Universal App in Phone and Tablet Without Icons

Sometimes, when we install Universal App on our smartphone or tablet (NAV 2016 and NAV 2015 – only for tablets), we can notice one issue with missing Icons (Actions, Images,…). This is not something serious, but it can be unpleasantly.

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But, it can be solved very easy. The reason of this issue is because your browser has configured Font download option as disabled.

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You can solve this changing this property or adding your site as Trusted. To do this, you need to open your Internet Explorer, run your Microsoft Dynamics NAV web client and open Internet Options. Choose Security tab and choose Sites on the Trusted sites option. Add this sites as trusted and this is solved. Second way is to open Custom level and find Downloads section and change Font download to Enabled.

Now, you can run your Universal App again and everything will be fine:

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NAV 2016 Universal App System Requirements

In my few articles, I’ve already wrote about Phone Client in NAV 2016 and how to install it on own smartphone with self-signed certificate. Also, I already wrote about NAV 2016 system requirements.

But in all of these articles, I didn’t wrote about system requirements for phone client. And now, it is not phone client; it is an NAV Universal App. It can work on any device you have, but if this device meets requirements.

In short, Universal App can work on devices with Windows 10/8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, iOS 8.4 and Android 4.4.3 with minimum 1 GB RAM (for Windows and Android). Tablets must meet minimum 7″ screen size with minimum 960×510 resolution and Phones must meet minimum 4″ screen size with minimum 854×480 screen resolution.

In my older article about system requirements I said that there are not official data, this is my research. But if you want more about official system requirements, try here on MSDN. I hope, this is a clear.

NAV 2016 Web/Tablet Client – Multi Company and Language

One of the lacks in old Web Client was impossibility to change companies and/or languages. It was pretty inconvenient for using. Answers from Microsoft were that we have to use different Web Server Instances. But, imagine we have 10 companies and we need 3 languages. What the final number of Web Server Instances will be necessary?

I suppose my customers will survive this issue on Web Client, but imagine one manager who manage 10 companies and uses Tablet Client. We cannot expect from on manager to change instances for each of his companies.

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But, as I said, it was a problem. Only, it was. Finally we have got a solution for our wishes. Microsoft is listening us. We got everything we ask and more. Now it is now possible to dynamically switch the language, region, time zone, company, and work date of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client. As I said, it is more then we ask. But, the best is we can use it on Tablet and Phone Client as well.

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For the most changes, we just need to set changes and sign out and sign in again to have the change take effect. We can change it using “My Settings” command. These settings are now removed from the Web.config file and it is now part of Web Client user configuration.

NAV 2016 Web/Tablet Client – Freeze Pane

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Web and Tablet Client, we can use Freeze Pane. We cannot configure it in Web Client, but we can use it here. If you want to configure Freeze Pane, you have to do it in Windows Client.

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If you do not specify Freeze Pane, system will froze the first columns by default in Web and Tablet Client. Web Client is not so clear as Windows Client and this small feature is the important to make Web Client more used.

NAV 2016 Web/Tablet Client – Hiding/Showing Columns

Web Client in NAV 2015 was really good, but it still needed some small improvements. I was in situation to provide only Web Client to one my small client. So it was my research, whether it is possible to use only Web Client.

My conclusion was that it is possible. When you don’t know for Windows Client, Web Client is just fine. Maybe it is not the most comfortable, but it is fine (especially for smaller clients). But if you now for something better (Windows Client) then Web Client has a lot of small limitations.

Now, with new NAV (2016) release, Microsoft has improved lot of them and I can notice that Web Client is better than Windows Client in some points. One of the biggest lacks was impossibility to hide and show columns.

Now, we can do it very easy. By my opinion, it is better made in comparison with Windows Client. You just need to press right-click on heading and choose Hide Column or Choose Column.

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If you want to choose Choose Column, you will open something very similar as in old Classic Client and choose what field you want to display. I just love this small feature. It is easy and fast way to choose columns. The setting will be saved for the next time you use NAV.

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OK, unfortunately it still have some limitations. Columns are added based on the same order, as they are specified on the page; they cannot be reordered. And to not forget, the same feature is on Tablet Client as well and you can see it is very similar.

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And finally, these are not the only improvements on Web and Tablet Clients. We have a lot of them and I will show some of them in future posts in few following days.