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The NAV community, including the ArcherPoint technical staff, is made up of developers, project managers, and consultants who are constantly communicating, with the common goal of  sharing helpful information with one another to help customers be more successful.

As they run into issues and questions, find the answers, and make new discoveries, they post them on blogs, forums, social media...so everyone can benefit. We in Marketing watch these interactions and never cease to be amazed by the creativity, dedication, and brainpower we’re so fortunate to have in this community—so we thought, wouldn’t it be great to share this great information with everyone who might not have the time to check out the multitude of resources out there? So, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from NAV experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Overview of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central April '19 Release

Microsoft has published the release notes for the upcoming April release of Dynamics 365 Business Central. Below is a list by user type of the planned features in the next release, courtesy of ArcherPoint’s Saurav Dhyani.

April 2019 Productivity Enhancement for Administrators

  • Self-service in resolving synchronization conflicts
  • Sales order synchronization
  • Sales quotes synchronization
  • Shared AI between Business Central and Sales
  • Manage upgrade schedule
  • Monitoring and notifications
  • Version Previews
  • Multiple sandboxes
  • Enhanced sandbox management
  • Enhanced extension management
  • Lifecycle Services (Preview)
  • Dynamics SL 2018 and the Intelligent Cloud
  • Dynamics GP 2018 R2 historical data available in the Intelligent Cloud
  • Dynamics NAV 2018 and the Intelligent Cloud
  • Improved data replication services
  • SmartLists 

April 2019 Productivity Enhancement for Business Users

  • Write longer names and descriptions (Length increased from 50 to 100)
  • Use physical inventory orders to better structure your physical inventory counting
  • Select multiple items to add to a sales or purchase document
  • Use a sales quote validity policy to control when sales quotes expire
  • Control item and customer creation from lookups on sales documents
  • Copy customer dimensions to jobs created for the customer
  • Copy templates used to create customers, vendors, and items
  • Merge duplicate customers or vendors
  • Dynamically set shortcut dimension columns in lists, documents, and journal lines
  • Bulk import item pictures
  • View payment information on customer and vendor statistics FactBoxes
  • Look up SWIFT codes
  • Ensure that approval users are set up to run approval workflows
  • Configure reports for warehouse documents
  • View vendor invoice number on purchase invoice and credit memo lists
  • View time information on registers
  • Save list page filters
  • Improved Notes and links
  • Document focus mode
  • Context or system indicator
  • Quick Entry
  • New keyboard shortcuts
  • Autosave indicator
  • Improvements to scrolling in lists
  • Improved contextual search experience - New users often use different business terms than those used to name the related entities in Business Central
  • Improved all-product navigation
  • Personalization enhancements

April 2019 Productivity Enhancement for Self Help and Support

Page inspection - Depending on the page you are inspecting, some or all of the following will be displayed:

  • The page or page part name and identifier
  • The underlying table name and identifier
  • The entire set of table fields for the current record, including their caption, value, field identifier, a primary key indicator, and which extension has introduced them
  • Which extensions extend the page or the underlying table
  • Which filters are currently applied to the table

April 2019 Designer Enhancements (VS Code Enhancements)

  • Designer no longer takes dependencies on all extensions. The In-Client Designer previously took dependencies on all the extensions installed. This is no longer the case—it only takes the dependency on the extensions that are necessary, removing the need to edit these in Visual Studio Code after consultants or customers have used the Designer for small changes
  • Fine-tune field importance and Quick Entry
  • Adjust the Action Bar and Navigation Bar on your page by reordering, hiding or regrouping actions and lists respectively
  • Define variations of your lists by creating named views that include specific filters and sort order
  • Designing Quick Entry
  • Designing field importance
  • Application as an app
  • Outline View - allows developers to get an overview of the symbol tree of the currently active editor
  • Debugging client sessions
  • Code Actions support
  • Multiple objects ID ranges in app.json
  • Extension IP
  • The standard web API is moving out of beta to v1.0 APIs

If you have questions about the upcoming changes and how they can impact your business, contact ArcherPoint for answers.

If you are interested in NAV development, be sure to see our collection of NAV/BC Development Blogs.

Read the "How To" blogs from ArcherPoint for practical advice on using Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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