Category Archives: Tips

Do you want to see a form side by side with your mail?

We bring you Infor Smart Office mini-mode! Seeing a form side by side with another Windows program such as you mail client has up until now only been possible for those of you with two screens. The Canvas has been your desktop, in Smart Office 10.0.4 we introduce Mini-mode. Mini-mode is a way to run Smart Office but without the Canvas, just focusing on the applications.
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The Developers Blog just reached 50 000 views

Today we reached 50 000 views. There is an upgoing trend and the number of views continues to grow each month. Last month we had around 7 000 views. The audience is kind of narrow, it is a blog for Smart Office developers. That is people who are building Mashups, creating JScripts and developing Smart Office features with the Smart Office SDK. There might also be one or a few System Administrators who find some good articles here.

I hope you enjoy our examples and blog posts. It requires a lot of hard work and we welcome more bloggers from the User Experience team, here at Infor.

Infor is a product company and we love our product.

Karin & Peter

How to put the Smart Office icon on your desktop

As I have mentioned in previous posts WordPress has this nice feature that allows us to read what search terms have been used in the blog. Today I spotted this: “putting smart office icon on desktop”. In most cases the search terms does not contain enough info of what the person is looking for but this time I think I got it.

Personally I usually start programs using the windows key followed by writing the name of the app. Smart Office is in the start menu once installed so that would be a quick way to launch it. But if you want to create a link to the program on your desktop there are two options. Continue reading

Tip of the Day – Safe Mode, System Profile and Log file

Today I would like to share a few useful tips that will make your life easier as a Smart Office Developer. First we have ‘how to run Smart Office in Safe Mode’, then ‘how to force the System Profile Selector’, followed by some extra tips for checking the log and finding the isolated storage for the installed application. Continue reading

It’s all in the URL – Client Configuration

Smart Office is installed via ClickOnce. The link that you click on to launch Smart Office can have a number of paramaters on the URL. In this post I will cover a few of those parameters and the most common misstakes people do when composing a URL that will open a program after Smart Office is started. Continue reading

Conditional Styles with Dynamic Dates

With conditional styles you can take control over the lists in M3 and S3. Dynamic dates are an important concept when it comes to comparing dates. I’m not the developer who implemented the feature, in fact I have never used it before today. But I understand that this is a topic that quite a few are interested in. In this post I’ll use the requested delivery date on an order and use different styles for if the order has a requested delivery date the coming week or if the requested delivery date is passed. Continue reading

Working with multiple Canvases

In Lawson Smart Office your home is the Canvas. You have your informative widgets and your shortcuts just one click a way. But what if you would like to completely swith the canvas for a specific task so that the widgets and shortcuts reflect the type of work that you need to get done? I’ve written about How to create a Menu Widget using the News Reader Widget, you can take this one step further by having the links in the RSS Xxml to point to different Canvas files. Continue reading

News Reader Widget as a Check list

In my last post I showed you How to create a Menu Widget using the News Reader Widget. The News Reader has another hidden feature – it can be displayed as a checklist!

This view is great for a step by step process. If you launch the link the check box gets checked automatically. Now the process needs to be completed during the Lawson Smart Office session, it will not store your progress if you log off or close LSO. Continue reading

How to create a Menu Widget using the News Reader Widget

The news reader widget is for displaying a news feed. You can configure the News Reader Widget with a specific URL and publish it to the Widget Library. The tip of the day is that you can create your own RSS xml and have the News Widget as a Menu Widget with a list of different programs that can be launched directly from the widget. In this post I’ll show you the syntax of the XML and how to publish the widget to the Widget Library. Continue reading

Extending your contacts in Smart Office to M3 panels

You can collaborate in Smart Office using different tools such as chat, message boards (we call them channels) and annotations on business data. Today I’ll show you a hidden gem that involves showing your own contacts accessible right from the M3 panel.

Any panel with a RESP or USID field will get a green small person icon if that person is on you contact list. (We plan to add more fields).
It looks like this:

If I hoover over the icon I can see a tooltip with more information about the contact. Depending on how many external collaboration providers you have there can be: Smart Office contacts, Jabber and Microsoft Messenger. Continue reading

Personalizations in M3 – Manager

A few days ago I wrote about Personlizations in M3. What I forgot to mention is the Personalization Manager in M3. It’s an admin tool for managing personlizations for users and groups and for different servers installations. This is the tool to user for moving personlizations around, for example from a test environment to a production environment.

Personalizations in M3

Users can change panels in MForms to obtain personalized versions of the standard M3 panels. Examples of personalization are conditional styles, hyperlinks, tab order, label texts and JScripts. Personalization is done directly within MForms using dialogs and special edit mode panels. There is a Personalization menu available under the Tools menu and on the context menu for the panel that contains the available personalization options. Continue reading

Testing M3 APIs

When you work with M3 APIs there are a few very useful resources available, one of them is MITest. MITest has been around for a while and it looks like this:

In Lawson Smart Office 9.1.3 we introduced a new way to call APIs using a grid application called MI-API-WS. This application uses the API repository meta data in a way we have not used it before. Continue reading

Lawson Smart Office 10.0.0

Lawson an Infor affiliate, released Lawson Smart Office 10.0.0. This is our contribution to Infor 10. I like it because it means that I can write about some stuff that I’ve wanted to share for quite some time now. We do lock down the code and go into release management a long time before the version is actually released. This is all good but it does mean that it’s been a while since I was working on the new version. So what’s new? Continue reading

Using Bookmarks in M3

Bookmarks in M3 is a way to navigate into a specific form without having to go though the list. As it turns out Bookmarks is a key component to M3 Mashups. You configure a M3List or a M3DetailPanel with a bookmark. Not all programs support Bookmarks and even if the bookmark does work there might be issues when you try and open a detail form. In this post I will cover a way to test the bookmark and to analyze issue you might encounter when you build your M3 Mashups. Continue reading

How to create a Start Pad Mashup

Let’s be honest. The Navigator is the entry point to all applications but advanced users write in the short name of the form like HR11 or MMS001. But what if you don’t know what to search for?

The administrator can prepare a canvas for you with all the necessary shortcuts… or what if you had a Start Pad with the functions you use the most?

I’ll show an easy way to do two different kinds of start pads. The mashup project can be downloaded from my SkyDrive. Continue reading