After a long wait, we’re happy to announce the release of InVision 3.0! As you can see below, we’ve been busy adding new features to the platform and improving what’s already there. Creating the new Designer has been a major effort, but the new platform opens up new possibilities that we plan to take full advantage of in the future. Please read the entire blog post to discover the new and enhanced capabilities of the platform, and make sure to read the upgrade instructions carefully. Hope you like what we’ve done!
InVision 2.7 marks the beginning of a series of releases that will focus on making the platform cloud native. Although InVision runs fine in the cloud today, we can do even better. We aim to integrate closer with cloud platforms and services, and utilize cloud features smarter to provide better solutions to our customers. It is important to note that even though we’ll focus on cloud platform features, we will still support on-premise solutions 100%, and all features will be available on both configurations.
As a side note, this release contains 11 new features and 7 fixes or enhancements 🙂
InVision 2.6.1 introduces 23 new features and enhancements. The most interesting new feature in this release is probably the support for macros in SQL Reports and SQL Scripts. Macros enables you to use C# to dynamically generate SQL queries at runtime, before they are executed. You no longer need to concat a string using SQL and then execute it using sp_executesql. For details about how to use macros, you should read this blog post, which goes into details on the subject.
Macros can be used in Reports and SQL Scripts to dynamically create and execute SQL queries at runtime without using SQL string concatenation to construct them and sp_executesql for execution. Macros are written in C#, which offers great flexibility for creating both simple and very complex macros.
Hello world! The focus for version 2.6 has been about improving filtering capabilities and adding support Form Schemas, which provides a new way to build complex data entry forms.
Form Schemas enable you to quickly create complex data entry forms. While it is possible to create forms in previous versions of InVision, it is inflexible and too time consuming because each Form Element is an isolated entity with its own load, save and validation logic. With Form Schemas, you can create complex forms with automatic data persistence, validation, custom calculations and business logic, styling and layout. Form Schemas are displayed in Workbooks, and have actions and events like all other Workbook component.
In addition to a number of new features and enhancements, the most important change in 2.5 is a change we’ve made to the core component of the system which handles the identity of the data rows in the database. When upgrading an existing instance, the installer will automatically do all the necessary steps, but it is very important that you back up the Solution database before upgrading in case an error occurs (network, disk, etc).
This is mostly a service release with enhancements to existing features and fixes for a number of issues. We’re focusing most of our time and resources on the new desktop designer, but we’ll continue to provide regular releases to fix important issues and add highly requested features.
With version 2.4, we’re introducting version 0.1 of the new InVision Desktop Designer that lets you develop Web Functions and customize the Home Page Layout without editing the deployed .cshtml-file. We will gradually port (and improve) every feature from the SL designer to the new desktop designer, but for the time being, you’ll have to use both tools to develop InVision solutions. All significant new platform features will be added to the desktop designer, while the SL designer will only be getting minor enhancements and bug fixes.
NOTE! If you are upgrading to 2.4 from a previous version, you need to update Profitbase Installation Manager to the latest version (188.8.131.52) first.
A new version of the Profitbase Installation Manager has been released.
– Support for InVision 2.4
– Fixed bug that caused a crash when uninstalling and then reinstalling InVision again, then selecting status.
– Better logging behind the scenes.
Anyone whos online should see a message box show up about updating to the latest version. Anyone whos offline needs to grab the new version from pbsndfile.
Please note that you NEVER uninstall Profitbase Installation Manager when updating to a newer version.