The Future Of The Support Debugging Tool

Winthrop DCI am slightly behind the times with this post as this news is a few weeks old, but I have been busy and am now trying to ctahc up. When David Musgrave was working for Microsoft he wrote the Support Debugging Tool which contained some very useful functions. I did wonder what the future held for it when he left Microsoft last year, but he posted a while ago that he had negotiated an exclusive agreement with Microsoft which allows him to continue work on and release the tool.

There will be some changed to the Support Debugging Tool under this agreement. Most noticeable is the fact that it will now be called GP Power Tools.

GP Power Tools will be initially released for the following Microsoft Dynamics GP versions:

  • v11.0: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010
  • v12.0: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and GP 2013 R2
  • v14.0: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015

There is going to be some changes to the functionality when GP Power Tools is launched:

  • New simpler Navigation with menus and area page
  • Database Validation, to ensure that your upgrades work
  • Numerous enhancements and the odd bug fix
  • And lots more….

Another change is that GP Power Tools will now be available via an annual subscription for each customer site at the special introductory price of US$365.00. That’s a dollar a day, and every four years you will get a day for free.

For now continue to use the free Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and GP 2013 (inc. GP 2013 R2) which is available from http://winthropdc.com/SDT.

Stay tuned here or to the WInthrop DC blog for more information on when to upgrade to GP Power Tools for continued support and improved functionality.

Those of you on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 will need to be patient for a while longer and wait for the release of GP Power Tools.

Blast From The Past: Conditional Company Logos

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is a bit of a “blast from the past” which I am posting as it seemed quite hard to find and you never know when I’ll need it again.

A client on Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 (we’re talking to them now about an upgrade to GP 2015) is in the process of setting up a new company and needs to be printing out a few of reports (SI, SR, PO and Remittance) with different logos for the new company.

If you’re a long new GP user you’re probably used to the Word Templates which have the logo supplied from the library in Template Configuration (Administration >> Reports >> Template Configuration) or by assigning different Word Templates to the different companies.

However, as longer time GP users are aware, the Word Templates were introduced in Dynamics GP 2010; before that all reports were produced using the modified reports created in Report Writer where it wasn’t really possible to have different logos.

That is, it wasn’t possible to have different logos in the same place. Way back in 2008 David Musgrave (while a Microsoftie) did a post on the Developing for Dynamics GP blog on how to have a conditional logo on the modified report by using a conditional field to show or hide logos.

It’s not really a solution that can be called elegant (hey it involves Report Writer!), but it was most certainly a useful one. So until this client gets their upgrade performed (hopefully first quarter 2015) I need to get their modified reports customised to hide the logo for their main company when producing documents and the exact steps had faded from memory somewhat.

So I needed to hunt out the old post I remembered David writing (I also remember using it back in 2008) and it actually took a little finding (found it through a question on the Community Forum).

azurecurve Links Updated: The Dex God Has A New Blog

Microsoft Dynamics GPThere has been some movement on Dynamics GP related blogs since I last updated my links page.

Steve Endow was awarded MVP so I have moved him to the MVP section from the Consultants one.

And, obviously, the biggest news is that David Musgrave left Microsoft and founded Winthrop Development Consultants and is now blogging at the Winthrop DC blog.

David’s contributions to the Dynamics GP community are one of the main reasons why I started blogging (his posts were so damn useful I decided to offer back whatever I could), so I am delighted to see that he will be continuing to contribute to the community following his departure from Microsoft.

If there are other blogs out there I should have listed, please let me know.

azurecurve Included in Dynamics101 Top 25 Dynamics GP Blogs

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe recently launched Dynamics 101 training site has announced their first annual list of Top 25 Dynamics GP Sites.

The list includes the usual suspects of Victoria Yudin, Leslie Vail, Mark Polino, Mariano Gomez, David Musgrave and more.

Click the image below to see the rest of the list:

Top 25 Dynamics GP Blogs

Top 100 Most Influential People in Microsoft Dynamics 2013: Vote for David Musgrave

There are many people who contribute to the Microsoft Dynamics community during the year. As this blog is focussed on Microsoft Dynamics GP there are a number of outstanding people as contenders for entry on the Top 100 Most Influential People in Microsoft Dynamics 2013 list which is at the voting stage.

I’ve taken a look at the list and read the clarion calls from Mark Polino, Leslie Vail and Jivtesh Singh to vote for David Musgrave (the man behind Developing for Dynamics GP and the incredibly useful Support Debugging Tool). I have done so and would encourage other people to consider casting your vote for him as well; he can be found on page 4.

Support Debugging Tool Build 17 hotfix released

He somehow slipped it out without me noticing, but David Musgrave of the Developing for Dynamics GP blog released Support Debugging Tool Build 17 before Christmas; this is the build which added support for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

He was back yesterday with a hotfix release to fix a couple of issues.

Partners can download SDT from PartnerSource (login required); if you’re a customer you’ll need to contact your partner to obtain it for you.

David has links to SDT for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 and 2010 here.