NOW IN PREVIEW: Tsi-elebrate 2018 with our next release!

We’re working hard to finish 2018 strong with our upcoming Tsitsikamma release cycle, which includes new features along with our last native app update for the year.

Some app-side changes are available now on our Tap-to (preview channel) app, found in Google PlayApple App Store, and soon for Windows.  The new app version number (as seen in the bottom right of the app’s Settings screen) ends in 4.96 for Android & iOS, and ends in 5.56 for Windows.
We plan to ship another app update in January, which will add the features that don’t make it into our December update.

The name for this update refers to a beautiful national park found in our South African team’s backyard.Tsitsikamma
CC by Ben Haeringer.  Not sure how to pronounce Tsitsikamma? Here’s how!

Changes outlined below will appear on the platform over the course of November through to January 2019.
We’ll update this post progressively as features are delivered.

 

SQL Connectors

We’re adding a new set of Premium connectors for direct connection to Microsoft SQL Server.  Using a similar approach to Appenate Sync, we will add connectors for pushing data from Forms and Task Templates to a SQL database, as well as a connector for pulling rows into Data Sources from a SQL table.
Our target is Azure SQL Database for this connector (as this way all data stays within Azure data centers), however, a direct connection to any SQL Server database will work.  For on-premise cases, we believe Appenate Sync continues to be a more secure option (as Sync provides DMZ compatibility, ensuring your on-prem database is not exposed to the internet).

 

Single Sign-On via Azure Active Directory and Ping Identity

Through a shared project with one of our customers, we’re adding support for single sign-on and user provisioning through Microsoft’s Azure AD and Ping Identity services.
These new integrations will join our existing Okta connector, broadening your options when using enterprise identity and directory services with Appenate.

 

Data Source Driven Tables – Take #2

After having to pull the feature from our Uluru update, we were hoping to continue work to address the problems found during the Uluru preview.
Unfortunately, November has been extremely busy operationally for us so there has not been sufficient time to progress this feature.  We’re going to restart efforts in mid-December, with a view to releasing in January.

 

Tasking Upgrades

We’re adding a new Task Map view to our Tasking area, providing a geographic overview of current Tasks that can be filtered by date, user and job type.  We plan to iterate this feature over time based on your feedback.

Also on the slate for this update is the long-awaited ability to assign a Task to groups of people, for “first in, best dressed” claiming or for all involved users to complete.  The “first in” option will ship in January, with the “all users” option expected in December.

 

Improved Platform Notices

Following our recent visual upgrade to the Notices dialog, we’re continuing to make this better by adding a dedicated Notices page.  This will provide a better overview and history of connectors and other error notices.
We’re also adding the ability to receive email notifications when errors are reported by the platform.

 

Multiple Connections of the Same Type

Like our Data Source tables above, this feature did not make it into our previous Uluru release, despite our best efforts.
This will be shipping as part of our Enterprise Toolkit feature-set, allowing you to connect to multiple destinations on the same external service (e.g. multiple SharePoint instances), and direct your connectors accordingly.

 

Auto-numbering Generator for Forms

We’re adding the ability to generate custom automatic number sequences for Form entries, with these being guaranteed to be unique across Form entries – e.g. INVOICE-0012 or INS-JOHN-20181101-002.
This will require the user to be online at the time of Form capture since the numbering functionality is centralised on our servers.  For offline cases, you can use existing formula-based methods to generate your own numbers using device side data such as date and time.  This feature will ship in January.

 

Other Minor Improvements

  • New “clone” option on connectors to duplicate a connector and all its settings
  • Adding ability to specify Data Source sort order on a per Choices field basis in Form designs
  • Adding support for formulae within Bucket Name option on Amazon S3 connector
  • New “clickable image” option for PDF outputs, allowing you to click an embedded image in a generated PDF and view the full-size file in a web browser.
  • Adding “URL Encoded” option to REST connectors, which allows sending data similarly to cURL based “application/x-www-form-urlencoded” requests.
  • Adding support for XML attributes to the XMLVAL() formula function
  • Adding support for non-200 HTTP status responses on the REST field type in Forms.  This will allow handling of error responses from external web services when accessed by the REST field.
  • Completion of support for Fast vs Slow track option for branded App as a Service releases

 

Fixes and Compatibility Improvements

  • Fix occasional syncing overlay and dropdown layout issues on iPads
  • Reload Data Source rows when using a “Force Sync” action while currently capturing Form entry
  • Fix image annotation button layouts on iPhone X family of devices
  • Improve validation summaries to include Action field names when a button press is required
  • Stop auto-saving of Form entry when using “Force Sync” action within a Form entry that is configured to not save changes.
  • Improve display of long description text lengths on icons in Icon Board screens
  • Improve splash screen sizing for iPhone X series
  • Handle exception and show user message when Copy to Gallery is enabled on a Media field, but app does not have permissions to do so
  • Fix layout differences between button placement on iOS and Android (making Android match iOS)
  • Prevent crashes when not specifying formula on image watermark