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VisionX 5.6 is available

I'm happy to announce that VisionX 5.6.457 is available.
It's one of this magic moments where everything is perfect.

VisionX 5.6 is the biggest update after 5.5. It contains many bugfixes but even more new features. The new features are described here. We still have so many ideas to improve the development process and to help people creating own (enterprise) applications, so be curious what else is to come.

After a release is before the next release, so our next release will focus on UX and Smart Bricks. A smart brick is a small unit with big features. Think about user management. Sounds simple, but can be complex if you think about user and roles. Such simple thing can be a smart brick in VisionX. Simply use the user management smart brick and get full support for user and roles management without additional thinking.

We're going to do a little update to our UI designer to save mouse clicks and make simple things even easier.

If you have a question or want to know more details, just leave a message.

The download area already contains links to the latest version of VisionX.
Have fun, creating your own applications.

EPlug 1.2.43 is out

We are happy to announce that our EPlug 1.2.43 is out.

EPlug is our Eclipse plugin for JVx applications and also for our low-code platform VisionX.

The main improvements were a complete redesign and a big performance tuning.
For sure, we have some great new features like:

  • Support for ColumnViews
  • Support for MasterReferences
  • Support for SortDefinitions
  • Support for new Var(...)
  • Metadata cache improvements
  • Avoid compile Errors when columns cannot be checked
  • Show element in tree (one click)
  • Bugfixes

Feel free to try out our new version and send us your feedback.

-> Eclipse Marketplace

VisionX 5.6 - New quick design mode

With VisionX 5.6 it will be possible to open the design mode a little bit faster. Simply start an application, press Shift + Ctrl and click the element with left or right mouse. The left mouse key will start the design mode and automatically selects the element. The right mouse key will open the customizer as well.

The quick design mode also shows the name of the element, if you need the information for css customization.

And this is how it looks like:

Quick design

Quick design

VisionX 5.6 - New hidden feature for developers

Upcoming version 5.6 has two hidden features. More interesting for Java developers than for Citizen developers. The first feature makes it possible to include external application directories.

Usually, you start creating a new application with VisionX. The location is <visionx_install_folder>/rad/apps/<appname>. This is not the best place if you have your own directory structure or if you want to use a VCS like git or subversion. In this case, no worries. Simply copy the application folder to the right place and drag the folder back into VisionX. An information message will be shown and everything is done. If you delete such "linked" application, only the link will be removed. This hidden feature replaces manual usage of apps.xml in your rad directory. It was a manual task which is not necessary anymore.

The second hidden feature is in the main screen of VisionX. If you press Shift + Alt, two new icons will appear for every application:

New options for an application

New options for an application

A click on the first icon will open the application directory in system explorer and the second icon will import or open the application in a running Eclipse installation, if EPlug is installed.

Both features are a big help in your daily work with VisionX.

Screencasts with VisionX 5.6

VisionX 5.6 will have awesome new features like

  • VisionX Cloud support
  • Dashboard support
  • Chart support
  • Scheduler
  • AuditLog (optional)
  • REST action calls

The new release will be available by the end of this week!

And another new big feature is our Video recorder:

VisionX Recorder

VisionX Recorder

The recorder is a small bar under VisionX, if enabled:

VisionX with recorder

VisionX with recorder

To enable this bar, press Shift + Alt (MacOS: Shift + Option). It makes it possible to record a video of the whole screen or just the application. It's also possible to take a screenshot instead of a Video. The videos are compressed with Techsmith Screen Capture Codec. So it's required to install this codec in your OS to playback recorded videos. It's also possible to use VLC as video player. On macOS the elmedia Player is a good option.

If you want a standard video format, it's possible to automatic convert the videos. Simply download the Videoconverter archive and extract its content into the lib directory of your VisionX installation folder. If converter is available, all recorded videos will be converted automatically into the converted folder of your recordings directory. The format is AVI with MPEG4 codec. This should playback well under most OS'.

The recorder should be used especially if you talk to our support. It's easier to find problems if you record them.

Some customer applications

Sometimes it's better to show real-world applications than writing about features and possibilities.

VisionX is an awesome platform and in this blog posting I want to show you some of our customer applications - as good as possible!

The first one is SNOWsat Maintain. Our customer is Pistenbully. There are some official details available on our customers website. A short YouTube video, in German, as well.

The prototype of an S5 audit administration tool was created by Dr. Werner Smekal. It's not production ready, but the screenshot looks really clear.

A really cool scientific project management software was created by TU Darmstadt. Really impressive.

News collection

It's some time ago that I wrote here. The year was so unexpected and we had so many challenges. I don't mean Covid-19, I want to write about our hot stuff from our dev team.

Best news first: Next VisionX release will be available before Christmas. It's outstanding and the best version since our first release.

But some advertising first :)

We had a talk about Low-Code and VisionX on December 2nd at Berlin Low-Code Solution Week 2020. Our talk is in German, but very interesting and fresh. Watch the video.

Another thing we want to introduce, is our VisionX academy site. It contains a lot of new explainer videos. Simply check our explainer videos. Most are not longer than 2 minutes.

And now the big news!

Our new VisionX release has a brand new Connectivity AddOn and also a brand new Query Editor AddOn. The Connectivity AddOn enables you to use any REST service in your application. We tried to keep the Service integration as simple as possible and support about 20 Service providers with about 50 services - out of the box. Some services providers are SAP, Salesforce, Trello, Slack, Jira, OData, ...

Our brand new Query Editor is end-user friendly and super easy to use:

Query Editor

Query Editor

Simply define your own queries and use them in any screen.

Another key-changer is our brand new mobile client. It's a complete rewrite of our old clients. It's based on Flutter and it's fully OpenSource. The repo is available on Github. A demo application is also available on Github.

The client is more powerful than the old client and supports all Layout features of VisionX. The old didn't support any layout customization. And the key-changer here is that the live preview runs in any web browser. You don't need a mobile device to test the mobile preview!

Are you curious yet?

More is coming...

What exactly? VisionX cloud infrastructure and automatic cloud deployment!

Es fluttert gewaltig - Artikel

Es gibt seit kurzem einen neuen Artikel über unsere brandneue Flutter App in der deutschen Presse. Hier das Intro:

Wer eine App für mobile Geräte entwickeln möchte, steht zumindest vor einer wichtigen Frage: Mit welcher Technologie soll die App realisiert werden? Da es aktuell verschiedenste Möglichkeiten gibt, ist die Antwort nicht sofort klar. Mit diesem Problem war das Framework-Team von SIB Visions ebenfalls konfrontiert, als es darum ging, einen Client für das Open Source Application Framework JVx zu entwickeln. Wie
vor allem was umgesetzt wurde, wird ...

Der vollständige Artikel ist hier zu finden. Prädikat lesenswert :)

VisionX with Docker support

The next VisionX release will support Docker. If you are not familiar with Docker, it's worth a try. It offers super fast deployment and app delivery without additional hardware or software installation. If you're interested in Docker simply use Google.

The whole Docker technology is a big plus for application developers and also for our low-code platform VisionX. We will support Docker deployment with our next release.

Every application, created with VisionX, requires a Java application server like Tomcat and a relational database like Postgresql in order to run. If you don't own such runtime environment, it might be tricky to roll out your application! Sure, there are very cheap hosting provider which offers root server and application hosting, but this requires lots of IT skills. With docker, deployment is getting easier for you.

With next VisionX, it will be possible to create a pre-defined docker container in seconds. Use this container to create your own docker image and use Docker to run your application.

We'll show you some impressions how this will work:

Docker support

And it will also be possible to use existing Docker Hosting Provider to run your application.
We tried it out with sloppy.io:

sloppy.io

Our docker container uses our own Tomcat definition, which can be found here. Feel free to use our tomcat image in your environment. It solves some common configuration problems like custom port definition, username, password.

VisionX update release 5.4.3900 is available

VisionX 5.4.3900 is available!

It's a small bugfix release with following improvements:

  • Fixed using server storage in combobox

    It wasn't possible to use a server storage in the data wizard.

  • FilterEditor API improved

    The FilterEditor API change was needed to support new features of Profiles and Filter AddOn. It's now possible to better group And/Or and to disable "expert mode".

The download area already contains links to latest VisionX binaries.

Please report any problems as usual and have fun with VisionX.