A Diary of reIMAGINE 2016: Part 19 – Conference Day 3/Leveraging GP Power Tools

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reIMAGINE2016The final session I attended was Leveraging GP Power Tools which was a joint session between David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez; Mariano did the introductions to each section, with David then doing the demonstration.

I’m not as familiar with the GP Power Tools as I should be; I wasn;t that familiar with it’s predecessor, the Support Debugging Tool.

This session was aimed mainly at the deveoper tools, but the guys did have time to cover tools in other parts of the program.

GP Power Tools is sold by David via Mekorma, which is where Mariano works, with three modules being available for purchase separately but any one module and you get a System module included.

Unfortunately, I was unable to say goodbye to the guys as their session ended at 1230 and I was scheduled to take some Association of Dynamics Professionals examinations at 1300 back at the Hilton Garden Inn.

When I am back from vacation, I am going to have to get the latest verson of the GP Power Tools and spend some time going through them as, from what I saw, there are features from which not only Perfect Image, but also our customers, would benefit.

While I was at the conference, I did have an email exchange with one of PI’s Development Consultants where I advised that they would probably find the GP Power Tools useful.

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A Diary of reIMAGINE 2016: Part 11 – Conference Day 2/Developing All-In-One Document Viewer

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reIMAGINE2016Okay, another delayed post, as at the end of day two, there was a sponsor pub crawl in Downtown Fargo, so I didn’t get a chance to do a post. (I’m going to stop saying they’re delayed, as it is obvious that they are.)

I had quite a busy day on day 2 with a lot of sessions.

The first session, I was attended was Developing All-In-One Document Viewer. This session showed how they developed the All-In-One Document Viewers. One point the presenter stressed, was that there had been no new additions to Dexterity to allow these windows to be created; it was all done using standard functionality.

It’s very interesting how it was done, as these windows look and behave most unlike the other windows in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The short version of this, is that there are other controls laid over the usual scrolling window controls to hide the 3D effects and a temporary table used to control how many records are displayed. Tricksy.

As a side note, I took my life in my hands for this session and sat next to David Musgrave (he’d tried to poison me earlier in the week).

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A Diary of reIMAGINE 2016: Part 7 – MVP Count = 4

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reIMAGINE2016One of the nice things about coming to one of these conferences is meeting all of the people I have been speaking to online for the last few years.

Before now, I had only met Tim Wappat, so it is good to add some more names. Especially when you consider I have never met any of my fellow MVPs.

So far today, my MVP count is at four (and should increase later this evening):

  1. John Lowther who came in for a chat while I was setting up for my pre-conference training session on Workflow 2.0
  2. Belinda Allen who was setting up for her training session in the room next door; I popped through to see her when I was finished setting up.
  3. Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave who came in together to see me during the first break in the training.

I also met Jen Kuntz (who was helping Belinda with her session) at lunchtime, which was good as I have spoken to her online multiple times.

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1: Downloading The Media

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThe first step to installing Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1 is to download the media. Sounds simple doesn’t it?

Yeah, not so much. Microsoft promised the software would be generally available on 1st May, but I checked late last night UK time and nothing was there.

I checked again this morning and still nothing.

Until I checked David Musgrave’s blog and found he had been supplied a direct link by someone at Microsoft.

While Dynamics GP 2016 R1 was downloading, I did a little investigating and I think the reason it doesn’t show up for me is that PartnerSource presents itself as UK for me, whereas the link supplied to David was a northamerican one.

Thinking back I had similar problems when Dynamics GP 2015 came out and I couldn’t find the link on PartnerSource or CustomerSource. That time around I amended the 2013 in the link to 2015 and it worked; this time changing it to 2016 did not work.

Hopefully, Microsoft will get this sorted out to so the downloads for Dynamics GP 2016 are available via the UK sites.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 RTM can be downloaded here.

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New Detailed RSS Feed

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azurecurve Over four years ago, David Musgrave asked for a detailed RSS feed and I hacked one into WordPress (I was using the standard functionality for the summary RSS feed and it is one or the other).

It has taken me a while, but I have now created a proper detailed RSS feed by creating a plugin to provide this alternative feed (I will be releasing the plugin soon).

If you are using the current feed-full RSS feed, please change to using the new detailed RSS feed: http://www.azurecurve.co.uk/feed/detail

The current one will be available for a few more weeks, but I will then be retiring it.

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My MVP Renewed for 2015 and David Musgrave Awarded

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Microsoft MVPWell, I received the notification email yesterday afternoon that I had been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for the third year running. It’s really niec to receive the award as it shows I am still contributing in a meaningful way to the Dynamics GP community.

There was another new MVP for Dynamics GP added to the roster this month as well; David Musgrave. Previously David was ineligible for the award as he worked directly for Microsoft, but as of October last year he has been independent again and running Winthrop Development Consultants (the company responsible for GP Power Tools, formerly known as the Support Debugging Tool).

David has always been a great contributor to the Dynamics GP community and I’m delighted to see that this has been officially recognised by Microsoft with his MVP award.

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The Future Of The Support Debugging Tool

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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.

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Who knew? There’s A Dexterity Game

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Microsoft Dynamics GPIn the learn something new everyday category, the first Dexterity game was written back in 1999 by David Musgrave of Winthrop Development Consultants.

David has full details of the game and a link to the download on his new blog

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Blast From The Past: Conditional Company Logos

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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).

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azurecurve Links Updated: The Dex God Has A New Blog

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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.

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