Balsamiq Mockups 3: Conclusion

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As I am sure is apparent, I like Balsamiq Mockups and have used it quite a few times now to design screens for projects. It is very easy to use and allows for rapid creation of screen mockups which you can design while talking to a client. I find it useful for designing the screen as we talk about options and how things might look.

Balsamiq Mockups 3: Creating a mockup

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Balsamiq is a simple program to use for creating mockups. The available objects are available along the top of the screen; you simply drag-and-drop the object where you want it on the page:

Balsamiq Mockups

The mockup shown above only took me a couple of minutes to create. Within a project you can create several mockups which are grouped together within the project.

Balsamiq Mockups 3: Download

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The desktop version of Balsamiq, Balsamiq Mockups 3, can be easily downloaded and used under a 30 day free trial so you can make sure you’ll be able to use it. After navigating the the link, click the large blue Download Mockups 3 button:

Balsamiq Mockups 3 download page

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Balsamiq Mockups 3: Licensing

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Mockups 3 for Desktop is a one time purchase and there are no maintenance costs for the license; in addition, licenses are tied to humans and not a particular machine so you can work on it on a desktop and laptop with the same license. A single user license currently costs $89.99, but there are volume licenses available with discounts starting at 5 users and increase with volume.

I use the desktop version as I often work offline (when travelling and on dodgy WiFi) and don’t like recurring subscriptions.

With the desktop license, minor-version updates are also free (so 3.2, 3.3, etc.) and there are no maintenance or renewal costs to keep using the software; major-version updates will have an additional cost, but as updates are not required, you will be able to continue to use version 3 if you don’t wish to purchase a major version update.

Balsamiq Mockups 3: What is Balsamiq Mockups 3?

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Balsamiq Wireframes is a rapid low-fidelity UI wireframing tool which reproduces the experience of sketching on a notepad or whiteboard, but using a computer. It aims to force you to focus on structure and content early in the design process, avoiding lengthy discussions about colors and details which should come later.

Balsamiq have a YouTube channel with a number of introductory videos and tutorials.

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Balsamiq Mockups 3: Series Index

BalsamiqI’ve posted about a number of useful applications in the past (a href=’https://www.azurecurve.co.uk/2019/04/installing-filezilla-client-series-index/’>FileZilla, Windows 10 Calculator Replacement and Notepad++ as examples) and will post more in future. The subject of this small series, is Balsamiq Mockups.

Over the next few posts, I’ll take a look at what it is and how to install and use it.

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Workflow in progress have been found in GP. These need to be processed before upgrading.

Microsoft Dynamics GPA colleague was recently performing an upgrade for a client to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2; this client had previously been a user of the old Dynamics Workflow module (now replaced with Workflow 2.0). They hadn’t used it for a while, but it had never been switched off resulted in the following message being displayed:

Upgrade error

Microsoft Dynamics GP Utilities

Workflows in progress have been found in GP. These need to be processed before upgrading. Please process these workflows before updating. A list of these workflows can be found in GPWorkflows.log

Workflows can be switched off from the front end, but with SQL Server Management studio already open, it was simple to run a SQL update statement against Company Master (SY01500):

/*
Created by Ian Grieve of azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant (http://www.azurecurve.co.uk) This code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int). */
UPDATE SY01500 SET WORKFLOWENABLED = 0 WHERE WORKFLOWENABLED = 1 GO

Web Client images not loading

Microsoft Dynamics GPIt’s been quite a while since I did much with the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client; not by choice, but as a consultant my time is driven by the clients requirements. We recently upgraded a client to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 and implemented the web client. When we launched the web client we found that none of the images were loading and we were unable to properly log in:

Web client login page

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An authentication error has occurred; this could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation

Windows ServerThis error first came up early in 2018, but I’ve stumbled across it a couple of times recently and had to hunt around for the solution, so I am posting it here so I know where to find it next time.

Microsoft released an update to address vulnerabilities for the Credential Security Support Provider protocol (CredSSP) used by Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections for Windows clients and Windows Server.

Since that hotfix came out, if you try to connect from a patched machine to an unpatched one, you receive this error:

CredSSP error

Remote Desktop Protocol

An authentication error has occurred.
The function requested is not supported.

Remote computer: {server name}
This could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation.

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