Adding Document Conversion to Workflows using SharePoint Designer

By Paul Dyck | July 1, 2010

Microsoft® SharePoint Designer – an application included with SharePoint that is used to edit SharePoint web pages and workflows – has greatly improved in the 2010 release with a completely redesigned UI and major improvements in its workflow capabilities.

With the latest release of Adlib PDF for SharePoint, it is possible to include document conversion workflows within larger business process workflows created using Microsoft SharePoint Designer. This enables the creation of “no-code” solutions to automate business processes – reducing the cost of creating a SharePoint-based solution for document management.

SharePoint Designer 2010 includes many new features, including:

  • The ability to create workflows that are reusable across a SharePoint site collection
  • The ability to edit the out-of-the-box workflows that come with SharePoint

The value of SharePoint Designer is the ability to rapidly respond to business needs by creating “no-code” solutions that automate manual processes. This avoids the cost of developing, testing, deploying and maintaining custom code solutions. It is much quicker and less costly to configure and deploy workflow solutions using a tool like SharePoint Designer.

It is now possible to invoke Adlib Workflows for SharePoint from within workflows created using SharePoint Designer 2007 and 2010. Our latest release of Adlib PDF for SharePoint includes a custom action that is available in the SharePoint Designer User Interface to start one of our workflows. You simply enter the name of the workflow to be invoked.

 

This functionality was shown as part of the demo portion of our recent webinar - Go with the Workflow: PDF for SharePoint 2010.

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