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Do I need Big Extender or Little Extender?

The entry level Extender provides all the core functionality of adding fields, windows, detail windows, forms, detail forms and menus to Microsoft Dynamics GP. If your goal is to simply capture additional data and report on that data – then Extender is the answer.

Extender Enterprise is the tool for those companies that need to not only capture additional data – but to be clever with how they capture and what they do with that data. The main functionality that remains exclusively within Extender Enterprise is the Extender logic layer. The logic layer involves the ability to embed code in, behind and around the screens you build with regular Extender functionality.


What is the difference between Extender and Extender Enterprise?

The two products are almost identical in their base functionality. Microsoft Dynamics GP Extender and Extender Enterprise have the same table structure, and the same ability to build windows, forms, views, menus, etc. Both products are also built and tested by the same development team and work with SmartList Builder and SmartConnect.

The biggest difference is logic. Logic is all about making the screens you build ‘do things’. While it is exciting to build new screens to capture data, it is much better to make those screens not only fit your business data capture needs, but also your business flow and functionality. Use logic to grey out parts of a screen, auto-calculate and set values as you move around, default fields, restrict drop downs and lookups. Use logic to open another Microsoft Dynamics GP screen when you hit a button and default values, link from a form to a detail form, and from there to a linked form. When you save a new record have it check stock levels in Microsoft Dynamics GP and create an inventory transfer if necessary. The sky is the limit when getting creative with Extender logic.

Feature Extra Functionality you get with Extender Enterprise
Window Logic Trigger logic code to run when you open, close or move around an Extender window.
Form Logic Trigger logic code to run when you open, close, print, save or move around an Extender form, a detail form or a linked form.
Process Logic This is when you want to perform a function on a group of records. This might be calculated commissions on a group of Extender records, or renewing subscriptions etc.
GP Logic Trigger logic code to run when and where you want it within Microsoft Dynamics GP. This is a great alternative to VBA and requires no compiled dictionaries or VBA files. Makes upgrades cheaper and easier.
Navigation Lists Navigations lists are an Extender specific version of building your own search and enquiry screens. They are very cool but note that they are only for Extender specific data.
Interfaces These were very cool configurable integration points into select areas of Microsoft Dynamics GP. Interfaces have primarily been replaced by the more flexible SmartConnect integrations.

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