New features coming to Microsoft Dynamics GP in 2019

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe new version of Microsoft Dynamics GP is coming in October this year and a trickle (hopefully) of new features has just been announced at the GP Tech Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.

The features have been announced in one of the sessions at the conference which I have unfortunately not been able to attend; the features listed below have been tweeted by attendees I follow on Twitter:

The first feature announced was a new long description (100 characters) on AP Transactions:

This will be nice as it is a common request from clients to have a longer description when entering an invoice.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 Displays Full Screen By Default

Microsoft Dynamics GPLast year Steve Endow did a post on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 always starts full screen and how you can stop it from doing so. The cause is a setting in the Dex.ini file which was set to TRUE:

WindowMax=TRUE

Prior versions of Dynamics GP had this setting set to FALSE; at the time he posed, Steve wasn’t sure if the setting was always set to TRUE or only if the Web Client Runtime was installed. Well, I can confirm that it is always set to TRUE.

I haven’t been that bothered by Dynamics GP always starting full screen, but after a client upgrade I was asked by them about it.

To stop Dynamics GP always starting full screen you need to change the Dex.ini file setting to false; this needs to be done on every client. If you are a GP Power Tools user you can use the Dex.ini Configuration tool to change all clients, otherwise you will need to manually update all clients.

Bulk Export Dynamics GP Document Attachments using .NET

Precipio ServicesSteve Endow of Precipio Services, the man behind the GP Transaction Search, has created another tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP; this one allows a bulk download of Document Attachments.

The tool allows the user to select a Database, Record Type, and indicate whether Deleted attachments should be exported. The attachments can then be previewed before being exported:

Export Document Attachments window

Full details of this tool is available on Steve’s blog and can be downloaded here.

As well as the Free Tools, Precipio Services also have a range of products available; they also provide a a full array of Dynamics GP integration and customization services.

News from GP Tech Conference: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 is the Next Version

Microsoft Dynamics GPUnfortunately, I’ve not been able to attend the GP tech Confernece this week and am having to watch it vicariously on Twitter using the #GPTechConf hashtag. There’s been some interesting updates on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (yep, 2018 R2 and not 2019). The first bit of news is confirmation of the rumour that it would be released on 1st October instead of December. This is apparently to bring it more in line with other Dynamics applications.

MVP Jen Kuntz has been tweeting about some of the new features coming in Dynamics GP 2018 R2:

MVP Steve Endow also tweeted bout another new feature: Sales Transaction Approval workflow. I do like to see new workflows introduced, and this is one I’ve been asked about a few times.

The way Jen presented the series of posts I covered above, these are not the only new features, but ones she picked out as being the good ones. As everyone uses Dynamics GP somewhat differently, due to the needs of their business, it will be interesting to see the full list when released.

Jen also did a round-up blog post on day one of the conference where she points out that the above features are not confirmed for inclusion in 2018 R2 as they are still in QA. This is the same message given other years and the vast majority of the features shown have been included when the software was released.

GP Transaction Search v2: Customising the Configuration

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.

GP Transaction Search is usable as soon as it has been installed, but can be customised in two ways by amending the GP.TransactionSearch.dll.config which is in the addins folder.

Firstly, you can change the SearchAsYouType valuer from True to False; I’d recommend this change for large datasets or where speed issues are detected:

GP.TransactionSearch.dll.config

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GP Transaction Search v2: Downloading and Installing

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.

Now that the prerequisites are installed we can download and install the addin. GP Transaction Search can be downloaded from Precipio Services:

Precipio Services

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GP Transaction Search v2: Installing the Prerequisites

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.

In version 2 there is a new prerequisite; the Visual Studio Integration Toolkit (VSIT) from Winthrop DC. In version 1, the GP Transaction Search window replaced the Transaction by Document window; in this version, VSIT has been used to allow the GP Transaction Search windows have their own menus.

VSIT is a separate download; there is a download for each version of Microsoft Dynamics GP going back to 2010. Select the correct version and download the file:

http://www.winthropdc.com/products_VSIT.htm#Downloads

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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

GP Transaction Search v2: Series Index

Precipio ServicesSteve Endow of Precipio Services has recently launched a new GP Transaction Search addin for Microsoft Dynamics GP. The initial version had only a PM Transaction Search which replaces the Transaction by Document window (Purchasing » Inquiry » Trx by Document) in the Purchasing series.

Following very quickly on from version one, is a second version of the addin which contains a number of enhancements; I decided to do this second series as the installation if v2 differs substantially from v1.

Over the next few posts, I’m going to be taking a look at the installation, configuration and future of version 2 of this add-on.

GP Transaction Search v2
Available Search Windows
Installing the Prerequisites
Downloading and Installing
Customising the Configuration

GP Transaction Search: Where Next?

Precipio ServicesThis post is part of the series on the new, free, GP Transaction Search window from Steve Endow of Precipio Services.

The GP Transaction Search is in in its first version; I think that Steve has made a very good start and I look forward to seeing the progress in future.

Steve isn’t allowing moss to grow, but is instead hard at work on version two, which includes new search windows for the General Ledger and Receivables Management modules as well as custom menus (rather than replacing the Transaction by Document menu) by using Visual Studio Integration Toolkit from Winthrop DC:

After version two comes out with these new search windows, I’d like to see additional windows created for Purchase Order Processing, Sales Order Processing and Inventory Control and, in longer term, other modules. The good news on this front, is that Steve has aspirations to create windows for additional modules as well.

The GP Transaction Search project is an open source one created by Steve Endow, but other people can get involved and contribute. If you find the project useful, consider seeing how you can be of assistance. I’ve already done this and have, since before the release of v1, been offering my assistance with testing and, more recently, with writing SQL queries.