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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 ( 29 )
  • guest Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Hi Sara.

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 The current look is ugly and outdated.

    Very nice.

    Regards,


  • guest Thursday, August 28, 2014

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


  • Dawna Roberts Thursday, August 28, 2014

    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


  • guest Thursday, August 28, 2014

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


  • Sara Woodhull Thursday, August 28, 2014

    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


  • MJ Thursday, August 28, 2014

    awesome!! good to use it on IPad.


  • Kashif Thursday, August 28, 2014

    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


  • Dawna Roberts Thursday, August 28, 2014

    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


  • Dawna Roberts Thursday, August 28, 2014

    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


  • Sara Woodhull Thursday, August 28, 2014

    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!


  • Ashly T Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    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.


  • Eduardo Schurtz Friday, September 5, 2014

    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,


  • Barry Hammon Thursday, October 16, 2014

    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


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    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


  • Manas Das Monday, November 3, 2014

    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.


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    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


  • Mark Dernie Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    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


  • Mark Dernie Thursday, November 13, 2014

    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.


  • Sara Woodhull Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    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


  • guest Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

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


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    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


  • Carlos Rojas Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    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


  • guest Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Hi,

    while applying a patch can we enable the maintenance mode in r12.2?

    Please confirm..

    Regards,

    raj


  • Steven Chan Monday, December 29, 2014

    Hi, Raj,

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

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Chandu Monday, March 23, 2015

    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?


  • guest Thursday, June 4, 2015

    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.


  • Steven Chan Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Hello, Guest,

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

    What is your SR number?

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Friday, June 5, 2015

    Sr 3-10844513963


  • Steven Chan Monday, June 8, 2015

    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


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