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What’s new? Product update

Mipela GeoSolutions are releasing the latest product versions, available from 30 June 2021.

 

 

Version 6.1 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect contains some great new features, which include:

Capture Forms Accessibility for Non-Registered Users

Simple web forms to capture data is available for non registered users. This means external users can access forms to record and submit information without the need to login. The forms can be accessed by defining public settings for capture activities or sending an accessible link in an email. This is an ideal tool to capture stakeholder feedback.

Seamless Imagery Support

Any maps displayed in activities can now use seamless spatial data layers to display raster imagery as one layer. This results in efficient storage and uniform delivery of imagery.

 

 

Significant software changes for version 6.1 of X-Info Maps and X-Info DBYD suite have been made to accommodate the new Next Generation DBYD Referral Service.

Compatibility with Next Generation DBYD Referral Service

From 1 July 2021 the Association of Australian Dial Before You Dig Services (AADBYDS) is changing technology provider for the Next Generation DBYD Referral Service. The Next Generation DBYD Referral Service will be delivered by Esri Australia’s SmarterWX Sentinel application via the 1100.com.au website. Several changes to the X-Info Maps and DBYD software have been made to support this new service.

Seamless Upgrade

Upgrading from previous versions of X-Info Maps to accommodate the Next Generation DBYD Referral Service will be seamless by utilising an upgrade executable to handle field changes within X-Info DBYD suite configuration. For X-Info DBYD suite clients using X-Info Connect for their DBYD workflow beyond the automated responses, a X-Info Connect database upgrade utility is available to accommodate these changes.

Some other key features included in this version include:

  • Webhook support – Support for the SmarterWX Sentinel webhook to enable data to be delivered in real time
  • Next Generation DBYD Referral Service API – Utilising the new platform API by sending the response via the API
  • Enhanced multi threading – Multi threading improvements will be developed for email and web hook reading and processing
  • EWS Authentication – An additional email authentication method for DBYD email
  • Extended Browser Compatibility – Chrome and Edge web browsers are now supported for the administration console to configure both X-Info Maps and X-Info DBYD suite projects.

Tips and Tricks – X-Info WebConnect

 

Q1: What do Activities look like in X-Info WebConnect?

A1: Activities in X-Info WebConnect provides users with easy access to the common processes or tasks they use X-Info Connect for but through a browser based portal. Activities cover common tasks such as finding a property or work request, adding a communication, updating contact details and assigning jobs to users.

With the use of Activities, we can set up overviews, dashboards, reports as well as design activities for specific users to manage their respective processes and workflow. This makes their daily tasks more simplified by removing the additional steps and information that isn’t needed to be seen. Users only see what they need to see to perform their role.

1. Activities can be folderised into logical groups such as Search, Create or Report

2. Navigation tools and contextual activity buttons display along the top of the record

  • Navigation tools allow you to:
    • Go back and forth between pages
    • Go up and down a list
    • Print the record/page you’re currently in
    • Save changes you’ve made to the record
    • Undo any changes you’ve made
  • Contextual activities are designed and built in collaboration with you, to best suit your individual business and workflow processes

3. Contextual activities can be included as buttons within the layout to maintain a simple and intuitive user interface.

Q2: Am I able to print from X-Info WebConnect?

A2: Printing is available for Search results, object layouts and overviews. The print button is enabled in the toolbar when printing is available. Some layout elements may not be printable, such as buttons and pop up windows. A print preview or .pdf will be generated in a new tab or can be opened in a .pdf viewer, depending on the browser being used.

Printing from Search results

Example of a .pdf in print preview mode

Q3: Should I be using a certain browser for X-Info WebConnect?

A3: We recommend using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge for X-Info WebConnect for optimal performance.

Q4: What if I don’t have any Activities set up, or I want to make changes to my existing ones?

A5: Please log a request with Mipela Support to arrange this for you. We can also teach you how to create Activities if you’re a power user.

If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.

What’s new – product update

X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect version 6.0

Mipela GeoSolutions is proud to release version 6.0 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. This exciting release provides the ability to search, view and update data spatially with the introduction of the Map Component.

The new map component means users can search for data and display results in a map, providing a simplified approach for viewing and updating data. Users can see where objects exist and use associated data to assist with daily activities.

Users are offered a range of functions within the map, such as:

  • Navigation – zooming, panning and selection of data selection between a list and a map
  • Querying – Users have the ability to hover, measure, show information and open objects for more detail or even click on links to other sources in the search lists
  • Layer Control – users can turn layers on/off and zoom to a particular layer
  • Searching – is available in three ways – an Address Search, searching within the Map Activity and searching for data in other layers in the map
  • Updating Data – data can be updated on the internal features within the map and geometry can be added for certain map layers.

The map component also means data from external sources can be used within the map, such as such as ESRI Rest Services, Shape and TAB files, Post GIS, WMS, WFS, SQL Server, Spatialite and others. This provides tools for users to view and query information from a selection of spatial data for improved decision making.

Product update

X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect 6.0 includes the Map Activity component, which contains several significant features to enhance both configuration and User experience.

Some of these features include:

Map Activity

A Map Activity works the same as Search Activities, but data is displayed in a map.

The map provides a simplified approach to viewing and updating data, where users can visualise where the objects exist and use associated data to assist with daily activities.

External Datasources

Data from external sources can be used within the map. A range of connection types are available, such as ESRI Rest Services, Shape and TAB files, Post GIS, WMS, WFS, SQL Server, Spatialite and others.

This provides tools for Users to view and query information from a range of sources for improved decision making.

Validation of datasources can be monitored by scheduling an emailed report to ensure data connectivity is successful or any failures can be addressed.

X-Info Maps Import

Current X-Info Maps projects can be imported directly to X-Info Connect as a Map Activity. This will add the data as external datasources and the projects folder structure and spatial layers will be organised in the map.

This makes the process of migrating X-Info Maps configuration into X-Info Connect straightforward  and efficient.

Links

Links can now be configured in certain areas to provide quick and easy access to information from other sources. Reports, Map Activity and Layer search results can include links to internal and external objects or data, such as another land parcel, a user or contact, an external file or a website.

Product update

What’s coming in X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect v6.0?

X-Info Connect and WebConnect v6.0 development is nearing completion which includes the much anticipated Map Activity component.

The map component provides a simplified approach to viewing and updating data, by displaying the data relevant to Users in a map.

A map enables you to communicate tasks and outcomes clearly in an engaging way

What is a Map in X-Info Connect?

A Map is made up of Layers which are shown in a Map Display. These layers include:

  • Internal Data – stored as geometry fields in X-Info Connect
  • External Data – spatial data from external data connections
  • Geocoder – Open Street Maps or other licenced datasets enabling street address searching.

What can a Map provide?

Searches including:

  • Street Address search – search for any street address
  • Layer searches – search for data on any of the layers in a map.

Functions including:

  • Displaying spatial data and different layers in a map
  • Querying data to find more information about features in a map, including measuring distance and area
  • Searching data and displaying features in a map
  • Updating data – this includes adding and editing spatial data and data associated to the features in a map.

Where is a Map used?

In X-Info WebConnect 6.0, a Map is used for Activities. These work the same as Activities in the current release version but data is displayed in a Map.

Tips and Tricks

 

Q1: Am I able to print from X-Info WebConnect?

A1: Yes, you can. Printing is available for Search results, object layouts and overviews. The print button is enabled in the toolbar when printing is available. Some layout elements may not be printable, such as buttons and pop-up windows. A print preview or pdf will be generated in a new tab or can be opened in pdf viewer, depending on the browser.

Q2: Should I be using a certain browser for X-Info WebConnect?

A2: We recommend using Google Chrome for X-Info WebConnect for optimal performance.

Q3: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect legacy version?

A3:  Of course! Select the Go to Legacy button in the top right corner of the browser (shown below) and this will take you back to Legacy X-info WebConnect.

Q4: What will happen if I don’t have any Activities set up?

A4: If you don’t have any activities set up, Legacy X-Info WebConnect will automatically open.

If you would like further information or assistance, please contact Mipela Support team on 1300 857 870.

Latest Release Notes – what’s new?

The latest version 5.1.3 of X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect is now available and includes the following features:

Enhanced Active Directory

Active Directory authentication has been enhanced to support Azure Active Directory over OAuth2 for Users to login to X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect. The login process has been streamlined to allow for Azure Active Directory authentication.

Exchange Web Services Protocol

The email protocol Exchange Web Services (EWS) is now supported in X-Info Connect. This email protocol allows Microsoft Office 365 Exchange servers to be configured for access in X-Info Connect.

Blind Copy Email Notification

A blind carbon copy (BCC) field is now available for tasks with email notifications. This means you can now send blind copy emails for any scheduled or triggered email notifications.

Summary Information Connection

Configuration can be set to create a Summary Information Connection for any existing server connection to log and view summary information for errors, user changes and automated processes, such as importing and exporting data, occurring within a connection.

This data can provide information about what is happening in the database. Activities can then be configured to provide reports and an overview of the summary information, including monitoring of usage.

Nearmap Background Layer available

Nearmap is available to be configured as a background layer for display in geometry fields. This option requires an API key to enable use within the application.

Please note – sign up and agreement to obtain an API Key from Nearmap is the responsibility of the licensee and it is recommended the Terms of Use are read and understood before agreement is made.

What’s new – product update

  • Introduction of new functionality to capture the device and capture form ID

  • Print button is now available for all activities
  • Links can be built and added to email actions for direct access to objects via an email

  • Custom fields now available in email template

  • Introduction of a double click function to open images
  • Multiple websites – the ability to set up multiple X-Info WebConnect sites that open a single connection (no dropdown list of connections)
  • Print button is now available for all activities
  • Simplified configuration for https reverse proxy and websocket setup via a new X-Info WebConnect tab in X-Info Connect server settings.

Release of X-Info Connect v5.1.1

A Version 5.1.1 of X-Info Connect has recently been released that includes some additional features available in both X-Info Connect and X-Info WebConnect.

Printing from Activities Tabs

Printing is now available for the Activities module for search results, object layouts and overviews. The print button will be enabled in the toolbar when printing is available for the activity. Some layout elements may not be printable, such as buttons and pop-up windows.

Printing from X-Info WebConnect allows the current page or all pages to be printed when tabular data is presented. A print preview or pdf will be generated in a new tab or can be opened in a pdf viewer, depending on the browser.

Linking directly from external sources

A URL can be defined to link directly to X-Info WebConnect from an external source, such as from a link within an email, a link from another object field in X-Info Connect or X-Info WebConnect or a hotlink from a map. The link will navigate users directly to an object or activity within the connection via their default browser. Users may need to login if X-Info WebConnect if they don’t already have it open.

 

Tips and Tricks

X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1.1

Q1: What is the difference between Legacy X-Info WebConnect and X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1?

A1:  X-Info WebConnect 5.1.1 utilises the Activities set up in X-Info Connect to provide users with easy access to the common processes or tasks they use X-Info Connect for. Activities are common things a user does in X-Info Connect, such as finding a work request, adding a communication, updating contact details and assigning jobs to users.

With the use of Activities we can set up overviews, dashboards, reports as well as design activities for specific users to manage their workflow processes. Making their daily tasks more simplified by removing the additional steps and information that don’t need to be seen.

Q2: Can I revert back to X-Info WebConnect Legacy?

A2:  Of course! Select the Go to Legacy X-Info WebConnect button in the top right corner of the browser and this will take you back to Legacy X-Info WebConnect.

Q3: What will happen if I don’t have any Activities set up?

A3:If you don’t have any activities set up, Legacy X-Info WebConnect will automatically open instead.

If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Mipela Support Team at support@mipela.com.au.