Roadmap Focus Areas

Appeon is committed to releasing, in agile 9-12 month cycles, new product features to meet the evolving needs of our customers. These needs span maintaining existing client/server systems for the long haul to rapidly moving to the Cloud. In terms of roadmap, this gets translated into four key focus areas: sustaining core features, modernizing application UI, improving developer productivity, and incorporating more Cloud technology.

C/S Maintenance

Maintaining existing client/server systems in PowerScript, especially ensuring its stability, security, and long-term viability.

API-Enablement

Migrating existing PowerScript business logic into Web APIs that adhere to open standards and C# best practices.

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Cloud Conversion

Converting existing client/server systems to the Cloud at extremely low cost, often times to replace VDI solutions.

Cloud Development

Developing new Cloud apps in PowerScript or other popular UI technologies that are driven by C# REST APIs.

Priorities by Version

For each major version, Appeon prioritizes where it will invest the most engineering resources and what attributes of the product will receive the biggest changes. The priorities of a major version also apply to its subsequent revisions. While the priorities strongly shape the product, Appeon typically adds other new features and enhancements beyond the specified priorities.

PowerBuilder 2022

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Runtime Performance - boost runtime performance of all project types, 32-bit client/server, 64-bit client/server, and PowerServer, through new features and internal optimizations.

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Dev Productivity - Debug 64-bit client/server apps and PowerServer apps. Improve search capabilities. Optimize editor screen layouts.

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Compatibility - Stay compatible with the latest third-party software, such as Windows OS, Databases, Web browsers, and .NET framework.

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Dev Productivity - Develop faster with a revamped IDE that offers a modern code editing experience. Some new features include code completion, code assistance, code navigation, and code refactoring.

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Compatibility - Stay compatible with the latest third-party software, such as Windows OS, Databases, Web browsers, and .NET framework.

2022 Features List

Appeon typically introduces major new features in major versions of our products. We then revise a major version, based on customer feedback, a few times to enhance its key features, introduce new minor features, and arrive at a long-term support version.

The upcoming features we are disclosing is our minimum plan that is subject to change without notice. We are not able to publish a complete or detailed feature list, especially for revisions, since customer feedback has significant impact on our product plans. So use this information to gain a sense of what may possibly come in the near future, and you can see our progress in agile 9-12 month cycles.

PowerBuilder/PowerServer Roadmap

Core    Focus Area:   Core    

• Support the latest Windows OS/database versions

Support the latest Windows OS/database versions.

• PDF Builder

• Support page-level operations to manage pages or insert page elements in PDFs;
• Support setting font color, size, and types for the text added in PDFs.

• 64-bit runtime optimization

Enhance the performance and memory handling for 64-bit applications to take advantage of 64-bit architecture.

• Native email client

Enable direct connection to mail server for email services.

• Native FTP client

Support directly sending and receiving files over FTP/FTPS/SFTP from the client.

• DropDownDataWindow/DropDownListBox filter

Automatically filter the DropDownDataWindow and DropDownListBox items based on the text entered in the field.

• Save DataWindow as Excel

Convert a DataWindow or DataStore to a Microsoft Excel file that will preserve the existing formatting in the DataWindow.

• QR code generation

Incorporate a QR code generation library for natively creating QR code in applications.

• Support .NET 6

Support .NET 6 data providers for database connections. The connections that use .NET Framework data providers (ADO .NET connections) shall be updated to use .NET 6 data providers.  

• Use WebView2 for the WebBrowser control

Replace the WebBrowser engine with Microsoft Edge WebView2.

• Provide the system HyperlinktoURL function

Provide a replacement for the HyperlinkToURL function of the obsolete Inet object.

Dev Productivity    Focus Area:   Dev Productivity    

• Enhance 64-bit development

Support directly calling 64-bit database drivers, OCXs, etc. in the Database Painter, DataWindow Designer, Window Designer.

• Enhance Git/SVN

• Provide access to the Git/SVN source control functions in the library painter;
• Allow users to download or upload application files using the TortoiseGit client;
• Show the lock status of files in SVN source control. 

• Enhance the Jump feature

Support clicking more types of code (such as functions and events) in the editor and then jumping to the definition.

UI    Focus Area:   UI    

• Tabbed document interface

Provide configurable option to render MDI sheets in a tabbed view or classic view.

• Enhance Graph DataWindow

Support high resolution displays and render new modern look for existing graph types of the DataWindow.

• Enhance UI Theme feature

Enable UI theme settings for standard visual user objects.

Cloud    Focus Area:   Cloud    

• PowerServer projects support SQLPreview event

Provide better support for SQLPreview event (such as, add support for PreviewUpdate, PreviewInsert, and PreviewDelete) in PowerServer projects.

• PowerServer projects support DB2

Enable DB2 configuration for PowerServer projects, so that the deployed installable cloud apps can work with DB2.

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You can expect to receive PowerBuilder releases in agile 9-12 month cycles.