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Category: Development

VisionX EA 5.6.2018 is available

VisionX Early Access version 5.6.2018 is avaiable.

There's no big difference to the official release version, just some smaller bugfixes and lib updates.

VisionX 5.6.2016 is out

We're happy to announce that VisionX 5.6.2016 is available!

It's an update of 5.6.925 with bugfixes, but also has some new features:

  • With VisionX 5.6.2016 it's possible to define dependent comboboxes. This means that the list of shown records can be restricted.
  • Another big new feature is that it's possible to merge the database structure (currently, no data support) during database installation. Simply upgrade your production database instead of creating a new database. Sure, it's still possible to create a new database, but it's optional. The data import can be done with our CSV Import AddOn because your production system will have different data as your development system. So it's usually very difficult to merge data automatically.
  • We have the experimental new charts and gauges integrated. The new charts are based on chartJS. To use the experimental feature, it's required to enable it manually.
  • It's now possible to use our cloud PDF converter service if you don't need your own in-house converter service. The cloud PDF converter service is optional and not part of VisionX. It's a perfect match if you use our VisionX cloud and require PDF documents.
  • Our new web UI (reactUI) is updated. It's already possible to clone the open source project, build it (create a bundle) and use your own build with VisionX.

The new release is available for all our customers. We'll release the next Early Access version in the next few days.

So, keep reading our News!

VisionX EarlyAccess program

We no longer have restricted access to our early access versions of VisionX. We build VisionX automatically every week. Not all versions will be available via early access program but many :)

Starting with today, all our customers have an early access folder in their download area and it's possible to use the latest early access version of VisionX. The latest release version will be available and the latest early access version as well.

Don't wait for the next release, be up-to-date with our early access versions. The current early access version number is 5.6.2000.

Please send us your feedback if you have any problems but you should know that early access versions don't have the same support conditions. Only release versions are part of support contracts. Our quality standards are very high and we try to avoid problems, but it's possible that some problems will occur!

The current early access version comes with all new features like: HTML editor, TAG Editor, Assignment controls, CSV Import AddOn (optional). It also contains a preview version of our upcoming react UI.

New UI gauges

We didn't find any "special" gauges for our new reactUI, so we developed our own "special" gauges. They are SVG based and will work in any Javascript environment. The project is available on github.

We have

Example code is available here.

VisionX 5.6 second bugfix update release

Some minutes ago, we released VisionX 5.6.925. It's a bugfix version with smaller changes:

  • Word wrap labels

    It's now easy to use word-wrap labels. Simply use <html>test<html>

  • Web layout

    We fixed variaous problems in our web layouts. Some number editors had the wrong size after changing the value. It's not also possible to use html editors with undefined height. The height is calculated automatically.

  • Action editor

    We fixed a freeze problem with our action editor.

  • Custom css

    CSS changes are saved immediate after first change. This wasn't possible sometimes.

  • Record counter component

    We introduced a new component which shows the current number of records.

  • Better DB2 support

    We now show all available tables and views.

  • General bugfixes

    The release contains updates for some OpenSource frameworks like JVx and VaadinUI. It has lots of smaller bugfixes under the hood.

Simply get VisionX from your download area or register for a trial version.

VisionX 5.6 bugfix update release

Yesterday, we released VisionX 5.6.458. It's a bugfix version with 3 changes:

  • Application search

    The application search bar will be shown if you have more than 5 applications in the list. Sometimes the search result was not correct.

  • E-Mail Default Sender

    We had a problem with old email configurations. If the old tag defaultsender was used, it wasn't possible to change the email settings. This was the case with installed Workflow AddOn.

  • Deployment Exception

    It wasn't possible to use the deployment wizard. It had an error, if you didn't use the VisionX cloud AddOn.

Simply get VisionX from your download area or register for a trial version.

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 5.5 with more features than ever

Our latest release is now available, just in time for the holidays. Our elves… ahem, our developers... have been very busy this year building the functionality you’ve been asking for. With this release you should be able to build amazing applications with even more functions, faster and easier!

Native mobile client

We’ve put our existing native clients on completely new technological footing. The mobile client is developed with Google’s Flutter framework, which makes it possible to develop truly native mobile apps for iOS and Android with a single code base. This means that apps can look identical on both platforms or iOS apps can have the typical Apple look (Cupertino Controls) while Android apps appear in Google Material Design.

The user interfaces of VisionX mobile applications are now 1:1 identical with the web applications, so any mobile application can be implemented according to the customer’s individual requirements. If very specific UI elements or features are needed, the mobile app can be extended at the Dart code level in the Flutter framework, or even with native Object C or Android SDK code. Customizing examples are provided, as well as an API. With all of these changes, visual designability in VisionX is still preserved. And while we’re talking about mobile, the new comprehensive responsive functionality of VisionX is very helpful - see below.

Previously you could only preview mobile views directly on a device. Now you can look at a live preview in your browser with the mobile simulator. This makes designing for mobile much faster and more intuitive.

Screenshot of VisionX app with login & user settings

And if all of this is Greek to you, don’t worry. It simply translates to easier design and testing of mobile apps with better user interfaces.

Platform responsive design

Responsive design refers to a flexible web design approach that “responds” to the size and capabilities of the device. For example, on a phone users would see content shown in a single column view; a tablet might show the same content in two columns. Images may be resized and menus might be displayed in a completely different form.

We have made our existing responsive design designable through the VisionX User Interface Designer. You can now determine which group of elements are automatically wrapped on smartphones, or if you should determine yourself how the elements should be arranged. The frequently used editing panel already contains the typical default settings, and so all new screens are automatically responsive, including detail view. This applies immediately not only to web apps but also to mobile and desktop applications. So you can be sure your apps look great, no matter what device the user has or what size the window is.

CRUD REST service control

Most apps don’t stand on their own; they connect with internal or third-party apps and databases to send or retrieve information, most often through REST APIs. VisionX support for REST services just got easier.

In addition to REST support in the workflow engine, we’ve now added powerful CRUD REST support. This makes working with REST services as easy as working with database tables, with just a few clicks. Out of the box we support more than 50 REST services from various standard software and SaaS services. Through Zapier (an amazing web app that allows you to automate actions between different web apps) we can actually support over 2000 apps with countless services.

Screenshot of REST Service Configuration in VisionX

Just a few of the many popular applications we directly support: SAP, Salesforce, Sharepoint, Zapier, OData, Asana, ClickSend, Google, Jira, OneSignal, Slack, Stripe, Trello, Twitter and Cronetwork.

You can also configure CRUD REST services yourself for other REST services more easily than with other vendors, in order to integrate any system with your VisionX applications.

Query editor

With the new Query Editor, even business users / citizen developers can easily query data and use it in screens, dashboards or reports. Links between tables are automatically taken into account and group functions such as sum, average, etc. can be used. This makes it much easier to develop advanced automation for report generation and much more.

Screenshot of Query Editor in VisionX

210+ actions and improved action editor

We provide a huge library of built-in actions, like sending an email or getting approval, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. With a total of more than 210 actions, business users can add a lot more functions and logic to their applications. For this purpose, we have also greatly improved the function of the Action Editor. This includes action categories, intuitive action search function and action documentation. Many new visual entry helpers are available for selecting action parameters to make it very easy to use, for instance color selection, moving actions and much more.

Screenshot of Action Editor in VisionX

Here is a selection of new functions:

  • Parameters to pass to screens or to save temporary values
  • Duplicate record
  • Make values in columns unique
  • Set all kinds of UI properties
  • Set style and more

User Profiles Add On - Improved:

  • Save filters by name
  • AND / OR support
  • More filter operators
  • Exclude columns from full-text filters

Usability improvement and more features:

  • Preview function in the new Screen Wizard to preview the results of the selected screen layout
  • Improved screen layout
  • User interface designer usability improved (especially with the Advanced FormLayout)
  • Performance improvements in the User Interface Designer
  • Performance improvements with big data models at Postrges and Oracle
  • Comboboxes have been extended with a new Master Data Edit Screen, so that the selectable values of the combobox can be edited immediately
  • Installer provided with trusted Windows Certificate

And last but not least, more than 150 bugs were fixed.

The download area already contains links to the latest version of VisionX.

Please report any problems as usual and have fun turning your vision into reality!

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.