Service Release 21.5 (21.5.21336.11413)

New Patch Release – Please see release notes in Dashboard Update Utility

Available 09.12.2021

Formate eVo v21.5 & Windows 11

Not certified yet, but testing starting with eVo v21.5 and Windows 11.

Looking Promising

Formate v21.5 is released 18.11.2021

Welcome to a milestone release of Formate eVo V21.5

The next post will contain links to some infographics highlighting new functionality, with some significant ones relating to usability (Lists), PDF editing (Ability to use underlying letterheads and templates), and Email Connectivity (Modern Authentication for MS O365, and Google Gmail)

The full list of new features – Fixes can be found in the full release notes available vis the Dashboard Update feature.

Dashboard Explorer: Interactive lookup lists addedDashboard Explorer allows creation of named key pair lists. New scripting commands GetListitem() to perform a single item lookup, and GetList() to return list contents to an array, added to support use of lists within Formtypes.
WebSvcMon: List ManagementNew List Management Page available via WebSvcMon to allow population and management of list contents.
Email Connection: O365 Modern AuthenticationNew Email connection type added: Microsoft approved O365 Modern Authentication connection can be used. Upon successful authorisation MS Modern Authentication stores a local security token, which will expire if not used for 90 days. Nearing the token’s end of lifetime, it will automatically be renewed by a refreshed token for another 90 days by the action of successfully connecting. Should the connection not be used for more than 90 days, expiry of the existing token will prevent renewal and the connection will need to be re-established within dashboard.
Email Connection: Gmail Modern AuthenticationNew Email connection type added: Google approved GMail Modern Authentication connection can be used. Upon successful authorisation Google Modern Authentication stores a local security token.
Task Despatcher: Server Task Backup Lifetime addedSet via Dashboard “System Configuration” , Server Task Backup Lifetime, and working in a similar manner to Email backup Lifetime, prevents Task Despatcher from processing spoolfiles older than the backup lifetime set.
Dashboard: New Explorer TreeExplorer Tree View updated
Dashboard: Explorer – Ability to add grouping folder to sectionsWithin Explorer sections new sub folders can be added to group section elements, such as formtypes, or email connections. Items to be grouped need to be dragged to within pre-existing folders. Folders exist only at Dashboard level, and cannot be exported or imported.
Dashboard: Explorer – Added “Save As” ability to Shared ValuesIntroduced “Save As” functionality to Shared Value Section of Explorer to allow duplication of sets, and match functionality of over sections of explorer
PDF Creation: Insert BookmarkA named Layout Text element can be set as a pdf bookmark with the SetFormtypeProperty() command as a PDF is generated by CreateCustPdfEx()
PDF Processing: PDFCreateContentsPage()Auto-create PDF Contents Page, from existing PDF containing bookmarks.
PDF Editing: New Command PdfMultiMerge()New Command for the fast combining of multiple PDFs with reduced system overhead. PdfMultiMerge() accepts a single column array containing a set of PDF file paths to be merged in order into a new output PDF. Optimisation settings can also be specified.
Enhancement: SetformTypeProperty() – PdfCrFontfix can be applied to a display text elementPdfCrFontFix is already available for application to the global formtype, thus applying to all text elements within a created PDF. Now it can be selectively applied to individual display text elements as required.
Dashboard: General logs: Email QueueSelect and resend individual failed emails as required.
Dashboard: Service Status – Restart Email QueueAdded ability to restart email queue from Service Status tab.
PDF Editing: New Operation – EdPdfAdOpLetterHead() add underlying letterhead or template PDFNew PDF Editing Operation, EdPdfAdOpLetterHead() to add underlying letterhead or template PDF to an Operations set for the creation of a new final PDF.
Scripting: New Command – DownloadImage()Download image from defined URl for storage within the local filing system and subsequent use. DownloadImage(https://www.mywebsite.com/image.png,”D:\\Test\\Signature.png”)
Scripting: New Command IsOdd() Determine if a number is odd or evenDetermine if numeric variable is Odd or Even: Return True(-1) and False(0)
Scripting: New Command – BtOutputToString()Build text resultant output can now be passed to a string variable via BtOutputToString()
Scripting: New Command – StrPad() –New Command StrPad() to allow the padding of strings with chosen character.
Scripting: New Command – SuperTrim()New Command to superseded and enhance Trim(), LTrim(), and RTrim() with inclusion fo options to remove blank lines, Matches functionality available in Template field Trim options.
Scripting: Enhancement to ScanBarcode() – New image pre-processing optionsAdded Options to Scanbarcode() for image pre-processing into Option string. “Invert” – this inverts colours on the image “Despeckle” – used to remove speckles from a poor scanned image “Dilate” – used to expand image pixels. This essentially adds pixels to an image boundary which can help when scan has caused edges of image are faint. “Erode” – used to reduce image pixels. This has the opposite effect of the “Dilate” command. “Sharp” – used to sharpen an image that is blurred.
Scripting: Enhancement – DBOpen() – Add Option to exclude headers from being included when called DbFillArray()New Option DbOptExcludeHeaders – prevents headers being included when DbFillArray() is called
Dashboard – New Brand compliant Pre Splash, Splash and About boxesNew branding of Pre-Splash and Splash screens plus the About box.

See the below links for short infographic videos of some of the item new to v21.5

Formate eVo v21.5 Release Video – Lists

Demonstrating Lists functionality which allows a list of key/pair values to be created and maintained by users outside of Formate.   The GetList and GetListItem commands can then be used to parse data.

Formate eVo v21.5 Release Video – ModernAuthentication

Demonstrating new email connectors for Gmail and Microsoft Office 365 which use token based authorisation to replace older protocols like SMTP and IMAP.

Formate eVo v21.5 Release Video – EdPdfAddOpLetterhead

Demonstrating the EdPdfAddOpLetterhead command which allows for a PDF to be used as a letterhead or background and combined into an existing PDF.

Formate eVo v21.5 Release Video – BookmarksAndPdfCreateContentsPage

Demonstrating the “Bookmark” Element Property of the SetFormTypeProperty command to add a Bookmark to a Custom PDF.  The PdfCreateContentsPage command is then used to take the PDF with Bookmarks and add a Contents page to it.

Formate eVo v21.5 Release Video – DownloadImage

Demonstration of the DownloadImage command which allows an Image to be downloaded from a URL.

Formate eVo v21.5 Release Video – Explorer

Demonstrating new functionality in Formate Dashboard Explorer which allows folders to be created to group related items.

Formate eVo v21.5 Release Videos – SuperTrim

Demonstrating the SuperTrim command which allows for spaces to be trimmed from a string, including removing blank lines.

New Release – v21.5 coming shortly

Just a teaser – v21.5 will be with everybody shortly.

Web Service Monitor (WSM) – Error created by network scanner

Formate eVo’s internal webserver is used for the remote lightweight publishing of the eVo event log, and to provide limited remote control functionality.

As an embedded webserver running on an unusual port specified arbitrarily by theSystem Admin at the time of setup, it may appear suspicious to your network monitoring and security software.

Access of the WSM URL, ( example http://Formate-eVoSrv:8080) by third party monitoring software may trigger errors to be recorded in both the Windows and eVo event logs on the server similar to this:

Level ::  Error

Created ::  04/05/2021 09:47:31

Details ::  WebSvcMon.SimpleFile(1150): Could not find file ‘C:\Program Files\Extra Resource Limited\T3\Web\Source\index.html’.

Whilst this may not affect access to the WSM, nor produce an undue overhead on the server*, it will fill the logs with unwanted additional entries, and therefore your network monitoring or security software should be configured by rule to not probe this URL.

*extra entries in the event log may make future diagnostic examination more difficult.