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What's new in Process Commander V5.3 - Application User Interface

Updated on February 19, 2016



Released in July 2007, Process Commander V5.3 offers dozens of new capabilities for developers, application users, and system administrators, and resolves issues found in earlier versions. For an overview, see What's new in Process Commander V5.3.

Twelve new V5.3 features and enhancements are designed to improve the productivity, accuracy, ease-of-use, and look and feel of the application user interface.

New work object forms for screen flows support tabbed and tree displays

  • The standard harness rule Work-.TabbedScreenFlow is available for tabbed displays, where steps appear as tabs.
  • The standard harness rule Work-.TreeNavigation is available to present steps in the left panel, in a tree structure.

Tree Navigation

Work object forms based on these harness rules allow users to jump forward to future steps. They can:

  • Navigate the steps in any order
  • Ignore errors and jump to a later step
  • Defer a save operation until the final step

When a screen flow rule calls a second, nested screen flow, the tabs for the second level entry points can appear below the top-level tabs.


Additional SubHeader options

Seven different styles are available for subheaders in a harness rule. These operate similarly but provide you with additional choices, and help distinguish levels in complex displays. (The visual differences are subtle.)



Displays text with no bar

Displays text with underline
Contents of the layout including sub header text display within an outline border


Displays text with black font and no bar



Displays contents of layout within an outline border with sub header text in a border



No sub header is displayed


Precise control over cell size in layouts

When the Units field of a layout is is set to px-fixed, you can specify the cell width and height in pixels in the Presentation section of the Label panel, Field panel, and other panels. This gives you control over the alignment of elements in the table.

Cell Alignment


HTML Property for radio buttons

A new standard HTML Property rule allows you to present user input choices as a rectangular array of radio buttons, rather than an drop-down list:

Radio Buttons

When configuring a harness, section, or flow action rule with a property that uses this rule, you can control whether the options are presented in rows or columns, and how many appear in each row:



Read-Only When Condition Support

In Version 5.2, developers can mark a cell in a layout (on a harness, section, or flow action rule) as read-only, through a check box. In 5.3, you can further conditionalize the read-only presentation:

  • If the cell contains a field, label, section, or paragraph, the read-only status can be controlled by a when condition rule, identified in the Condition field.
  • If the cell contains a button, icon, or URL, the check box is relabeled Disabled, and is likewise controlled by a when condition rule.

For example, your application could make an input field read-only for work objects open more than 30 days, or disable a Print button based on a user's role or privileges.


New calendar display

An enhanced standard HTML Property rule DateTime supports faster input of dates and times through the calendar display:


By setting up to 6 parameters for this HTML Property rule, developers have fine-tuned control over the run-time appearance and operation of this control.



Width parameter support

When you use the standard HTML Property rules DynamicSelect, PromptSelect, and PickState, you can set an optional parameter to control the width of the display field (in pixels).



Expanded list view features

Several enhancements are implemented for list view rules:

  • A new Hide Column Header check box option on the Display Fields tab suppresses the header display at runtime.

List View

  • When configured on the Organize tab, a user can enter, update and delete instances of Data- classes using Microsoft Excel. Additionally, this facility can be used to enter or update simple work objects.

List View

  • When a user exports list view output to Excel, the output can be formatted using a different HTML Property rule than is used on the display. New standard HTML Property rules (Export_Integer, Export_Decimal, and others) support attractive and complete Excel output.


Expanded summary view features

Several enhancements are implemented for summary view displays:

  • Two options on the Content tab provide greater control over the location and contents of the header. /li>

Summary View

  • Similarly on the Drill Down tab, the header can optionally be fixed. In addition, you can specify the sort order of drill-down details.

Summary View


Interactive chart format support

The axis text on interactive charts derived from property values can be formatted with an HTML Property rule appropriate to the chart.

Interactive Chart

Standard summary view rules that support interactive charts, for example Work-.ArrivalsPastEightWeeksIC.ALL, now include the Short Description of the work object class in the display.

Interactive chart


Two additional interactive chart types

Two additional interactive chart formats are available.

A gauge chart presents the current reading as a needle or arrow. Combined with colored backgrounds known as thresholds, a manager can quickly determine whether the current reading falls within a desired range.

A bubble chart presents three variables in two dimensions, where the X and Y locations of each bubble reflect two variables, and the diameter of the bubble records the third value.

Bubble Chart


Image Viewer tool supports scanned images

A new standard flow action Work-.AttachFromScanner and a new Image Viewer tool allow users to rotate, crop, and prepare scanned images that are to become work object attachments. (The older Scan Station tool, which operates only on Windows 2000 workstations, remains available.)

Image Viewer


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To download the latest 5.3 product documentation, see PRPC 5.3 Release Announcement.

To request an installation kit for the V5.3 release see Process Commander V5.3 is Available.

(Links in this topic marked with the help icon Help access a 5.3 help system topic, adapted for PDN display).

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