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SLK 1.4 Release

Jan 11, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I’ve finally released SLK 1.4 to Beta. Sorry about the delay, but in the end I’ve rewritten the drop box functionality to hopefully work seamlessly within SharePoint. To do this I knew I needed to make changes to how the drop box library was created which would be incompatible and so decided to hold back on officially releasing it.

You can download from the release page on CodePlex.

It is not backwards compatible with the version uploaded to the patches folder, so any documents returned by that will not be available via this version. The documents will still be present though.

The major changes compared to the version in the patches folder are:

  1. Students can open office documents and save them straight back to SharePoint without having to save to disk first.
  2. Teachers can open and comment on office documents without having to save to disk first.
  3. The drop box library is created as required. You do not have to enable the SLK feature on the site to create it.
  4. Although folders are still used as containers to hold student’s work (as the document names are likely to be the same), they are not used to navigate the assignments. You either use the default view which is grouped by assignment or use assignment specific views which are created when an assignment is created.
  5. You can use the drop box in a locale which doesn’t use US style dates.
  6. I’ve currently removed the download all and upload all files options for teachers so that I can get the release out. I just haven’t had time to complete this.
  7. I’ve removed Course Manager from the install. This will again be available as a separate release. The reason is that the quality is still not there for it to be bundled.

I will consider this version to be in beta until 24 Jan at the latest. At which point there will be another beta version with at a minimum the download all and upload all functionality in, or a final release. Please download and report any bugs, which I will attempt to resolve quickly. I am keen to get 1.4 RTM so we can move on to the next version and get the project moving again.

Note, I still need to update the documentation to cover this release, this may take some time. If anyone would like to volunteer to do this it would be really helpful. I’m also considering moving it to the wiki pages on CodePlex rather than just having the getting started pdf as it will be easier to maintain and distribute. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Jan 11, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Congratulations! Download and testing .....

Jan 12, 2010 at 4:45 PM


I've downloaded and installed this version, but I don´t see anything of dropbox, I've only see the assigment webpart. Why?

Is there a spanish language pack for this version or is 1.3.1 compatible?





Jan 12, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The drop box isn't a separate item, it's fully integrated.

When you assign a simple document it automatically uses the drop box and creates a document library. Submit file buttons will also appear.

After I get back from BETT I'll do some documentation.

The language packs for 1.3.1 will work, but won't have any translations for the drop box files in.


SLK Co-ordinator

Jan 12, 2010 at 5:48 PM

RE: Wiki page documentation vs. PDF - I'm fine with this. Hopefully the installation/configuration process can be stored as a single page, or divided between installation/configuration for administrators, then for the end users/training group/designers. Being able to print out the document and making notes on it comes in handy for our business processes.

Jan 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Hi Richard,

1. Where can I find the getting started documentation for SLK 1.4 ?

2.How can I uninstall SLK1.4 Beta?

3. When  is final release of SLK 1.4 expected?

4. Finally if any body can help me with my SLK1.4 beta installation : My issue is in Thread

Thanks & Regards,

Pinal Bhatt

Jan 31, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Hi Richard,

Is this release supports 64 bit or should i wait for 64 bit version?

Thank you,


Feb 2, 2010 at 1:24 AM

Hi Sabina,

It is 32 & 64 bit.


SLK Co-ordinator


Feb 2, 2010 at 1:25 AM

I've now posted up a final release for 1.4 which fixed a number of issues I came across. I've also added a version of Course Manager which I managed to get working with it and included the 1.3.1 installation instructions.


SLK Co-ordinator


Feb 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Hi Ricard,

Is it possible to update from version 1.3.1 to version 1.4 without recreating the database?

We have tried upgrading on a test environment but after the update we get an error on the grade.aspx page that the id of the assignment is not valid or you do not have permission to access it. The install works if we use a new database.



Feb 17, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Hi Richard,

I just installed 1.4 in my dev environment and am having an issue with submission. Hopefully you or someone else can point me in the right direction. When a student submits without directly adding an attachment saved locally, the instructor cannot open or edit it. I though in reading the changes made to get 1.4 released, a student could save the doc without saving locally and the teacher could view it. Did I misunderstand what was posted?