Great Add-on and Great CMS....!!!
A Must Have Add On
Nice Job Mr. Krasnow
I needed a calendar on two different pages and already had it one one. Drop this block on the needy page and select the page and the area and there it is. End user gets a friendly notice that if they want to edit it they have to go to the parent page.
SUPER useful for dashboard/reporting site I created
I wanted to create a single page that pulls information from multiple other pages to allow people to track projects, etc. I created a new pagetype, added new "areas" into those pagetypes, and then used this block to link the contents of those sections to my reporting page....perfect! (I had to create more areas since this block pulls only "area" level of granularity from target pages.)
Thanks for the great block!
Most useful when combined with the Global Scapbook
This is a useful block that works reliably within its limits, but strategically is only an elastoplast solution, filling a requirement until the C5 core allows page areas to become global. But that is a criticism of the C5 core, not of this clever block.
The only drawbacks are that certain blocks will not work properly -- for example, if you put an autonav block in the area and set it to show pages "at the current level", it will show pages at the current level of the original page that it's pulling the block from, not the current level of the page that is actually being viewed. There may be issues with other specialized blocks as well, but most of the time my sidebars only contain Content, Image and Autonav blocks.
Another issue is that if you apply any custom styles (via C5's "Design" option when you click on a block in edit mode), those are not carried through to the other pages.
All that being said this is still a great solution for many situations.