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FlyView for SharePoint: Dynamic Menu Application

April 6, 2016

For SharePoint users, navigating around a site collection or collections can be very difficult, especially if not much thought has been put into the global navigation or the administrators stick with the one deep global navigation available out of the box. And, while you navigate around, you constantly have to wait for url requests.

I was recently made aware of an extension for Chrome (IE coming soon) from Aurora Bits, FlyView for SharePoint – a dynamic menu and navigation tool that allows you to easily explore a SharePoint site and sub sites using a breadcrumb technique. Not only does it allow you to easily explore what sites are available (based on permissions) you can then see inside the site to the libraries or lists. The FlyView displays like a traditional left tree structure.

FlyView Example

Example of FlyView in a Production Environment. (Some sensitive information has been whited out or alternate text provided)

For SharePoint users, navigating around a site collection or collections can be very difficult, especially if not much thought has been put into the global navigation or the administrators stick with the one deep global navigation available out of the box. And, while you navigate around, you constantly have to wait for url requests.

I was recently made aware of an extension for Chrome (IE, Firefox, Safari coming soon) from Aurora Bits, FlyView for SharePoint – a dynamic menu and navigation tool that allows you to easily explore a SharePoint site and sub sites using a breadcrumb technique. Not only does it allow you to easily explore what sites are available (based on permissions) you can then see inside the site to the libraries or lists. The FlyView displays like a traditional left tree structure.

Some additional features include a SharePoint-only browsing history and SharePoint-only favorites. You can also change the font size for the breadcrumbs, hide or display the breadcrumb men, display a search box or not. You can also black list and white list. The blacklist option is useful for Enterprise-wide deployment of the extension. White list is useful so you can create relationships between grand parent and child sites if the parent level is blocked from you access.

For those of you that need to make a business case on why you should allow FlyView or to purchase FlyView Enterprise, just think about the increased return on your investment in SharePoint, increased adoption by end users, and finally, the increased productivity and less information duplication because people can find  the things they are looking for.

FlyView works with SharePoint online/Office 365 sites, or on premises 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007.

Since this is only available for Chrome, I recommend you also add these other extensions otherwise you will lose some of the functionality of SharePoint in Chrome. (IE Tab by ietab.net ) When FlyView releases their Internet Explorer/Firefox/Mac extension (in beta testing), you won’t have to worry about any other extensions. FlyView Enterprise will be installed on a server, configured and controlled centrally and deployed to all or select users.

After 9 years working of working in SharePoint, this is the most useful extensions I’ve ever seen that ALL users can use.

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