Important Release Note:
Please note that before and after updating your Simplifier instance to a new release version, every user is strongly advised to thoroughly test the applications running on the instance for their complete functionality. Should there be deviations in the execution of the applications compared to the previous state after the update, the user himself is responsible for adapting and restoring the functionality of his applications created and running on the instance.
For this reason, we always recommend that you perform the usual procedure for release updates using the D,Q,P systems so as not to interfere with live operation on the product instance. The safe variant when proceeding with release updates is always to carry out the update on the D/Q instance first, test and adapt applications if necessary and only transfer the release update to the P instance after successful testing or adaptation.
Simplifier 4.0 Release Date: December 30, 2018
In order to optimize the teamwork in the UI Designer, it is now possible to work on an application simultaneously with several users. The new AutoSave function ensures that no changes can get lost and that every user works with the latest version.
Like in version 3.5, user stories can be saved separately. In addition, the Simplifier indicates who is currently working in which user story to enable conflict-free working in the Process Designer.
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To simplify the testing of interfaces (connectors) and business objects, there is now a test history. Input parameters and test results for the test procedures are stored and archived. Users can retrieve this information at any time and repeat the tests as required.
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To reduce the manual testing effort of applications, users can create automated tests by using the OPA5 technology. An absolute innovation in the low-code market is the connection to an automated German test cloud. This allows the app to be tested automatically on different browsers and operating systems*.
For a better traceability during the application creation, the application process documentation is now automatically generated in Markdown format. In addition, the last editor of applications and connectors is displayed.
Open Authorization (OAuth):
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Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML):
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To increase the user experience in the Simplifier, we have reworked the display views. This includes the Simplifier Dashboard and all list views of components.
In order to enable faster work, it is now also possible to switch directly to the edit mode of applications, connectors or business objects via usage lists.
It is possible to search for widgets in the screens within the UI Designer. In addition, users can use the arrow keys to navigate between the widgets.
The search function in the Process Designer displays all activities such as events, scripts, connectors and business objects.
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To reduce the need for users to create code themselves in the future, it is now possible to iterate via data aggregation and nest conditions via an OR function.
We have enhanced the SOAP and SAP RFC connectors with query parameters, for example, to change the current language settings in the SAP backend system.
In addition, it is now possible to send messages to Simplifier user groups using the push connector. Parameters in SQL connectors can be used several times in the statement and foreign key dependencies can be created for SQLite connectors.
The user interface of the text templates was adapted to the Simplifier design and extended by transfer parameters analogous to the business objects.
Furthermore, it is possible to integrate templates in the Process Designer into the application workflow in a configurable way.
The SAP UI5 Theme Designer can be used seamlessly to create the corporate design for import/export.
The Simplifier has been extended by several security features:
- captcha in the login mask after too many failed logins
- filtering iFrames in the Simplifier System Messages
- using CryptoJS in Server-Side Business Objects
The Conferencing Plugin for real-time audio and video calls has been optimized.
Elements can be edited within the Data Workbench. Users also get more information about variables and auto fields at first glance, e.g. the exact data type.
In addition, we have added some attributes to the Auto-Field URL, such as protocol, port and source address.
For more information, have a look at Data Workbench and the following pages.
Note: Due to the deactivation of the Android Legacy Client, the support for Vuzix M100 will be discontinued immediately.
Simplifier 3.5 Release Date: July 06, 2018
Each connector/business object, widget and data type can now be tagged. For example, project-related configuration objects can be tagged by the project name, which makes them easier to find again.
Every click on the “Deploy” button automatically reloads the preview in the browser.
You can now see via the Logs & Monitoring who lastly made changes within a connector or business object.
Errors in the Simplifier Mobile Client can now be evaluated centrally.
The documentation of the Simplifier REST API is now directly accessible via an HTML site and can be tested directly.
For the scan of meters we now support the technology of our partner Pixolus via configuration.
The background mode can be activated for notifications / push notifications so that the user is informed even without active use of the Simplifier Mobile Client.
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- Load display for access to connectors or business objects can now be switched on and off
- Validation of mandatory parameters for mappings for business objects and connectors
- New toolbar in Process Designer incl. copy & paste function
- Validation of the configuration when saving the user story
- External links in the user stories allow linking to an external project management tool
- Double-click on configuration artifacts to open the configuration directly
- The navigation activity can be linked for follow-up activities and transition effects can be set
- Search for widgets within the Process Designer
- Code in a script activity can be embellished by pretty print
For more information read Process Designer and the following pages
Brute force attacks can now be prevented via the security policies.
Widgets that are no longer required can be marked as deprecated and are no longer available for use in the UI Designer, but still works in used applications.
We have reworked our Simplifier Universal Client for Android to include the same features as in the iOS Universal Client.
In addition to the function that you can work offline with the Simplifier client or the autostart function for already installed business applications, we now also support the fingerprint sensor for login with Android. Furthermore, the Android client now appears in a new layout in native Android material design.
In addition, we offer optimized menu navigation on data glasses, depending on the hardware completely with voice control. Support information is also automatically transmitted to the server on request.
And for the developers, a developer mode is now available that displays errors from the console directly on the device.
The creation of a connector is possible via a dialog so that the functionality can be reused in other parts of the Simplifier. The dialog is divided into two sections. On the left side general and login information are displayed, on the right side you will find the type specific information.
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Simplifier 3.0 Release Date: March 31, 2018
We have introduced new native device features! In addition to the previous actions, you can now configure the following actions:
- Play Video
- Play Audio
- Show Notification
- Text to Speech
- Acquire GPS
- Show Toast
- Screen Orientation
You can use the authentication profile to explicitly configure applications for anonymous guest access by assigning existing roles directly to the application. Now the application works with a special authentication token, which does not allow login, but can still be equipped with all necessary authorizations for data sources etc.
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You can now read and write data into an SAP system via SAP RFC connector with Single Sign-On. Your SAP user will be automatically logged in the SAP in the background using the SAP RFC log.
With Release 3.0 we also support real-time audio/video communication on Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft HoloLens – configurable of course!
Simplifier 2.5Release Date: July 13, 2017
We would like to offer you the greatest possible configuration experience. For this, we are constantly expanding the Simplifier. With the new update, you can also integrate asynchronous connectors (MQTT, OPC UA and push notifications) into your app. This means that data is actively transferred to your device without having to worry about updating. Thus, e.g. you can monitor machine data almost in real time.
With the new update we have implemented Angular 2 in the Simplifier. This allows you to build extremely versatile, fast and functional web apps by configuration. The integrated Ionic framework provides the necessary native look & feel for progressive web applications.
Many Simplifier solutions are used by field service engineers or service engineers – often the network connection is fluctuating in terms of quality and availability. The Simplifier therefore offers an intelligent buffering of data with automatic synchronization in online mode for reception problems. In addition, all application data including static files are available on the local device memory and can also be used completely in offline mode.
As the latest innovation, Simplifier applications are also used in Microsoft’s mixed-reality Hololens glasses. In addition, the Simplifier offers a Hololens Addon to provide data from the existing connectors in the 3D reality world.
Thanks to a large number of optimizations in the Simplifier, it is now possible to configure even more than before. Thus, technical requirements as user story are written directly in the Simplifier and linked to the technical workflow. In addition, the mobile actions were enriched by video / audio calls and more. Also, the use of variables and preconfigured masks was introduced for easier handling of application data.
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- Create Compound Widgets
- Process Dashboard with User Stories
- Data Workbench
- Recognize and react to your Device with the new Device Condition
- New Mobile Action: Remote Call
- Test Connector Calls and Business Object Templates
- Release Documentation
- New way of Authentication
- User notification via system messages
- Single sign-on for Connectors
- Tags for Widgets
- Change and validate Data Types of Widgets in the UI Designer
- Extending the Output mapping
- Map all Widget Properties in the Process Designer
- Copy Connectors
Simplifier 2.0 Release Date: December 24, 2016
User interface elements used to be stuck inside one app that you are working on. Now you can copy and paste user interface elements to use them across different applications. Know your shortcuts for an added efficiency boost!