Release Notes: Composer and Player for Windows

This page includes the release notes for IntuiFace Composer and Player for Windows. You may also have a look at Known Limitations or at release notes for IntuiFace Player for Tablets and Player for Kiosks - Android.

Current version is v.6.0.6, released 14-Sep-2017.

v.6.0.6

14-Sep-2017

Enhancements

  • To protect you from yourself, helpful warning messages are now displayed when attempting to import poorly-formed Excel spreadsheets (e.g. using absolute file paths to reference media; using relative file paths but not including the referenced media in the import).

Fixes

  • We've overcome a Windows bug that caused Player for Windows to launch an experience twice when using your finger to select an experience in the Experiences panel. Now that we've spent time to work around the bug, expect Microsoft to fix it!
  • Eliminated a Composer crash related to the editing of conditional triggers.
  • We've thrown in a few other minor bug and usability issue corrections. This includes a security fix so that licensed Player for Windows can't be used to log into Management Console.

v.6.0.5

29-Aug-2017

Fixes

  • Two memory leaks were eliminated. These things are the worst. We hate them as much as you.
    • When changing the current scene with the action "Go to scene”.
    • When switching between Composer's Edit Mode and Play Mode - or restarting Player - for an experience containing Toggle Buttons sets
  • "Go to scene" action had stopped working when no transition animation is applied. That's ridiculous so we got it working again.
  • Accented characters perviously missing from the IntuiFace onscreen keyboard - Áá Éé Íí Óó Úú Ćć Ńń - can now be entered by typing ‘ before the corresponding letter. Sórry!
  • Player for Windows will no longer bother you with a crash report window. Not that it ever crashes. But if it did, and we're not saying it does, and you wanted to see the crash report, we've also given you a way to turn it on.
  • Image buttons would fail to display an image if their text value was assigned a font whose copyright prevented IntuiFace's ability to embed it in an experience. Now we find an acceptable, installed font alternative to ensure the image is displayed. Why show an image and text at the same time in the same button? A good question, says this writer of the release notes. But we permit it so there shouldn't be any problems.
  • We've corrected an issue involving experience deletion when the corresponding project's .ifx file was moved out of its typical folder. The result was accidental deletion of non-project files. We're only telling you this to be complete because, really, leave the project file structure alone!
  • Some crash conditions were eliminated. These are all edge cases (i.e. super rare) so we hate them too but most of you wouldn't have seen them anyway.
    • Player no longer freezes if you frequently, quickly navigate from one scene to another without transition animation. What's the hurry?
    • The use of experience layer triggers involving a deleted scene caused a crash and project file corruption. It was a mess and now it's fixed.
    • 4 other crash conditions were corrected. They're just too far in the weeds to describe so just rest easy in the knowledge that the product has gotten better.

v.6.0.4

17-July-2017

Enhancements

  • Import From Powerpoint is working again
  • When a file is missing, Player and Composer will display the path used to located it
  • 11 other minor usability enhancements

Fixes

  • Is dropped on trigger now fires for items dragged directly from a collection onto a drop zone
  • 3 minor bugs were fixed
  • 6 crash conditions eliminated

v.6.0.3

22-June-2017

Enhancements

  • The startup scene is now displayed when opening an experience in Composer.
  • It is now possible to publish an experience with an Excel interface asset pointing to an Excel spreadsheet that references .svg and .stl files
  • 7 minor Composer usability enhancements.

Fixes

  • IntuiPad remote control is working again.
  • Images are now correctly refreshed after successive Excel filtering.
  • 3 minor bugs and 8 crash conditions were corrected, including Composer crashes related to Excel interface asset bindings.

v.6.0.2

09-June-2017

Fixes

  • Corrects a Player installation issue specific to PCs running Windows 10 Creators Update - aka Windows 10 Version 1703. Player will now appear in the Share and Deploy console.
  • Corrects edge case specific to the Web Browser asset

v.6.0.1

08-June-2017

Enhancements

Fixes

  • 5 minor issues corrected
  • 6 crash conditions eliminated

v.6.0.0

30-May-2017

NOTE:

  • The autoupdate feature will not permit you to jump from the 32-bit version of Composer or Player for Windows to the 64-bit version. If you have Composer or Player for Windows Version 5.x on your PC you may want to install the 64-bit version.
  • To remotely update Player to Version 6.0 using the Share and Deploy console, it must first be updated to either Version 5.7.5 or Version 5.7.6. It is not possible to remotely upgrade Player to Version 6.0 if starting at Version 5.7.4 or earlier.

New Features

  • Experience layers, experience triggers and experience background: No, we didn't mean lions, tigers and bears. We're talking about some of the most frequently requested features for IntuiFace. The wait is over!
  • API Explorer: Create dynamic connections to any REST-based Web Service without writing a line of code. Wait! You don't think this applies to you? There are tens of thousands of APIs out there waiting to give you their amazing content for free, plus your company probably has its own digitized archives and/or content management systems. This thing is a game changer.
  • X-Ray: A quick and simple view of all properties, triggers and actions for any interface asset. They can't hide from us now!
  • Design assistant: Combines a machine learning engine that anticipates optimal designs for collections with quick-change dialog to swap collection styles.
  • Simplified external triggering: We've made it much easier for any device outside of IntuiFace to let a running experience know when something important has happened.
  • Shared licensing, packaging and pricing: It's been five years so it's time. Biggest news of all might be that all subscription licenses now support unlimited transfers. Large teams may need only a small number of licenses.

Enhancements

  • Composer and Player for Windows are with a 64-bit architecture. This update should just about eliminate memory issues and could help performance. Plus who doesn't like more bits?
  • Completely revised Share and Deploy console. Every Management Console did but better, faster and with more features.
  • Lots of performance optimization in both Composer and Player thanks to smart people beating up on weak code.
  • Max size for multi-screen experiences is now 20k x 20k pixels. Show off.
  • The Phidgets RFID interface asset now ships with Composer. No, we don't mean those spinners kids are using to annoy their teachers. It's the other kind.
  • All Composer messages and popups were given a facelift. Stylish. Dare we say, sexier.
  • Brand new Composer and Player for Windows installer.
  • Web Browser asset has a new property to force the display of scrollbars. For a small number of websites, this is necessary to make them work.

Fixes

  • Composer and Player for Windows no longer get stuck in some annoying loop if you lock and then unlock your Windows session.
  • 6 undo/redo issues were fixed. Sounds minor until this issues affect you!
  • 20+ minor bugs and usability issues corrected.
  • 6 Composer crashes conditions eliminated. NOTE: Most are only solved in the 64-bit version. We needed those bits!

Limitations

  • Player support for LG webOS has been discontinued. If you are running Player on webOS then you must stay with IntuiFace Version 5.x. Do not upgrade either Composer or Player to Version 6.
  • Our out-of-the-box support for RFID tags are only available in the 32-bit version of Composer and Player for Windows. Take a look at our super-simple external triggering mechanism instead.
  • The legacy Web rendering engine - Awesomium - was removed. In some rare cases, this may introduce behavior or rendering differences so if you used the "legacy" option, check your website.
  • Visual tags are no longer supported. Don't worry, you weren't using this feature.
  • Reminder: Dropbox support will be eliminated as an experience publishing option on 28-June. For details, see this article.

Versions before 6.0

Releases notes of version before 6.0 are available at Releases Notes Archive: IntuiFace Version 5.x