Thomas has written 208 posts for Thomas Troppers Blog

Photostream re-activated

I have reactivated my photostream on my weblog. The origninals are hosted on flickr.

All photos are shot with an Fujifilm X-E2. My aim is to do not do any image postprocessing and show the possibilities of the Fujifilm camera – the published photos are JPEGs coming straight out of the camera. Most of them are shot in using the different Fujifilm film simulation modes. I will work on a post showing my presets.

Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Update 4.0 first impressions

When I first read the firmware update (4.0) rumors for my Fujifilm x-e2, big expectations were raised. Now after applying the update my expectations were mainly satisfied. As promised the autofocus got much quicker – which is in my opinion the most important result. The additional autofocus modes allow a better configuration for focussing. There are some […]

PowerShell ISE in Windows Server 2008 R2

PowerShell ISE is not enabled by default in Windows Server 2008 R2. PowerShell ISE is an additional Windows Feature which can be easily installed via PowerShell.

Fujifilm announces big product line up update

Fujifilm has announced a major product line update. Today there had been released four new cameras, including the X-Pro 2, the follow up model of the X-Pro 1. Also new is an 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6 weather resistent lense

Creating a dynamic range for Excel pivot charts and tables

If you need to create pivot tables based on a dynamic named range that will expand as you add additional rows of data you. If just selecting complete columns blank values will show up in the pivot filters.

Office365 Public Website anonymous users are unauthorized to view lists contents

If you are using the Office365 Public Page and you want to display lists and their content – which also includes the usage of RSS feeds you will see that not logged in users (anonymous ones) are not allowed to see these resources. An error message will be displayed to these users. Indeed this is a not expected behavior, because on the public web page you might expect that these content is accessible by anyone.

iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, apple TV updates

There are several discussions going on about the latest updates of the apple products. iPad pro seems to be a handy and well designed product. Even the price seem to be ok, comparing it to its direct rivals like the Surface it is competitive. The iPhone changes are only slight and with the apple tv, apple is trying to get into the gaming and tv market. Currently missing is the real innovative character of these updates. Beside some smaller features in the products themselves no real new innovations are presented. Therefore we can expect the e-payment or the car sector:)

SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Break permission inheritance

In a SharePoint 2013 workflow environment it is not possible to break with out of the box workflow actions like in the 2010 versions. To achieve that the webservice call action can/must be used. The following description shows how to achieve that.

Fuji X Camera Remote – What is missing

There is an interresting post on the Fuji Mobile App and ist Evolution. There is one comment I’d like to add. The camera remote app is currently only available for iOS and Android. It would be really great to have that App also available for Windows 10 (Windows Phone).

Windows 10 install from USB

When installing the preview version of windows 10 using an USB 3.0 flash drive note that the Windows 7 usb dvd image creation tool will not work. The result is that when trying to boot the PC from the USB drive the screen will flicker once but will return to the boot device screen of bios.

Multilingual content types, site columns a.s.o in Office365

There is a very good post on multilingual contents in Office 365 by Vesa Juvonen. The described approach uses CSOM, and shows how to have mulitlingual Site titles, description, content type nams, column titles …:

SharePoint Search Full Vs. Incremental Search

To figure out the difference of SharePoint Full vs. Incremental Search. Basically the incremental one only crawls content, the full one also indexes admin related stuff (metadata mapping). It is recommended to run a full crawl after updates and at least once a week.

‘Save My Searches’ Feature in SharePoint 2010

If you want let users save their searches in SharePoint 2010 you can use this code to solve it. The solution is fully in JavaScript/JQuery and stores the searches in a separate list.

Language translation of my blog

I am just translating im weblog into english language completely. Therefore please kindly appologize until everything is fully translated – currently a few sytem files and pages as well as some static content pages are not fully translated from German to English.

Move from Gmail to

To move from Gmail to is easier than you might think. Just create an profile. After that logon to you profile, go to the options and select the import from other e-mail accounts. Now choose google (enter credentials), that`s it. Finally you have to wait a few hours (depending on the amount of data which has to be imported).

Dynamically hiding one or more elements in an InfoPath form

Dynamically hiding one or more elements in InfoPath 2010/2013 is a straight forward configuration. Before starting decide if you want to hide only one or more elements (e.g. a group of input boxes including labels). If you just want to dynamically display and hide one element you can just select this one. If you want […]

Multiple approval of items ins SharePoint – other approaches

By default it is not possible to approve or reject multiple items in a SharePoint workflow. Having a look on the internet several solutions can be found for that. In the following I am highlighting some of them – I mostly like the ones using Javascript Code.

Sharepoint Bulk approval of items

If you have activated the content approval or even work with an approval workflow to approve items in your list or library you might have recognized that a bulk approval/rejection of items/documents is not possible. This blogpost shows how to create a possibility to bulk approve items/documents.

Therefore custom ribbon buttons are provided which call an application page (one per action, reject, approve, publish). The application page gets the selected items via query string parameter. The processing is done in the application pages, after the page closes the lists are refreshed.

Versioned Comments in SharePoint 2010 lists and libraries

In daily business use it is often required to have comments on your list item or document in a SharePoint 2010 list or library. Before you start: It is recommended to plan this. SharePoint 2010 allows you to configure comments on list items or documents, but you have to do some (ootb) configuration.

Newsletter layout does not support connected web part

Did you know that newsletter layout does not support connected filters in SharePoint 2010. That means that connected filters from a list or library web part does not update the connected web part when the connected web part has configured the newsletter view. What a pitty …

SharePoint 2013 claims a re-thinking of its design approach

Since Microsoft has turned their product strategy with a clear focus on mobile devices also the SharePoint world has been strongly affected. From the beginning of SharePoint server side code was the main approach to solve business needs. With the change of the Microsoft strategy also this common idea became questionable: Client side solutions were strengthened, REST, JavaScript or Web Standards are some of the often heard key words. What are the most interesting changes and new ideas in the “new” UI SharePoint world?

WordPress updates

I really appreciate wordpress for several reasons: Basically I have worked in different projects with the tool, both website and blog focused. In my opinion wordpress is one of the very best examples how open source software can be developed and provided to users.

Dynamic approvers in Sharepoint 2010 approval workflow

I wrote two posts on the issue of having dynamic approvers in Shaerepoint 2010 approval workflow. The requirements are that the approvers have to be managed in a seperate list and the workflow has to be connected to a specific contet type.

Consumerization of IT – bulky?

No, consumerization of IT of course is not bulky. It helps us getting around easier with business IT. But the term is. People do not how to handle this term – especially IT beginners have difficulties to understand. Any ideas to rename? Read more on this issue under

Update: Citizen Card on Mac

Concerning my latest post on this topic I have to do some update: The current update (Java 7-Update) fixed the issue. I am now able to use the Citizen Card again on my Mac. Great.

Latest posts on SharePoint 2010

Check out my latest post on Sharepoint 2010, I posted them on my Tieto blog:

Lessons learned from SharePoint Evolution conference 2013 London
Why webstandards in SharePoint 2010?
Follow the blog, updates soon! 🙂

Bürgerkarte on Mac OS X 10.7 not working, Hack

here is the hack to get the citizen card working with OSX:,316_offset,10#1812 Problem ocurring on Java 1.7 and Mountain Lion. This is really a hack and uncomfortable for IT enduser. You feel like back in the stone ages hacking around to get things working. Poor that they do not get the citizen card working […]

Sharepoint 2013 new design model

SharePoint 2013 offers a whole new set of design opportunities to designers and developers. The basis for this wohle system is the well known masterpage. The masterpage is now beeing extended by the possibility to import own developed design frameworks (called design files), usually simple sets of html-files with images and CSS. These design files […]

Critical view on social media, modern communication and effects on enterprise 2.0

I can strongly recommend the critical view on social media, modern communication and effects on enterprise 2.0 by Sean McGuire, a colleague of mine. Nice conclusion, I fully support the majority of the arguments – keeping on discussing face to face;) The full blog post can be found here

Xing Connector for Outlook 2013

No good news for MS Outlook 2013 users: I did a short internet research on this topic, with a negative result. Either way it is possible to use the 2010 plugin of Xing, useing an external connector or programming your own one;). Due to my opinion none of the options are acceptable. Does anybody know if Xing will develop a new connector for Outlook 2013?

Security Token Service is unavailable

Having problems with the Security Token Service on Sp 2013 when activating I found a resolution for successful reactivation of the service:

Activate document sets in Sharepoint 2010

Nice and direct online guide for activating and configuring document sets in sharepoint 2010 (de):