Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1. Meh!

If you got all your Christmas presents early, Christmas day would be a bit of a let down. I feel like that with NAV 2009 SP1. We got the marketing beta and got to see all of the cool things that are included and then the final release arrived and all I can say is “meh!”

Don’t get me wrong, 2009 SP1 is a cool release full of lots of goodness. Some of the things in it are things that I am surprised were not there in the 2009 release (F8, Zoom, decent Matrix forms to name but a few). But there are a couple of things that are less polished than I would have liked.

First of all, there is no “what’s new in NAV 2009 SP1” document. For as long as I can remember, there has always been a word document with a summary of all the new user interface features and business logic. Instead we have documentation that is jumbled up in the online help, making it impossible to see what is new at a glance.

My next surprise was that you cannot run the installer for NAV 2009 SP1 without uninstalling NAV 2009 first. I haven’t seen that little feature since NAV version 4. I just copied my Microsoft Dynamics NAV folder, then uninstalled NAV 2009 and installed NAV 2009 SP1. Now I have both running side by side. Probably not supported, but why couldn’t the installer have done this for me?

Then there are a bunch of things that just didn’t work as well as I wanted them to. SaveValues still does not work properly. I could kind of forgive this in the initial release but there is no excuse for not remembering my options when I run a report. Come on guys! I can copy an entire row in a journal but I can’t paste it to a new line in the journal (if this is possible as the online documentation suggests, can someone please tell me how to do it). These are backwards steps from the classic client/NAV 5.0. I am a big fan of the RoleTailored client, but these things don’t help the cause.

The improvements in NAV 2009 SP1 are huge. The matrix forms are usable at last – hurray! The Menu search feature is truly awesome. The save filters option is pretty useful. The custom controls will be great if I can just think of something to do with them.

All in all, this is a great release, but there’s still enough stuff missing to keep me looking forward to the next one. So when’s NAV 2009 SP2 due out? I can’t wait!

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