New in FlowForce Server 2020

Version 2020 of Altova FlowForce Server was released on October 9, 2019. Learn about all the new features below and update to the latest version.

FlowForce® Server 2020 (October 9, 2019)Advanced EditionFlowForce Server
Support for Global Resources
Support for OAuth 2.0 in Web services calls

Support for Global Resources

Altova Global Resources provide an easy way of making file, folder, and database references configurable and portable across multiple environments and across multiple Altova software products.

A typical usage of Global Resources is to define a database connection once and reuse it across all Altova applications that support Global Resources (e.g., MapForce, XMLSpy, StyleVision, and now MapForce and FlowForce Servers).

Developers can also create multiple variations of the same Global Resource (known as "configurations"). This lets you easily switch file or folder paths (or even databases) depending on your needs. For example, you could create a "database" resource with two configurations: "development" and "production." This makes it easy to retrieve data from either the development or production database by indicating the desired configuration as a parameter for at runtime.

Starting with Version 2020, Global Resources can be deployed to FlowForce Server and be consumed by a mapping function. Also, FlowForce Server users can easily switch the resources (file, folder, or database references) used by a mapping function, and this will affect all FlowForce jobs using that function.

Support for OAuth 2.0 in Web services calls

Like MapForce and MapForce Server 2020, FlowForce Server jobs that call Web services can now authorize with the service provider using the OAuth 2.0 protocol.

The "credential" entity in FlowForce has been extended to support OAuth 2.0 fields. You can define credentials both in MapForce and FlowForce Server, and either embed them into the mapping at design time, or supply them as parameters to the execution step in FlowForce Server.

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FlowForce® Server 2019r3(April 2, 2019)Advanced EditionFlowForce Server
New option to customize logging of step parameter values
Ability to handle raw body content as a job parameter
Support for Windows Server 2019
Support for OSX 10.14
FlowForce® Server 2019 (October 17, 2018)Advanced EditionFlowForce Server
Support for job distribution among multiple servers
FlowForce® Server 2018r2 (April 17, 2018)Advanced EditionFlowForce Server
Completed implementation of AS2
FlowForce® Server 2018 (October 3, 2017)Advanced EditionFlowForce Server
New Advanced Edition with support for AS2
FlowForce® Server 2017 Release 3 (April 4, 2017)
Windows Server 2016 Support
OSX 10.12 (Sierra) Support
Support for RaptorXML+XBRL Server 2017r3, MapForce Server 2017r3, and StyleVision Server 2017r3
FlowForce® Server 2017 (October 4, 2016)
Support for RaptorXML+XBRL Server 2017, MapForce Server 2017, and StyleVision Server 2017
FlowForce® Server 2016 Release 2 (February 16, 2016)
Support for pending server licenses to automatically transition to a new license when a current license expires
Support for RaptorXML+XBRL Server 2016r2, MapForce Server 2016r2, and StyleVision Server 2016r2
FlowForce® Server 2016 (September 30, 2015)
Support for RaptorXML+XBRL Server 2016, MapForce Server 2016, and StyleVision Server 2016
Support for Windows 10
Support for new Linux versions: Debian 8 & Ubuntu 15
FlowForce® Server 2015 (September 17, 2014)
Ability to move configuration objects (jobs, deployed mappings, credentials, etc.) from one FlowForce Server to another – Simplifies migration from a development server to the production environment
Feature to abort job execution – Administrators can easily abort execution of an individual job without impacting other tasks in process
Active Directory integration – FlowForce can now optionally use Windows Active Directory to authenticate users, simplifying administration
User password management extensions – Administrators can reset user passwords, enforce password complexity, or require new users to create a password at the first login
User privileges report – Permits easier management of users and resources
FlowForce® Server 2014 Release 2 (March 19, 2014)
Job cache enhancements – New Cache Purge and Cache Refresh triggers are available, and caching can be enabled for jobs with parameters
Support for macOS 10.9 – Adds to previous support for Mac OS
FlowForce® Server 2014 (October 29, 2013)
Cache job results – Administrators can cache results of time-consuming tasks to speed response for HTTP jobs
FlowForce® Server 2013 (April 29, 2013)
Cross-platform support – FlowForce Server 2013 is announced in versions for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS platforms
Support for StyleVision Server – FlowForce Server jobs can execute StyleVision Server to render XML and XBRL data into HTML, RTF, PDF, OOXML documents, and forms
FTP support – Direct read/write support for FTP servers with stored login credentials when required
Flow control for jobs – Loops, conditions, result evaluation, and error handling can all be applied to control execution of job steps
Email support – Configurable email notification for job steps and errors
FlowForce® Server Beta 3 (August 28, 2012)
Beta period extended – the beta test period for existing customers using MapForce® 2012 or later Enterprise or Professional Edition is extended until March 31, 2013.
Remote Job Requests – Requests can be sent to FlowForce Server from any remote machine using an HTTP client that allows to the user to send requests under the control of the FlowForce permission system, so that job execution via the request interface can be restricted to specific users.
Job Parameters – Job parameters can be defined, allowing values to be passed to individual steps of a job.
Sub-Jobs – Jobs can be called by other jobs. It is now possible to use any job as a single step in another job.
Time Trigger Enhancements – Timer triggers now allow selection of the time zone and a default time zone can be configured.
Enhanced Job Timing – Timer triggers have now separate settings for overall starting time and ending time, and for unique starting and ending times on each day for repetitions.
Individual Job Queues – Jobs each have their own queue, allowing job instances to run in parallel. Every job has its own queue that controls how many instances of the job may run in parallel, and how much time must pass between executions.
New Authentication Options – A new system role, "Authenticated", is automatically assigned to all users who log on to FlowForce.
Enhancements and Revisions to Existing Features – The user interface is simplified and operations related to configuration objects are centralized on one page, along with numerous other enhancements.
FlowForce® Server Beta 2 (March 28, 2012)
Beta period extended – the beta test period for existing MapForce® 2012 or later Enterprise Edition and MapForce® 2012 or later Professional Edition customers is extended until September 1, 2012.
Access control – defined Users and Roles, Object Permissions, and Credentials are implemented so departments can work independently without seeing or overwriting each other’s data.
Web interface enhancements – provide quicker access to job schedules, active triggers, and more.
FlowForce Beta 2 available in 64-bit version – allows the MapForce Beta 2 module to process very large data files and provides compatibility with 64-bit database drivers.
FlowForce® Server Beta 1 (December 14, 2011)
First public beta edition – for free trial during the beta period by existing MapForce® 2012 or later Enterprise Edition and MapForce® 2012 or later Professional Edition customers.
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