Release Notes v7

New Features

 

Time machine

The user can now switch the entire system to obtain historical view. Just enter a historical date and entire system will look and behave like it looked and behaved to the specified date in the history. It will provide search results like they were in history, the same with comments, attachments etc. Moreover you can ask time-machine to prefere public version or in the other hand draft versions (according to workflow). It can help specific roles in worflow to do their job more efficiently - e.g. if you are steward you prefer draft versions, if you are an end user of the information you prefer public versions.

 

DOC(X) import

We implemented the first version of Microsoft Office DOC(X) importer. The customer has to provide Open Office / Libre Office libraries to enable this feature. It works with certain limits, e.g. complex tables are not imported well, but usual documents, even long ones with pictures, simple tables etc. are imported well. Heading are recognized, other standard formatting as bullets, ordered lists, font families and so on are recognized too.

 

View inheritted permissions

Permissions in the system are inheritted. E.g. if you specify view permissions on a folder all its entries and and entries in its subfolders are inheritted automatically. However, it was difficult to know what permissions are inheritted from ancestors when putting them on object. Know the Permissions dialog box shows these inheritted permissions, so you have the idea what is already there.

 

Licensing mechanism

Licensing mechanism was introduced in release 7. According to commercial parameters now the system can verify whether it is operated on approved number of CPUs, size of RAM, whether there is allowed number of users etc. We distinguish two important dates: validity date - only admin can log in after this date, maintenance date - no versions newer thanthis date can be installed.

 

JIRA integration

You can send a query in JIRA Query Language (JQL) from Semanta to JIRA and receive results, show them as a table on a page with links to JIRA. You can specify what columns and how many results you want to display. You can also create a new issue in JIRA without leaving Semanta.

 

SAP Business Objects Connector (BOC)

Purpose of the connector is to provide a simple to use tool that enriches content in Semanta with information about reports and underlaying universes. BO Connector is accessing BO API and extracts information into stage (ce_mart database), from stage it is loaded into Semanta.

 

Oracle support 

Oracle DB can be now used as the DB for the Semanta system. So know you can use MySQL and Oracle as a DB under Semanta. 

 

Workflow voting

Workflow features were extended significantly. Now you can configure that an approval from more people is needed to transit the object to further state in the workflow. For example you can require: "all specified people have to agree to transit further" or you can require "at least 3 people from the specified user group have to approve to transit further".

 

Improvements

 

Tables / cards improvements

Table features where improved and bugfixed significantly in this release. The filtering works correctly now, tables / cards / lists of attachments can be now filtered and sorted without problems. Button showing further entries in tables / cards work more smoothly in Internet Explorer and Chrome. 

 

Security improvements

IP addresses and logins are now tracked so the admin can inquire who, when and from which IP address accessed the system.

 

Localization of Applications

We continue our long-term effort to provide system localized to languages used by our customers. Now our standard application Glossary, Data, Reports and Systems were localized to Czech language. Moreover, further parts of the core of the Semanta system are prepared now for localization (localization keys were put there).

 

History diff & notification

We made significant improvements in comparison of historical versions of an entry. Now the comparison shows what was added to the newer version, what was deleted, where a change took place and moreover - this all is placed  to the text of entry common for both versions so the comparison is easily readable.

 

Bugfixes

Only key bugfixes listed here:

  • Export / import functions - as we keep adding more and more features and object-types the export / import functions needs to be tuned as well, so we did it again and will do again next time
  • Visual & ergonomics bugfixes - we tuned several annoying visual or ergonomics bugs, e.g. doubled scrollbars in Internet Explorer, strange scrolling up after clicking on More button in tables / cards etc.