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Nickel Elite Contributor
Posts: 107
Registered: ‎03-09-2011

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations

It's interesting that you specifically mention attachments.

 

I was asked if attachments would be available. I told them not immeditely, and taht even seasoned mobile users have reccuring bouts with email attachments. I also took some time to remind the person asking that SLX mobile is a supplemental tool and NOT a full-fledged replacement for the full featured clients (LAN or WEB). it's just an additional tool to help the road warriors get at and maintain data a bit more conveniently.

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Posts: 129
Registered: ‎06-09-2009

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations


@tskidmore wrote:

 

Towards the avatars:

Chrome 17.0.932.0 here and I had the same issue. I cleared my cache and cookies, logged back in and large images now have a specific width/height. The issue before was that the only style on an image was width:auto, height:auto which made the image the size of the source (370x490) and it would "underlap" the text.



That is what I had figured was going on, thus my suggestion to Terry.

 

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Posts: 3,087
Registered: ‎03-19-2009

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations

Mobility is quickly becoming mainstream and it is possible (very soon ;-) to deal w/attachments, quoting, etc via the new mobile web app. Custom add-ons by partners (like us) will deliver this capability to market sooner that later.

 

I envision we will see field folks (Sales/support, etc) using the new SalesLogix Mobile web app (on tablets - I use a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tab) as their PRIMARY device and NOT carrying a notebook pc before spring of 2012.

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Posts: 129
Registered: ‎06-09-2009

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations


tdowning@solidconcepts.com wrote:

It's interesting that you specifically mention attachments.

 

I was asked if attachments would be available. I told them not immeditely, and taht even seasoned mobile users have reccuring bouts with email attachments. I also took some time to remind the person asking that SLX mobile is a supplemental tool and NOT a full-fledged replacement for the full featured clients (LAN or WEB). it's just an additional tool to help the road warriors get at and maintain data a bit more conveniently.


I have looked at the SDATA and it includes an object for attachments.

SDATA also includes a Service for Attachments:

 

http://crmbisvr08:3333/SData/slx/dynamic/-/attachments/$service

 

And it has the following functions:

InsertFileAttachment

InsertURLAttachment

UpdateFileAttachment

UpdateURLAttachment

 

This means that it should be possible to build Attachment functionality using the Mobile Client.

 

 

That being said, you don't have to depend 100% on SDATA for your SLX Mobile funcitonality.

For instance, I have a Weather Control that runs on my SLX Mobile, but it acquires its data via an AJAX call to an ASHX file that I included on my site. The ASHX is part of the my Mobile Site, it doesn't get sent to the Client, it runs Server side, and as stated, it gets invoked via an AJAX call  (I used JQuery for the Ajax call).

 

This is just one example of how to get data onto the Mobile Client while bypassing SDATA.

Raul A. Chavez
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Posts: 95
Registered: ‎07-11-2011

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations

I also looked at Attachments and all the calls are there -- and it is also on the dev list of features to add (no time/date on it, however).

I can't seem to find it now, but I believe one partner had an E-Mail module that could send attachments as well - they had setup another server that took ajax calls and would do all the smtp needs.
Nickel Elite Contributor
Posts: 107
Registered: ‎03-09-2011

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations

The problem with attachments is not getting the binary data to the device (Other than connection speed). I have a third party quoting application that add attachments to sales orders all the time. The issue with attachments on a mobile platform , is about the devices ability to properly render the attachment in a useful and meaningful fashiopn to the user especially those on phones.

 

I agree that the time will come when attachemnts are less and less of an issue, but in the meantime, they will be probelmatic and an issue for both dev and administration.

 

I can't wait unitl one of those massive word docs with way too many big images is sent to a mobile device that does not have word support installed. fun, fun stuff. 

Bronze Super Contributor
Posts: 129
Registered: ‎06-09-2009

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations

You are right.

That said, it would be smart to add all kind of Warnings before allowing a User to Request Such an Attachment.

 

Also, an alternative could be to use some other means to Render the Documents (e.g. Export to PDF and download the file as you scroll through it)....

 

But I agree with you, some Devices may not have enough power to handle big attachments, or even if they did, the document may render in such a way that it would be unreadable (happens to me all the time with some Excel Documents on my BB).

 

 

 

Raul A. Chavez
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Registered: ‎05-07-2008

Re: SLX Mobile and SData limitations

From an Sdata perspective groups, attachments, library are supported as of 7.5.4. These are done throught the System endpoint and fully support paging, etc so performance would only be an issue if the group itself was poorly designed.

One option for support Attachments and rendering would be to have a request attachment actually email the attachment to the user. Most devices handle attachments natively through their email client

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