Changing User Interface modes in Openbravo 3.0

OpenbravoERP 3.0 has brought a radical change to its User interface in its latest release 3.0. But like ardent developers I felt the 2.50 User Interface to be more suited for rapid development and I like the 2.50-3.0 Compatibility User interface for regular working. The buttons and the overall setup was pretty cool in it. Just when I thought there was no way to switch back, I came across this wiki link http://wiki.openbravo.com/wiki/ERP/3.0/Developers_Guide/How_To_Switch_to_Classic_Mode.

Though by default the users are provided with the 3.0 user interface, they have the option of reverting to the 2.50 User Interface mode or the 2.50-3.0 compatibility mode.I will present a simple screen shot of each mode and discuss its pro’s and con’s.

2.50 User Interface Mode:

2.50 User Interface Mode

2.50 User Interface Mode

Type the Url like this in your browser to switch to the Classic User interface.

http://localhost:8040/openbravo/security/Menu.html?noprefs=true

Pros:

  • Clean User Interface.
  • Classic left side menus

Cons:

  • Limited space for actual content
  • Design pretty old
  • Not much suitable for fast editing

2.50-3.0 Compatibility mode:

 

2.50-3.0 Compatibility Mode

2.50-3.0 Compatibility Mode

Pros:

  • Web based look
  • Clean UI, more space for actual content
  • Widgets for integrating other web services

Cons:

  • Not suitable for fast editing
  • Menu structures are difficult to fathom for 2.50 users.

3.0 latest User Interface:

 

3.0 RC4 latest User interface

3.0 RC4 latest User interface

Pros:

  • Edit in grid.
  • View child simultaneously.
  • Data operations like excel, formulae, adding runtime columns
  • User configurable widgets for Ob data.

Cons:

  • Buttons on top are little unclear at times when they have to be done in a sequence
  • The buttons errors out many times when tried in form mode. Works properly in grid mode.
  • The form alignment is still messy when there are more fields with display logics involved(compared to the other 2 versions)
  • Not Developer friendly  (I did not find the field sequence tab at all, at times edit in grid did not save, when i tried deleting multiple values it shows success, but records are not deleted)

Having said all this, I think the 3.0 is the future and I am sure they will clear the bugs and make it the preferred UI for many like me.And with more and more User Interface enhancements, I think working with Openbravo would be more like gaming than working..:)

Happy Working…

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About Shankar Balachandran
Technical Manager, Openbravo operations, Kailao Consulting Private Limited

7 Responses to Changing User Interface modes in Openbravo 3.0

  1. Virag Desai says:

    Hi Shankar,

    Thanks for the very useful information. Been trying to make sure that this is only a UI change between 2.5 and 3.0. As there was some confusion. Some other posts are very very useful too.

    Thanks a tons for such wonderful site 🙂

    Cheers..
    Virag Desai

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