New User Interface - Summary
By ACShorten on Aug 27, 2010
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).