New Development Tools for NAV

Today, Microsoft has been published preview of new development tools for NAV as promised (before the Christmas). New tools are intended for extensions and apps development.

We have two tools:

  • The In-client Designer to make extensions in the client by consultants.
  • Visual Studio Code for building powerful extension and apps development, based on tables, pages and codeunits, using the new objects Page Extensions and Table Extensions.

You can start if you have your own Microsoft Azure subscription, using the following link http://aka.ms/navdeveloperpreview

More about it on Microsoft blog.

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How to create your first Flow for NAV

I hope you’ve already heard for Microsoft Flow. If you want to use this amazing small tool, you need to go on https://flow.microsoft.com. With this tool, you can connect a lot of different type of software. For example, you can connect Share Point, Outlook, Excel, Facebook, Twitter, OneDrive, Dynamics solutions, Google Calendar of File Drive, Yammer, PowerBI…

In this post, I want to show you how you can create a small Flow for connection between Dynamics 365 for Financials and Facebook. I used Financials only because it was easier for my demo, but you can do it the same with your NAV 2017 for example. Before you start with Flow, you need to publish Web Service you want to use in Flow.

To start, first click on My Flows and then on Create from blank (for this demo). If you want to use some of templates, you will choose Create from template.

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Then you need to find some of Dynamics triggers. You can see on the following picture what you currently can use. If you want to create flow for NAV or Financials, you can use When a record is created or When a record is modified. In this example, I used When a record is created. And then you need to choose one of your connections to your solution or to create new one (be careful with username and password – Web Service Access Key).

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After you finish it, you can choose some of your tables (based on published Web Services). I have chosen Customers, because I want example where Facebook will announce welcome, every time when I create new customer.

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Then, I’ll click on the Next step to create step in Facebook. You need to find Facebook and to choose one of actions. I’ll choose Post to my timeline. And of course, you need to sign in to Facebook with some of accounts.

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The type a message you want to post on your timeline and for this purpose you can use some of the fields in Customers table (from a right side).

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After that if you already didn’t give Flow name for your Flow, just give some name and click on Create flow; click on Done and everything is finished.

Now, you can open your Financials or NAV and create a new customer. When you finish it, you will see that Facebook announce this on your timeline:

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As you can see, this was very easy and you can do it on much easier way using already prepared templates. You can find a lot of templates for CRM (Dynamics 365 for Sales) or AX (Dynamics 365 for Operations). But you can also find few of them (currently 3) for Financials and NAV (I expect more and more soon):

  • Create an item in Dynamics NAV from PowerApps
  • Send a Push Notification for new Sales Orders
  • Post to Twitter on New Customers in Dynamics 365 for Financials

The First CU for NAV 2017

The first Cumulative Update for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 has been published today as Build 14199. You can download it from this link.

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You will find a pretty big lists of Platform and Application hotfixes, as well as for example Czech application hotfixes. For other localization, there only few hotfixes.

In the same time, we got Cumulative Updates for other versions:

For NAV 2016 and NAV 2015, there are still dozens of platform and application hotfixes. But if you look at NAV 2013R2, you will find only one platform and one application hotfixes, as well as a few of locals. But for NAV 2013 there is no hotfixes (only one local for Spain).

Using NAV Outlook Client on iPhone

Today I held presentation about features in NAV 2017 and D365 for Financials. When I presented working with NAV 2017 in Outlook, I remembered that I had never show how we can use NAV (or D365 for Financials) in Outlook on the phone. I’m not sure if someone wrote about this and I want to give you some directions about it.

If you use standard Office application on your phone, you can not use this App for NAV/Financials. But we still can provide it. If you have iPhone, you can download OWA for iPhone from App Store. When you install this app, you can use all features as we used on standard desktop or online Outlook about NAV/Financials, but you need to use the latest update of Office 365 for business.

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When you install and login as Office 365 user, you can notice that when you receive mail, you will see small add-in Financials/NAV. You can use this add-in or if you have some document link, just click on link and open a document. You can see all standard information as on standard Outlook or edit something. On the same way, you can run this add-in from calendar as well.

If you want to have everything the same on your iPad, just download the same App and repeat all steps.