Advanced | Flow of The Week: Convert Office documents to PDF on the fly using Microsoft Flow

Imagine a company where service technicians perform on-site repair of equipment. Inevitably, in doing this sort of work, the technician will need to refer to equipment drawings, service history, past photos, specifications and/or operating manuals. These days PowerApps is fast-becoming a great option for such a scenario because many field workers prefer to use their phone or a tablet. But PowerApps also has some limitations, and right now that is around the display of documents from SharePoint. For a start, it is impossible to display office documents natively in PowerApps at this time, and there are authentication-related issues in certain circumstances when pulling content from SharePoint. But fear not… with a 6-step flow, it is possible to solve this problem. This flow allows a remote user to securely request a document from SharePoint, but importantly, converts that document to a PDF on the fly. There are two big benefits from this: 1. A reduction in time and effort for document controllers. If a document frequently changes, it is most likely in word, excel or PowerPoint format. They do not have to worry about converting it to PDF. 2. It allows the document to be viewed in PowerApps natively (As a result of #2, on top of some Flow kung-fu, we will learn some PowerApp tricks in this article too :-).

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Announcing the Flow checker and four new connectors

Announcing the the Flow checker, which provides an improved validation and error correction experience. You can now get in-context help on where the errors and warnings are in your flows and will be guided on how to correct those errors. We are releasing four new connectors: Parseur, Stormboard and new versions of the Business Central connectors. Additionally, we have made improvements to the Microsoft Translator, Google Calendar and Azure DevOps connectors.

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Solutions in Microsoft Flow

In a recent announcement, Microsoft shared news about a new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capability for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. This new capability is built upon the Common Data Service solution system. In this blog post, we will share details about how Microsoft Flow makers can use Solutions to bundle related flows (and apps) within a single deployable unit.

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