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Dynamics AX Manuals is Now

I felt annoyed for the past year that AX is no longer called AX, and I no longer make manuals for the iPad; “Dynamics AX Manuals” needed a refresh. Unlike product names, which seem to change every six months, I will very likely never change my name. With consistency and future-proofing as my guide, I decided to get creative and go with Also find me on Twitter @joelleichty.

If you ever want to vent about marketing craziness, use the hashtag #MicrosoftBusinessSolutionsDynamicsAXapta365ForFinanceAndOperationsEnterpriseEdition.

More Great Content

Periodically I like to highlight other bloggers who are active in the D365O/AX community. 

Kelly Kane is a newly minted MVP who blogs over at AX Soup about a “hodgepodge” of AX relatated topics. No word on how a hodgepodge compares to a plethora or slew. Kelly also promotes Women In Dynamics ūüĎćūüŹĽūüĎćūüŹĽ. 

Rachel Profitt and I go way back, having worked together on an AX 2.5 implementation in 2002! She blogs now at Dynamics 365 Lady. And apparently getting her autograph at a conference is a rite of passage.

So there you have it. Lots of free great content brought to you by a fun bunch of nerds. If you find any of our posts helpful, please comment and like the content – we all love getting feedback on what helps you. 

AXUG Summit 2015

Once again I will be avoiding real work and attending the¬†AXUG Summit in Reno, NV. At the Summit¬†I’m slated to lead or participate in¬†three presentations:

  • Project Module for Beginners | Wednesday, October 14th | 1:00 PM
  • Project Module for Professional Services | Thursday, October 15th | 11:00 AM
  • Challenge the AX Experts Panel | Friday, October 16th | 1:00 PM

Look me up if you’re there! @AXManuals

Taking a Professional Selfie

I am hoping to have a lot more AX content the 2nd half of this year. But until then…

I needed a professional looking profile picture for a while, but I have not had time to hire a photographer. So today I decided to try it myself.

The Setup
Below are tips for setting up a plain background.

I was able to do something similar by hanging two white¬†pillow cases in my office¬†window on a sunny day. The background ends up blurred so the setup¬†doesn’t need to be perfect.


Homemade studio.

Taking the Photo
Use a camera with manual settings to control the shutter and aperture against the bright conditions. Keep the aperture fairly open so the background is blurred and you get a small depth of field. If your camera has a zoom lens, zoom between 50mm and 85mm. Take a number of test shots and look at the pictures on a bigger screen before taking the final photo. It is possible to do this on a phone camera.

Testing 1-2-3

Testing 1-2-3

iPhone 6 selfie camera.

iPhone 6 selfie camera.

Proper position of your chin and forehead helps accentuate your jawline and remove wrinkles from your chin and neck. This video by photographer Peter Hurley is a little long but taught me everything I know about sticking out my face. Basically you extend your chin and forehead slightly towards the camera.

What not to do.

What not to do.

Preparing Yourself
Shave, haircut, and a nice shirt. Try playing the Happy Song to get you in the picture taking mood ( or in my case I had my wife make me laugh.

My best smile listening to the Happy Song.

My best smile listening to the Happy Song. And I needed a little more camera adjustments.

Final Edits
Photoshop is too much for me, I tend to look for single-purpose apps when I need to edit photos. In this case I found one on iOS called FaceTune that worked great.

The final unedited picture.

The final unedited picture.

For the final picture, I removed blemishes, whitened teeth and eyes, and softened harsh wrinkles.

The Final Product
Not bad. If I set it all up again, I’d try to have a better light source on my face to balance out the picture. But the approach is fairly simple and can produce a good result.

A version of me.

A version of me.

Most Valuable Nerds

This week I had the opportunity to attend the MVP Summit in Seattle, Washington. While there I met four very smart and talented consultants from the AX community.


Dynamics AX Musings
Joris de Gruyter (middle) writes about technical AX topics. The blog posts are focused on high level development topics, but Joris goes very in depth on each topic. | t @jorisdg

Brandon George (left) also writes about technical and BI topics. The blog posts are frequent, with a focus on reviewing and explaining the tools around Dynamics AX. | t @dynamicserp

El Rincón Dynamics
Antonio Gilabert (right) writes in Spanish, and has created a Dynamics social network for Spain and Latin America. | t @_Gilabert_

AX Start
Dick Wenning (second from left) writes on performance and technical topics. He also writes about bothersome recruiters.

Dynamics AX Manuals
Joel Leichty (second from right) writes this blog. | t @AXManuals

The Perfect Email Signature

Recently email signatures have caught my eye; most signatures are too long, ugly, and extraneously verbose.

To create the perfect signature:

  1. Create the signature text on one line with multiple sections. Use a bold, lowercase, one-letter descriptor for each section and a vertical bar separator between sections. For example,¬†“Joel Leichty | t @joelleichty | …”.
  2. Use a smaller font size than your normal email text Рnine or ten is good.
  3. After creating the text, modify the signature using an HTML editor.
  4. In the HTML editor, add the “<hr>” tag before the signature line, which will insert a scalable horizontal¬†line.
  5. Also in the HTML editor, insert the non-breaking space¬†character between the one-letter descriptor and the text. Instead of a space, use the character code¬†“&nbsp;”. For example, “<b>n</b>&nbsp;Joel&nbsp;Leichty&nbsp;| “. Adding this special character keeps the signature organized when displayed on different screen sizes.

Do you have an even more perfect email signature? Let me know in the comments.

Joel Leichty | e | t @joelleichty | p 574.555.1212

P.S. That’s not my real phone number.

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