Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Orbeon Forms 2021.1.3 PE

We just released the Orbeon Forms 2021.1.3 PE maintenance release!

For details, see the release notes.

You can download the latest version of Orbeon Forms from the downloads page.

We hope you enjoy this release!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Improvements to variables in formulas

An important feature of Orbeon Forms are formulas. They allow you, as if the case in spreadsheets, to perform calculations of values and much more.

Some formulas can refer to the current value of form controls using a variable notation, with a dollar sign followed by the name of the control. So if you have a form control called price, you can refer to its value in a formula with $price.

However, until Orbeon Forms 2021.1 included, this variable notation didn’t work everywhere. You could use it for:

  • Validation Constraints
  • Visibility, Read-Only, Initial Values, and Calculated Values

The good news is that Orbeon Forms 2022.1 will feature enhanced support for variables in formulas. Specifically, variables will be supported in the following places:

  • Repeated Sections and Grids
    • Minimum Number of Repetitions
    • Maximum Number of Repetitions
    • Freeze Repetitions
  • Control Settings Templates
    • Label
    • Hint
    • Help Message
    • Explanatory Text
  • Number
    • Prefix
    • Suffix
  • Service Response
    • Source of control value
    • Source of choices, including label, value, and hint
  • Dynamic Dropdown and Dynamic Dropdown with Search
    • Resource URL

For example, assuming controls named state and city, a zip Dynamic Dropdown Resource URL might be expressed as:

/service/zips?state-abbreviation={$state}&city={$city}

This, in fact, was a top request for enhancement from Orbeon Forms users!

Variables in the Resource URL
Variables in the Resource URL

Note that, as with other uses of variables, if you rename a form control, dependent formulas are automatically updated as well. For example rename state to us-state and the expression is automatically updated to:

/service/zips?state-abbreviation={$us-state}&city={$city}

We hope you will enjoy this improvement to Orbeon Forms in Orbeon Forms 2022.1!

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Orbeon Forms 2021.1.2 PE

We just released the Orbeon Forms 2021.1.2 PE maintenance release!

For details, see the release notes.

You can download the latest version of Orbeon Forms from the downloads page.

We hope you enjoy this release!

Friday, January 14, 2022

Orbeon Forms 2021.1.1 PE

We just released the Orbeon Forms 2021.1.1 PE maintenance release!

For details, see the release notes.

You can download the latest version of Orbeon Forms from the downloads page.

We hope you enjoy this release!

Friday, December 31, 2021

Orbeon Forms 2021.1

Today we released Orbeon Forms 2021.1 PE and Orbeon Forms 2021.1 CE!

This release includes improvements to Form Builder and Form Runner, including the ability to test PDFs, to export and import forms in Excel and XML formats, and much more.

For details, see the complete release notes.

You can download the latest version of Orbeon Forms from the downloads page.

We hope you enjoy this release!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

More Orbeon Forms PE Log4j maintenance releases

Today we released a new series of maintenance releases that bump the Log4j version to 2.17.1, the latest at the time of publication.

See also our two previous blog posts:

You can download the latest version of Orbeon Forms from the downloads page.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Orbeon Forms PE Log4j maintenance releases

While the recent Log4j vulnerability, discussed in our previous blog post, does not immediately impact Orbeon Forms, we have now upgraded supported versions of Orbeon Forms to the latest version of Log4j 2.

For details, see the following release notes:

You can download the latest version of Orbeon Forms from the downloads page.