It's been some time since my last blog post and in what has turned out to be a busy summer. I haven't had a chance to update the blog with news about the latest Mi-Forms releases. So to play a bit of catch up, here's a summary of what we did and when we did it.
First off, at the end of June, we released Mi-Forms v8.7. In addition to patching a few minor items mostly centered on timers or background threads calling API functions that caused visual changes, we also introduced the following enhancements:
- Enabled support in the Mi-Forms Server for communicating with our native Android and iPad applications
- Proper support for EXIF image rotation headers in image annotation imported images
- Added a new "Template Filler" permission level in the Mi-Forms Server for users not allowed to see sessions even in their own queues
- Added a download link for the Android native client to each Mi-Forms Server (http://<server>/MFS/Android/)
By far the most significant change above is support for the native applications on iPad and Android tablets. You can follow the links on this website to grab them either from the Apple app store or from Google Play depending on your platform.
Then in August we updated Mi-Forms to v8.8. As you've probably all already heard from your Mi-Forms account manager, licensing levels changed to include new lower cost options such as Basic and Department. Mi-Forms v8.8 supports these new license levels and the associated changes in functionality. However, we didn't stop there. Other notable changes were:
- Adding an ability to determine if a Mi-Forms script level event is handled or not (for our SDK users)
- Improved sub-form page navigation in the Client
- Improved data entry for constrained text fields set to "Treat as Number"
As always, we're thankful to our customers and partners who continue to relay their priorities and wishes to us and we'll continue to use that as guidance going forward.
Speaking of which, what is coming next? Well, if you were at Mi-Co's PartnerEd 2012 back in April of this year you saw a preview of new functionality on both the iPad & Android tablet device side as well as exciting things in store for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 release. We're glad to say that we're well down the path on all fronts. On the iPad/Android side expect to see page-perfect layout and an innovative way to fill forms using that layout. Meanwhile on the Windows side, the Client interface has been improved for performance and to grant you an increase in screen real estate without having to redesign your forms. There's a lot more to see under the covers too. And in the upcoming weeks we'll be posting a few blog posts here highlighting some of the new functionality as we move towards launch. So please stay tuned.
As always thank you for visiting.
Chris DiPierro, Mi-Co Director of Software Development