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Jerome

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It's out there now.

I'll be playing with, I mean testing, the new features today, so I'll have an update later.

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2.1.1  Enhanced Status Fields
The status field has been updated with a series of enhancements to improve functionality and usability including:
 
•  Improved Drilldown – The drilldown properties have been expanded to make it easier for the process designer to initiate a new process or to open an Administration Form. In addition to the previous dynamic process, forms and processes can now be linked to directly and data can be directly passed to the new form via a new Parameters property.
 
•  Optionally Display Value – Through the addition of two new properties, the process designer can specify that the value of the field is displayed either to the left or right of the status icon.
 
•  Customizable Tooltips – The rollover message for the icon may now be customized by the process designer to display something other than the standard “Safety, Warning, Danger”.

2.1.2  Enhanced Grids
The grid control has been enhanced to enable process designers to create more attractive, functional, and usable grids for their end-users. This release includes two significant enhancements:
 
•  New Status Column Type – A new column type has been added for the usage of Status columns. These behave in a similar manner to the existing Status field and include the new functionality outlined previously. This new column type enables the process designer to create dynamic graphical indicators within their grids with built-in drilldown capability.
 
•  Multi-Sort Columns – Two new properties have been added to the grid to allow the process designer to specify that columns are sortable by ultiple columns and to include an extra button to clear the sort order. End-user can sort on columns by clicking to change from ascending, descending, and none.

2.1.3  Dynamic Label Fields
The label field has been updated to enable process designers to create more attractive forms. New properties have been added to allow dynamic expressions to be displayed and to be marked as “Is Dependant” in order to refresh on form refills.

2.1.4  Enhanced Custom Lists
The custom list has been enhanced to enable process designers to create more attractive, functional, and usable lists for their end-users. A new column type has been added for the usage of Status columns. These behave in a similar manner to the existing Status field and include the new functionality outlined previously. This new column type enables process designer to create dynamic graphical indicators within their grids with built-in drilldown capability.

2.1.5  Import/Export for Projects and Libraries
The Import/Export capability for the Designer has been enhanced to better enable process designers working as a team. Projects and libraries and all objects contained within may be exported as BPMProjPkg and BPMLibPkg respectively and can then be imported into a solution that does not contain a project or library of the same name.
 
In addition to this, the Retrieve function has been updated to automatically import the project/library directly from the repository into the current solution.

2.1.6  Enhanced Process Model Customization
Service Release 2 further enhances the customization capabilities of the BPM Process Model with the ability to customize the background color, border color, and font color of stages and comments. In addition, the font color can be customized for action names. This enables the process designer to highlight sections of the process model to improve readability or to show different levels of importance.

2.1.7  Enhanced Database Connections
Connections to databases have been enhanced to allow access to ODBC data sources in addition to OLEDB. To connect to an ODBC data source, create a new connection and choose ODBC Database as the type. 
 
Additionally, a new option has been added for database connections to configure whether statements made on the connection participate within distributed transactions. By default all databases participate within the Metastorm transaction. However, this can be disabled by unchecking the “Use DTC” option on the connection.

2.1.8  Enhanced Business Objects
Service Release 2 improves the usability of Business Objects with three minor enhancements:
 
•  Used By Node – Business Objects listed within the Inventory of a solution now show where
they are referenced by processes, forms, and reports via a new Used By node within the tree.
 
•  Test Parameters – The Test tab of the Business Objects editor has been enhanced to allow the
process designer to enter test parameters directly without the need to go to the Parameters tab.
 
•  Refresh of Table Business Objects – Business Objects of type “Table” may now be updated
via a new button within the Business Object editor. By clicking on “Refresh”, the Business Object definition is updated with any changes that may have been made to the underlying database table. Business Objects variables will automatically be updated accordingly.

2.1.9  Other Noteworthy Changes
•  A “Description” property has been added to the User Action. This description is used by the web client to display a tooltip for action buttons.
 
•  A “Remember Login Details” checkbox has been added to the login window of the Designer.
 
•  A “BCC” property has been added to the Email activity.
 
•  The option “New Folder” for the “Button action” property of Button field has been renamed to “Initiate a Process”.
 
•  The option “Folder” for the “Hyperlink type” property of the Hyperlink field on a Report has been changed to “Open existing folder”.


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I wonder when the SDK is due to be released. Last I heard was that it was to be released at the same time as SR2. Didn't see it as a download though.


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mini-review here:

http://www.metastormbpm.info/2010/08/metastorm-bpm-90-sr2-review.html


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I heard a rumor that the sdk would be released this week.
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