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I have two excellent CRM 2011 tools to recommend today, they will save yosu a lot of time and make configuring the SiteMap and the Ribbon much easier.
Editing the sitemap is quite a time consuming task because you have to export the sitemap, makes changes to the xml files and then import the changes. Any syntax errors will cause the SiteMap not import correctly and then if you don’t like the changes or you have done it wrong then you have to go through the export/change/import procedure all over again.
Thankfully with this excellent tool editing the SiteMap is alot easier, you can load the SiteMap into the editor, make the changes and then export them back.
The project describes the SiteMap editor like this
SiteMap Editor for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 helps developer and customizers to configure the Site Map in a graphical way.
You’ll no longer have to create solution, add component, export, update Xml and reimport the solution to update the SiteMap.
There is also the Ribbon editor which can be used to edit the Ribbon using a graphical tool rather than hand editing XML files again. You can download the tool here
Here is the project description
Ribbon Editor makes it easier for developers and customizers to edit Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 ribbons.
You’ll no longer have to know by heart all ribbon capabilities to customize it.
You still have to understand how a ribbon work. This application is not a wizard, it is really an editor. There is no consistency checks until you try to import back the ribbon.
This project is currently in Alpha version, it has still many bugs but I can’t identify all by myself. Please create discussion for feature request or issue for any bug found.
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