Archive for January, 2008

Privacy Policy Update

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The Arrowpointe Maps privacy policy was updated. The Change History page documents these updates.

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Routing & Driving Directions (Arrowpointe Maps v1.0.8)

Version 1.0.8 of Arrowpointe Maps was just released. You can read about all the improvements on the Change History page.

The biggest change is the addition of Routing functionality. The best way for you to get an understanding of it is to watch it on a screencast.

Watch a screencast of the new routing functionality

Other improvements include:

  • International Routing is well supported. Results will vary country by country.
  • The Star and Dot images were redone to be cleaner and more professional
  • Added a form on the homepage allowing users to subscribe to Arrowpointe Maps related blog posts by email
  • Other Usability, Performance & Security Enhancements

NOTE: If you are using Arrowpointe Maps and are confused by these posts about new versions, just know that these updates are happening automatically for you. You do not need to re-download the AppExchange application. Changes to the AppExchange package will be few and far between and those will be communicated very explicitly.

About Arrowpointe Maps

Arrowpointe Maps is an on-demand mapping platform that facilitates a conversation between Salesforce.com & MapQuest allowing for easy deployment of mapping capabilities in your organization and providing end-users a simple means for mapping their data. Arrowpointe Maps is configurable and can be tailored to your organization, so that your users can work with their information in a meaningful way.

The official location for information on Arrowpointe Maps is its product page at http://www.arrowpointe.com/maps. There, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions, screencasts and links to its AppExchange page.

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Newsgator Apps for RSS Reading Are FREE

Newsgator just announced they are making all their consumer RSS apps free. If you are looking for a new way to follow RSS feeds, check them out. They are my preferred service. I would use Google Reader, but it doesn’t support secure feeds and doesn’t have all these nice options.

Some of the Newsgator service’s highlights (all this is free):

  • No matter what client you use, everything is synced (feeds, read/unread status, saved items). This is key to it all for me.
  • Support secure feeds
  • Has a decent web interface
  • Has a Desktop Windows App (FeedDemon). I use it every day and love it. Better than any reader of any kind that I’ve used. Why use the web interface when this is nicer looking than any web interface, is faster and syncs all your data with online.
  • Has a Desktop Mac App (NetNewsWire). Mac users typically feel the same way about this app that I do about FeedDemon.
  • Has a feed reading solution for MS Outlook
  • Has a mobile web HTML interface
  • Has a Java mobile app for Java enabled phones (e.g. Blackberry)

Just thought I’d pass it along to everyone as a good RSS option.

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All Spring ’08 Information

Salesforce posted the landing page for the Spring ’08 release. All information regarding the release including links to release notes, admin previews, implemented ideas, etc. can be found here.

http://www.salesforce.com/products/spring08.jsp

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Gmail’s Alias Feature is handy for Salesforce Usernames

Did you know that you can add a + within your gmail address to automatically give yourself a new, unique email address that acts as an alias for your main address? Then, using Gmail’s filters, you can label/delete/forward those emails as needed. It’s a handy way to create a new unique email address on the fly without needing to go somewhere and actually create an account or explicitly setup an alias.

For example, the following email addresses will all go to myemail@gmail.com.

  • myemail@gmail.com
  • myemail+adn@gmail.com
  • myemail+developer@gmail.com
  • myemail+app1@gmail.com
  • myemail+app2@gmail.com
  • myemail+client1@gmail.com
  • myemail+client2@gmail.com
  • myemail+client3@gmail.com

This works for gMail as well as Google Apps for Your Domain.

The main reason I bring it up is that it’s a handy way to create new Salesforce usernames without needing to take an extra step and setup a new email address for yourself. Also, it’s a handy way to keep your email organized because you can use Gmail’s Filters to do so.

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