Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with SharePoint Designer.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
I would like to see the complete mapping of our data types, including previews, which were switched off at some point. It would be helpful to have the SharePoint Designer capabilities built directly into SharePoint itself, into the management page, so as to create an online version of it directly in SharePoint.
We work mostly with documentation and we'd like to have it be more of a web-based. Right now, our product, our system is only set up for PDF and we're looking for a better web-based solution for our documentation. The solution requires more web-based publishing. It would benefit from adding in more collaboration features as well.
SharePoint is not a great product. It can be much better in many ways. The collaboration tools for editing do not work right and malfunction often. It has a lot of bugs. It's also not very convenient. The UX/UI is not very user-friendly and not designed to be similar to other applications from Microsoft. The management functionality should be much easier. The dialogue with end users needs improvement. If you are a manager of SharePoint, sometimes it's hard to know what exactly the user would like to have. There should be more intelligent services or features available, which would make it easier for end users.
Sometimes when I create my HTML page it is very slow and I don't know why. It's just stuck. I think that the performance needs to be enhanced. If you compare the workflow with other engines like Olympus and K2, it is very complicated to create a workflow. In the next release, I would like ready-made workflows that I can re-use and a way to apply a design for the master base that is less complicated.
The solution has limitations when it comes to exploration. The web services aspect of the solution is very weak. If the requirements are moderate, the solution is okay, but for more complex requirements, I need to use the solution in combination with other solutions. It doesn't offer everything I need.
This solution could definitely be made easier to use.
I believe Microsoft does not support Sharepoint on-premises. They only support Sharepoint on the Cloud. They should provide for both options and let the client choose their preference. The solution should have a better workflow with the craft, and also offer some configurations to help drive workflow.
I would like to see some improvements when assigning a task. For instance, when you create a task or a subtask, there should be a better workflow. At this stage, we can't CC any names in the sent box. We can only use a "to" address. So when I want to send an email, I have to write a custom code through .NET and then send the mail. It takes up a lot of my time. Then I also found that there was a requirement from one of my customers that they want this option in the taskbar too. For instance, when the email gets sent, they want a CC option as well.
I think the product will soon not be supported anymore due to the new way of using those components in Microsoft flow and power apps. I have heard that Microsoft is not going to lease SharePoint Designer anymore.
Many aspects of the solution need improvement. It does not make use of modern deployment. You should also be able to separate your concerns between the code and the environment. It should become a development environment rather than a customization tool.
SharePoint Designer is not releasing a new version. Version 2013 was the latest version. Now in 2019, we are still using the biggest version. It doesn't work properly anymore. Sometimes we experience issues, but there is no new version. There are many things that could be improved in SharePoint Designer. The user interface definitely is a very old design, but as a developer, I would concentrate more on the functionality. With the newer interfaces, just basic functionality is provided to explore the content. The editing method should be changed, as inline editing is not recommended. Now we create apps, which can change the user interface and the functionality as well. There are some features that need to be worked out with the current version. There are several issues, but I can't think of them right now. There are lots of things that we to in newer versions. We use other tools for that, but that functionality was not possible with SharePoint Designer.
The solution is a bit complex. They should work to simplify it.
Unfortunately Microsoft announced a few years ago that the last update for SharePoint Designer was released on August 2, 2016 and that Microsoft Flow will be the workflow designer and engine going forward. I would add Nintex or all of the Nintex workflow to the solution if I could. I would add them to SharePoint Designer so that I would need to use only one workflow designer. Right now, I'm using SharePoint Designer and Nintex, and it would be better to centralize it.
From what I read online, it depends on what you use the program for. I think the customization and migration need to improve. Upgrading should be simpler without too many things you need to change or repair. SharePoint Designer should be more practical and become an extension of Visual Studio. Because Visual Studio is a universal development platform. So I don't want to have to switch my user ID every time. So it should be more flexible and more of a mobile app version and integration with other solutions.