Free Visual Studio designer for NAV 2015 and NAV 2013 R2

Finally we now have a free version of Visual Studio we can use to design reports in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2.

Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2013

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Yes we have Report Builder, but if you have worked with Report Builder and also worked with Visual Studio, you know that Report Builder is limited in functionality. I especially are missing Document Outline and Layout Toolbar in Report Builder, so I feel like I have my hands tied behind my back when designing reports with Report Builder. But now we have Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2013 to design reports in NAV 2015 and NAV 2013 R2 😉

Here is a tip when you are installing:

You only need to install “Microsoft Web Developer Tools” for being able to design reports in NAV 2015 and NAV 2013 R2.

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Please pay attention to who can use Visual Studio Community:

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And this will not work on the RTM version of NAV 2013 R2, so you need to be on at least Cumulative Update 2 or apply this hotfix if you are on the RTM version:
http://localhost/wordpress/2013/12/16/visual-studio-2013-is-now-supported-in-nav-2013-r2/

Thanks for the tip Ivo Rijcken

/Claus Lundstrøm, now at Continia working on a secret product 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Free Visual Studio designer for NAV 2015 and NAV 2013 R2

  1. Hi,

    Visual Studio Community 2013 could not be used in enterprise organizations. But there is an alternative solution. You need to download and install

    1. Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Isolated) Redistributable Package
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40764

    2. Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Integrated) Redistributable Package
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40777

    3. Visual Studio Express 2013 with Update 5 for Web
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=532503&type=WEB&clcid=0x409

    Hope, this helps!

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  2. Hello Claus,
    after Visual Studio 2015 has been released we found out that there are still Express Editions available. Do you have any information if Visual Studio 2015 Web Express can be used to design reports for NAV 2015/NAV 2013 R2?

    Any help would be much appreciated

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  3. Hi,

    Visual Studio Community 2013 could not be used in enterprise organizations. But there is an alternative solution. You need to download and install

    1. Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Isolated) Redistributable Package
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40764

    2. Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Integrated) Redistributable Package
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40777

    3. Visual Studio Express 2013 with Update 5 for Web
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=532503&type=WEB&clcid=0×409

    Hope, this helps!

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