Hidden Properties and Offline Content Manager in Desktop Integration Suite

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In the Desktop Integration Suite (DIS) for Explorer, there are a couple of hidden options available to you if you know the extra keystrokes. When you right-click on the Oracle Content Servers in the Folders pane of Explorer, hold down the Shift+Ctrl keys as well. You'll now see a couple of extra choices for Properties and Offline Content Manager.

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For Properties, there are a couple of interesting options that can be set. First, you can turn on logging which can help with troubleshooting issues. Simply enable the log and set its max size. Then to view it, simply come back to the Properties dialog and click the View Log... button.

In the Advanced section, one of the things you can turn on is the "Use WebDAV URL when opening files with the following extensions:". What this means is that interacting with documents with those particular extensions will behave as if you were working through standard WebDAV compliant folders in Explorer. The most noticeable difference in behavior is when you are closing a document. In standard DIS behavior, if you were modifying a file and closed it, you would need to right-click on the document and choose to check it in to create the new version. Otherwise, the document will remain checked out and the changes will only be stored in your local client cache. But if you switch to the WebDAV behavior, closing the document will cause the document to immediately check in the new revision.

Another interesting setting is the "Make 'Open' the default file action, not 'View'. This means that if you double-click on a file to open it, it will perform a check-out action prior to opening it. So that document becomes immediately available for modifying. The default behavior with 'View' is to open the document in a read-only view.

Depending how how users use DIS, one of these setting changes may prove helpful.

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Along with Properties, another nice hidden feature is the Offline Content Manager. This dialog gives you a single view into all of the documents you've syndicated or checked out through DIS. Here you can quickly check the status of any syndicated content you've had offline to see if it's out of date and needs to be refreshed. Or if you have a large number of documents you've changed offline and are now back online, you can quickly check them back in here. Then you don't have to browse the different locations to get to them all.

Comments:

This is great!

Posted by Tomo on October 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM CDT #

This is extremely helpful! Especially the option to make "Open" the default action.

Posted by Bob on November 01, 2009 at 01:28 PM CST #

Very helpfull. Is it possible to set checkin option when closing a doc instead of letting user the option to keep the document as a temporal file?

Posted by Andres on March 01, 2013 at 02:31 AM CST #

Hello Andres,

No, I'm afraid there is no way to configure that option.

Thanks,
-Kyle

Posted by Kyle Hatlestad on March 06, 2013 at 03:37 PM CST #

Thanks Kyle, I'll look for some workaround.

Posted by Andres on March 06, 2013 at 04:52 PM CST #

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Kyle Hatlestad is a Solution Architect in the WebCenter Architecture group (A-Team) who works with WebCenter Content and other products in the WebCenter & Fusion Middleware portfolios. The WebCenter A-Team blog can be found at: https://blogs.oracle.com/ ateam_webcenter/

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