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Friday, July 31, 2015

New XrmToolBox plugin : Chart Manager

Just this once, the August release is published in July. Indeed, I’m on holidays this evening and I want to be sure everybody has the chance to get a new release of XrmToolBox with a new plugin : Chart Manager

Chart Manager

Chart Manager is a plugin that helps you to export/import charts from/to Microsoft Dynamics CRM in bulk. It also allows to edit the XML definition of a chart directly, without the need to export/import.

ChartManager-2

XrmToolBox

The toolbox itself and some plugins have been updated to fix bugs and add enhancements. The release note is available here.

If you are already using XrmToolBox, you should have received an Update Notification. If not, just go to www.xrmtoolbox.com to download the latest version.

Monday, July 6, 2015

New XrmToolBox version and MVP award

Hi everybody,

First of all, maybe you already saw it on social networks but I’' have been renewed as a Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP for the 6th time! Great honor to be part of the CRM MVP group again and thanks to all XrmToolBox users that  make this possible.

Regarding XrmToolBox, I just released a new version today.

New plugins management

It is a breaking change version since plugins management have been revamped to use Microsoft Extensibilty Framework, which means plugins need to be migrated to this new plugins mechanism to work. This new mechanism helps to manage plugins automatically with no custom code, and also allow to deliver files with multiples plugins inside.

If you use plugins other than ones shipped with XrmToolBox, you might want to keep the previous version available until other plugins are migrated. Of course, all plugins shipped with XrmToolBox are compatible.

Usage statistics

I aslo implemented a new mechanism that will help me and other developers to understand how often plugins are used. To do so, when starting XrmToolBox, a prompt will ask for your agreement to send totally anonymous information about your usage of XrmToolBox plugins. To be clear, the only data sent is the version of XrmToolBox and the name of the plugin executed.

Here is the prompt

XrmToolBoxStatisticsQuestion

You can always change your mind by de/activating this feature in XrmToolBox options

XrmToolBoxStatisticsSetting

You will be able to see statistics on statecounter

Help content (developers)

Developers can now include a help link in their plugins. By implementing interface IHelpPlugin, a new menu is available to redirect users to a help web page of your choice.

XrmToolBoxHelp

Other updates

To see the complete list of other changes, read the release notes

Download

As usual, you can download the latest version on www.xrmtoolbox.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

XrmToolBox version 1.2015.6.9

Today, I released a new version of XrmToolBox that is mainly a maintenance release (see release note for details).

Nevertheless, two enhancements have been made to the XrmToolBox application:

  • Search bar has now focus when XrmToolBox is open: This will avoid an extra click to reach search bar, so you can start typing the tool you want to use as soon as XrmToolBox is displayed
  • Connection selection dialog now has a “Most Recently used” feature that allows to display connections that have been used recently so when you often work on the same organizations, these connections are displayed on top of the connection list

Without “Most Recently used” feature activated

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With “Most Recently used” feature activated

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As usual, this release is available for download on www.xrmtoolbox.com

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New XrmToolBox version : v1.2015.5.6

A new version of XrmToolBox is available! No new tools from me but some bug fixes and enhancements. The release note is available here.

Just be aware that plugins are now stored in a subfolder “Plugins” in “XrmToolBox” folder. This is to ensure XrmToolBox.exe is found easily in the main folder. If you are a XrmToolBox plugin developer and your plugin is storing its own settings file, then please check if everything is still working.

Other plugins

Maybe you already know it but XrmToolBox github wiki page lists available plugins for XrmToolBox. Some new plugins were added lately so please have a look here

Saturday, February 21, 2015

XrmToolBox first release on Github!

Hi XrmToolBox friends,

Today is a big day for XrmToolBox! First release on Github has been published and I have a lot of news to announce!

XrmToolBox on Github

I already made this announcement before but that’s official now, with this first release, XrmToolBox is hosted on Github and CodePlex project won’t receive updates anymore.

You can reach this project on Github by following this link (or read following announcement)

XrmToolBox home page

XrmToolBox has its own home page now! You can bookmark www.xrmtoolbox.com. It has never been easier to find where XrmToolBox resides!

If you are a XrmToolBox plugin developer, and you want me to provide you a subdomain of XrmToolBox.com, just ask (you can see the FetchXml Builder example here : http://fxb.xrmtoolbox.com).  .

New tool: FLS Bulk Updater!

I don’t know if you already faced this scenario but I had to update 10 Field Security Profiles with more than 300 Fields Permissions. And it was a nightmare… Ok, you can select multiple Fields Permissions for one profile and update them in bulk. But you still have to open each Field Security Profile… boring…

FLS Bulk Updater displays all Field Security Profiles, and all Fields Permissions. You just have to tick profiles and fields you want to update and select properties to apply. Click on “Update FLS”, you’re done!

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You can also check properties for one Field Security Profile by selecting it in the profiles list.

XrmToolBox development

XrmToolBox includes three new interfaces that helps you to add shortcuts to your own CodePlex or Github projects and to add PayPal donations links (like XrmToolBox does).

Download

To download the latest release, go to XrmToolBox Github project releases page

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

XrmToolBox new version : Welcome CRM 2015

XrmToolBox previous version was a great success : More than 5K downloads, 13 ratings with an average rate of 4,7/5.

So today, I’m proud to release a new version of XrmToolBox. This is kind of a major version since a lot of changes are included in this release. Please read blow

CRM 2015 and .Net Framework 4.5.2

This release is the version of XrmToolBox to use CRM 2015 SDK assemblies. That means plugins for XrmToolBox can now uses new capabilities of CRM 2015 SDK (of course, it can still connect to CRM 2011 and 2013). That means above all that XrmToolBox now requires .Net Framework 4.5.2.

When launching this new version, if your computer does not contain this version of .Net Framework, you will be prompt to download and install it.

Signed assemblies

Thanks to Digicert.com which provides free code signing certificate to Microsoft MVP’s, files that are shipped with XrmToolBox package are now all digitally signed. That means you can check if files your are using with XrmToolBox come from me and were not altered by another developer.

To check this, just look at file properties

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Updated version checker

If you are using XrmToolBox previous version, you should already have received a notification about this new version. I updated this dialog box to display also a “What’s new“ section. This allows you to check what are the new features before going to CodePlex download page.

XrmToolBoxUpdate

Other updates among others

Here are some of the other updates (for a complete list, go to download page):

  • The rate of the latest version of XrmToolBox on CodePlex is now displayed on the main application
  • When closing XrmToolBox, if plugins are opened, you are prompted for a confirmation
  • You can close XrmToolBox plugins with a middle click on tabs
  • All MscrmTools plugins have been migrated to the new development model from Daryl Labar

Download

As usual, you can download latest version on CodePlex

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New XrmToolBox release : control your plugins list easily

Today, I released a new version of XrmToolBox. No new tool in this release but you now have the possibility to select the plugins to display and the ones to hide (without removing them from the XrmToolBox folder).

Here is the option dialog

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This version includes also improvements for some tool.

Check the download page on CodePlex to view a list of improvements

Next release will probably support Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 (even if this version should be able to connect to this version, not tested yet)