg  
    8/5/2016 19:13 
    Shawn,
    we will publish a new version on Monday (1.0.0.24) which will not contain any managed code anymore and thus will not be affected by the announcement made by Microsoft.
    GR  
    8/11/2016 16:40 
    Can AENO_Notifications list be renamed? Or can already existing list be used if fields from AENO_Notifications list added to it?
    Also, can AENO_Notifications list be extended to add business specific columns that our users request....
    Raphael  
    8/11/2016 16:58 
    GR,
    the current version (1.0.0.24) does not allow the list to be renamed.
    Can you give some details about how you intend to use these additional columns ?
    GR  
    8/11/2016 17:58 
    Raphael, this would be used to store any information that business folks may need. this info would not be presented in the popup but when a user opens the list item they would see additional info that is not part of the list now.
    Raphael  
    8/11/2016 18:27 
    GR,
    in this case you just can enter additional list columns as needed.
    Kevin  
    9/21/2016 19:04 
    We downloaded and installed the Web Part to evaluate but the AENO_Notification list did not appear to install. The site shows an error that it cannot find the list AENO_Notification. Which Library does the list get installed? I'm suspicious that we have removed or renamed the Library that you need. Is there a way to manually create the SharePoint list again?

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