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Canvas Theme Emulator

Smart Office enables the user to adjust the overall appearance of its canvas and windows in terms of theme color, wallpaper and color saturation from a pre-defined set of options.
The boundaries for what the user is allowed to adjust is set by the Smart Office administrator in the system profile, application- and user- settings. The final appearance is the combined result of the settings and internal rules.

Once in a while  it happens that the appearance is not matching the expectation after an upgrade or settings change. It can be difficult to pin-point and determine what is causing the new appearance.

The Theme Emulator tool will assisst you to sort things out. It will hook into the theme service and regard it as a black box, apply your settings and visualize the result unaware of the internal rules.

The Theme Emulator is launched with the Smart Office link internal://themeulator or via the improved Log Viewer content-area context-menu under Tools.

themeulator

When the Theme Emulator tool is launched it will show the current applied Smart Office settings in the Preview Settings- and Preview- area. The current values in the system profile, application- and user- settings are listed under Theme Setting Sources.

Changing the Preview Settings is harmless and will only affect the look of the Preview area. Click on the ‘Reset’ button to return to the current settings. The padlock icon next to each user setting show if the setting can be changed by the user or has been locked by the administrator.

A click on a preview icon (document/looking-glass) beside the theme source header will apply the current settings for that source on the Preview.

The Settings… and Profile… button will launch the corresponding administration tool if the current user is a Smart Office administrator.

The Clipboard button captures a snapshot image of the tool window and puts it in the Windows Clipboard. It can be useful for documentation and communication purposes.

The User Theme Disabled checkbox is always read-only in the ‘Preview Settings’ area. It’s not intended to be changed, just show the current property value.

Elaborate with the preview values and compare with the setting sources and you will soon figure out the source and what setting to change to get the wanted appearance.

New Log Viewer – Part I

Part II – How to Find Your Way
Part III – Getting the Facts and Categories
Part IV – ClickOnce Installation Log
Part V – M3 Transaction Time Measurements

Overview of the Improved UI

An improved user interface for Smart Office Log Viewer was introduced in 10.2.1.0.189 (HF18) to make it easier and more efficient to resolve issues and find relevant information. The benefits and features of the improved user interface will be covered in a series of blog posts.

The main new features are:

  • Smart Office log session selector
  • Extraction of relevant facts from the log
  • User customizable content categories
  • Improved sharing of log content

ISOLogViewerAreas

The improved user interface consists of:

  1. Session Selector where you choose whether to see the entire log, a specific session or a time span. By default the latest session is selected.
  2. Category selector where you choose the category related log entries.
  3. Content area where you see the log entries based on the current session- or category- selection.
  4. Extracted facts that is often relevant for support issues. The area can be expanded or collapsed.

At the bottom you have the quick access buttons to import- and share- the log file.

On the very first launch after installation the (2) Category- and (4) Facts- areas will be collapsed. You can expand/collapse the areas by dragging the window splitters or click the Verbose toggle button.

Where do I find the Log Viewer?

• Open the Smart Office About dialog and click on the link.
• Open the Administration Tools folder in the Navigator Widget and launch Log Viewer.
• Launch the Smart Office link internal://log using a Canvas Shortcut or using the Canvas Start field (CTRL+R).
• As a Standalone Windows Application found in LogViewer.zip under Additional Files in the Smart Office installation package.

What if I prefer the original user interface?

You can switch to the original user interface by clicking on the Classic button, create a Canvas Shortcut or Navigator Widget Favorites link with the URL internal://log/classic.

What’s in it for me as a SDK Developer?

You can create one or more categories specific for your feature and define a launch link that will open the Log Viewer with your category selected. How to do this will be covered in an upcoming blog post.