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SharePoint Toast Notifications



SharePoint Toast Notifications

The Toast Notification SharePoint solution (Version 1.0.0.35) 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. 
  • Please also navigate to the List and break the permission inheritance and make sure that all users have write access to it.

 

 

 




Update 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 update this feature.
  • Navigate to "Site content/Style Library/" and delete the Folder "AENO_Notification".
  • Navigate to "Site settings/Web Designer Galleries/Solutions" and deactivate the AENO_Notication solution.
  • Upload the unzipped Sandbox Solution (AENO_Notification.wsp)
  • After uploading, click the "Activate" button.
  • Now the solution will be updated.

  • Verify the current Version via the adminpage (URL?aenoadmin=1),



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).
  • Scope: To make toasts only visible on specific SubSites or Pages. 




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://yourdomain/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.
    if you enter a "b" character before the numbers, the offset is calculated from the bottom.
  • 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.
  • Toast ListField name: Specify another ListField to be displayed.
  • 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 UserIDís, 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?
    THOMAS RUNDS  
    10/8/2016 23:46 
    Hi Juerg,

    long time no speak (or should I say, no downloads from me). This is an interesting feature. What groups are targeted, AD groups, SharePoint groups, FBA groups?

    Thanks
    Thomas
    Raphael  
    10/13/2016 17:06 
    Kevin,

    There is an updated version available, re-creating the List automatically if it was deleted.

    Thomas,

    The Notification solution actually uses SharePoint groups.
    Andre Schlender  
    10/18/2016 06:56 
    Hi Raphael, downloaded and installed the latest version 1.27. Install worked as advertised. However when I go to the list I don't get the "scope" column you have in your screenshot above. Last column on my screen is UserID. Is there an even "newer" version?
    Shawn  
    10/26/2016 21:44 
    We have installed the app and activated it. The list was created and I can see that it exists when I'm in SharePoint Designer. But when I try to go to the admin (?aenoadmin=1), the admin section doesn't appear. I've tried in both IE 11 and Chrome. I have Site Collection Admin privs and I also had our Farm Admin try and he was not able to access it either.
    Raphael  
    10/31/2016 14:18 
    Shawn,

    please download the new version (1.0.0.28) and update the Solution.
    We performed an update.
    Raphael  
    10/31/2016 14:19 
    Shawn,

    please download the new version (1.0.0.28) and update the Solution.
    We performed an update.
    Damon  
    11/22/2016 20:21 
    Does this webpart work with anonymous users as well, as long as the audience is left blank? or is there a special way to make anonymous users get it?

    Thanks
    Dez  
    1/10/2017 18:36 
    Is it possible to allow only a specific group to edit current notifications and can the notification be set to stretch 100% in width/responsive? Looking for a solution that would allow separate departments to turn on notifications for reach department/group. thnx
    Chris  
    1/19/2017 14:50 
    When a user closes a notification it appears to write their ID into the UserID field of the AENO_Notifications hidden list. Is this update to the notification list item done as the user that is logged in? The reason that I ask is that by default I have all users with Read Only access on our parent site and when the AENO_Nofications list is created it inherits the same access. Therefore, our users do not have Contribute access to the list. Without changing the security on the list so that all users have Contribute I have noticed that the notification won't go away as the UserID field is not getting updated.
    Raphael  
    1/20/2017 10:58 
    Chris,
    The AENO_Notifications list inherits its permission from its parrents.
    Please specify the list permission on that particular list with write access to all Users.
    George  
    2/6/2017 19:28 
    Hello, I just installed this webpart yesterday and it was working great until I went and changed the name of the list. After reading in the forums that this was a no-no, I tried to uninstall the solution and reinstall but I cannot get it to work again. Specifically, the list will not auto-create. Our environment is SPF2013 on-premise. Is there something else I missed? Thanks, George
    Mark  
    3/24/2017 18:57 
    I just downloaded the Toast Notifications Web part. Is there a way to change the Title to multiple lines instead of the single line with character limit of 255? Our Notifications are bigger than 255 characters.

    Thanks,
    Mark
    Raphael  
    3/27/2017 16:01 
    Mark,

    We just performed an update for you.
    The Current version is now 1.0.0.31 and gives you the ability to set the FieldName manually in the Adminpane.
    Mark  
    3/28/2017 19:57 
    Raphael - Thank You this is perfect exactly what we need. We will be buying it very soon. You guys are great!
    Mark  
    4/21/2017 22:29 
    Just purchased this and Works great!! any way i can change the Toast horizontal offset? The offset for all toasts in pixels from the right hand screen edge.

    Any way this can be from the left hand side? We are just using a team site template and on wide screen monitors it is over to the right to far?

    Thanks,
    Mark
    Raphael  
    4/24/2017 10:37 
    Mark,

    We just performed an Update to version 1.0.0.34, which allows now to set the Notifications horizontal offset from the left hand side.
    To enable the offset from the left hand side, please add the small letter "L" in front of the value like: l25

    Please update the soltuion as described on this Page.
    George  
    4/28/2017 21:58 
    We have the toast notifications working properly but with the latest update, it appears that the color definitions for the different "Type"s no longer exist. When the notification appears on the page, the color of the background defaults to white which almost looks invisible with our default light background of our site. When looking at the instructions on the site, there is no longer a "Type" field and it has been replaced with "Category". The instructions still refer to "Type" while the screenshot shows "Category". Based on the instructions, you are suppose to use different colors as type but the screenshot shows a sample category called "Info". How can I set a color for each of our categories? Thanks, George

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