Nov 25 2009

DotNetNuke REAL replacement menus

Finally some one has cracked it, they have made an easy to use and style menu replacement. Your probably about to say but there are hundreds or Menu replacements for DotNetNuke (DNN) and yes there are, alot of which I have used, though none of them used DNN the existing styling.

The one I am most excited about was the drop in replacement for the Solpart menu, lets face it this was always the most style able and configurable menu that ever came out with std DNN, and SEO has always been a pain in the rear end with this menu.

So for people like me that have a stack of DNN sites that used the solpart menu simply for style purposes over SEO (which lets face it the avg person / client that knows nothing about what SEO is, wants looks over functionality).

I like the best of both world’s DDN Done Right (Mark Allan) has produced an awesome extension for DNN with a simple install and a simple change to the skin tag and hey presto your solpart menu retains its funky look as it did before and   you have some better overall SEO structured menus, True hyperlinks, and a better overall user experience.

No only Has Mark enhanced the solpart, he also added functionality to better DNN new default nav provider, and the ability to add some really cool menu over effects, using  JQuery bottom menu)

and further to that Mark has created Mega menus also, and look to be creating additional templates, I know I for one will be watching very closely to DDR’s site for further updates!

for more info keep an eye on Marks Blog

Download DDR’s Free menus here

Thanks for the FREE menus Mark

Nov 13 2009

Word, Excel 07 getting sharing violations on save

So we were getting various sharing volitions when trying to save some changes to an existing document, both on windows VISTA and windows 7, this started to become an annoyance, but let it go because it was only now and then. I found out it wasn’t isolated to me, turns out many others have been affected by this annoyance also.

So you might get error messages like "Your changes could not be saved to ‘Filename.xlsx’ but were save to a temporary document ‘CERSS322′ (this is a random string). Close the existing document, then open the temporary document and save it under a new name."

If you try and save it again you might also get "Your changes could not be saved to ‘Filename.xlsx’ because of a sharing violation. Try saving to a different file."

once again if you were to save it it might actually save correctly.

There was lots of talk about an Anti-Virus might actually open this file scanning it when you have it open hence the reason for the sharing violation, and this could be well possible, but its more likely to be the Windows  Desktop Indexing service., you could disable this though that might be a drastic measure. you can right click on the file and turn the indexing on that file off.

So to do this right click on the file giving you problems go to ‘Properties’  > click on the ‘Advanced’ button > removed the tick from ‘ Allow this file to have contents indexed in addition to file properties’

See images below for more info.