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Category: Release notes

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 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.

VisionX 5.4 Update release is available

VisionX 5.4.2450 is available!

It's a small update release with following improvements:

  • MySql database support

    We fixed a problem with app export (from embedded PostgreSql) and re-import into a MySql database. It wasn't possible to configure combobox columns.

  • Popup Menu button click

    Sometimes, a click on the arrow of a popup menu button, didn't show the popup and triggered the button action instead.

  • Screen generation

    A new screen with only one table was generated with an additional "white" panel.

  • Filter AddOn update

    We improved the Filter AddOn and now support And/Or grouping. It's also possible to save and load filter settings.

    Some impressions:

    Filter AddOn

    Filter AddOn

    Load settings

    Load settings

  • Filter Editor API

    We improved our Filter Editor API. It's now possible to define the Full-text Filter column names and also which column names can be filtered in general. It's possible to group filter editors by condition (or, and, ...). This enhancement is relevant for developers.

VisionX 5.4 is available

VisionX 5.4.1835 is available!

It's a great release with big changes.

The new VisionX version got updates of used open source libraries. It runs with openJDK 12 and supports openJDK 14. It comes with awesome responsive UI support for desktop, web and mobile. We support our brand new mobile UI which is still under development.

What's different?

  • New MorphPanel with full responsive support

    This feature is available for Desktop, Web and Mobile devices. Create only one screen to support all targets.

    Responsive for Desktop

    Responsive for Desktop

    Web settings

    Web settings

    Mobile settings

    Mobile settings

  • Responsive option for Panels

    Simply en/disable the responsive feature for single panels.

    Responsive option

    Responsive option

  • MorphPanel navigation bar

    The MorphPanel shows a small navigation bar directly in the screen. You can use this bar to switch between the tabs without opening the customizer every time.

    Morph Panel navigation

    Morph Panel navigation

  • New work-screen wizard

    We have 4 types of screens: Table with Detail form, Table, Form, Empty. Each type has different layout options for Web, Desktop, Mobile and Universal. The difference are gaps and margins and default settings of elements. Some layouts include full-text search and some don't include search options.

    New screen wizard

    New screen wizard

  • New customizable screen generators

    The screen generators are customizable for developers. Simply create your own or extend an existing generator and use it directly in VisionX. Simply create your own definition file like this one:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <generator>
      <group text="Table with detail form"
             image="/c/s/v/i/w/w/category_tableform.png">
        <entry class="com.sibvisions.visionx.uigenerator.WebTableFormUIGenerator"
               text="Web layout"
               image="/c/s/v/i/w/w//group_web.png" />
        <entry class="com.sibvisions.visionx.uigenerator.MobileTableFormUIGenerator"
               text="Mobile layout"
               image="/c/s/v/i/w/w//group_mobile.png" />
        <entry class="com.sibvisions.visionx.uigenerator.TableFormUIGenerator"
               text="Desktop layout"
               image="/c/s/v/i/w/w//group_desktop.png" />
        <entry class="c.s.visionx.uigenerator.UniversalTableFormUIGenerator"
               text="Universal layout"
               image="/c/s/v/i/w/w//group_universal.png" />
      </group>
    </generator>

  • Live Preview without any differences

    We improved our UI for browsers. New layouts, better performance and same features.

  • Shared folder support

    An awesome new feature is the shared folder support for your projects if you are a developer. Simply put your POJOs or Beans in the new shared folder and use this classes in your client or server classes.

  • New domain management

    Change pre-defined or create custom datatypes. The screen is available in VisionX' Administration menu.

    Domain management

    Domain management

  • Support for latest Workflow AddOn (3.0)
  • Performance improvement of Designer

This is how the responsive mode works on Desktop

Responsive mode

Some impressions of our new mobile client are available here

The download area already contains links to latest VisionX binaries.

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

VisionX 5.3 is available

VisionX 5.3.2 is available!

It's a minor update release with big changes.
The release got updates of open source libraries like JVx and Vaadin UI.

But the biggest changes are the integrated Java 12 support. VisionX 5.3 comes with and runs under Java 12 (openJDK).

What's different?

  • Performance improvement of Designer
  • Performance improvement of HTML5 UI
  • New App Elements

    Save All Changes, Reload All Changes, Advanced Panel and Advanced Group Panel

  • REST documentation contains admin services
  • Bundled open JDK 12
  • Support for latest Workflow AddOn (1.5)

The download area already contains links to latest VisionX binaries.

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

VisionX 5 update Release-3

VisionX 5.2.27 is available!

It's a small bugfix release with an update of open source libraries like JVx and Vaadin UI.

What's different?

  • Group Panel visibility now working in Browser
  • Group Panel text color now working in Browser
  • Set additional css class names for labels and checkbox editors
  • It's now easier to extend search behavior of NavigationTable
  • Checkbox alignment fixed in Browser
  • Support for latest Workflow AddOn

The download area already contains links to latest VisionX binaries.

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

VisionX 5 update Release-2

We're happy to anounce that VisionX 5.1.221 is available!

It's a bigger update release of VisionX 5.1.8 with with some new "visible" features and many awesome new features under the hood.

Let's start with important bug fixes

  • Popup Menu in Browser application

    A custom Popup Menu in Browser applications was always empty. This problem was fixed in an OpenSource library and is now available in VisionX applications.

  • Timeout with customizer changes

    If VisionX timeout while a customizer with changed values was open, the timeout operation failed and VisionX was unusable.

  • Element selection not always working

    Sometimes it wasn't possible to select elements if they where behind other elements.

  • Database procedure and function calls with more than 10 parameters

    It's now supported to call database procedures and functions with max. 100 parameters.

  • External CSS file detection

    VisionX had some path problems with Linux and MacOS to find the external CSS file for browser applications.

  • Fixed painting of overlays (MacOS)

    The position of e.g. VisionX Guides wasn't correct. The small numbers were wrong positioned.

  • Workflow integration

    The workflow engine wasn't always started correctly and not in the correct window.

  • All bugfixes of JVx, VaadinUI and other OpenSource libraries

What's new?

  • A new Workflow AddOn
  • Swagger documentation

    The documentation now contains information about sub storages (used in drop down boxes) and default admin services. It's now easier to grant access to external applications based on the REST API of your application.

  • Java 9+

    It's now possible to use e.g. Java 11 as runtime for VisionX.

  • Storage editor for Developers

    Out storage Editor was only available if you bought the Forms license. Now all users with Development license will be able to use the Storage Editor. The storage editor is a feature which allows you to change the database query of a table, directly in VisionX.

  • Prompt/Placeholder support
  • Better layouting in browser application

    We improved the layouting in our browser applications and also improved scrolling of panels.

  • Experimental (Early Access) Features

    We added some experimental features in this release: QR code authentication, Spnego (Active Directory) authentication base support (needs an additional AddOn), SSO authentication feature for REST services (bypass option).

    This features are available for interested developers. Simply talk to your contact person.

The download area already contains links to latest VisionX binaries.

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

JVx 2.8 is available

We're happy to announce that JVx 2.8 is available. It's a big release with lots of important bug fixes and some awesome new features. The last release of JVx was in January. It was version 2.7 which was more or less a small bugfix release with few new features. We took more time for JVx 2.8 to make it awesome.

What's new?

  • Placeholder/Prompt support

    This feature is available for input fields and cell editors. Simply enable this feature:

    editor.setPlaceholderVisible(true);
    editor.setPlaceholder("PLACEHOLDER");

    to get

    Prompt support

    Prompt support

  • New popup menu button

    This new button reduces the visible components. It's a must have for modern applications:

    Menu button

    Menu button

  • Savepoints for transaction handling in PostgreSql
  • Components have a unique name

    This is an important feature fore UI tests and our headless UI as well. It's now possible to address components in vaadin UI by their id to apply custom css.

  • Configurable REST services
  • Mac OS UI improvements

The full changelog is available here.

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