Bricks in Project Madeira and NAV2017

Very often, using of standard lists in NAV were not so comfortable because of specific data sets. Now, we will get some new feature that all list pages can be showed as “bricks”. If you remember, we used bricks in NAV 2016 for Phone Client. But now, we can use this for all lists: Customers, Vendors, Bank Accounts, Chart of Accounts, Currencies, Items, all Journals… You just need to choose brick view:

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You can configure what you want to see on bricks and optimize space and readability for data that appears in these pages usingĀ a Brick Field Group. You can change importance of these data and their layout changing orders of them.

But if you choose Items, you can see more. Not only list and bricks, you can choose tiles as well. Difference is that you can put item picture on both bricks and tiles. Again, you can configure what you want to see by yourself:

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Using of Expressive Tiles in NAV 2015

Cues as tiles already exist in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV client that display business data as FlowFields and integers. But with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, they start as some kind of BI tools to also present key performance indicators (KPIs) on Role Centers and includes the following new features. Now we have enhanced the functionality of Cues to give application developers, as well as end users, more control over the appearance of Cues. Each changing will be seen on all clients.

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Now, we have not only static tiles. With new feature, we can configure the Cue to display a bar along its upper border that changes color based on the data in the cue. It can be made by developing a cue or by end-user, using “Set Up Cues” on Role Center page. With this feature, Expressive Tiles provide us more quality in daily work.

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Developing cues, we can change the image that displays on the Cue or set up the Cue without an image on property. There are several images to choose from and for now, we cannot use customized images.

In previous Microsoft Dynamics NAV versions, we could only set up Cues based on FlowFields and we could set up them to display on integer data types. Now, in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, we can also use normal fields (instead only FlowFields) and we can also use a decimal data type. This provides us additional data aggregation possibilities instead of just COUNT, such as SUM, MAX, MIN, and AVG and of course, extends source of Cue data, such as using query objects.

By using the AutoFormat and AutoFormatExpr properties, we can customize the format of the value in a Cue. For example, we can set the number of decimal places, or place a symbol such as currency sign or % before or after a value.