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Microsoft's SharePoint Designer is a tool for developing SharePoint applications.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/8I/fr/7NTDUFB0M502.pngDecent productWe use it for workflows that do not require cross-site lookups.,SP2010 workflows are the easiest way to get a text from a lookup field. Workflows are free. Fairly easy to use, intuitive interface. Branding and CSS styling on the master page.,Cross-site and cross-site collection lookups. Get text from lookup fields in 2013 (or next release). It is cumbersome to need multiple workflows for one task. No ability to edit DispForm.aspx, etc.,5,Positive: Where we can use it, it saves the cost of a Nintex workflow. Negative: Nothing really. It doesn't have all the features I would like, but what it has worked fine.,Nintex Platform,Microsoft 365 Business, Nintex Platform, Notepad++SharePoint Designer NoviceCurrently, I am using SharePoint Designer to manage apps, edit HTML pages and manage files. I thought I would use it more to edit forms but I prefer InfoPath. I find it more useful to edit. When I want to get a clear picture of the hierarchy in SharePoint, I use SharePoint Designer. I find it difficult at times to navigate the breadcrumbs to get to what I want. It does not seem to be too forgiving when you want to navigate from one subsite to another.,Allows me to go directly to the file structure I want to examine. Allows me to move files from one area within a site to another. Good for editing the HTML code within a page.,Navigation between sub-sites and beyond the entry point is not seamless. I find it difficult to get to the root of a directory structure if I have not started there. Would love to be able to do WYSIWYG in some form. I have only used it for a year but I have not found anything fancy to do. I would like to be able to work in a development site and easily move to the production site.,4,For my needs, I have not found SharePoint Designer useful for my day to day maintenance of SharePoint. It is useful for viewing all the objects that make up the SharePoint site. It is not as intuitive in regard to setting up Workflows. I have yet to use it to set up workflows in SharePoint. Maybe if I needed more complex workflows, it would be beneficial. I like to use SharePoint Designer for moving around files within SharePoint sites.,,Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator CCAh-ha thoughts after using SharePoint DesignerSharePoint Designer offers a variety of options when implementing this tool in SharePoint itself. It allows SharePoint developers to create workflows, customize SharePoint sites and create forms using InfoPath. For the customer I was serving, I was using SharePoint Designer for a custom workflow and form to solve a business problem where previously, the customer used Outlook emails to send and receive, approve or reject, edit and archive privacy documents. The customer realized that this was a poor approach for their business process and wanted a better way of managing privacy documents. Using SharePoint Designer gave our team the tools it needed to craft and maintain an autonomous workflow of sending, receiving, assessing and archiving government documents.,SharePoint Designer offers more granularity of customizing a workflow that is more sophisticated solution that can effectively delegate tasks to responsible parties and reflects status updates of task status. SharePoint Designer allows SharePoint professionals the ability to customize a SharePoint site with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript that can be integrated in .ASPX pages. SharePoint Designer offers form customization where Office products such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint cannot meet specific government requirements and or expectations.,Microsoft will be deprecating SharePoint Designer in 2023, forcing organizations and developers to either start using SharePoint Online or invest in compatible third-party applications. SharePoint Designer is not user-friendly for new developers. The learning curve is moderate, depending on the background of SharePoint developers. Albeit, there are YouTube videos on how to configure a workflow, create an InfoPath form and manipulate a SharePoint site, but be prepared to invest time for training if someone has never seen nor used SharePoint Designer before. Deprecation of SharePoint Designer is indicative by the unavailability of SharePoint Designer 2016, because Microsoft will stop supporting it. One limitation I had to deal with when working with IP forms was the limited set of controls. Compared to ASP.NET, the IP control are very limited. Many times I had to find workaround. If you design the IP form to open up in the browser you will get more restrictions.,6,Cannot customize .net; Developers must use Visual Studio instead of SharePoint Designer. There is a maximum depth of a workflow sub-step in xamml where that is a hard limit of 125 for node depth in xaml. The maximum value of 121 levels accounts for the default activities (stage, sequence, etc.) that SharePoint Designer inserts automatically.,Nintex Platform,Nintex Platform, CoffeeCup HTML Editor, Adobe ConnectSharePoint Designer Review[It's] Used for workflow design and page customization.,Workflows Page customization Light BCS,Workflow connectors to other systems would be useful. Page design can be made easier with WYSIWYG rich text edit capabilities. Workflow scheduling capability that ties in to something server-side - perhaps a timer job - would be very useful.,7,Facilitates business process automation and improves productivity. No major value add on the page design capability. Some value in external data (BCS) capability.,Nintex WorkflowThe Truth about SharePoint Designer - The Key to SuccessSharePoint Designer is only used by the SharePoint and Business Intelligence teams. Since this program is a very difficult to learn to use, and give the ability, depending on permission access in SharePoint, a typical end-user, or even power-user can make great and terrible changes with just a couple clicks of the mouse. As the SharePoint architect and developer, I am the primary user of SharePoint Designer (SPD) and I use it mainly for developing 2010 (client-based) and 2013 (server-based) platform workflows. I pride myself as being a "no-code developer" meaning, my highest priority is NOT to write any custom code (C#, .NET, PowerShell, etc.) to automate business processes and applications. There is a lot of POWER in the SPD Workflows, especially the 2013 workflows to allow for error checking, reminder systems, data automation, access to external data via REST HTTP Calls from the workflow itself, which opens a whole new world to build and develop, as you can now use the REST API to do various actions in SharePoint without having to write a custom action.,2013 Workflows - Loops: You can build loops to work while a value (not) equals something, or N number of times. You can insert Parallel Blocks to do multiple things at once, or to watch for multiple things, and when 1 thing finishes, cancels the others and moves to the next step or stage. 2013 Workflows - Stages: Previously all we had were steps, which worked sequentially. With the Concept of Stages, we can create blocks of steps and based on the data collected during those functions, we can tell the workflow to go to a different Stage in the workflow based on a set of 1, or multiple, Conditionals in a transition area after each Stage. Giving you the power to develop multiple entire processes and skipping to the correct part of the workflow, rather than going through 20 conditionals to find out you needed to do action 31. 2013 Workflows - REST API: the "Call HTTP Web Service" is a very powerful tool, but hard to understand if you have never seen it done, or have a guideline. It works very similar to the requirements in PowerShell to connect and get and post data to SharePoint using the Rest API. You can also use this to manage permissions on List Items, Lists, Sites, and Site Collections. Best part is when developed correctly, it is SUPER FAST! Intentionally Building Infinite Loops: I have built multiple review process from Managing Certifications to Updating Published Documentation, that monitors when an Item, based on provided approved metadata, when the "Author" needs to review the document within the given amount of time. They will get e-mails with links asking if changes are needed. If not, it is routed to the Approving Executive, and the Workflow Automatically updates the Metadata to push out the review dates to the next date, based on metadata provided on how how often the document should be reviews. By using conditionals in the transition of stages, it basically starts over, and goes into a parallel block to allow the monitoring of multiple values of metadata to move to the next stage. Very Powerful when you want to automate these types of process. It truly is a "Set It and Forget It" process.,If you have never used SharePoint Designer, everything about this program is very hard. It looks like a cross between the old Microsoft FrontPage, Notepad, Visual Studio, and Visio. All of you know how to use right? No. Most people now days, do not know what FrontPage is, but it was an HTML WebPage editor, and SharePoint Designer 2010 had a GUI (Drag and Drop to build) interface, but they did away with it in the 2013 version, which made making Page Layouts, Custom WebParts, and editing Master Pages nearly impossible without knowing HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and .Net. How to build the workflows is not apparent. Even the books out there published on SharePoint Development or Administration using SharePoint Designer tell you minor things; how to start, how to stop, how pause, etc., but nothing really defined as a Standard Best Practice to build (Insert Business Process Here) workflow. For example, a detailed explanation of how to use the action "Start an approval process". There are 3 different states in this workflow, and there are so many options in each state, and there is not a clear path. That is just one out of the box action that has 3-4 Levels of detail, without any direction. Your only hope is Google Searches, YouTube Videos, and if you are luck, there is a local college or university with Computer Education Training that focus on specific specific programs and teach you the in's and out's of the program, such as the University of Missouri - St. Louis. They have an entire division dedicated to the use of these types of applications such as SharePoint Designer, with actual Certificate Programs, of which I obtained (http://www.cetc.umsl.edu/). The classes there on SharePoint Designer gave me the knowledge to become the Architect and Designer I am today. The number of actions available out of the box are limited. Granted the 2013 platform workflows do have a larger number of actions available, but still they are limited. One of the things I have done is develop custom workflow actions for SharePoint Designer. Sadly this only works with SharePoint on Premise Systems and you have to develop it in Visual Studio, and that program is as intuitive as learning a new language. The workaround I have used to add nearly 40 additional actions, with AMAZINGLY DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS with examples is the Workflow Actions Pack by Plumsail.com. This $500 annual investment has elevated the level of development with SharePoint Designer to outer space. The best part, it is not difficult to use, and makes creating workflows exciting. The absolute worst thing about SharePoint Designer is that Microsoft is not releasing another version after the 2013 version. Microsoft will support SharePoint Designer 2013 for SharePoint 2013 & 2016 on Premise systems until 2026 (https://blogs.office.com/2016/01/20/sharepoint-server-2016-and-project-server-2016-release-candidate-available/). However, for the SharePoint Online (Office 365) environment may not support it for that amount of time. Microsoft may cut the time shorter due to SharePoint Online being a Multi-Tenant Environment.,8,SharePoint Designer has been key in the success of our multiple business objects. Without SharePoint Designer (and InfoPath in most cases to customize list forms) SharePoint would be nothing more than a large collection of sites to store files. SharePoint is at the core of Holiday Retirement's corporate business from the Hiring of new Talent, Rendering Business Intelligence Reports, to Corporate Communications. The first question from the majority of managers who have a business objective, schedule a meeting with my team to inquire if SharePoint is the answer. 95% of the time, it is, and I'm very proud to be the Architect and Developer to build these solutions.,Nintex Workflow and K2 blackpearlSharePoint Designer ReviewAs a SharePoint designer, and developer, I use SharePoint Designer to edit, configure and create workflows in SharePoint Online and on-premise.,Workflows List and Library configuration Permissions,GUI Interface editing pages,9,SharePoint Designer is free to download. What can be better than having a free tool to manage SharePoint?,Nintex Forms and Nintex Workflow,MS SharePoint, MS SharePoint / SQLBusiness solutions with SharePoint DesignerWe use SharePoint Designer to build complex business workflows to solve real business needs. It is being used at the department level to solve and automate department business needs. It allows SharePoint admins and site owners to easily see all site content, lists and libraries and manage them from the SharePoint Designer application. It also saves countless hours of document management and other tedious tasks by allowing the automation of many actions in SharePoint.,Easily Manage Site Contents. Manage lists and libraries. Build useful and powerful workflows.,Has limited workflow features when compares to other tools such as K2 and Nintex. Crashes frequently. Needs more integrations.,8,Great ROI because it is a free tool downloaded from Microsoft. Savings over purchasing a paid SharePoint management tool such as K2 or Nintex. Easy solutions for managing SharePoint site contents.,Nintex, Nintex Forms, Nintex Workflow and K2 blackpearl,Visual Studio IDE, K2 blackpearl, Citrix ShareFileSharePoint Designer: A Necessary EvilWe utilize SharePoint Designer across our own organization. We also install it for our clients and use it for them as well. SharePoint Designer is currently a necessary evil for our SharePoint clients. The biggest business problem that it addresses is the need to create custom workflows for SharePoint which is mostly what we use it for.,Workflow Development - SharePoint Designer is currently the go-to tool for creating custom workflows in SharePoint. Allows you to easily upload resource files.,It crashes...a lot! Be prepared to be making back-ups and hitting save frequently if you don't wan to loose your work. The HTML Editor is sub-par. I use other tools such as Visual Studio or Sublime for HTML Editing and just copy the code to Designer. It's being phased out. Microsoft announced that no new versions of SharePoint Designer will be released.,6,SharePoint Designer is free so it's pretty easy to get a return on investment. It allows you to create fairly complex workflow fast to automate your business processes.,Flow, Visual Studio and Nintex Workflow,Microsoft Office 365, Visual Studio IDEDesigner is great- but no more Design view IN Designer??SharePoint Designer was used at the company for increased flexibility of workflows, full customization ability for our sites/site pages, and used for pieces of larger scale application development. While a majority of the use is from the IT team responsible for maintaining the company's SharePoint site, there were a select few other individuals that would be provided with SharePoint Designer to further expand on their department's SharePoint site. It addresses business problems such as custom workflows to meet business needs, editing master/site pages to provide the exact information, or customizing forms to provide only critical business information in certain areas to certain users.,Allows ease and flexibility of creating custom workflows specific to the business needs. Emails can be configured to easily be sent based on specific conditions, and the inclusion of workflow variables allows increased functionality. It gives a quick interface to add, edit, and remove site pages as well as the ability to edit list item pages creating a custom look and feel for every business need and increasing the functionality of SharePoint lists. Allows a nicer user interface for the additions and management of the external content types linked to the specific sites.,In the newest version of SharePoint Designer, they have gotten rid of the Design view which makes what used to be quick and easy changes much more code-intensive. This makes it harder for non-IT users and is more risker for all SharePoint Designer users. SharePoint Designer workflows have a lot of functionality, but there are also some crucial limitations, such as not being able to put lookup fields in email subjects or using parenthesis to separate/group logical conditions. Although this goes along with the Design view, there really isn't a good user interface anymore for adding conditional formatting and styles in views/pages.,8,With workflows alone we have had a positive ROI because it gives us increased functionality and value with a smaller amount of development time needed. The testing of workflows or pages is more structured and we have less base cases than a ground-up customized development solution. Occasionally, we will have a negative impact on our ROI based on the work-arounds needed to make SharePoint Designer work for a specific project, but overall there has been more positive impacts than negative.,Nintex Workflow,Visual Studio.NET, AvePoint Pipeline Pro, Microsoft ProjectUsing SharePoint Designer to Easily Modify Pages and Create WorkflowsWe use SharePoint Designer in the IT department. It is used primarily to edit/create page layouts, display templates, master pages and css.,Integrates very well with SharePoint, allowing you to change page layouts, display templates and css. Very easily allows you to create/change workflows.,Would like the design view to come back, so I can see the changes I have made without having to preview them on my page.,8,Easily create workflows Easily create custom pages,,Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat DC, MS SharePoint,2,2,Workflow design Page Layouts Display templates Style sheets,10SharePoint Designer: Use With CautionOur company uses SharePoint Designer for ad-hoc customizations to its SharePoint 2010 intranet. My team, which is the web development team, is the only group allowed to use Designer in the production environment. Anybody who requests it can use it in the test environment. We have a deployment tool that facilitates deployment of sites from test to production.I jump into SharePoint Designer whenever a one-off customization to an intranet site is requested, such as adding conditional formatting to a list view, or making visual adjustments to a form. I also use it for creating workflows, adding Javascript to a page, or creating custom CSS for a specific site.,Designer is great for creating and applying custom master pages to sites. A custom master can be created anywhere, uploaded to a site, and applied to individual pages (rather than to an entire site). Designer is also really easy to use when I need to apply conditional formatting to a list, such as color-coding items needing attention. If you're not afraid of XSL, Designer is also a decent environment for customizing a page's layout by altering XSL templates. I also use Designer for building quick one-off workflows. The workflow building interface is easy to use and very powerful - much easier than getting into Visual Studio workflow and then deploying it.,Most people don't choose whether or not to use SharePoint Designer - we are somewhat of a captive user group. If you want to customize SharePoint pages without building custom solutions every time, then Designer is your only option. Designer can be unstable. There is not a lot of room for error in playing around with the XSL it creates -- errors will often cause the application to crash. The code view is not particularly good at dealing with XSL either -- it doesn't group by tag, and XSL error messages are not informative. I have taught myself to look closely at the line numbering -- If I make a change to XSL, refresh the Design view, and get a vague XSL error message, having a line number reference to my last change saves me a lot of hunting, because Designer will not tell you where the error is. Designer has a variety of bugs, some more annoying than others. For instance, it gives you the ability to create a data source from SharePoint's web services (very handy for referencing data in a separate site collection), but the data source seems unable to use Windows authentication, and I am forced to hard-code an account name and password. Certainly not ideal.,7,Positive impact: End users love the custom look of their sites after I have used Designer to spice it up a bit. Negative impact: Other end users now want *their* sites to be spiced up similarly. More work for my team is a good thing, but each time I work in Designer, I am afraid that I am adding another impediment to our eventual upgrade to 2013.,There's no SharePoint without SharePoint DesignerSharePoint Designer is currently being used to provide custom solutions to end-users. It is currently only being used by the SharePoint Team. SharePoint Designer helps automate business processes by sending notifications through custom workflows and by creating custom reports using web part pages.,Helps developers create a custom look and feel for new, edit and display forms. Gives user the ability to create parameters and connect web parts. Gives users the ability to create custom workflows.,SharePoint 2010 is very buggy and it often crashes.,8,It helps me get work completed quicker. It allows me to not have to use custom development (programming) to provide custom solutions to customers.,Dreamweaver,Adobe Photoshop
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April 10, 2019

SharePoint Designer Novice

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Currently, I am using SharePoint Designer to manage apps, edit HTML pages and manage files. I thought I would use it more to edit forms but I prefer InfoPath. I find it more useful to edit. When I want to get a clear picture of the hierarchy in SharePoint, I use SharePoint Designer. I find it difficult at times to navigate the breadcrumbs to get to what I want. It does not seem to be too forgiving when you want to navigate from one subsite to another.
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December 22, 2018

Ah-ha thoughts after using SharePoint Designer

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SharePoint Designer offers a variety of options when implementing this tool in SharePoint itself. It allows SharePoint developers to create workflows, customize SharePoint sites and create forms using InfoPath. For the customer I was serving, I was using SharePoint Designer for a custom workflow and form to solve a business problem where previously, the customer used Outlook emails to send and receive, approve or reject, edit and archive privacy documents. The customer realized that this was a poor approach for their business process and wanted a better way of managing privacy documents. Using SharePoint Designer gave our team the tools it needed to craft and maintain an autonomous workflow of sending, receiving, assessing and archiving government documents.
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April 05, 2017

The Truth about SharePoint Designer - The Key to Success

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SharePoint Designer is only used by the SharePoint and Business Intelligence teams. Since this program is a very difficult to learn to use, and give the ability, depending on permission access in SharePoint, a typical end-user, or even power-user can make great and terrible changes with just a couple clicks of the mouse. As the SharePoint architect and developer, I am the primary user of SharePoint Designer (SPD) and I use it mainly for developing 2010 (client-based) and 2013 (server-based) platform workflows. I pride myself as being a "no-code developer" meaning, my highest priority is NOT to write any custom code (C#, .NET, PowerShell, etc.) to automate business processes and applications. There is a lot of POWER in the SPD Workflows, especially the 2013 workflows to allow for error checking, reminder systems, data automation, access to external data via REST HTTP Calls from the workflow itself, which opens a whole new world to build and develop, as you can now use the REST API to do various actions in SharePoint without having to write a custom action.
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April 17, 2017

SharePoint Designer Review

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As a SharePoint designer, and developer, I use SharePoint Designer to edit, configure and create workflows in SharePoint Online and on-premise.
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April 11, 2017

Business solutions with SharePoint Designer

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We use SharePoint Designer to build complex business workflows to solve real business needs. It is being used at the department level to solve and automate department business needs. It allows SharePoint admins and site owners to easily see all site content, lists and libraries and manage them from the SharePoint Designer application. It also saves countless hours of document management and other tedious tasks by allowing the automation of many actions in SharePoint.
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April 04, 2017

SharePoint Designer: A Necessary Evil

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We utilize SharePoint Designer across our own organization. We also install it for our clients and use it for them as well. SharePoint Designer is currently a necessary evil for our SharePoint clients. The biggest business problem that it addresses is the need to create custom workflows for SharePoint which is mostly what we use it for.
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June 10, 2016

Designer is great- but no more Design view IN Designer??

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SharePoint Designer was used at the company for increased flexibility of workflows, full customization ability for our sites/site pages, and used for pieces of larger scale application development. While a majority of the use is from the IT team responsible for maintaining the company's SharePoint site, there were a select few other individuals that would be provided with SharePoint Designer to further expand on their department's SharePoint site. It addresses business problems such as custom workflows to meet business needs, editing master/site pages to provide the exact information, or customizing forms to provide only critical business information in certain areas to certain users.
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June 07, 2016

SharePoint Designer: Use With Caution

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Our company uses SharePoint Designer for ad-hoc customizations to its SharePoint 2010 intranet. My team, which is the web development team, is the only group allowed to use Designer in the production environment. Anybody who requests it can use it in the test environment. We have a deployment tool that facilitates deployment of sites from test to production.

I jump into SharePoint Designer whenever a one-off customization to an intranet site is requested, such as adding conditional formatting to a list view, or making visual adjustments to a form. I also use it for creating workflows, adding Javascript to a page, or creating custom CSS for a specific site.

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June 10, 2016

There's no SharePoint without SharePoint Designer

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SharePoint Designer is currently being used to provide custom solutions to end-users. It is currently only being used by the SharePoint Team. SharePoint Designer helps automate business processes by sending notifications through custom workflows and by creating custom reports using web part pages.
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