#MSDynGP Winthrop Products and Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 Year End 2022

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast week, Terry Heley from Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 Year End 2022 service pack has been released.

Since then, we have been asked numerous times if the Winthrop products are compatible with this new 18.05.1596 release. The short answer is yes.

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#MSDynGP Microsoft, Stop Scaring Microsoft Dynamics GP Customers

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou might have heard about the “announcement” made by Mike Morton (Vice President, Dynamics 365 Business Central and SMB, Microsoft) during the Microsoft Dynamics GP General Session and his subsequent retraction and clarification.

I decided to write this article to provide my thoughts on what happened and the bigger issues it raises.
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#MySummitNA Clarification of Microsoft Dynamics GP Lifecycle

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMike Morton (Vice President, Dynamics 365 Business Central at Microsoft) has clarified the Microsoft Dynamics GP Lifecycle after his comments at the GP General Session during the Community Summit 2022 conference.

Dynamics GP’s lifecycle is still 2028 and beyond and does include new features as well as tax, compliance and security updates. Since GP is a mature and stable product, don’t expect large new features or new modules. The large ISV community will continue to develop additional functionality to make GP a viable system for many years to come. Continue reading

Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 – October 2022 has released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP was released today, and it contains a number of new features and bug fixes. Winthrop Development Consultants has already updated its products for this Microsoft Dynamics GP 18.5 – October 2022 release. They are now built against the final build and so are no longer beta builds.

Check out the previous article for more information:

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#SummitNA Winthrop Development Consultants at Community Summit Orlando 2022

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis Friday, I will start my flights to the USA to get to Community Summit 2022 in Orlando. I will be flying to Singapore first and then getting on the world’s longest flight: Singapore Airlines from Singapore to New York with a flight time of 18 hours and 25 minutes.

For the first week I will be staying at the Caribe Royale hotel while I am running a 5-day Dexterity Fundamentals Bootcamp training course. Then during the Community Summit 2022 Conference being held on October 10-13, 2022, I will be at the Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee, Orlando, Florida, USA.

My friend, Tim Wappat from the UK, will be helping me out at the Winthrop Development Consultants booth in the Expo Hall. Please come see us at Booth 829. Read on for more information on the two training classes and six sessions I am presenting.

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#SummitNA Don’t miss out on the Training Opportunities at Community Summit 2022

David Meego - Click for blog homepageDavid Musgrave MVP is coming to Community Summit 2022 in Orlando and will be running two training courses for GP users, administrators, consultants and developers.

The first is a 5 day Dexterity bootcamp, before the conference, which will teach you how to get started with Dexterity, the development tool used to create Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The second is a single day class on GP Power Tools, covering all modules of the product.

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#MSDynGP Microsoft Dynamics GP v18.5 ISV Pre-release installers now available

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFantastic News.

This morning (Perth Time) I had an email from Terry Heley from Microsoft with a link to a pre-release (ISV Drop) of the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP version 18.5 (October 2022) release. This download is provided to the ISV community to help them prepare for the final code when it is released.

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#GPPT Automating Applying of Payables and Receivables Documents

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is another one of those articles that I have been planning to write for a long time. A while ago I created some prototype scripts with GP Power Tools to show how it would be possible to “drive” the user interface to automate applying of both Payables and Receivables documents.

I have had a few people contact me about this functionality, usually because my friend and fellow MVP, Steve Endow, has told them about these scripts.

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#GPPT Using the Clipboard to copy from Excel into Microsoft Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, we are covering an exciting new sample customization that is now possible due to Clipboard and Parsing Data Helper Functions added to recently released Build 29 of GP Power Tools.

The customization shows how any data in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet can be copied via the Clipboard into any window of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

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#GPPT Linking to Document Management Systems

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis sample is something that I have already helped customers achieve with GP Power Tools in the past but it had not been posted as a sample on the blog. The ability to link with a document management system by opening a URL with data from any window in Microsoft Dynamics GP is really easy to do.

This sample project allows scanned payables invoices to be opened in a web browser from the Payables Transaction Inquiry – Vendor and Payables Transaction Inquiry – Document windows as well as the Payables Transaction Entry Zoom window.

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#GPPT Automating or Customizing the Report Destination Window Revisited

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday we are revisiting the article #GPPT Automating or Customizing the Report Destination Window. In this article we show how Build 29 of GP Power Tools can improve on the methods used previously.

When automating Microsoft Dynamics GP, if a Report Destination modal dialog window opens, it needs to be dismissed so that the rest of the automation code can continue. This article contains a demonstration project that shows how to dismiss the 3 different dialogs used.

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#MSDynGP ISV Talks with Dynamics Connections

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs part of my marketing strategy for the last six months, I have been working with Dynamics Connections to promote my products to the Microsoft Dynamics GP partner channel.

GP Power Tools is a very easy product to sell. You just need to show the Benefits Presentation to a customer and they will want it on their system. So the aim is to get the partners to show this short presentation to their customers.

I have found that using Carol Livingston and the team at Dynamics Connections has been a worthwhile investment with an increased awareness of our products amongst the partners after her presentations.

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#GPPT Protecting Mission Critical Custom Code

David Meego - Click for blog homepageGP Power Tools is a subscription based product. This means it needs current, valid Registration Keys to stay operational.

If you have written Mission Critical Custom Code using GP Power Tools – Developer Tools module, you will want to ensure that those triggers and scripts stay active at all times and if the registration fails for any reason that you are notified immediately.

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#GPPT Creating Additional .Net Dialog Windows using Scripts

David Meego - Click for blog homepageOne of the current limitations for GP Power Tools is that it cannot create new Dexterity windows. Usually, it is possible to avoid this requirement by:

  • Using Modifier to add extra fields to an existing window;
  • Using the SQL Results window to display data with SQL Gotos to perform actions on that data;
  • Using Dexterity modal dialogs (ask() and getstring() for example) to get information needed;
  • Using Modifier even adding a complete “sub window” onto an existing window (example below).

This article provides another method leveraging the .Net Framework functionality to create a dynamic form using code.

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#GPPT Tracking changes to Item Cards Version 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAfter the publishing of the GP Power Tools projects for tracking changes to Customer and Vendor Cards, there are been requests for the same functionality for Item Cards.

Starting with the framework updated in the version 2 of the Customer and Vendor tracking projects:

I have created the same functionality for Item Cards. It is labelled as Version 2 so it stays in sync with the other trackers. Even though this is actually the first release, it is based on the Version 2 code.

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#GPPT Tracking changes to Customer and Vendor Cards Version 2

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is an update to the previous version of the change tracking projects for Customer and Vendor cards:

Based on the original projects, they have been enhanced to add some more fields into the default fields tracked, add support for array fields, and add support for tracking Modifier Added fields.

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#Dexterity Announcing Dexterity Training before Community Summit 2022 in Orlando, FL, USA

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have had quite a few requests for Dexterity Training recently. So once I decided to go to Community Summit in Orlando, Florida, USA in October, I planned to run a 5 day Dexterity Fundamentals Bootcamp in the week beforehand. Please register your interest as soon as possible to ensure the course goes ahead.

Dexterity is the development environment that Microsoft Dynamics GP is built on and the best tool to use for any customization to the user interface of the product. Knowledge of Dexterity is vital for anyone customizing Dynamics GP even when using other development tools such as GP Power Tools – Developer Tools module, Visual Studio Tools (C# or VB .Net) or “End of Life” VBA (Visual Basic for Application).

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#MySummitNA Great News: I am coming to Community Summit 2022 in Orlando

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAfter two years of uncertainty, I am finally heading back to the United States for the Community Summit conference in Orlando, Florida, USA in 10th to 13th of October 2022.

I will be running Dexterity and GP Power Tools training, presenting a number of conference sessions and manning an Expo booth.

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#GPPT GP Power Tools “Causes” and Fixes a Performance Issue

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday, I started the morning with a support call with a US customer and partner regarding what appeared to be a performance issue caused by GP Power Tools.

Once we used GP Power Tools to troubleshoot and identify the root cause of the issue, it was easy to see why they incorrectly thought the problem was caused by GP Power Tools.

Read on to understand what happened and how to make sure it does not happen on your systems ….

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#GPPT Validating Australia Business Numbers (ABN)

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis article and sample GP Power Tools project comes about after hearing about a disturbing situation that has resulted in an unsuspecting Australian business receiving a surprise $100,000 tax bill.

The sample project code provided at the bottom of this article was created to help ensure that Australian Microsoft Dynamics GP sites don’t get caught out in the same way.

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