Updated User Interface for E-Business Suite Release 12

It's expected that the E-Business Suite Release 12 will feature an updated user interface, codenamed "Project Swan."  Aside from the unfortunate implication that the existing 11i user interface is an ugly duckling, Project Swan has some very appealing new aspects:

Project Swan Overview:
  1. Background pattern for branding
  2. Base font change to Tahoma 9pt
  3. Button style change
  4. Background color change
  5. Tab style sub-tab layout with gradient background
  6. Gradient background for header
  7. Icon change
  8. Table color update
  9. Gradient background for footer
  10. Vertical spacing change

For comparison, here's an existing Release 11i Self-Service Expenses screenshot (OA Framework):

Expenses 11i Screenshot:

And here's a draft version of the Release 12 equivalent:

Expenses R12 Screenshot:

Here's an existing Release 11i Form for the Contacts Center:

Contacts 11i Screenshot:

And here's a draft version of the Release 12 equivalent:

Contacts R12 Screenshot:

The above is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 

Comments:

Steven,

First, thanks for keeping us all in the loop regarding the technology behind Release 12. Although cosmetically different, the examples you've shown us for R12 Project Swan UI seem to share the majority of the layout and content of their OAF or forms based predecessors. How much effort is involved in porting these legacy forms to their Swan equivalent? I assume there must be some tools available to aid in the effort?

Regards,
Michael Siebert

Posted by Michael Siebert on May 04, 2006 at 10:11 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

The new UI looks very similar to the default ".Net" application framework from "Technology One".
I think the colours are certainly easier on the eyes. I have always hated BLAF, and so do our customers (for the forms specifically). We use the standard "blue" colour scheme for forms, and leave the Self Service Pages with the BLAF Colour Scheme.

Do you know if the new UI will give us a choice of colour schemes out of the box?

Cheers,

Paul

Posted by Paul Murgatroyd on May 04, 2006 at 02:12 PM PDT #

Paul, Michael: As always, thanks for your comments and questions. I've tried to address these in this post:

http://blogs.oracle.com/schan/2006/05/project_swan_and_release_12_re.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 05, 2006 at 10:15 AM PDT #

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