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Posts tagged: 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.

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!

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!

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 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 5.4 is on the way

I'm happy to announce that VisionX 5.4 is on the way. The code is complete and tested. We have some additional tasks to do, but it's ready!

It's one of the really cool things. It has a bunch of new lib versions and got updates for mobility. The web UI of applications is faster than before and we have full responsive support built-in. Not only for web applications, also for desktop applications.

Another big milestone is the new mobile client. It was built from scratch. It's a wonderful piece of software, built with Flutter and Dart. It's one native app for iOS and Android. We will replace the old client in the near future. The new client supports all our layout features and much more... it's modern!

Here are some impressions

New screen wizard

New screen wizard

Responsive for Desktop

Responsive for Desktop

Web settings

Web settings

Mobile settings

Mobile settings

Responsive mode

Some impressions of our new mobile client

What else is new?

Be patient :)

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.