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Microsoft Research Project Colletta

Project Colletta is an extension of the Windows UI that supports lightweight management of the user's activities through tagging.


File NameProjectCollettaSetup.exe
Date Published13 March 2015
Download Size2.22 MB

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Visit the project home page for full details. The new 3.0 version supports Windows 8 and Office 2013, but note that support for older versions of Office is more limited: there is no docbar for Excel 2010, and much less for Office 2007.

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Known limitations

When using protected mode Acrobat Reader, the wrong file is tagged (protected mode really opens a "shadow" temporary file in place of the one you requested, and this is the file path which Project Colletta sees).

When you click on a docbar, the corresponding application window should come to the fore, and vice versa: sometimes this does not occur.

Saved emails (.msg files) are not distinguished from "normal" email messages and get incorrect docbars.

The IE add-in is not compatible with "enhanced protected mode" - currently, to get IE docbars to appear, you need to disable EPM (via IE's advanced settings page).

If you try to tag a PowerPoint deck which has been downloaded from the internet (i.e., which shows the "this file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer" mark), PowerPoint will complain that the file is corrupt. You need to unblock the file before Project Colletta can touch it. (This seems to be a problem only with PowerPoint: the other Office applications seem fine.)

Change history summary

Bugfix for crash when accessing calendar items.

Updated for Office 2013 and Windows 8; Office 2007 no longer supported.
Many bug fixes, and some unused facilities removed

IE9, OneNote and Acrobat Reader support
URL drag and drop
Improved installer
Numerous bug fixes and UI improvements

First public release