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Controlling User wise Report Print & Save As… Permission

 

It is always asked from several users to have a control on Printing of reports from Preview.

Normally you have two options to print the Report in Navision.

  • From Request Page

PrintPreview1

  • From Print Preview

PrintPreview2

If you check document Reports you will notice that you don’t have option to Print the Report from Preview, but you can print from Request Page.

Why it doesn’t allow in such Reports?

It is because these report uses statement like:

IF NOT CurrReport.PREVIEW THEN

If the C/AL code for the report uses the PREVIEW function to disable printing from the preview, then users cannot change the display mode to print layout.

Using these option I have tried to disable Printing of Report from Request Page and Print Preview.

PrintPreview3

 

Add a Boolean type Field in User Setup Table & Page as shown above.

Now the report which we want to restrict from printing we will add piece of code.

Although there are other ways to do this but to keep it simple I have followed this approach. Once you are ok with logic you can implement the same in your way, in fact more better way than this sample demo.

PrintPreview4

If I run the report by setting Allow Report Printing to FALSE, it will not show me the Print & Save as Option on Preview.

PrintPreview5

Also if I Try to Print or Save As… from Request Page it will Flag me an error as above.

So now you know the logic behind it, what you are waiting for. Give your user to control the Printing & Save As… option.

Now in last Cumulative Updates also Microsoft added option to control this,  but it is at Service Level, if you want to control at user Level this is one option, wait for any further Cumulative Update in which Microsoft may add this capability or explore and find any other option and share with others.

That’s all for this post. I will come up with more details in my upcoming posts.

Till then keep exploring & learning.

 

 

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How to: Install a Windows Client Control Add-in Assembly

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client control add-ins are provided in one or more Microsoft Framework .NET-based assemblies, which are .dll files. Control add-in assemblies must be installed on the following computers:

  • Computers that are running the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client. Any Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client instance that will use the control add-ins, must be installed with the control add-in assemblies. Control add-in assemblies are not installed with the default Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client installation.
  • Computer that is running the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment. After a control add-in is installed, you use the development environment to register the control add-in the Client Add-in table in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database and set it up on pages.

Optionally, if a control add-in has the same name as the assembly, you can install the assembly on the computer that is running Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server instead of the client computer.

To install control add-in assemblies on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client

  • If needed, install the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client on the computer.
  • On the computer that is running the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client, copy the assemblies that contain the control add-ins to the Add-ins folder of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client installation.
    • By default, the path of this folder is C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\80\RoleTailored Client\Add-ins.

You can also include assemblies in a subfolder of the Add-ins folder. This can be useful if you have multiple assemblies and dependencies.

To install control add-in assemblies on the development environment computer

  • If needed, install the development environment on the computer.
  • On the computer that is running the development environment, create a folder named Add-in in the development environment installation folder.
    • By default, the path of this folder is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\80\Classic. If the Add-in folder already exists, then ignore this step.
  • Copy the assemblies that contain the control add-ins to the Add-ins folder.

You can also include assemblies in a subfolder of the Add-ins folder. This can be useful if you have multiple assemblies and dependencies.

Installing Control Add-ins on Microsoft Dynamics Server for Automatic Deployment

If a control add-in has the same name as the assembly, then you can install the assembly on computer that is running Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server. When an operation from the client requires the control add-in, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server automatically deploys the assembly to a temporary folder on the client computer.

For example, if Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client opens a page that contains a control add-in, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server will find the control add-in assembly by name in the Add-ins folder. Then, it deploys the assembly to the client computer in the %TEMP%\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\Add-Ins folder of the user who is running the client. The deployed assembly will be then be used whenever the page is opened.

Similarly, if the development environment requires a control add-in, for example, when you compile an object, then the control add-in assembly will be deployed by the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server to the local temporary folder for the current user on the computer that is running the development environment.

To be deployed, an assembly must comply with the following Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server configuration settings: Chunk Size, Max Upload Size, and Prohibited File Types.

If the control add-in assembly is updated and its version number changes, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server will deploy the updated assembly to the client computer the next time that the client requests the assembly. The updated assembly is put in a subfolder of the %TEMP%\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\Add-Ins folder, where the subfolder has the assembly’s version number as its name. This implementation means that you do have to remove the older versions of assemblies that are stored on the client computer.

Before Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server deploys an assembly to a client, the client looks for the assembly in the local Add-ins folder (for example, C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\80\RoleTailored Client\Add-ins). If the assembly is not found, then the client will request the assembly from Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.

To install the control add-in on Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server

  • On the computer that is running the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server, copy the assembly that contains the control add-in to the Add-ins folder of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server installation.

By default, the path is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\80\Service\Add-ins.

Automatic Deployment of Microsoft .NET Framework Interoperability and Control Add-in Assemblies

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 makes it easier for the system administrators to deploy client-side assemblies for .NET Framework interoperability and client control add-ins on computers that are running the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client or Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment.

You can now install the assemblies in the Add-ins folder on the computer that is running Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server. By default, this is the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\80\Service\Add-ins folder.

When an operation from the client requires an assembly, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server automatically deploys the assembly to a temporary folder on the client computer.

For example, if Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client opens a page that contains a control add-in, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server will find the control add-in assembly by name in the Add-ins folder. Then, it deploys the assembly to the client computer in the %TEMP%\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\Add-Ins folder of the user who is running the client. Subsequently, the deployed assembly will be used whenever the page is opened.

Similarly, if the development environment requires a control add-in, for example, when you compile an object, then the control add-in assembly will be deployed by the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server to the local temporary folder for the current user on the computer that is running the development environment.

Important:

To be deployed, an assembly must comply with the following Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server configuration settings: Chunk Size, Max Upload Size, and Prohibited File Types.

If a .NET Framework interoperability or control add-in assembly is updated and its version number changes, Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server will deploy the updated assembly to the client computer the next time that the client requests the assembly. The updated assembly is put in a subfolder of the %TEMP%\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\Add-Ins folder, where the subfolder has the assembly’s version number as its name. This implementation means that you do have to remove the older versions of assemblies that are stored on the client computer.

To support compatibility with earlier version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, before Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server deploys an assembly to a client, the client looks for the assembly in the local Add-ins folder (for example, C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\80\RoleTailored Client\Add-ins). If the assembly is not found, then the client will request the assembly from Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server.

Javascript-based client add-ins have been using this deployment technique since Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2.

New Properties and Controls for Pages – in Navision 2015

ShowMandatory Property

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV a new property called ShowMandatory has been introduced on page fields. The ShowMandatory property is set on page fields and marks the field with a red asterisk on the UI.

You can refer this in my earlier post Show Mandatory Property

UpdatePropagation Property

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV a new property called UpdatePropagation is added to page fields. The introduction of this property makes it possible to update a parent page from a subpage automatically without using the page Refresh button.

You can refer this in my earlier post UpdatePropagation Property

Scope Property

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV a new property called Scope is added to page actions. The introduction of this property specifies the scope of an action to be either page-specific, or specific to a repeater control.

You can refer this in my earlier post Defining Action Scope for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Pages in Navision 2015

FixedLayout Control

Microsoft Dynamics NAV now supports using the FixedLayout control on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client.

You can refer this in my earlier post Using a FixedLayout Control

Using a FixedLayout Control

Arrange Page Fields in Rows and Columns Using a FixedLayout Control

A FixedLayout group control is typically used to display statistical data.

Fields in a FixedLayout group control are displayed in a FastTab with a heading for each row and column.

Previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV supported having a FixedLayout control directly under a ContentArea. In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and later versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you must make sure that the FixedLayout control is nested in a Group control.

To arrange page fields in rows and columns

  1. Open the page in Page Designer.
  2. In Page Designer, insert a blank line where you want to locate the fields.
  3. Set the Type and SubType field to Group. In the Caption field, type the text that you want as the heading of the FastTab that contains the fields.
  4. On the next line, set the Type to Group and SubType field to FixedLayout.
  5. On the next line, set the Type and SubType field to Group. This defines the placeholder for the first column of fields. To add a heading to the column, type the text in the Caption field.
  6. On the next line, set the Type to Field. This defines the first field in the column. In the Caption field, type the text that you want to use as the heading for the row.
  7. Specify the data source for the field by doing one of the following:
    • If the data source is a field of the table that is associated with the page, then on the View menu, choose Field Menu, select the field, and then choose the OK button.
    • If the data source is a variable, then on the View menu, choose C/AL Globals or C/AL Locals, and then create the variable. After you create the variable, in the SourceExpr field in Page Designer, choose the AssistEdit button and select the variable.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to add the remaining fields in the first column.
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 to add group controls that define the remaining columns.

You do not need to specify captions for these fields. Only the captions of fields in the first column define the row headings.

To demonstrate above steps, find below screen shots which makes you understand the concept easily.

FixedLayout-1

We will create V1..V9 variable as decimal.

We will create R1..R3 variables as Text.

Next we will design and group the page as below:

FixedLayout-2

When we save and run the page we will get below output.

FixedLayout-3

You can use table fields or calculated variables.

You can nest the Layout for different views.

Add Fields from a Report Dataset to a Word Report Layout

A report dataset can consist of fields that display labels, data, and images. This topic describes procedure for adding fields of a report dataset to an existing Word layout of a report. You add fields by using the Word custom XML part for the report and adding content controls that map to the fields of the report dataset.

To display the Custom XML part for the Report in Word

  1. Open the Word report layout document in Word for editing.
  2. Show the Developer tab in the ribbon of Word.

By default, the Developer tab is not shown in the ribbon.

  1. On the Developer tab, choose XML Mapping Pane.
  2. In the XML Mapping pane, in the Custom XML Part list, choose the XML part for Microsoft Dynamics NAV report. The name of the XML part has the following format:

urn:microsoft-dynamics-nav/reports/report_name/ID

report_name is the name that is assigned to the report as specified by the report’s Name Property.

ID is the identification number of the report.
XMLDataSet
After you select the XML part, the XML Mapping pane displays the labels and field controls that are available for the report.

To add a label or data field

  1. Place your pointer in the document where you want to add the control.
  2. In the XML Mapping pane, right-click the control that you want to add, choose Insert Content Control, and then choose Plain Text.

AddDataField

Note

You cannot add a field by manually typing the dataset field name in the content control. You must use the XML Mapping pane to map the fields.

To add repeating rows of data fields to create a list

  1. If not already existing, add a table row that includes a column for each field that you want repeated.

This row will act as a placeholder for the repeating fields.

  1. Select the whole row.
  2. In the XML Mapping pane, right-click the control that corresponds to the report data item that contains the fields that you want repeated, choose Insert Content Control, and then choose Repeating.

AddRepeatingField

  1. Add the repeating fields to the row as follows:
    1. Place your pointer in a column.
    2. In the XML Mapping pane, right-click the control that you want to add, choose Insert Content Control, and then choose Plain Text.

InsertContentField

  1. For each field, repeat steps a and b.

Adding Image Fields

A report dataset can include a field that contains an image, such as a company logo or a picture of an item. To add an image from the report dataset, you insert a Picture content control.

Images align in the top-left corner of the content control and resize automatically in proportion to fit the boundary of the content control.

Important
You can only add images that have a format (such as .bmp, .jpeg, and .png file types), which that is supported by Word. If you add an image that has a format that is not supported by Word, you will get an error when you run the report from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV client.

To add an image

  1. Place your pointer in the document where you want to add the control.
  2. In the XML Mapping pane, right-click the control that you want to add, choose Insert Content Control, and then choose Picture.
  3. To increase or decrease the image size, drag a sizing handle away from or towards the center of the content control.

AddImage

Important

Most of the contents you find in this blog will be either inherited from MSDN or Navision Developer IT Pro Help. Some places images are also directly taken from these sites. Purpose is simple to try those stuffs and re-produce adding few things as per my understanding to make easy understanding for others and quick reference.

Here nothing under my own brand or authorship of the content. At any point of time we are just promoting Microsoft stuffs nothing personnel with same.

Hope stuffs used here will not violate any copyright agreement with them. In case by mistake or in-intestinally it happens and the Microsoft feels these should not be used Microsoft have full right to inform me about same and will be glad to take down any such content which may be violating the norms.

Purpose is to promote Navision and share with community.

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