SharePoint 2010 Why i should look at the Codeplex Projects for SPD

It doesn’t matter if you are new to SharePoint or working with it for many moons. If you need some special SharePoint Designer actions for a workflow designed using the SPD, you should have a look at the open source project on codeplex which is listed as Useful Sharepoint Designer Custom Workflow Activities.

What is possible with the set of actions of this really cool project?

As you can see, there are some really nice features included, which you would miss in the OOTB Features of SharePoint Designer. My Favorites are

  • Copy List Item Extended Activity
  • Reset List Permission Inheritance
  • Delete List Item Permission Assignment
  • Start another Workflow

Installation

An installation instruction is in the .zip file you download. You use some Powershell Scripts like these:



Add-SPSolution "C:\Install\CustomWorkflowActivitiesProject_0.0.2\CustomWorkflowActivitiesProject_0.0.2\CustomWorkflowActivitiesProject.wsp"
Install-SPSolution CustomWorkflowActivitiesProject.wsp -AllWebApplications -GACDeployment


And of course you check if they are activated at web application features.

After that they should be available in the SharePoint Designer.

Advanced Workflow Actions for SharePoint Designer 2010

Another codeplex project is also interesting. The advanced workflow actions for SPD.

In this solution there are also some really nice features like

My favorite was the last one: Execute PowerShell Script Action. In this project there are some features which are also available in Nintex Workflow. Well Nintex has some more functions but calling a webservice or Set XML Action is also included.

Installation

You can follow the installation guide from this page. You just use the stsadm.exe or Powershell. After that you have to make sure it is activated at CA at the Webapplication Features.

And of course in your site collection which should use these features.

Now you can use these activities in SharePoint Designer Workflow.

Hope this helps you.

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Karsten Pohnke About Karsten Pohnke
He is Consultant for SharePoint Solutions for collaboration, communication and business processes. He provides his customers applications based on standard features as well as development or combining the power of several microsoft tools like Dynamics CRM. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.