Infor Smart Office 10.0.5.2 is now available as CCSS update package. In this posts I’ll cover some of the enhancments done in this new version.
First lets start with a critical notice:
If you are using Grid 10.1.11 (with LifeCycle Manager 9.1.x), you must first apply the fix for Lawson Grid before upgrading your installation of Smart Office to 10.0.5.2.
The fix is available via CCSS, with the ID: Lawson_Grid_10.1.11.0_2. Once fix is applied, the version number of Lawson Grid will change to 10.1.11.0.25.
Smart Office 10.0.5.2 and Smart Office 10.1.1 are released only days apart. One of changes is that we have created a new admin tool Mango Administration Tool, that will allow you as an administrator to export data from one installation and then import that data into another Smart Office server installation. This is part of the migration support for 10.0.5.2 to 10.1.1. Note however that any “non standard features” such as Mashup Designer, LPA / IPA or LBI needs to be installed with LCM becuase installed .lawsonapplications are not completely inlcuded in the export. The configuration is inluceded but the application still needs to be installed. How to migrate from 10.0.5.2 to 10.1.1 is described in the documentation for 10.1.1.
A new Mashup control that shows message boxes of different types. It can be used to show messages as well as capturing the result from Yes/No and OK/Cancel dialogs so that different answers triggers different events depending on user input.
Can be used to send and receive messages to/from other Mashups, scripts or SDK features. Messages can be sent to a single recipient or broadcasted to many recipients.
New buttons are available in the advanced mode in the Profile Editor which allow users to manually delete and add profile groups, application entries and properties.
See numbering in the image
1. You can create or delete a new application group. Delete is useful if you installed a feature that you don’t use and you what to clean up and remove the configuration.
2. Remove an application group
3. Adds a new property to the application
4. Adds a new application.
If you are working with a feature that uses M3 or is related to M3 and you need to add profile settings to your application you can select the M3 profile application group to the left and then go into the advanced mode. If your feature is dependent on S3 you add your settings to the S3 application group instead. Once in the advanced mode you press the +Add (4) to add your feature section. Then you select to add a property. The names can be anything but they need to be unique under that group.
This comes in handy if you are a SDK developer or a Mashup developer and would like to manually add stuff in the profile without having to configure your own local profile in the SDK scenario.
Mashup File Administration
In the Mashup File Administration Tool we have added support for uploading .mashup files directly. These files can be created from within the new version of the Mashup Designer but even with older versions of the Mashup Designer when you select to create a lawsonapplication-file a .mashup file will be created in the same directory as the .lawsonfile. This file can be uploaded directly via Smart Office Mashup File Administration tool (from within Smart Office). The recommended approach for Mashup deployment is still to use Life Cycle Manager. But this is an option for those mashups that does not contain a profile section. When the mashup is uploaded via the tool the profile section will not be merged to the profile of the installation. For that to work you still need to use Life Cycle Manager.
However the profile editor has been enhanced with a new buttons in the advanced mode that will allow you to add profile settings manually. What approach you take to managing your mashups is up to you. But please note that if you remove mashups in the Mashup File Administration tool, Life Cycle Manager will not pick up the fact that the Mashup is no longer deployed.
We have received feedback that some customer projects needs a simpler way to deploy new versions of a Mashup and with the new features in the Mashup File Administration only Smart Office Admininistration Access is needed to upload a new version of an already deployed Mashup.
My Local Applications
My applications accessible from Show-> My Applications has been enchanced with a new mashup tab that contains a list of all available mashups. It is useful for mashup developers and for users that have local applications with mashups installed. Double click in the list will open the selected Mashup.
Support for authentication using the user@domain format
Previous version of Smart Office make use of domain\user if domain is used. But as of 10.0.5.2 the format entered by the user on the login screen will be used.
Application MBrix has been removed
The schema mbrix has been removed. It has not been used since Lawson Smart Client but there might still be users with links to Companion and Document Archive that uses the old mbrix:// format.
Those links will stop to work when the Mbrix applications has been removed and should be replaced with new links. Drag the menuitem from the Navigator widget or drag the icon from an open application in the taskbar to the canvas to create a shortcut and then open settings for the shortcut to check the URI.
Feature updates for Lawson Applications
New API builder
A new API builder utility is available in Smart Office, which can be used as an aid for scripting. It can be used to build Application, Data Query, and Drill-Around APIs.
The API Builder can be launched from any of the following:
– Help menu of the Script Tool
– Smart Office Navigator-> Lawson Transactions -> Other
– Via sclient://apibuilder in the Start Application box.
New File Transfer Wizard
A new File Transfer Wizards which can be used to connect to a FTP Server. The File Transfer Wizard can be launched from Navigator -> Lawson Transactions -> Other.
– Note however that for a Windows FTP server the directory list output format must be set to UNIX style.
Read only mode now available for list-driven Lawson Application Forms
The read only option can be set by going to Show -> Settings -> Lawson Transactions -> Applications tab.
The prompting for credentials following a DSSO session timeout has been re-implemented.