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Client-side technologies in Pega 7.3

Updated on November 12, 2020

Pega Platform™ 7.3 uses the following client-side technologies for some design-time and run-time user tasks:

Design-time client-side software

The following table summarizes the design-time client-side software for Designer Studio and the corresponding Pega roadmap.

SoftwareDescriptionPega roadmap
Adobe Flash
  • View referencing rules
  • View declarative network
Adobe continues to support Flash Player.
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft Office is not required for any design-time functionality.Many Pega Platform features support the .docx and .xlsx formats.

Run-time client-side software

The following table summarizes the run-time client-side software for the end-user portal and the corresponding Pega Platform roadmap.

SoftwareDescriptionPega Platform roadmap
Adobe FlashFlash controls are not used in end-user applications.None
Microsoft Silverlight
  • Use to merge data that is collected during case processing into Word documents.
  • Use to scan documents and attach them to cases.
  • Use to view scanned documents directly inside a browser.
Using Silverlight in end-user applications is optional.
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft Office is required on your desktop if you use the Silverlight word merge capability in your application.None

Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash can be used at design time. Developers can use Flash controls in Designer Studio for the Referencing Rules viewer and the Declarative Network Analyzer (DNA) tool.

To open the Referencing Rules viewer, from any Designer Studio rule form, click Actions > View References. The viewer displays a list of rules that reference the currently displayed rule.​

Referencing rules viewer

Referencing Rules viewer

Another Flash control displays the DNA tool. The DNA tool is useful for Lead System Architects who want to trace and debug the evaluation of complex declare expressions. You can access the DNA tool when unit testing a declare expression by clicking Actions > Run in the Declare Expression rule form. You also can access this tool by clicking Designer Studio > Process and Rules > Business Rules > Declarative Network.

Declarative network landing page

Declarative Network landing page

The Declarative Network landing page lists all the declaratives that are defined in your application with a link to open the DNA tool for each instance. Click the network link to open the DNA viewer that is associated with the declarative.

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight can be used during design time and run time. Silverlight is an application framework that enables cross-browser interaction with rich media and desktop applications. There are Silverlight plug-ins for many browsers.

You can use Silverlight controls in Designer Studio for the following actions:

Document merging

Document merging is the generation of Microsoft Word documents by combining the data that is collected during case processing with predefined Microsoft Word templates. You can use document merging by referencing the CreateMergedWordDoc flow action at design time.

Document merging differs from documenting your application for the Direct Capture of Objectives (DCO), which uses server-side documentation generation. Server-side documentation generation was introduced in Pega 7.1.8.

Document scanning

Users can use TWAIN-compliant document scanners to scan and attach documents to cases to satisfy business requirements. The control is loaded if the pyLaunchScannerConfiguration or pyCreateScannedDocument local actions are referenced in a case.

Image viewing

You can view digital images that are attached to cases directly in the Pega Platform without using additional image software.

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