As mentioned in the last post SmartList Builder was directly sold by Microsoft under a licensing agreement for many years until, with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2, the product was released back to the original ISV; a Fargo based ISV called eOne SOlutions.
I understand this was because the new top person in charge of Microsoft Dynamics GP did not like licensing products from the ISVs and release quite a few back to the original developer. However, this left a gap in Microsoft Dynamics GP in that users could no longer create new SmartLists. And so, SmartList Designer was created.
In theory it fulfils the same job as SmartList Builder; you can create new SmartLists by joining tables together or by linking in a SQL view. When it was first released, I took a look at it as an alternative to SmartList Builder on the basis it was free as opposed to needing to buy SmartList Builder.
However, in every area, it is an inferior product. It is not as functional and it is not as easy to use.
The table below, is copied from the eOne Solutions website and shows a functional comparison of SmartList Budget against SmartList Desinger.
|Feature||SmartList Builder||SmartList Designer|
|Create new SmartLists|
|Modify default SmartLists|
|Create new SmartLists from default lists|
|Combine work, open and history tables|
|Use SQL Views as tables|
|Use SQL Tables as tables|
|Use SQL Scripts as tables|
|Use SQL objects from other databases|
|Use Extender resources as tables|
|Use SmartLists as tables|
|Create Go Tos||Limited|
|Add fields to display by default|
|Add fields as available but hidden by default|
|Edit list items|
|Display numbers as currencies||Limited|
|Display variable decimal places|
|Display numbers as percentages|
|Display numbers as negative|
|Display account indexes as accounts|
|Display note indexes as notes|
|Bulk edit field settings|
|Preview SQL Script|
|List level security|
|Table level security|
|Record level security|
|Create Excel Reports||Limited|
|Create Navigation Lists|
|Create drill downs|
|Import and export setup|
|Create new SmartList from existing SmartList Favorite|
As you can see from the comparison table, above, SmartList Builder has far more features and capabilities than the in-built SmartList Designer.
|Implementing SmartList Builder|
|What is SmartList Builder?|
|SmartList Builder vs. SmartList Designer|