Developing for Dynamics GP Blog Saved

Winthrop DCI am a little behind posting this one, but I think it is quite important to spread the news widely.

David Musgrave, now of WinthropDC, used to work at Microsoft and was the main author of the Developing for Dynamics GP blog which was part of the msdn blogs. This blog was an absolutely great resource on Dynamics GP, especially on more technical areas.

However, showing the impermanence of the Internet, earlier this year Microsoft announced that they would be closing down that platform. In order that useful posts weren’t lost, David has downloaded all of the old posts from the blog, which he deemed still useful on current versions, and imported them onto his new WinthropDC blog.

All of these posts have been categorised as Developing for Dynamics GP; in time they will also start to show up in search engine results.

Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features: Repurposing the Intelligent Edge page

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features series in which I am going hands on with the new features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (which was released on the 2nd October). I reblogged the new features as Microsoft announced them along with some commentary of how I thought they would be received by both my clients and I. In this series, I will be hands on with them giving feedback of how well they work in reality.

The first feature, I am hands on with, is not one of the announced features. Instead it is a new addition to the Home Page of Microsoft Dynamics GP; Intelligent Edge. I first encountered it when I ran the Dynamics GP 2018 R2 client for the first time. I said when I first saw it, that it was not going to be either welcome or useful to clients.

I also said that I hoped someone would find a Dex.ini switch which could be used to switch it off, or re-purpose it to another site such as an Intranet site. Well, MVP David Musgrave has taken a look through the code and found three settings in the Dex.ini file and two messages which need to be updated.

Once this has been done, Intelligent Edge will be no more; instead a useful page can be displayed:

Repurposed Intelligent Edge

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WinthropDC Special Promotion for Pennies for Taylor

Winthrop DCMicrosoft Dynamics GP MVP Shawn Dorward’s son, Taylor, was involved in a drowning accident a few weeks ago. Thanks to Taylor’s friends and the emergency teams, Taylor survived but has suffered significant brain damage; he is now on the long road to recovery and making great progress.

A Go Fund Me has been running to assist in paying for Taylor’s medical expenses.

To assist further, MVP David Musgrave has decided to give 10% of all new sales of Winthrop Development Consultants products (GP Power Tools and Batch Posting Service Toolkit) sold until the end of September to Shawn.

Kevin Rasmussen from Ethotech told David that he will match the same offer for their products. David also has a challenge for other Dynamics GP ISVs: see David’s blog for details.

Please, if you can contribute something to help Taylor, even $5, do so and, if you’re an ISV, take a look at David’s blog.

GP Transaction Search v2: Available Search Windows

Precipio ServicesThis post is part of the series on installing and configuring version 2 of this free GP Transaction Search addin from Steve Endow of Precipio Services.

The second version of GP transaction Search has followed along after version one very quickly. Despite that, it has gone from one search window for Payables Transactions, to including search windows for Receivables Management and Sales Order Processing.

In version one, the search window took over the menu of Transaction by Creditor Enquiry, but in this version, Steve has utilised the Visual Studio Integration Toolkit from Winthrop Development Consultants to create menus for each window:

Purchasing menuSales menu

Winthrop DC Now Distributing Products Directly

Winthrop DCAs announced back in May, from the 1st July 2018, Winthrop Development Consultants now directly and exclusively distributes all of its products.

Pricing remains the same (exception for Australia), but purchasing is handled directly by Winthrop DC and if you’re a partner, you will need to sign up as a partner with Winthrop DC (which is free to do) before purchasing for your clients.

One important point to note, is that only the latest builds of the software will automatically switch over to using Winthrop DC’s registration servers.

To ensure a smooth transition, please ensure all Winthrop products on your, or your clients, systems are updated on all servers and workstations before the current subscriptions expire. Upgrades can be installed over the top of existing builds, so there is no need to uninstall.

Full details of this changeover is available on the Winthrop DC site.

Winthrop DC Directly Distributing All Products from 1st July 2018

Winthrop DCYesterday, Winthrop Development Consultants announced that they would be moving to direct distribution for all of their Microsoft Dynamics GP add-ons (including the GP Power Tools) as of the 1st July 2018.

This means all new subscriptions, subscription renewals, and sales and support queries will be handled directly via Winthrop Development Consultants.

One important point to note, is that all installations will need to be upgraded before the subscriptions expire to be able to renew under Winthrop’s new registration system.

Full information is available from Winthrop Development Consultants including details on the new customer and partner portals.

Until 1st July 2018, Mekorma will continue to distribute GP Power Tools so any new subscription purchase or renewal should be processed via their site.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Macros: Playing A Macro Quickly

Microsoft Dynamics GPIn this series I am taking a look at how macros can be used to update data in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

As I said in the last post, which covered the playing of a macro, in this post I am going to show how the macro can be played quicker than using the standard Play option.

Credit for this one goes to MVP Leslie Vail, who blogged about it back in 2014. There is a Dex.ini setting which needs to be set to make this function available:


This needs to be configured on any client machine which will be used to run macros. If you are a user of the GP Power Tools you can use the Dex.ini Configuration to roll out this switch to all clients:

User Setup

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Hands On With the GP Power Tools – Administrator Tools: Conclusion

Winthrop DCThis post is part of the Hands On With the GP Power Tools (GPPT) – Administrator Tools series in which I am taking a hands on look at the various tools offered by GPPT.

In this series on the Administrator Tools module of GPPT, I’ve taken a look at the tools provided and how they can be used. Overall, I think there are some very useful tools available in this module. I was sceptical of the Deny Based Security one when I first heard of it, but it seems to be quite easy to use and doesn’t add the complexity I feared.

For the tools available in this module, I’d say this was one to purchase.

I’m going to take a break from GPPT for a bit, but will return another time with some more posts on its functionality.

Hands On With the GP Power Tools – Administrator Tools: Window Position Memory

Winthrop DCThis post is part of the Hands On With the GP Power Tools (GPPT) – Administrator Tools series in which I am taking a hands on look at the various tools offered by GPPT.

The Window Position Memory window is used to specify which windows in the Microsoft Dynamics GP application should remember their position, size and state on a per user basis; any window (form) in any dictionary can be added to the list and all sub-windows on selected window (form) will be remembered.

GPPT ships with a small selection of windows pre-configured to be remembered (these are the main transaction and card windows for each module), but more can be added and already selected ones removed using the Window Position Memory window (GP Power Tools area page >> Setup >> Window Position Memory).

When opened, the window takes a few moments to load as it scans all dictionaries. Once loaded the right pane shows the windows which have already been selected; the checkboxes next to them can be unmarked to deselect them:

Window Position Memory - showing already selected windows

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Hands On With the GP Power Tools – Administrator Tools: Company Login Filter

Winthrop DCThis post is part of the Hands On With the GP Power Tools (GPPT) – Administrator Tools series in which I am taking a hands on look at the various tools offered by GPPT.

The Company Login Filter window (GP Power Tools area page >> Setup >> Company Login Filter) is used to set up filtering of the companies available in the Company Login window for a user depending on the instance of the application environment currently being used. This is useful functionality as, on a system with different customization dictionaries or different custom forms and reports for different companies, you can ensure that the correct companies can only be used with the appropriate application client.

This is a scenario used by a number of my clients, so I was interested in doing some testing of this function. The way we’ve dealt with it in the past it to giev the client two shortcuts, looking at different launch files.

There is two ways of configuring this tool, but I am only looking at one of them. I have a single Dex.ini file and two launch files in the application folder; the default DYNAMICS.SET and a DYNAMICS-UK.SET which is pointing at different report and forms locations.

To configure the company login filters, launch the window and enter a Profile ID and Profile Name.

The left scrolling window will populate with the profile ID and a branch for Default Filter when no Path matched. Select this and then mark one (or more) of the companies listed in the right window:

Company Login Filter - select companies for no filters.

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