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 5.0 Release Date: January 31, 2020
The UI Designer which is used for the creation of user interfaces has been completely redesigned.
Besides the already known features, such as real-time collaboration, the new WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get) is our greatest achievement: You can drag & drop your widgets into the editor, which directly displays the preview of the interface in real time
In addition, you can use the real–time preview on different device form factors to test the layout without deployment first. This makes application creation much easier and saves a lot of time!
The different selection of corporate designs (themes) and your changes in the CSS editor are also directly visible.
To assign meaningful icons to your modern layout, we integrated an icon explorer for searching and using icons visually.
A very special feature is the new DB Designer. It drastically simplifies database creation, as you can now create your database scheme directly visually in Simplifier and deploy it to multiple target databases like MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and SQLite.
Working on an application with other people makes many things way easier. The new Share Button allows you to easily invite other team members via E-Mail to work on your current app project.
To reduce the manual work of data type definition, you can create simple or complex datatypes from connector request or business objects results in the test dialog automatically.
Caution: For connectors with several calls, different aliases must be assigned to prevent the data type definitions from being overwritten!
To help you better manage the static content of an app, we have created a new Asset dialog. This dialog allows you to upload and preview images as well as download them and provides more clarity.
Corporate design is very important for every company. Accordingly, themes can be directly assigned and loaded to the Simplifier instance.
You can therefore use the application on different instances in different corporate designs. Separate loading of themes via business objects is now a thing of the past.
Security and authentication are particularly important to us: The authentication mechanisms Active Directory, SAML 2.0, LDAP and OAuth 2.0 now offer central role and user attribute mapping based on defined rules.
Roles and attributes can thus be maintained centrally in your company’s user administration and automatically synchronized in Simplifier.
A new standard role can also be defined. This is automatically assigned to a new user.
Not to forget the metadata exchange via URL: This ensures that client and provider always use the most up-to-date metadata.
It gets dark in our administration dashboard so you won´t have to be in the dark when creating apps: The new Dark Mode follows the trend towards eye-friendly operation.
The functions of the Lodash library offer you a wide range of data filters and manipulations.
Via our Simplifier User API you can now add your own profile pictures to the user profile.
Now, you can also record a video configuratively with the camera on your mobile devices. Simply choose how many videos are created and how long they should be.
You can now create your own keys in the plugin administration to register your own plugins securely with Simplifier.
You can now use the test dialog for testing OData calls directly. We also support Function Imports in our OData wizard to easily use this kind of business logic as a connector call.
In addition to the well-known databases, we now also support IBM DB2 and IBM DB2 for AS-400 systems for easy recycling of old Lotus Notes applications.
Simplifier allows you to manage X.509 certificates and use them as a login method for authentication on backend systems via our connectors.
Be it icons, widget wizard, revised interface or drag & drop zones for the WYSIWYG editor – all UI5 versions of a widget can be managed directly in the mask. This includes support for auto-generating controls from the commercial SAP UI5 library.
Links to Process Designer Items are now highlighted when selected. The selection of mobile actions has been reworked for better handling.
Our SAP RFC connector now also supports TABLES parameters for exchanging data from SAP function modules and Auto Commit to trigger automatic updates to the sap database.
Individual result rows can be folded in and out, to get a better overview.
Business objects that refer back to themselves through other business objects (circular reference) are now imported correctly.
Templates now directly generate a preview when the content is changed.
You can now optionally activate the following deployment parameters for production environments:
- Transpiler = The application is provided for browsers that only have ECMAScript5 support
- Polyfill = Creates workarounds for older browser versions such as Internet Explorer 11
Simplifier is delivered with new standard roles
- SF_Administrator (This is a role for all AdminUI permissions)
- SF_AppBuilder (This role provides the permissions for App creation)
- SF_AppUser (This role provides the permission to execute Apps)
- SF_Developer (This role provides the permissions to create Apps and building blocks such as Business Objects, Connectors, etc.)
- SF_ExtAuthUser (This is a role for read-only users that are synced from an external authentication service)
Syntax highlighting is now also available for the inclusion of third-party libraries. This makes it easier to read the code and recognize its structure.
Existing libraries can now also be downloaded.
Simplifier now also supports the latest Oracle 19c database.
The legacy route for direct execution of connectors is locked by default – in special cases this lock can still be removed in the system settings. In Release 5.5 this option will be removed completely.
Together with our brand new WYSIYWG UI Designer, we also offer the live preview in our simplifier mobile client (has to be activated in the developer settings. That means, that every change in the user interface will be published in real–time on your real hardware. This enables you to test your layout on different device factors and smartphone / tablet models in realtime.
Our Simplifier Mobile client runs natively on Honeywell laser scanners with android operating system. This means you can use the information from the laser scanner directly in your business app without any extra interface.
Our native mobile feature sets are updated to the latest version to give you the best native mobile experience.
Our iOS Client was optimized for iOS 13
With our new native tcp support, you can exchange data directly with other devices over ethernet or wifi interface. We use this to support external fix-mounted laser scanners on a fork-lifter for intra-logistic use case in production environments or warehouses.
The new UI Designer requires updated widgets and metadata such as aggregations and drop zones. For the OpenUI5 version 1.60 we provide these widgets at http://download.simplifier.io/transports
These must be imported and overwritten.
Attention: All customer specific changes to these widgets will be lost!
For the OpenUI5 version 1.38 and 1.44 you have to adjust the widgets manually in the widget editor.
- Support for the Simplifier Windows 10 Client will be discontinued as Windows discontinues its Mobile 10 platform.
- Angular 2 Widgets and support for Angular 2 applications and runtime are no longer available.
- The simple option for executing SQL statements within the SQL connector is no longer supported in Release 5.0 – the connector call is automatically migrated to execute. No effects on existing applications are to be expected.
Client API for direct connector execution (without calls) will not be available in Version 5.5 anymore – please use only connectors with calls.
Simplifier 4.5 Release Date: July 30, 2019
The new module feature makes it logically possible to divide complex applications into maintainable and reusable modules.
Advantages of modules at a glance:
- Parallel development in teams is possible. The individual teams can edit individual modules, which are finally reassembled in an application.
- Runtime behavior is improved by dynamic loading.
- Software maintenance is optimized.
- they enable the bidirectional exchange of data between applications and other modules.
The staging of applications has been further simplified by allowing different data sources to be configured for a normally three-tier system landscape (development, test, and production systems). For example, if an application is transported from the test environment to the production system, Simplifier automatically selects the adequate data source.
Since data is read or written from the correct data source, this saves a lot of time!
Many companies that rely on SAP have already migrated from their old ERP versions to S/4HANA or are planning to do so (the corresponding support will expire in 2025). Therefore, new interface protocols have to be set up on the customer systems. This of course includes oData. Within its powerful integration layer, Simplifier now offers a Connector Wizard for oData v2, which enables application developers to easily integrate oData backend services. The big advantage is that you can easily access existing oData services from S/4HANA or others without having to code.
The new Proxy Connector enables the use of all HTTP services that are not based on specific protocol architectures such as REST, SOAP or oData.
Our transport system has been completely revised. The release of a transport order now freezes all contents and enables a rollback to an earlier version.
In addition, the content can now be transferred from one Simplifier instance to another via a remote HTTP connection – without time-consuming manual downloading and uploading!
The import and export history shows you when a transport was imported on which instance and where conflicts occurred.
The automatic assignment of a unique transport number ensures documentation in the sense of Application Change Management.
The automated testing, which you already know from Release 4.0, has been revised.
Analogous to the OPA5 standard, we have introduced Journey and Page Objects. This allows you to group and execute several test cases within one Journey. You can use the Page Objects to access reusable test runs.
We want you to stay in touch: That’s why we switched the audio/video call function from P2P to client-server technology.
This has the advantage that audio/video conferencing with multiple participants is now possible. (All you need is a separate conferencing plugin, which must be installed on Simplifier).
The search in the Process Designer now allows you to search for variables, auto fields and parameters as well as their unique IDs in the mapping dialogs. You can also search for descriptions and function names of business objects or connector calls.
“To Set or not Set…”: A new condition isSet or isNotSet now checks whether a variable is defined or not.
Errors in business objects or connectors can be “ironed out” using the ErrorMessage parameter in the mapping dialog.
“Therefore check who binds forever…”: A syntax check via ESLint via the ECMAScript 5 standard in script blocks or screen events is now optionally possible for older browsers.
With new screen events like onBeforeFirstShow, onBeforeHide and AfterShow we simplify the configuration of your app. In addition, you achieve a better runtime behavior.
Furthermore, it is now possible to define a binding path to a data model directly to each widget property in the UI Designer.
The Simplifier admnistration interface now uses the latest UI5 1.60 version.
In addition, we have also adapted all widgets to the new version. All Simplifier Apps benefit from this.
The SOAP connector now also allows file transfer in the form of attachments.
With Release 4.5 you can design the header variables as you like and add your own HTTP headers.
Anyone can make a statement here: A larger input mask with syntax highlighting is now available in the SQL connector for entering SQL statements.
We also offer a new transaction mode. Here all statements can be executed as one database transaction.
For MySQL, SQLLite and MSSQL databases, the contents of the primary keys are also specified as output parameters generatedKeys.
The revised SAP RFC Connector now also supports the ABAP TABLES parameters in function modules.
The administration interface has been updated to UI5 version 1.60. The appearance has been adapted to the new Simplifier logo and corporate design.
There is also an easy way to report bugs via the menu.
By revising the business objects, we achieve an up to 500% higher execution speed of the server-side program logic.
Take the plunge: In addition, we have optimized user-friendliness and make it possible to jump to functions directly from the list view. The functions of the numeral.js library are now also available for formatting or calculating numbers.
Logs & Monitoring now allows you to measure the execution time of a connector.
The execution speed of Simplifier has been improved in 3 points:
- up to 500% faster execution time of server-side business objects
- up to 300% faster loading time of the Simplifier application due to a customized preload method
- faster loading time of the UI Designer and business object maintenance
We have revised the SAML 2.0 authentication as part of ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services).
The authorization object of the UI Designer has now been extended to include Create, Display, Edit and Delete.
“One for all…”: A widget can now be made available for multiple UI5 versions. The widget can be directly linked to the UI5 versions and generated accordingly.
Using a filter in the UI Designer, only the compatible widgets that correspond to the saved UI5 version of the application are displayed.
With the Explored App you can now adapt the App menu to your layout and corporate design.
The Explored App is available free of charge on the marketplace.
- The Cordova-Plugin-IntelWebRTC has been removed in favour of Cordova-Plugin-Conferencing.
- All mobile plugins have been updated to the latest version
- The Cordova Plugin Document Viewer has been removed – please use PDF.js Library as a replacement
- New graphics for the user interface
- 64bit support for Android ARM/x86 and iOS
- An AirWatch-enabled client has been created, which must be deployed as an internal app in the management console – please contact your project manager for further information.
- Better handling of permission requests for all required plugins and updated usage descriptions
We have added custom URL schemas to launch a business app through a hyperlink.
Requirements and Restrictions:
- Simplifier client installation required
- Automatic start of the client with user login
- URL launch is prioritized higher than automatic app launch
- Warning if the desired app is not installed
- Display a popup with countdown as soon as a link is clicked and a confirmation dialog when the business app is executed.
- Business App is updated before launch if automatic update is enabled
- Incorrect or invalid links will not be processed.
In addition to OAuth 2.0, we now also support SAML services.
A new developer option for debugging business apps with Chrome Inspector is now available.
WebRTC P2P support is no longer supported – please use our new Video/Audio Conferencing feature (separate plugin required)
- Simplifier Windows 10 Client will be discontinued in further releases, as Microsoft no longer develops its own Windows 10 mobile platform.
- Angular 2 widgets will no longer be available as of Release 5.0.
- Client API for direct connector execution (without calls) will not be available in future releases – please use only connectors with calls.
- The simple option for executing SQL statements within the SQL Connector will no longer be supported in Release 5.0.
Simplifier 4.0 Release Date: December 30, 2018
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.
Click on each feature to get more information.
- 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!