Model-driven apps in PowerApps: Using the App Designer

Model-driven apps in PowerApps: Using the App Designer

Welcome to our second blog in the model-driven app series! Today we will focus on getting to know the App Designer. This series includes six articles that will help you to get to know and use model-driven apps and PowerApps:

Security Considerations
Using the App Designer
Site Map
Components
Managing Properties
Benefits to Your Users
A blank canvas to build your model-driven app!

When you open your model-driven App in the App Designer, it will resemble the image above. You will notice a few main areas here:

  • Site Map
  • Dashboards
  • Components (Artifacts & Entity Assets)
  • Properties

Using the App Designer is fairly simple and should be familiar to System Administrators as it uses a similar drag and drop configuration style used in building business rules and business process flows. Microsoft has done an excellent job making configurations like these accessible to the less technical System Administrator (like yours truly!).

Let’s briefly look at each of these – as all of these areas will be covered thoroughly in subsequent articles.

App Designer Areas
Site MapControls which areas of Dynamics 365 can be accessed in this App
DashboardsList of any system dashboard included in the App
ComponentsA list of entities and entity assets (forms, views, charts) that are in this App
PropertiesName and description of the App, custom icon (optional), unified interface URL

Stay tuned for the rest of this series on building a model-driven app in Dynamics 365 using PowerApps, where we will dive deeper into the Site Map, Components and Properties.


Heidi Neuhauser
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Heidi is Director of CRM Projects at Reenhanced. With more than ten years experience in CRM, she has a wide variety of industry and product knowledge working with organizations of all sizes (from small non-profit organizations to Fortune 100 companies) to implement and rescue CRM and train end users. Heidi is a Microsoft Certified Professional with numerous Microsoft CRM Certificates and a CRMUG All-Star.
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