Configuring Vibe to use MS-URI to launch Microsoft Office when using Edit-in-place

  • 7021076
  • 07-Jul-2017
  • 17-Jul-2017

Environment

Micro Focus Vibe 4.0.3

Situation

Vibe allows users to use WebDAV to edit files via the web interface as documented in the Vibe User Guide. By default, when a user clicks on the 'Edit this file' link, a Java Web Launcher file named do.jnlp is downloaded which needs to be opened using Java (installed on the user's computer) which then launches the respective application (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).

Starting with Vibe 4.0.3 - Patch 1, an alternate solution using MS-URI is provided which no longer requires the download and launching of the Java Web Launcher (do.jnlp) file. When configured, users will see a single pop-up confirming whether they want to open the MS Office application or not. Note that MS Office must be pre-installed on the user's computer.

Note: This option is only available for Windows users at this time.

Resolution

Use the following steps to configure Vibe to use MS-URI for Edit-in-Place for MS Office files:
  1. Ensure that you are running Vibe 4.0.3 - Patch 1 available in the Micro Focus Patch Finder.
  2. Edit the <Vibe Installation Directory>/apache-tomcat/webapps/ssf/WEB-INF/classes/config/ssf-ext.properties file and add the following:

    #Changes to enable editing with MS-URI for MS-Office
    edit.in.place.for.ie=msuri
    edit.in.place.for.nonie=msuri
    edit.in.place.file.msuri.extensions=.doc,.ppt,.xls,.docx,.pptx,.xlsx,.docm,.pptm,.xlsm,.txt,.rtf

  3. Restart Vibe service for changes to take effect.

Additional Information

Known Limitations:

  • The Vibe Add-In for MS-Office is not integrated with the MS-URI launch method for Edit-in-Place and therefore prompts users for their username and password (WebDAV authentication) once the application is launched and ready to open the document. It cannot detect whether the user already has the Vibe Add-In installed and setup with a username / password.
  • Mac

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