New LogicNets Features

Fall 2022

LogicNets Version 7.4 Update

LogicNets Version 7.4 was recently updated to bring a range of new functionality to LogicNets users.   Many of the new features fall into thematic focus areas including:

  1. Security – ensuring that our customers’ LogicNets applications continue to meet evolving security requirements.
  2. More visualization and interactive UI options.
  3. Designer efficiency and productivity.

Following are more details on the enhancements in these areas.  For complete information about Release 7.4, see the release notes here.

1. Progressive Security Enhancements

With the evolving need for organizations to comply with strict industry security and privacy standards, we’ve enhanced and/or made mandatory important safeguards for enforcing security functionality that were previously optional for designer users to implement.  These include:

  • Prevent Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) and Content Security Policy (CSP) activity 
  • Force escaping of all HTML, JavaScript and other executable text expressions that could be maliciously embedded in data objects and lead to insecure cross-site scripting (CSS) vulnerabilities  
  • Group Level Access Control. Sensitive user rights and privileges — such as admin functions — are also now assigned only to groups, and no longer to individual users to ensure that admin activities can be predictably monitored and consistently allocated  
  • Distributed User Management. In response to modern security standards for long-term user access control, admin capabilities in the Access Management module have been expanded to include a new Group Administrator role (a light system administrator function that allows management of users within specified sub-groups).  In addition to making access controls more flexible, this feature greatly reduces the burden on central administrators working with large-scale applications with hundreds or thousands of users 

2. New Interactive UI Elements

To help customers make their applications more interactive and visually interesting, we’ve implemented some new data input and presentation parts. There are a number of enhancements, but the following three represent some new sizzle that designers can add to the application steak!

New Highlighted Feature: Display Charts (eg. Geographical Maps)

This is an enhancement to our pre-existing charting function from HighCharts in which users can now present data correlated to a chart or map (such as a map of the world) in association with the corresponding map element(s). Designers link a collection or table within the LogicNets application that holds data values corresponding to chart elements (eg. countries in the world) and the part causes the data to be displayed interactively based on the user’s positioning of the screen cursor within the corresponding area of the chart.

New Highlighted Feature: Clickable Images

Applications can now present and collect radio button or checklist part selections using a clickable image map. Presentation of options can be graphical instead of purely text based and designers can configure using images by themselves or in conjunction with radio buttons or checklists.

New Highlighted Feature: Countdown Timer

The new Timer part allows designer users of the Starter App Framework to create a countdown function for applications and model the actions the application behavior once the timer reaches 0.

3. Functional Enhancements to Visual Designer and Frameworks

A number of enhancements have been made to further streamline application modeling within the LogicNets designer, including:

  • Rules editor. The Rules Editor has been enhanced so that it can now be used for data entry/selection step validation and for routers.  This means that it is now easy and intuitive to add potentially complex decision logic without having to create additional nodes within a decision tree.
  • LUA Code Checker for errors in Custom Parts.  Many users have created their own custom parts by using the LUA scripting format that underlies LogicNets functionality. The new code checker ensures that these custom elements can be reliably and quickly deployed with the certainty that they will perform to the application developer’s expectations.
  • Starter App Framework. The Starter App has always provided the ability to automate multi-user collaborative workflow.  Now, with the new release, the Framework supports Child workflows which can be invoked to execute asynchronously and then trigger resumption of the primary workflow when completed.   
  • Support Center Framework. The Support Center Framework has been enhanced with a built-in function to save and resume guided support sessions as well as linking support processes to the externalized storage of data in common databases such as MS-SQL, and  enabling the management and asynchronous processing of historical data collected from all prior sessions.  

Get More Information

Release 7.4 includes many other new enhancements and changes. There are also a number of caveats and additional areas of guidance that users will want to know about as they bring their pre-existing applications up on the new version. The features and additional information can be reviewed in the release notes as posted on the LogicNets Community Portal.