Ribbon ‘XML’ Workbench for Dynamics CRM 2013 with a silent ‘XML’!

After much deliberation and consultation, I have decided to stick with the name 'Ribbon Workbench' rather than rename to CommandBar Workbench. Here are some of the reasons behind this decision:

  1. The Command Bar in CRM 2013 is still defined with RibbonXml, but rendered differently. A DisplayRule is used to exclude buttons from the CommandBar.
  2. The Ribbon is still present on non-refresh entities and in Outlook so it's important to still have support for Ribbon editing.
  3. Since the Ribbon Xml remains unchanged, it's important to understand and differentiate between Tabs/Groups and Layouts.
  4. The Ribbon Workbench is already an established 'brand' than people know about.
  5. So until we have CommandBar XML in a future version of Dynamics CRM – it'll always be the Ribbon 'XML' Workbench with a *silent* 'XML'!

The new version has the following improvements:

  • Dynamic switching between the Command Bar and Ribbon view
  • UI refreshed to match Dynamics CRM 2013
  • Performance Optimisations
  • Support for new Dynamics CRM 2013 schema
  • For those of you with access to the Dynamics CRM 2013 beta - the Ribbon Workbench for Dynamics CRM 2013 beta is available for download here:


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