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Have you heard of Pivot from Microsoft? If not you are missing out on a great mechanism of interacting with large, medium, or small amounts of data. Pivot is currently available by invitation only to a small technical audience and you can request an invite here or the first five people the leave a comment asking for an invite code I will send it out via email. Remember to leave a valid email address otherwise what is the point in asking? Again only the first five request will be honored. Once you have your invite code all you need to do is download Pivot and enter the key.
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For a few days now I have been looking closer at this product and the more I work with it the more real world applications I can see realized. What is amazing in my opinion is how easy it is to create your very own collection. A collection is comprised of two parts which is XML and images. If you do not want to work with raw XML and you have basic knowledge of Excel then you are in for a surprise. Microsoft has an Excel add-in that makes life so simple creating and maintaining collections and I love the fact I can share the Excel document with others which will allow others to add or modify content data.
Once you have the add-in installed it is as simple as starting a new collection and entering your data. Again simply enter your data but remember to read over the developer information for key points that you should be aware of. To demonstrate the simplicity take a look at the following screen capture.
It does not get much more simple than this! All the remains now is to publish your collection and share with others. In fact, I have started a collection that I intend on updating over time which you can access here. Here is how much collection plays out viewed in Pivot.