Summer ’13 First Impressions

The Summer ’13 release of Salesforce is coming soon and you can signup for a pre release org to get a preview of the features that are coming. Sign up for a pre release org and follow along as I go through some of the cool new features. There are no release notes yet, so it is like an Easter egg hunt right now. Who knows what hidden features we will find!

One of the first things you’ll notice is that the Setup link has surfaced back on the main page next to your name. Click on that setup link and boy are there some changes! More common tasks such as user management have been moved to the top and other sections have been renamed. It will take some getting used to, but I think this is a good step in the right direction.

New Setup Links

New Setup Menu

 

One of the first new features I found is Chatter Publisher Actions. This allows you to define additional actions that can be done in the Chatter feed. You can customize these for each object and also add some for use on the main Chatter tab. It looks like you can create records or link to a Visualforce page that will allow the user to do something. The following screen shot shows a custom action to create an Account.

Chatter Custom Actions

 

My favorite feature so far with this release is the ability to reference Owner fields in formulas and workflow fields. This opens up a world of possibilities that were only possible with triggers in the past. Just a few use cases: run workflow rules based on fields on the Owner’s user record. Do field updates and use the owner information.

Owner Fields in Formulas

 

That’s all for now. I’ll keep playing with it and post my favorites. What are features you like in the coming release?

9 thoughts on “Summer ’13 First Impressions”

  1. Here’s a nice thing that I like –

    Under User Interface: Show Custom Sidebar Components on All Pages.
    So when I add the company logo to the Home Page Layout sidebar, it carries through on all objects!! Just little touches like this are nice. Still hunting for more

    1. I don’t think that is new. I see it in my other orgs and don’t see anything about it in the release notes. Does it look like something has changed with the behavior of that option?

  2. Hi, I just want to confirm if I can add a visualforce page as custom action using which a trigger is invoked to create a task on Chatter publisher. (Dont want to manullay add the Task on Publisher). I can add VF, but wondering how to implement Task creation via trigger on Publisher using VF or without VF.

    1. Yes, you can add a Visualforce page as a custom action. I haven’t tried it yet, since it doesn’t work in the prerelease org. I’m going to have to wait until Summer 13 comes to me developer orgs. I don’t really understand your question, though. What will trigger the creation of the task?

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