Camera/location AL API available in the browser

Enabled for Public preview General availability
End users by admins, makers, or analysts This feature is released. Feb 1, 2020 This feature is released. Apr 1, 2020

Business value

Users expect modern apps to take full advantage of their device hardware, such as taking pictures with their camera. Not only does this modernize the experience, but when applied to the right scenarios, it can also reduce time and effort of data entry and help capture information closer to the source.

Feature details

Developers can now programmatically activate the camera or get the current location coordinates through an AL-based API when Business Central is accessed through the browser. With support for both browser and apps, developers can rest assured that their scenarios light up on any form factor, as long as the user's device and browser support those capabilities.

The camera is activated by Business Central in the browser and ready to snap a photo

Additional details

  • Users remain in control of their privacy settings and can choose to grant or deny access to camera and location similar to other websites.
  • CameraProvider.IsAvailable and LocationProvider.IsAvailable now return True if the browser and device support the capability.
  • The camera provides a viewport as well as Use and Retake buttons.
  • The location is returned as longitude and latitude coordinates.

Try it now

Experience snapping a photo to update an Item Card, by signing in to your online environment at https://businesscentral.dynamics-tie.com/?page=30.

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See also

Implementing the Camera in AL (docs)