best ribon editor tool for crm 2011? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello - What is your favority ribbon editor tool for CRM 2011?  The SDK describes editing the ribbon by directly editing the customization.xml file directly.  However, there are a few ribbon editors on codeplex:

    * Ribbon Workbench for Dynamics CRM 2011
    * Ribbon Editor for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
    * MS CRM 2011: Pragma Toolkit: Ribbon, Site Map Editor
    * CRM 2011 Visual Ribbon Editor

    Which of these tools have you used and what's you preferred approach for making ribbon updates?

    Monday, June 24, 2013 7:01 PM

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  • Hi,

    I'll start off by saying that I'm the author of the Ribbon Workbench and so I'm a little biased, but thought I should add something here.

    I wrote the Ribbon Workbench in the first place because the other tools just didn't give me all the features I needed to customise the ribbon. As a result of those limitations I found that developers (myself included) were making very error prone manual edits to the RibbonXml and this tended to waste a lot of time when trying to track down the problem. I wanted to plug this gap and create a tool where you never need touch the RibbonXml and where I also could build in techniques & tricks that I'd found to work when editing the ribbon. 

    Here are some of those features that the Ribbon Workbench supports:

    1. Support for Flyout Anchor/Split buttons & sub-menus
    2. Support for dynamic population of menus
    3. Edit/customise standard out of the box buttons and commands as well as adding new ones.
    4. Moving standard buttons around and changing their commands
    5. Adding new Groups/Tabs
    6. Sharing the same commands between multiple buttons
    7. Searching for image/javascript webresource to prevent typos.
    8. Customising the Jewel menu
    9. Validation of common mistakes when adding ribbon customisations.
    10. Drag & Drop UI

    I had also found that the other editors used to leave RibbonXml artefacts in my customisations even after I'd removed buttons.

    You can learn more about the Ribbon Workbench here - http://ribbonworkbench.uservoice.com/knowledgebase

    There will be a new version for Orion once it's released that will support the new flat UI interface - http://www.develop1.net/public/post/App-Bar-Workbench-for-Dynamics-CRM-2013.aspx

    Finally - another tool that is a fantastic resource for working with the ribbon is the CRM2011 Iconator by Tanguy that allows you to quickly add icons to your solutions.

    Hope this helps,

    Scott Durow
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    Monday, June 24, 2013 9:05 PM