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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.

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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)

Friday, November 21, 2014

New XrmToolBox plugins : FetchXmlBuilder and Solution History

This is a great time for XrmToolBox! A lot of external plugins for XrmToolBox are coming from everywhere!!

Well, they are two new plugins but they are amazing:

Just click on the link to go to their CodePlex projects and download them

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Such a great family!

I’m currently in Seattle for a dedicated CRM MVP Summit, and look who’s there? All the CRM MVP family!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What’s new in XrmToolBox world

If you are using the latest version of XrmToolBox, then you should see this popup when launching it
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This was the super cool hidden feature of the previous version! It works (I’m relieved…)
In this new release of XrmToolBox, there is three new features, as described below
Optimization in plugin development
Thanks to Daryl LaBar, one of the developer of other XrmToolBox plugins, the way to develop plugins for XrmToolBox has never been so easy. All you have to do is to create a user control that inherits from PluginBase class. All the connectivity is handle by the base class and you just have to focus on what your tool should do.
Daryl added also helper classes to handle asynchronous call in a really easy way. Read his blog article on this topic.
The documentation on CodePlex project page explains how to use the new development model.
A new tool : Metadata Browser
Even if Microsoft delivers a metadata browser solution in the CRM SDK package, it is just a pain to install this solution in each organization I am working on. So I developed a XrmToolBox plugin that does the same job : allows you to browse metadata from your organization. It’s a first version and I may have forgotten some features but I think it’s quite complete.
How does it work?
The first action of the tool is to retrieve the list of entities
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By double clicking on an item, you can then see the metadata for the selected entity
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You can browse all set of metadata included attributes, relationships and privileges. You can also see these items in lists for better reading
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Again, when double clicking on an item, its properties are displayed in a property grid
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To come back to previous screen, just click on button “Hide Panel”
You will have the possibility to select columns you want to display in lists and their order. This configuration will be saved to avoid to reconfigure the layout you want each time.
As usual, this tool is included in XrmToolBox package available on CodePlex
Another new tool : User Settings Utility
This one was asked by my fellow MVP Scott Sewell. It allows to update user personal settings in bulk like this solution does.
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Again, this tool is included in XrmToolBox package available on CodePlex

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New XrmToolBox plugin : Bulk Form Attribute Manager

And now a new version of XrmToolBox!

This release includes a new plugin that will help you to apply some actions on attributes displayed in mutliples forms. The need for this tool came from a XrmToolBox user that has an entity with 180 forms. Imagine how long it takes to change one attribute property on each of these forms…. Nightmare!

So, the tool will help you to change the following properties for an attribute on multiple forms:

  • Label
  • Visibility
  • Read Only
  • Lock

The tool can also help you to add/remove an attribute on multiple forms. When adding an attribute, you need to specify next to which existing attribute this new field will be added. If available space, the attribute is just added. If no space available, a new row in the section is added before adding the new attribute.

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Some other tools in the toolbox have been fixed as some lists had a size problem (due to Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, as far as I can tell). That should now be fixed.

Another great feature of the new version of XrmToolBox is the Check Version feature: when the toolbox starts, it calls CodePlex download page to see if there is a new version available. If so, a popup warns you and you can open the download page. That should help you to keep the toolbox up to date (you can also follow the project on CodePlex to receive new version notification).

As usual, the new version can be downloaded on CodePlex

Friday, August 15, 2014

New XrmToolBox plugin from Andy Popkin: Bulk Workflow Tool

It’s a long time since I’m in touch with Andy Popkin from ZeroToTen. We were talking about the possibility to add multiple plugins to my XrmToolBox tool. I already announced this in a previous blog post without mentionning the exact purpose of the upcoming tools.

So today, Andy released the first XrmToolBox plugin of (I hope) a long list : The Bulk Workflow Tool.

You can find all information about this tool on this blog post, and you can download the plugin here.

I would like to finish this post with a special thank you to Andy for participating to the XrmToolBox adventure!