So you can use the side pain for adding available applications for your end users. You can also use the Launchpad to insert links, package installations, setup files, or even direct links to really any type of file as long as your end client machines no what program to open the file type being targeted. You can see an example of the column usage here in the above picture.
We use launchpad just to allow users to distribute packages on their own device.
Is there a way to customize it ? (i'm not talking about the portal manager custo, which can be done easily)
All the applications have the same black & white icon, is there a way to put a different icon per package ?
Users don't found this portal "sexy", they want to have a "google play like"
Another thing, I have created some categories, with some accents.
The portal is not able to display it, whereas I can see that some accent are displayed, what is the problem ? (i have tried to find it in sql database, without success)
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The portal manager doesn't quite work the way I think you are wanting it to (and the way I wanted it to). On the left are "application" tabs where I think you may be wanting them to be more like catergories. There was catergories in the old Desktop manager but they have now changed to filters on the right-hand side. The applications tabs on the left can be configured in the portal manager settings found under toolbox item "agent settings", in the console. In the middle you will have all the software distribution tasks based on "Optional" or "Recommended" type policy based delivery methods. The difference between the two being whether or not the software is ticked by default when opening portal manager. Also in the man launchpad tab will be any launchpad links that have been deployed to the device.
Moving on to how we use it... We have all our links and free applications listed in Launchpad tab and are looking at implementing a couple of applications down the left to do things like common forms, computer deletion tool, force patching scan and repair.
Hope this helps. I can get screenshots if you like but I haven't put them in because we have a bit of branding on there.