As you will quickly see, the add-in has grown up and the functionality it offers comes closer to that of the VPS .NET Add-in. Of course, the main enhancement applies to the editing feature: So far, the add-in has been a tool for only viewing the production order data. Now it also lets you alter them.
Let´s Move the Bars
The possibility of interactively dragging and dropping bars will certainly be the most exciting new feature for you. As a result, you gain as much power as a user of the VPS .NET Add-in.
Bars can be moved in the “Production Order View” as well as in the” Capacities View”, provided that the group (i.e. the order, the work or the machine center) they belong to has been expanded. The only difference between both views lies in the direction the bars can be moved into: The first view only allows to move the bars horizontally; in the latter one you can move them both horizontally and vertically. The reason for this restriction is evident: In the “Production Order View” only those capacities are to be seen that are really assigned to an operation of one of the production orders. So, by vertically moving a bar in this view, you will never reach eachall of the available capacities. This is why you cannot move the bars in the “Production Orders View” vertically.
I think it goes without saying that bars of operations that have been already started cannot be moved at all.
Having considered all restrictions described above, the cursor will appear as left-right cursor (or as “ew-resize cursor”, to use the correct technical term) as soon as the mouse cursor hovers over a bar that can be moved. When the left mouse button is pressed now, a tooltip displaying the current starting and ending dates will appear:
If you start dragging now, the bar will move together with the tooltip, whereas a brighter duplicate of the bar remains at its original place, thus always indicating the starting point of the interaction:
When you release the mouse button the pale duplicate as well as the tooltip will disappear:
Please note that in the screenshot above the diamond representing the due date is red now , this serving as a warning and indicating an operation ending after its due date. The bar itself now also shows a red glimmer.
The red frame around the bar indicates that it has been moved. As soon as all changes have been stored to Microsoft Dynamics NAV by “Save Data” , the red border will disappear.
Before the NAV server accepts your changes it will check them and possibly trigger recalculations, Finally, the server sends all updated data back to the client.
Enjoy Enhanced Performance
For a user it is important that
- The add-in loads charts fast.
- Interactions – like scrolling or expanding/collapsing groups – are also performed fast.
The last release already focused on this issue by shifting from an approach using <div> elements to one using <svg> elements. But now we made a substantial step forward: By using virtualization we once more gain considerable performance increase .
Virtualization means generating only those graphical elements being needed for showing the user's required view. If, for instance, 1000 production orders are to be loaded, after initial loading you will only see perhaps 25 orders. So it makes no sense to create all the graphical elements of orders that are not displayed directly after the loading process.
But as soon as the user starts scrolling or as soon as he expands/collapses a group, the graphical elements of orders that come into view will be generated. This way, we reduce the number of graphical elements and we save time to design them.
Virtualization may be applied vertically (e.g. for vertical scrolling) as well as horizontally (e.g. for horizontal scrolling). Currently, we only use it to reduce the number of graphical elements in vertical direction.
Benefit From Our New Web Application Framework
There is one new and important change in the architecture of the add-in: The add-in is now based on our own and new NETRONIC Web Application Framework. This framework provides the base for developing web applications including interactive Gantt charts.
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In addition, we will focus on the visualization of the links. As described in the chapter “Enhanced Visual Scheduling Power for Make-to-Order Shops” of this blog post, we need a way to visualize the links between the different production order lines of one production order.
Of course, I will keep you up-to-date as soon as we have finished the next stage. But nevertheless: If you have further suggestions or ideas, do not hesitate to share them with us. We are always looking forward to new inspirations and to all the things that will bring our product closer to our customers’ needs – this means: your needs!