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Monday, May 21, 2012

Tool updated : Metadata Document Generator 2.0

Hi folks!

Today, I released a new version of my tool Metadata Document Generator

It now uses a new UI, a new assembly for Excel generation (Gembox.Spreadsheet) and prepare the future with a new wizard style behavior.

New features will come in coming months since it is now easier to add features.

Some screenshots

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As usual, the tool is available on CodePlex

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Metadata Document Generator updated

I’m pleased to announce that I updated my tool to generate metadata documentation.

Please review change below:

NEW FEATURES
Word document is now using headings for better navigation
Use of GemBox Software Document assembly to generate Word document
Thanks to them! http://www.gemboxsoftware.com/

BUG FIXES
Export fails if two entities have same display name
Export fails if entity has more than one main form
Clicking multiple time on "Check all" button duplicate attributes list
Not working if attributes are Selected
Unable to create connection on Partner VM
Does not generate document in other than main language
Export to Word hangs with Custom Entities

As you can see, Word generation is the almost the only part that has been updated. Hope it will help you more than ever to build documentation!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Q2 2012 Service Update Beta released

So, as many people, your read the Preview Guide for Q2 2012 Service Update and can’t wait anymore to test all these new features?
You can test it now!
Microsoft release a public beta version yesterday. Just remember that this Q2 2012 Service Update is also known as Release 8, which is not Update Rollup 8.
You will find below a quote shamelessly copied Girish Raja's blog for more information.

What does the beta include?

  • A test only on-premises build
  • Pre-recorded feature overview sessions and power point presentation files
  • Pre-release implementation guide
  • SDK and readme.
Again we’d like to emphasize that the beta release is for test purposes only, and not for production usage. There is no migration path from the beta to the final release, so please plan accordingly and use appropriate test environments. There are elements of upcoming release that are not included in the beta, for example Mobility or CRMOnline specific features are not offered as part of the beta but will be available in the final release.

Where can you get the beta release?

The bits are available on Microsoft Connect site. Please follow the steps below to get access.
  1. Please provision an account on the R8 Beta Connect site by clicking on this link. https://connect.microsoft.com/site687/InvitationUse.aspx?ProgramID=7663&InvitationID=crnb-FJTQ-QPB3
  2. Please complete the R8 Beta Access Survey using this link. (this link will not work until you complete step 1 above) http://connect.microsoft.com/site687/Survey/Survey.aspx?SurveyID=14211
  3. Please access the R8 Beta Package using this link. (this link will not work until you complete steps 1&2 above) https://connect.microsoft.com/site687/Downloads
  4. Please pose any questions about the R8 Beta using this R8 Beta Discussion Group here. (this link will not work until you complete steps 1&2 above) http://innovation.connect.microsoft.com/CRM2011R8Beta/Thread/View.aspx?ThreadId=6861

Questions/Comments?

Post all questions on the Connect discussion group linked above in step #4. If you are having trouble accessing the connect links above, please send an email to crmtapbeta@microsoft.com.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ultimate ribbon designer : Ribbon Workbench (beta)

If you are used to follow my blog, you know I developed some tools around Dynamics CRM 2011 ribbons: Ribbon Browser and Ribbon Editor.

I think these tools are not useful anymore, since Develop 1 provides an incredible tool, packaged in a CRM 2011 solution that allows you to design ribbons using drag and drop in an amazing UI.

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It is now just a matter of minutes to add a new control on a ribbon (not only buttons). See the list of supported item below:

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To download this tool, just go to develop 1 website

This tool is still in beta version but is much better than any other tool I know. It promises the best for future release!