New User Interface Features in Release 12.2.4

As I wrote several months ago,  we have been working on a major refresh of the Oracle E-Business Suite user interface.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 makes a big jump in our user interface.  Here are some of the new features you will see after upgrading to Release 12.2.4:
  • New skin
  • Rich table interactions
  • Simplified home page
  • Support for gestures on tablets

This is the first in a series of articles detailing these new user interface features.

The most obvious user interface change for this release is our new skin for both desktops and tablets.  The new skin provides a cleaner look and feel in Oracle Application Framework-based pages, with responsive features that give you more space for controlling the application with your fingers on a tablet while saving space on a desktop.  Here is the new look on a tablet and on a desktop:

New look on iPad

EBS new look on laptop in Firefox browser

We now have a streamlined touch-oriented, icon-based global header (the top navigation bar on the page). Users can choose whether to display icons, text links, or both by setting a user preference. This feature is one of the results of the usability testing we did last year, where we got user feedback for fine tuning the new look and feel.

Setting Your Display Preference

To change the display settings of the icons in the header, simply select Preferences from the Settings menu (gear icon):

Select Preferences from Settings menu

Then you see the Preferences Page:

Preferences Page

In the "Visual" region, "Page Header Display Style" field, select the choice you want:

  • Both Links and Icons
  • Icons Only
  • Links Only

Display style list

Apply your changes, and you're done! 

Here is how the "Links Only" style looks:

Links Only style of header

Here is how the "Both Links and Icons" style looks:

Both Links and Icons display style

We hope you like the new look!

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Comments:

Hi Sara.

The new look is really awesome. The current look is ugly and outdated.

Very nice.

Regards,

Posted by guest on August 27, 2014 at 01:38 PM PDT #

Good at least we heading in the right direction in Web2.0 world

Posted by guest on August 27, 2014 at 05:26 PM PDT #

Hi Sara, We are in the process of upgrading from 11.5.10.2 and recently applied the 12.2.4 patchset to our test instance and I have a couple of questions about the new UI.

1.) Is there something specific that must be done in order for the Preferences option to show up under the Settings icon on the Universal Global Header on the Simple Home page?

I was trying to show one of our users how they could set their user preferences to display Icons and Links but the only options available from the Settings Icon is Diagnostics, Manage Proxies, and Access Requests.

2.) Is it supported to change the Self Service Personal Home Page mode at the user level? Some of our users like the Simple Home Page and others do not. I think they will get used to it so we don't plan to change it - but I have been asked whether we can change it at the user level.

So far I really like the UI enhancements. The 12.2.4 patchset also seems to have fixed some issues we had with IE - and now with the Chrome browser being certified we will have other options as well.

Thanks, Dawna

Posted by Dawna Roberts on August 27, 2014 at 06:50 PM PDT #

This is really great to see! New skin for Self service modules..!!

Posted by guest on August 27, 2014 at 08:37 PM PDT #

Hi Dawna,

I'm delighted you are trying it out already!

1.) Is there something specific that must be done in order for the Preferences option to show up under the Settings icon on the Universal Global Header on the Simple Home page?

No, it should appear without manual steps. If it doesn't, please log a service request with Support and forward the SR number to me.

2.) Is it supported to change the Self Service Personal Home Page mode at the user level?

Yes, the home page type can be changed by the system administrator at the user level with a profile option. Set the profile option APPLICATIONS_HOME_PAGE/Self Service Personal Home Page mode to:

- "Framework Simplified Home Page" to see the new home page

- "Framework Only" to revert back to the previous home page

I hope your upgrade goes well and you like the new version!

Thanks,

Sara

Posted by Sara Woodhull on August 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM PDT #

awesome!! good to use it on IPad.

Posted by MJ on August 28, 2014 at 02:19 AM PDT #

Excellent news Sara, really It will transform the way Oracle EBS users are working. with the rapid social media engagement in our routine life and EBS was giving us impression of still 'old man' to new joiners.
thanks

Posted by Kashif on August 28, 2014 at 02:53 AM PDT #

Hi Sara, In addition to the Preferences option not displaying we also found that the worklist icon is not displaying the worklist - it says Loading but nothing displays so we have opened an SR on these issues:

SR 3-9539031681 : 12.2.4 Universal Global Header Settings preferences option not displayed and worklist not displayed

I definitely like the new UI in 12.2.4 and my initial tests with a Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablet and Chrome browser have gone well!

Thanks again, Dawna

Posted by Dawna Roberts on August 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM PDT #

Hi Sara,
I was going through note 1676222.1 (OAF Profile Options) and found that the profile option "General Preferences Show Flag" was set to No in our environment. I set it to Yes and now the preferences option is showing in the Universal Global Header.

I have updated the SR with this information.

I haven't found a profile option that fixes the Worklist not displaying but maybe there is a setup I've missed somewhere...

Thanks, Dawna

Posted by Dawna Roberts on August 28, 2014 at 01:42 PM PDT #

Hi Dawna,

Yes, you are correct, the profile option "General Preferences Show Flag" must be set to Yes for the preferences option to show up in the Universal Global Header. One of our OA Framework development managers pointed that out to me today, after I had responded to your comment--sorry for missing that, and thanks for digging further!

Regarding the Worklist issue, please monitor your SR.

In the meantime, I'm delighted that you are finding more things to like about the new version!

Thanks,

Sara

PS--and thanks to all of you for your comments on the new UI!

Posted by Sara Woodhull on August 28, 2014 at 04:26 PM PDT #

Hi Dawna - We are also in the process of starting our 11.5.10.2 to R12.2.x upgrade and I would like to connect with you to discuss about it. Would you mind sending your contact details to my email ID ashlyt@gmail.com .

Thanks Much !
Ashly.

Posted by Ashly T on September 02, 2014 at 09:06 AM PDT #

Hi Sara. How are you doing?

Here in Brazil we are very excited about this new release.

Do you know something about brazilian localizations for 12.2.4?

Best Regards,

Posted by Eduardo Schurtz on September 05, 2014 at 11:44 AM PDT #

Hello Stephen,

We saw the new Sales Order UI at OpenWorld. Is there a consolidated list of all the web UIs available in R12.2.4 (i.e., in addition to the Sales Order form?)

Thanks,

Barry Hammon

Posted by Barry Hammon on October 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM PDT #

Hello, Barry,

I haven't checked it lately, but I'm pretty certain that the 12.2 Release Content Document should have product-by-product listings of new screens like this:

Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Documents (Note 1302189.1)

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 21, 2014 at 04:27 PM PDT #

Hello Sara,

We have just migrated from R12.1.3 to R12.2.4 and we are facing issue while accessing the notifications through email, it gives an error "You are not authorized". When the user try to access the notification through Oracle worklist by logging into Oracle then the same works fine.

Would seek some help on this issue.

Regards,
Manas Das.

Posted by Manas Das on November 03, 2014 at 03:04 AM PST #

Hello, Manas,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 03, 2014 at 09:54 PM PST #

Can you let me know if and when there will be a new jdeveloper OAF patch for 12.2.4. I have the 12.2.3 one currently but pages won't run against 12.2.4 I assume because of the new global header classes not being in the 12.2.3 jdev patch.

The look and feel is great btw, customers don't believe it is EBS :)

Thanks

Mark

Posted by Mark Dernie on November 12, 2014 at 07:18 AM PST #

At the risk of answering my own question the patch number is 19170592, it is only the normal note about the versions has not been updated.

Posted by Mark Dernie on November 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM PST #

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your comments. The usual note ("OA Framework - How to Find the Correct Version of JDeveloper to Use with E-Business Suite 11i or Release 12.x" (Doc ID 416708.1)) has now been updated.

Thanks,

Sara

Posted by Sara Woodhull on November 18, 2014 at 02:38 PM PST #

Still worklist(notification) is not displayed in simplified home page link.

We applied all latest AD/TXT patches on 12.2.4 instance.

Posted by guest on November 19, 2014 at 01:27 AM PST #

Hello, Guest,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 19, 2014 at 08:08 AM PST #

Hi Steven

Do you know if is a good idea apply the lastest patches for Financials (codelevel C 4) on 12.2.3 ebs version?

We want to have the lastest stable patches for Financials on a new install for EBS 12.2.3

Regards
Carlos

Posted by Carlos Rojas on December 10, 2014 at 09:57 AM PST #

Hi,
while applying a patch can we enable the maintenance mode in r12.2?
Please confirm..

Regards,
raj

Posted by guest on December 23, 2014 at 02:51 AM PST #

Hi, Raj,

Yes, you can still use Maintenance Mode in EBS 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 29, 2014 at 09:39 AM PST #

Hi,

We are applying the 12.2.4 on 12.2.3. Does the OAF pages developed on 12.2.3 work in 12.2.4? Or do we need to anything else?

Posted by Chandu on March 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM PDT #

The "View Cart & Checkout" function in Procurement takes 1.05 min for all 4 "PNG" icons below to appear. This function is being used with personalization. We have tried browser setting and switching to links only to improve performance but still have the exact same issue. It has prevented us from going live. If anybody has experienced this and resolved it please advice.

Thanks.

Posted by guest on June 04, 2015 at 03:10 PM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with this.

What is your SR number?

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 04, 2015 at 03:48 PM PDT #

Sr 3-10844513963

Posted by guest on June 04, 2015 at 05:12 PM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

That SR does not appear to be related to anything to do with either iProcurement or Cart/Checkout functionality. Feel free to send me an email with the correct SR number.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 08, 2015 at 02:27 PM PDT #

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