Run Time Styling / Themes

Adam & Group;

I have posted our .isl file for you to review.
I put it in FILES/VANTAGE 8.X CUSTOMIZATIONS/PCI THEME.ISL on the group.

I did find some wierdness, but usually it is something overwriting another part of your theme. It does take some playing around and testing to get it right.
I did find also, that if a workstation has the "Windows XP Style" set up, and another has the "Windows XP Classic Style" the Vantage themes display differently. I submitted this last year and we found that because the different settings in the Client display affected the look, we had to set them all the same via Group Policy. We had users coming in via Citrix and the theme looked different because the Citrix Server had a different Windows Style.

Keep playing around, and I am sure you will find it is pretty cool to be able to change the look of Vantage. Create a "Christmass" theme and roll it out in December for a nice change for your users. ;)

Regards,

GLH

--- In vantage@yahoogroups.com, "adam.whipp" <adam.whipp@...> wrote:
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> We are on 8.03.408b. Is anyone else out there using the run time styler to change the appearance of Vantage? I have been working on a theme that has different colors/backgrounds per company so that the users don't forget which company they are currently in. However, I was wondering if anyone else seems to think that the run time styler is a buggy piece of junk. For example, it seems that certain controls randomly end up in "EpiReadOnly" style when they are actually active, so I end up with greyed-out buttons/fields that are actually active. If I change the EpiReadOnly style to look active, then the buttons that actually are read only are no longer distinguishable. It seems like everything I change causes something else to inadvertantly change.....I don't know if it's the program, my setup, or me.....
>
> -Adam
>
We are on 8.03.408b. Is anyone else out there using the run time styler to change the appearance of Vantage? I have been working on a theme that has different colors/backgrounds per company so that the users don't forget which company they are currently in. However, I was wondering if anyone else seems to think that the run time styler is a buggy piece of junk. For example, it seems that certain controls randomly end up in "EpiReadOnly" style when they are actually active, so I end up with greyed-out buttons/fields that are actually active. If I change the EpiReadOnly style to look active, then the buttons that actually are read only are no longer distinguishable. It seems like everything I change causes something else to inadvertantly change.....I don't know if it's the program, my setup, or me.....

-Adam
I'll second this. I tried playing with this a while back and got frustrated. All I want to do is change default backgrounds or something similar so that different companies look different.

Anyone have a cookbook or something simple and quick on how to do this?

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    bspolarich@... ~ 734-864-5618 ~ www.advancedphotonix.com


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From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of adam.whipp
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 4:14 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] Run Time Styling / Themes

We are on 8.03.408b. Is anyone else out there using the run time styler to change the appearance of Vantage? I have been working on a theme that has different colors/backgrounds per company so that the users don't forget which company they are currently in. However, I was wondering if anyone else seems to think that the run time styler is a buggy piece of junk. For example, it seems that certain controls randomly end up in "EpiReadOnly" style when they are actually active, so I end up with greyed-out buttons/fields that are actually active. If I change the EpiReadOnly style to look active, then the buttons that actually are read only are no longer distinguishable. It seems like everything I change causes something else to inadvertantly change.....I don't know if it's the program, my setup, or me.....

-Adam



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I've got instructions for 8.03.4xx that tells how to change per company,
and says right in it that the description field for the part master has
to also be updated. It does not tell how to get rid of the black
background, and I haven't figured it out, but the only field that also
seems to be affected is the one, if you do the set of instructions.

Here 'tis, for what it's worth... I first saved the default settings as
a theme, so I wouldn't be modifying the default. Makes things much
easier (and you can go back to the default simply by removing the "set
theme default" in theme maintenance, if it doesn't work...) . All I did
was add the company's logo as a figure in the background, as I was
afraid to do anything else (for the reasons listed in the original
e-mail...) adding the logo to the tree area (vertically) and the main
area (horizontal) as watermark seems to have appeased the users,
however.



Epicor Vantage Styling and Theme Example



DESCRIPTION:

For this example assume that this is Multi-company Corporation.



For the entire corporation we want to set the background color of the
Main Menu to a light blue. Then for each company we want to set the
background color of their Favorites a different color.



Here are the steps for setting the corporation specific theme of having
a Main Menu background color of light blue.



1. Login to Vantage with a user code that has "Can Maintain Themes"
checked.

2. Select Options > Styling > Runtime Styler

3. On the Runtime Stylist form click the New button.

4. Now move the cursor to the Vantage Main Menu and click in the window.
A Role Selection window will be present. Enter "2" to select
TreeControlArea.

5. On the Settings for 'TreeControlArea' form click on the paint can
icon at the top left of the form. Select a light blue color.

6. You may now close the Setting for TreeControlArea form

7. On the Runtime Stylist form click the Save As button and give the
corporate theme a name e.g. MyCorp

8. Now close the Runtime Stylist form.



Now we are going to define a filter for our first company (e.g. VN30C).

1. Select Options > Styling > Style Filter Manager

2. At the bottom of the Style Filter Management form, click the load
button and select your corporation theme (e.g. MyCorp)

3. In the tree view of the Style Filter Management screen highlight the
default node, right-click, and select Create Child Style.

4. Now in the tree view highlight the [New].

5. Now set the properties for this new filter. You'll find the
properties list on the left side of the Style Filter Management form.

6. Set the StyleSetName. In this case I used my company id which is
VN00C.

7. Set the FilterType to Company

8. Set the FilterTypeSelect to the name of your company. I used Vantage
Coprporation.

9. The FilterValue should default to the company Id. In my case VN00C.

10. Click the Save button.

11. On the Save Style Library form select the corporation theme. In my
case MyCorp.

12. Click the Save button.

13. The system will indicate that the file exists and ask if you want to
replace it. Answer Yes.

14. Click the Close button.



Now create the company specific style. In the case of the VN00C company
we want to set the background color of the Favorites folder to green.

1. Select Options > Styling > Runtime Styler

2. On the Runtime Stylist form set the Active StyleSet to the
child/company style e.g. VN00C.

3. Now move the cursor to the Vantage Favorites Menu and click in the
window. A Role Selection window will be present. Enter "1" to select
ExplorerBarGroupIemAreaInner.

4. On the Settings for 'ExplorerBarGroupIemAreaInner' form click on the
paint can icon at the top left of the form. Select a green color.

5. You may now close the Setting for ExplorerBarGroupIemAreaInner form

6. On the Runtime Stylist form click Save button.

7. On the Save Style Library form select the corporation theme e.g.
MyCorp.

8. Click the Save button.

9. The system will indicate that the file exists and ask if you want to
replace it. Answer Yes.

10. Now close the Runtime Stylist form.



Note: You may want one company to see Favorites as green and a different
one to see Favorites as pink. For the company using pink you will need
to repeat the step for creating a company filter and the step for
creating a company specific style.



Now we want to move the theme to the server and set it as our default
theme.

1. Options > Styling > Theme Maintenance

2. On the Theme Maintenance screen select Actions > Import Theme

3. Select your corporate theme e.g. MyCorp

4. Click the Open button.

5. On the Theme Maintenance screen click the Name search button and
select your corporate theme e.g. MyCorp

6. Check the Distribute box

7. Click Save

8. Select Action > Make Theme Default

9. Click Save

10. Now exit Theme Maintenance.



At this point, we are ready to test our changes.

1. Exit completely out of Vantage.

2. Login to Vantage

3. Notice that our main menu is light blue.

4. Select Option > Change Company. Select your Company. Again the Main
Menu should be light blue but Favorites will be green.









NOTE: We have found that the above change is greying out the description
textbox in Part Maintenance. It is also

greying out the Ship-To Id and the PO Num textboxes in Sales Order
Entry. To resolve this issue do the following in the Runtime Styler:

Open the Part Maintenace form and move the cursor into the description
textbox. Enter "1" to select UltraTextBox.

Click the Paint brush icon and under Custom colors select the very first
box which is white.



NOTE:

In 8.03 there is little default setup for the "EpiReadOnly" styleset and
user will have to manually adjust it in his newly created theme. You may
also want to aking a theme provided by Epicor, do a "Save As" and modify
such theme, leaving "EpiReadOnly" styleset intact and modifying just the
"Default" styleset.



In Epicor 9.0 there is no such problem since we have added some
improvements on automatically setting up default styling characteristics
for read-only style when a brand New style is created from scratch.













From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Brian W. Spolarich
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 1:26 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Vantage] Run Time Styling / Themes





I'll second this. I tried playing with this a while back and got
frustrated. All I want to do is change default backgrounds or something
similar so that different companies look different.

Anyone have a cookbook or something simple and quick on how to do this?

--
Brian W. Spolarich ~ Manager, Information Services ~ Advanced Photonix /
Picometrix
bspolarich@...
<mailto:bspolarich%40advancedphotonix.com> ~ 734-864-5618 ~
www.advancedphotonix.com

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Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 4:14 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com <mailto:vantage%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [Vantage] Run Time Styling / Themes

We are on 8.03.408b. Is anyone else out there using the run time styler
to change the appearance of Vantage? I have been working on a theme that
has different colors/backgrounds per company so that the users don't
forget which company they are currently in. However, I was wondering if
anyone else seems to think that the run time styler is a buggy piece of
junk. For example, it seems that certain controls randomly end up in
"EpiReadOnly" style when they are actually active, so I end up with
greyed-out buttons/fields that are actually active. If I change the
EpiReadOnly style to look active, then the buttons that actually are
read only are no longer distinguishable. It seems like everything I
change causes something else to inadvertantly change.....I don't know if
it's the program, my setup, or me.....

-Adam

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We tried that in 6.x... had white Live, pink Pilot for Accounting testing, and blue Test for everyone else. Accounting still did a Capture/Post in white Live when they thought they were in pink Pilot in the middle of a pay period. They had to correct a lot of stuff as we had an automated self-correcting payroll but not if part of it was already posted.
----- Original Message -----
From: adam.whipp
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 1:14 PM
Subject: [Vantage] Run Time Styling / Themes


We are on 8.03.408b. Is anyone else out there using the run time styler to change the appearance of Vantage? I have been working on a theme that has different colors/backgrounds per company so that the users don't forget which company they are currently in. However, I was wondering if anyone else seems to think that the run time styler is a buggy piece of junk. For example, it seems that certain controls randomly end up in "EpiReadOnly" style when they are actually active, so I end up with greyed-out buttons/fields that are actually active. If I change the EpiReadOnly style to look active, then the buttons that actually are read only are no longer distinguishable. It seems like everything I change causes something else to inadvertantly change.....I don't know if it's the program, my setup, or me.....

-Adam



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