Spotlight Announcements Slider for SharePoint by

The new Spotlight Announcements slider app by is design for Office 365 SharePoint Online. Built to be a highly customizable and responsive solution that supports spotlight announcements about users, products and recurring events like birthdays and anniversaries.

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Now available for download in the Office Store.

Spotlight Announcements Slider (Vertical View)

Vertical View of the Spotlight App

The Spotlight Announcements slider web part is ideal for an Office 365 SharePoint intranet or portal. The Spotlight was built to encourage employee engagement and drive user adoption.

Alternate Horizontal Layout

The image below shows the alternate horizontal layout for the Spotlight web part view can be setup via the Spotlight Dashboard Settings page.

Alternate Horizontal Spotlight Layout View

Once the Spotlight App / Add-in has been installed you can find it in your SharePoint Site Contents. 

Spotlight App in SharePoint Site Contents

Spotlight Dashboard

To access the Spotlight Dashboard simple click on the app inside your SharePoint Site Contents. The Spotlight Dashboard is where you will find everything you need to populate content, add alternate images for products, preview what your App/Web Part will look like before adding to a page, customize the spotlight style and layout settings.

Spotlight Dashboard

From the Spotlight Dashboard click Spotlight List to populate spotlight announcement content such as employees, birthdays, anniversaries, events or products. 

Spotlight List Items

Creating a new spotlight announcement item

Creating a new Spotlight item has been made very simple, below you can see some of the content field options available for new annoucements. Add a little flair to your announcement with a colorful icon, select from over 500 pre-populated icons provided by Font Awesome 4.4.

Select from over 400 pre-populated icons

You can either add a username from SharePoint or populate an alternate image and description. The username field will pull the users name and profile image automatically, however if the alternate image field is populated, it will override the username field with its content. The Display Date field is a text box to display your item date in any format you like. Example 3/07/1985 or March 7, 1985 or 3/07 or whatever your prefer. The Publish Date field uses today's date to display the item now or pick a date in the future that you would like the item to be Published on.

Username field pulls the users name and profile image automatically

The Spotlight Story is a plain multiline textbox used for a small paragraph regarding your spotlight. Read More is an optional URL and description field that will only display when content is populated. Hide Item will remove and hide the current item regardless of the display date, this is useful if you need to quickly hide something without deleting it. The Recurring Event field will make the current item repeat every year on the Month / Day that was populated in the Display Date, this is perfect for Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Recurring Event field will make the item repeat every year

Spotlight Settings and Configuration Page

From the Spotlight Dashboard click Spotlight Settings to customize the Web Part settings. You can configure the spotlight to display 1 or more items at a time. You can display item from the past number of days that you determine, the default is the past -30 days. The Spotlight Web Part displays vertically by default but can also be set to a horizontal view. In version 1.5 we've added a customizable slider feature that will automatically scroll / rotate through the items. You can set it to automatically rotate items and how fast they should rotate. With the advanced CSS field your designer can configure the look and feel to suite your branding needs without touching SharePoint Designer. You can always hit the reset but to set all of the fields back to there original defaults.

Spotlight Settings Page

Below you can see an example of what the web part would look like with the customized CSS settings from the picture above. Another feature worth mentioning is the dynamic pagination that enables you to have multiple items within a small area of space, to view more items simply page to the next item with the arrows.

Example of customized Spotlight settings

Add Web Part to any page from app / web part gallery.

When you are ready simple add it to a page from the web / app part gallery.

Add Web / App Part to page

Spotlight Announcements App V1.6

This is version 1.6 of the Spotlight Announcements app, we will continue to release new features with each version based on our user feedback.

If you have any feature suggestion or questions please comment below or send us an email!

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Spotlight Announcements Slider Overview Video

Now available for download in the Office Store.

Matthew Skinner