June 3, 2013
By Keith Knuth
Starting with the 10.0.5 release of Infor Smart Office a new feature became available to download called Startpads. Startpads are groups of shortcuts to frequently-used applications. The intent is to reduce the number of clicks it takes to get to your common tools.
Infor Smart Office already provided tools like canvas shortcuts, a customizable newsfeed widget, and favorites to get to your applications quickly. However, startpads provide a new twist because they allow the end user to create their own, organize how the icon links into logical groups, and also allow the administrator to push new startpads out to specific users or roles.
To get started download and install the Startpad feature file from the Infor Smart Office download page on Infor Xtreme. There is a short installation guide available with detailed instructions.
Next, access the Startpad Manager from the Startpad menu in the Navigator.
Select File>New startpad, then give it a name and description.
You can then add your first shortcut to the startpad. Just select an icon for the shortcut (you can upload your own as well), give it a name, target, and what group it should belong to. The form lets you create an shortcut group on the fly if needed.
This is where it is good to know common Uri syntax. For example,
Most applications running in Infor Smart Office give you a way to copy their URI, or you can always view the log file to find the URI you need too, so no need to memorize these.
You can keep adding shortcuts and groups until your startpad is complete. Click Save on the Startpad Manager’s dialog and the startpad will be saved to your private startpad library in the Navigator.
If you want to share this startpad with other users you have a couple options. From the Startpad Manager you can click File>Export. This will save the startpad to a .zip file that you can email/share with anyone you would like. They install by choosing File>Import from the Start Manager menu.
If you are an Infor Smart Office administrator you can also push the startpad out to all users (public), a specific user (you will need to know their username) or select from a list of roles. Just click the “New…” button, select the .zip file you exported, then choose the Access level. If you are assigning to a role, then you will need to select that roll and “Add >”.
It’s that easy to build and deploy easy to use, customized menus for you or your users in Infor Smart Office.
Infor Smart Office Startpad Installation Guide
“Using startpads” in the Infor Smart Office online help
“Working with startpads” in the Infor Smart Office Adminstration Guide