The Tridion template builder is a great tool, but it can sometimes be tricky to install. SDL have chosen to distribute it through the ClickOnce mechanism (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ClickOnce). This does not work with Chrome out of the box, and I haven’t always had good results with the various ClickOnce Chrome extensions out there. Instead, I normally start up IE and point it to the CM site, click on the Tools ribbon and install the Template Builder from there.
There are times when even this approach does not work, for example if I’m working on some locked down machine. For these occasions it is good to know that the Template Builder is portable – or rather portable-ish.
The next SDL Web (Tridion) Benelux User Group meeting will take place on September 14 at Trivident in Amsterdam. Exactly 1 year after the meetup at Tahzoo (now EPAM) in Delft it’s time again to meet fellow developers, get inspired and get your questions answered. Speakers will be announced soon. Dinner and drinks will be provided by Trivident.
SDL Web (formerly called SDL Tridion) has a rather particular way to deal with so-called binary files (images, PDFs, Word documents etc). When published, these files are placed in one folder (typically called ‘images’). To avoid conflicts between different binaries with the same file name, a unique ID is appended to the name of the file. A typical URL of a published binary file would be something like http://mysite.com/images/my-image_tcm3-123.png.
But what if you want to make your own rules for binary paths? And what if you are using the DD4T framework as well? In this post I will explain how to customize the paths to your binaries in DD4T.
During Tridion Developer Summit 2017 in Amsterdam (11-12 May), Trivident’s Siawash Shibani delivered a lightning talk about G4TM: GUI for Topology Manager. G4TM is the first alternative UI for SDL Web’s Topology Manager.
SDL Web 8 has been around for a little over a year now. Its successor (SDL Web 8.5) was recently introduced. You’d think that to an old Tridion hand like me, by now Web 8.x would be as familiar as any of the earlier (Tridion) versions. The sobering fact is that today I ran into an issue caused by a poor understanding on my side of SDL’s new microservices architecture. Fortunately it proved easy to fix.