Thursday, April 5, 2007

Guidance Explorer Revisited - Part 4

In my previous posts on Guidance Explorer Part 1 and Part 2, I discussed about features in GE for guidance Consumption, in Part 3 I discussed about Creation of the guidance. In this post I am going to talk about GE features enabling Distribution of guidance.

The three main categories of guidance distribution are Peers, Teams and Organization.

Peers - Guidance Explorer allows you to share individual guidance items or collections of guidance in a variety of formats
  • XML Formats - GE allows you to Export individual or collection of items in XML format, which can be imported by other users in their instance of GE.
  • HTML Format - GE allows you to Save individual or collection of items in HTML format, which you can share with others not using Guidance Explorer.
  • Word Doc - GE allows you to save individual or collection of items in Word doc format which you can share and can be printed and used offline
Teams - Guidance Explorer allows you to share your guidance with other teams in different ways.
  • Views - You can export a particular view as a library, which will include all the guidance items referenced by the view.
  • Folders - You can export a folder as a library, which will include all the guidance items from the views and folder structure within the folder.
  • Library - You can export your team specific library, which will include all the guidance items within the library.
Other teams can import the exported library in their instance of GE.

Organization - Organizations can share libraries by publishing them to a UNC or HTTP location so that team members can subscribe to them. Once subscribed the Guidance Explorer user, if connected to the network, will always see up to date content for that library. When offline, the user can view the version of the library cached on the local file system.

With this post, I have covered all the major areas of GE. Hope this has been helpful and inspires you to start using GE and leverage all its cool features!!

~Later

2 comments:

Geekays said...

I am waiting for the day when Guidance Explorer will be functional on the online client. The online client is yet to be operational. It can not synchronize with the guidance explorer online store as of now.

Kangkan
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