Microsoft released the List of enhancements done in NAV 2017 for End Users .There are plenty of enhancements done on all clients to enhance more user experience for using NAV
NAV 2017 flyer available on partnersource
Download link for the same
Nice features in NAV 2016 Table i.e One can specify the Table type
Earlier version we are using property called ‘LinkedObject’ to link the external table/view.
In New version we have property Table type which contains three different type as follows called ExternalSql’ wherein one can specify table/view from sql server that is not in MS Dynamics NAV DB
- Normal :- Specified the table as normal table . This is default value whenever you create table in NAV
- CRM:- Integration table for integrating NAV with Microsoft dynamics CRM
- ExternalSQL:- Specify the table/view in sql server which is not in NAV database.
When one select ‘ExternalSQL’ two other properties will enable automatically
1) ExternalName :- specify the name of external table from database
2) External Schema :- Specify the database schema.
You can look at How to register External Tables
In NAV 2016 on Posted Sales Invoice screen option is provided to send documents to multiple source like
- Send to Printer ,
- Send document by email to customer,
- Save it to disk
- Send document to exchange service.
One can find the option on Posted Sales Invoices as follows
In this option user can send document to directly to printer or send document via email or save the document to disk in PDF format. This will basically reduce the work the save the file in PDF and then attach it to email and send to customer.
In the above option when user click on option where one can select to Use ‘Yes (Use Default Settings)’ or ‘Yes (Prompt for Settings)’.
1) Yes (Use Default Settings):- This will use default settings of system for printer,email etc.
2) Yes (Prompt for Settings) :- By selecting this option user can configure
For example if user selected email option for prompt for settings then screen will look like
In this screen user can add details required options and send email .If you selected ‘Edit in Outlook’ so email will open in default outlook client and you can edit the message
Recently I was exploring Web Client of NAV 2016 (One of nice client of NAV) and found that lot of things got disturbed when view the custom pages on web client (I was under impression that everything will show correct on web pages automatically).Of course I read the limitations of NAV but I was not aware that it will hamper so much on custom pages where we are switching controls based on the condition/process i.e show/hide the controls.
But now what to do this is not working as per windows client
Am I need to do fresh development for web pages ??? Oh this will kill the time and more on investment.
By searching I come across some new functions defined by NAV and I was like
They come up with something like DEFAULTCLIENTTYPE,CURRENTCLIENTTYPE functions
Using these function one can write the different code for different client like Windows,Web,Tablet,Mobile
How Do I use:
Defaulclienttype :- This functions always return the value ‘Windows’ even after viewing on other client of NAV
CURRENTCLIENTTYPE :- This functions return the NAV client type that is running in current session. As well as one can use this function to GetURL of the current client
One can written the different program for web client and windows client.
You can write something like
IF CURRENTCLIENTTYPE = CLIENTTYPE::Web THEN BEGIN <Your program goes here> END To Get URL You can write ClientUrl:-=GETURL(CURRENTCLIENTTYPE)
Using this functions could manage some of functionalities to view on the web client but still some resistance (due to limitations of web client) is there.
If the page contains any actions button switch off/on based on some process and one has return program using visibility property of page then it will not refresh automatically one Need to press ‘F5’ whenever the page need to refresh.
Hope in coming future Microsoft will come up with some features which will enable everybody to use web client just like windows client (RTC)
Looking forward for NAV 2017 Web Client.
This is really interesting feature introduced in NAV 2017 as Notifications in UI.
NAV 2017 comes up smarter way to send notifications to the UI in Web Client .This will provide notifications to the user about what is happening in transactions.
This will helpful during
1) Shortage on Inventory
2) Customer Balance is negative
3) Customer credit limit exceeded
and many more…….
In the development environment, you create notifications in C/AL by using the newNotification and NotificationScope data types and the following functions.
MESSAGE specifies the content of the notification that appears in the UI
- SCOPE specifies the scope in which the notification appears, which can be LocalScope or GlobalScope.
- SEND sends the notification to be displayed by the client.
- ADDACTION adds an action on the notification.
- SETDATA and GETDATA set and retrieve a data property value for the notification, which is typically needed when actions are invoked.
All the notifications will fire after the validations errors.
This is one of the new improvement in Financial management -Chart of Account
Now one can define categories and subcategories in chart of account itself . This feature is useful for reporting purpose as well as categorization of ledgers.
Straight from MS :
We have added account categories and sub categories so you can group general ledger accounts to fit your need for financial reporting. For each G/L account, you can specify the account category so that ledger entries posted to this account are categorized as assets or liabilities, for example., or an income or an expense, and so on.
For each account category, you can choose between different sub-categories. You can also create new sub-categories to fit your need. For example, for the G/L account category Income, you can define as many sub-categories as you need so that you can differentiate between income from services and income from product sales.
I loved this feature as in initial version we have to add these as custom field and prepare reporting based on the same ( Specially in Indian version)