Earlier this week I asked on twitter which issues people were running into when developing solutions with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
This is exactly the part of the community that I would like to focus on. Why give up before asking for help?
I didn’t immediately understand all the issues reported after I sent out my tweet. Some of the issues have already been addressed. I guess these are from the “gave up in the past” category.
Over time I might pick some of these items to write longer posts about as there are some good workarounds for quite a few of these issues raised, but for now I’ll start by listing the issues raised within this discussion on twitter.
I would be interested in finding out what the further details are on this issue. When creating forms connected to data PowerApps creates datacards. In general I would often use the forms that are generated as standard as one of the strengths of PowerApps is that you can customize the forms.
Application Lifecycle Management is a a large area of development. I’m assuming that this comment was related to the publishing of different versions of Flows and Apps.
For Flow, I found a way to create multiple versions of the same flow.
This way I managed to create backups of my production flows. Created as copies within my production environment. By not activating these copies I managed to create backups. In similar ways you could create development/test/production versions of flows.
The image rotation options are limited to 90 degree angles. Currently there is no way around this.
To ability to run a stored procedure is available within the SQL connector
Within Flow you can share ownership turning your flows into Team Flows.
Within PowerApps however there is only the option to give someone edit permissions. The owner will remain the same.
The theme options are still limited within PowerApps. Other than selecting from the set themes there is no option to customize these themes. You can however customize the look and feel of your apps. See also towards the end of this post.
I tried changing icons but I didn’t manage to do this either. it should be possible to change for example colours of icons on select but this didn’t seem to work.
The PDF viewer is still in preview. So hopefully this will improve soon.
I’d like to get some more details on this. If you have had problems renaming images then please let me know.
Within thew App colours you can pick form a set of colours. There is a way to create custom icons.
When you use the Browse option you could upload a custom image. As long as you upload a square image you will not see any background colour.
There are multiple ways to start creating an app. You can start with data or with a blank canvas.
The start with data option doesn’t offer the Tablet layout.
One of the major issues as far as I’m concerned is that when you create an app you have to select mobile or tablet. There is no app that will suit both types of devices.
Including a SharePoint form in an app hardly makes sense. Potentially an App can be a SharePoint form by itself. SharePoint forms are quite limiting in the use experience as you get limited space on the screen given. I would much rather got for the approach where I hide the data source from the users. As far as the user is concerned data will be stored within the app.
Currently there isn’t a print control in PowerApps.
I’m not sure exactly if this is any different from using the Attachments control available within PowerApps that will let you attach documents to list items.
More details you can also find here:
I’m not sure why this item made it into this list as the update file properties actions does its job.
There is no PowerApps web part, but there is an options to include a PowerApp in an iFrame. You can even include the PowerApp on a traditional page this way.
This is indeed an annoying one. Most annoyingly the add action options suddenly disappear as you reach the limit.
This limit might be a bit annoying, however quite often it is possible to make Flows wider rather than tall. Do you need any help with redesigning your flows … I’m sure you can find me.
To upload a file into SharePoint you might have to go through quite a few hoops. You will notice that when you try to connect into a SharePoint Library that only lists are offered.
But you can enter a custom list name and get to your Document Library, but even then There is no way to upload a document directly to SharePoint. But there are options.
This can be done with Microsoft Flow actions using the Create File,Get Attachments and Get Content actions
Within flow you can export/import flows and within PowerApps you can also save your PowerApps locally. This way you end up with a zip file that contains your full solution. Maybe this is not immediately a template solution
Currently it isn’t possible to theme your apps with custom themes. There are however a few great ideas around. Tony Philips wrote the following post a while back:
I would however suggest a slightly more complicated approach. You could consider a solution like described in David Lozzi’s post:
Depending on the requirements both options might be suitable.
How about storing your styling outside PowerApps? That way you could reuse the branding across multiple apps. I will try and work out this idea in the future.
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