July 13, 2006
Impact 2006: Thursday Session 4: MS-Office 2007 and WebCT
The writeup for this talked about how to improve WebCT integration with the new MS-Office 2007. However, it really was just a demo of 2007, with very little mention of WebCT. Having said that, the demo was good.
The main takeaways from this were:
- It's a lot prettyer. Lots of snazzy new features like "live preview". Select some text, move your mouse over fonts in the font list, and the text automatically changes without having to click to let you preview. Tou have to click to permanently change it. Also lots of galleries to pick different looks from. Also "floaty". Highlight text, move your mouse over it and wait. A custom toolbar opens up showing all the things you can do to the selected item.
- Their new native formats for office product is XML. Their "docx" format is really a ".zip" file. Rename it, and you can open it up to access all the individual XML documents inside. Third party software can then edit this XML to modify the documents. For example, modify the stylesheets used. Pretty cool.
- Also talked about their "sharepoint" server. Can put individual documents on the server (for example, individual powerpoint slides). Then include those in documents. Change the main template, and it changes in the documents that included it.
Posted by kvl014 at July 13, 2006 05:20 PM