Tip #1209: Embedding canvas apps in model-driven forms

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For those of us who were continuosly torn between canvas apps (on yer device, pixel-perfect, task-oriented) and model-driven apps (a.k.a. good ol’ forms, views, you know, all that Dynamics 365/CRM stuff), the wait is finally over. Embedding canvas apps in model-driven forms is now available as Public preview. First, the official part. Makers can now extend […]

Tip #1207: Check applied entity permissions in portals

Liquid is a great templating language adding flexibility to your Dynamics 365 Portal templates. However, as any abstraction, it hides some of the things happening under the hood, including some security filtering. Consider this fragment running on authenticated page: And… the count is 2 while expected to be the total number of contacts in this […]

Tip #1205: Local time in Flow using Common Data Service

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Remember the times when you wake up and struggle to figure out where you are or what time it is? Of course, you don’t. I personally can’t recall those because lack of space and time awareness goes hand in hand with the selective amnesia. We did create a flow to help you on those occasions. […]

Tip #1200: Placeholders, colors & lorem ipsum

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To celebrate 1,200 tips I picked up a topic completely unrelated to Dynamics 365/CDS, as one cwshould. Well, sort of. I was working on some materials related to Dynamics 365 Portals and, lo and behold, I needed some placeholders besides qwerty asdf. Text As a placeholder text, you can’t go past lorem ipsum and the original https://lipsum.com. […]

Tip #1192: Quick Create for custom entities in Unified Interface

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Remember the problems with viewing custom activity in Timeline? The unified monster Do I need to sell my left or my right kidney to make the feature X work in Unified Interface? is back. This time, Quick Create was not showing up for custom entities neither for me nor for Guido “Future Olive Farmer” Preite. […]

Tip #1187: Automatically track all emails

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Some housekeeping before we dig in. Firstly, the tip is from Mohamed “iProperty” Mostafa but since I was instrumental in rejecting all of his ideas, I’m taking part-credit for it. Secondly, the full title should be Automatically Track All Incoming and Outgoing Email Messages in Dynamics 365 without opening Outlook and across any device :: […]

Tip #1178: Pure Unified Interface trials

New trial experience

I guess it was only the matter of time until Unified Interface started to take over. And so it begins with the changes coming to the trial experience that will let the customers experience and evaluate their workloads purely on Unified Interface. Summary of experience enhancements are as follows. For more details, please refer to […]