The Microsoft® Office® SharePoint® Designer 2007 provides you with the tools to automate your business processes and build applications based on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. It is a valuable instrument to help you customize your Windows SharePoint Services site to fit perfectly with your business processes or team organization.
Based on Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 technologies, SharePoint Designer provides a unique tool for customizing SharePoint-based web sites and solutions. You don’t need to be able to program or write code in order to deploy interactive solutions on your SharePoint site. With SharePoint Designer, you can accomplish many things including the following:
Use the design tools and intuitive WYSIWYG editor to create great looking pages that are compatible with many browsers, which include CSS or ASP.NET master pages.
|Build Automation||Automate business processes including document approval, event notification and other collaboration tasks using the Workflow Designer.|
|Reporting and Tracking||
Create custom reporting and tracking applications using data views and forms to gather data from external sources and from lists and libraries.
|Customize Existing Templates||Get started quickly by implementing one of the pre-built Application Templates and then customize it to fit within your organization.|
|Extend using Advanced Features||Extend your SharePoint site using ASP.NET pages by inserting or editing controls with the same powerful activity menus and control property grid previously found in tools such as Visual Studio.|
|Administer and Control||
Account administrators can control how SharePoint Designer is used to control the access and actions that users can perform.