New User Interface - Summary

As previously mentioned a new Fusion like User Interface is now implemented in Oracle Utilities Application Framework V4.0.2 (it is also available as a patch for Oracle Utilities Application Framework V2.2 based products - Patch 9584975).

As our products move closer and closer to Fusion, elements of the Fusion architecture and features have been added to the Oracle Utilities Application Framework. Since the products have been under the stewardship of Oracle the following Fusion features have been added and are available to all Oracle Utilities Application Framework based applications:

  • The Oracle Fusion styles were supported in UI Maps. (FW2.2)

  • It is possible to house an ADF zone within a zone displayed within the framework (Fw4.0)

Now the User Interface has been given a makeover. The style is based upon Fusion but still contains some of the user elements that are present in the framework past releases (to ease customers into the new look and feel and prepare for more Fusion enhancements).

Below is an example of a base screen in the new UI (with annotations) - Click the image to expand:


The elements that have been changed can be summarized as follows:

  • New Top Layout - The toolbar has been replaced with a more Fusion like layout with clickable wording rather than graphics of a toolbar. Removing the toolbar may seem a backward step but toolbars seem to confuse outside some countries (the graphics are less obvious in some counttries).

  • Page Options - Fusion uses page options to set the focus rather than toolbars. In the left of the page are the valid page options. Only the ones applicable to the page and based upon the users profile are used.

  • Security changes - There are two visible changes here. There is now a Logout function to return the user back to the login screen and the user is clearly idetified in the upper right. These changes bring the products in line with Oracle standards and general requirements from customers. These might seem trivial but are based upon requirements from our customers and the industry we work in. Other security changes are more subtle. For example, only functions a user is allowed to do are displayed in the page options. This is more clear visually than greying out buttons on a toolbar that used to happen.

  • New Graphics - The original graphics libraries have been replaced with Fusion graphics. This gives the screens more consistency as the graphics are more consistent. Note: Some of the original graphics are retained within certain zone types but have been altered to fit into the new scheme.

  • New Color scheme - The Fusion color schema (blue) has been adopted and you will notice that tags are also colored using this color scheme.

  • New Fusion Tabs - The tabs on all screens have been altered to use the Fusion style of tabs.

  • New Zone Controls - Each zone now uses standard controls to manage the state of the zone. Zone menus have been simplified.

Processing within each zone has not changed just the UI has changed so processing will not have to be altered generally. The only exception to this rule is if you have built HTML in your UI Map that does not reference the base styles or you have created your own style sheets (that only applies to UI Maps).


as an FYI : in FW 2.2.0 for CCB if you want to switch between fusion look and feel and the old CCB look, modify the file in %SPLEBASE%/etc $SPLEBASE/etc you will see a flag setting as follows : spl.runtime.fusionlook=true change it to spl.runtime.fusionlook=false then you can run initialSetup to get this infomation into all the files or modify them in the subfolders in %SPLEBASE%/etc/conf .... or $SPLEBASE/etc/conf ....

Posted by Al Gaffen on August 31, 2010 at 08:34 PM EST #

How is this done in ETM 2.2? I set the spl.runtime.fusionlook=true property in the etc/conf/root/WEB-INF/classes/ file and it took effect on a Windows environment running on Tomcat. On a AIX environment, I set this property on the in the etc folder, cleared my browser cache and started the application. The UI did show up but it seemed broken. Is the above the correct way to enable the new UI? Thanks. -Shree Iyer

Posted by Shree Iyer on October 01, 2010 at 02:15 AM EST #

To be clear, the new Look and Feel has not been tested or certified for ETM v2.2. No one has done exhaustive testing of all UIs on all platforms. We have found, at least through cursory high level testing, that it appears to work fine for Tomcat and Windows environments, but does not work for AIX. The toolbar is missing on AIX environments (WLS and WAS). At the time of this post, we haven't determined if this will be certified for ETM v2.2 or not.

Posted by Rick Finley on October 14, 2010 at 05:54 PM EST #

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Posted by children pages summary on November 24, 2010 at 04:22 PM EST #

Is it still possible (say from a a customer's request) to revert to the classic UI in the more recent versions of CC&B?

Posted by guest on September 12, 2014 at 04:51 PM EST #

The classic user interface is only supported on selected versions of CCB. This is only temporary as the new user interface will be the only one supported in future releases

Posted by acshorten on October 08, 2014 at 04:49 AM EST #

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Hi, I am Anthony Shorten, I am the Principal Product Manager for the Oracle Utilities Application Framework. I have been working for over 20+ years in the IT Business and am the author of many a technical whitepaper, manual and training material. I am one of the product managers working on strategy and designs for the next generation of the technology used for the Utilities and Tax markets. This blog is provided to announce new features, document tips and techniques and also outline features of the Oracle Utilities Application Framework based products. These products include Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing, Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management, Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management and Oracle Public Service Revenue Management. I am the product manager for the Management Pack for these products.


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