Thursday, June 22, 2017

Orbeon Forms 2017.1

Today we released Orbeon Forms 2017.1, the first major release of Orbeon Forms in 2017! This release introduces several important features and enhancements.

Major features and enhancement

    Liferay 7/DXP support

    This version introduces initial Liferay 7/DXP support for the Form Runner proxy portlet. See the documentation for details.

    Orbeon Forms Running in Liferay 7/DXP


    Datasets are a flexible way to retrieve data from services and to use it in your form. For more information, see the blog post and documentation.

    New Save to Dataset Action Response

    Improved actions editor

    The actions editor is reorganized in 3 tabs:
    • General Settings
    • Service Request Actions
    • Service Response Actions
    In addition, request and response actions can be easily reordered. The new layout makes it clearer when actions run and under what conditions. It also allows for handling datasets (see above).

    Improved Actions Editor

    Upload improvements

    You can now control much better the maximum size and file types of attachments globally, per application, or per form. In the latter case, the configuration can be done directly in Form Builder's Form Options tab. For more information, see the blog post.

    New Form Options

    Other features and enhancements

      Form Builder

      • You can now use the value of fields to set email senders and "carbon copy" recipients. See the blog post for more.
        New Email Options

      Form Runner

      • Grids and grid rows which are empty due to hidden fields no longer take vertical space. (#2414)
      • Field sizes in automatic PDF mode are now correct. (#3105)
      • Incorrect page breaks before sections no longer appear. (#3111)
      • Non-relevant data is now annotated as such in the database when saving. (#3065)
      • It is possible to store form data in the database using the latest Form Runner data format. (#3110)
      • There is a new option to empty non-relevant data with the send action. (#1179)
      • Accessibility: HTML labels are no longer present in view mode (#3089)

      XForms engine

      • Submissions have a new option to empty non-relevant data. (#1179)
      • The xf:textarea control supports the minimal (placeholder) appearance for label and hint. (#2836)

      Other platform enhancements

      We continually maintain the Orbeon Forms source code base. This release includes a lot of refactoring as well as better tools for client-side (web browser) programming (#1600). We hope that these changes will allow us to move faster in the future.

        Other new features and bug-fixes

        Including the features and enhancements above, we closed over 130 issues since Orbeon Forms 2016.3.


        See Localizing Orbeon Forms for the latest localization support. Localization depends on volunteers, so please let us know if you want to help!

        Browser support

        • Form Builder (creating forms)
          • Chrome 59 (latest stable version)
          • Firefox 54 (latest stable version) and the current Firefox ESR
          • IE 11 or Edge
          • Safari 8, 9 or 10
        • Form Runner (accessing form)
          • All browsers supported by Form Builder (see above)
          • IE9 and IE10
          • Safari Mobile on iOS 8, iOS 9 and iOS 10
          • Chrome for Android (stable channel)

        Compatibility notes

        Callback for PDF

        • PDFs generated from the Form Runner detail page are no longer available via an HTTP GET call. External applications which rely on this as part of a form submission must use instead the pdf or pdf-url content methods.


        • If you have custom XForms code using instance('fr-service-response-instance'), make sure to replace this with xxf:instance('fr-service-response-instance') instead. The same applies to other service instances.


        • As of Orbeon Forms 2017.1, Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) is no longer supported.
        • The following components are removed:
          • fr:fusion-charts component
          • oxf:chart processor

        Download and feedback

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

        Don't forget to grab a trial license for the PE version.

        Please send feedback:
        We hope you enjoy this release!

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