What's new in UPK 12?

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Summary

UPK 12 introduces a slew of new features. Most of these are aimed at the Developer, although there are a couple of improvements for the end-user as well.

General development improvements

Improved Web Page Editor

This is basically the same as the previous functionality available for HTML files in Packages. All of this formatting is retained when the Web Page is included in a printed output document. Some of the features now supported are:

  • Nested lists
  • Tables
  • Text styles
  • Ability to use a Style Sheet (see below)

New Style Sheet Editor

Can effectively create a CSS to control the formatting of Web Pages. You need to assign the Style Sheet to the Web Page, but all formatting will be automatically applied. This means that you can also use (in fact, have to use) the built-in styles in the Web Page.

You can have multiple Style Sheets (defined within your Library), but can only assign a single Style Sheet to an individual Web Page. You can still use the original Screenshot Editor to edit screenshots if you want to, but bear in mind that this will be 'destructive'. Effectively, though, the Screenshot Editor is now obsolete.

Player Skins

You can now 'skin' the Player to provide customization of the look of the Player. These skins are upgraded when you upgrade UPK. You create the Skin in the Library, and you select the Skin that you want to use in the Publishing Wizard at publishing time. The fact that this can be selected per Player at publishing time means that it is very easy to have multiple skins for different projects and publish them independently.

Sound Improvements

You can now specify which modes Sound will be included for (as opposed to sound being available for all or none of the modes). This is done in the Topic Properties, and can also be set as defaults.

AAC is now used for all devices (provides better quality relative to side). There is now no 'Low, Medium, High' settings.

Changes to the Topic Editor

Screenshot Overlay

Annotations can be made to Topic Screenshots on a separate layer (so that the original screenshot is unaffected). This can be done to multiple screenshots at once (for example, to put a 'watermark' on all Frames.

This feature utilizes Microsoft PowerPoint, and you enter the overlays within PowerPoint itself. UPK installs an additional Add-In for PowerPoint, which is called Overlay Editor.

Deleting Frames

You can now (actually cut - which means that you can also paste) multiple Frames at the same time. You can also delete Frames that have multiple Actions in a single step.

Jump-in points

You can now set a Jump-in point on an Explanation Frame or on a Decision Frame. Previously, this was not possible, although there was a workaround, as explained in Creating a Jump-in Point for an Explanation Frame.

Ability to define the area to be used for the 'thumbnail' image

In 11.x and earlier, the 'thumbnail image' in printed documents was always taken from the Action Area. You can now set another area to be used instead. This is known as the 'Print Area' and is identified by a purple overlay (as opposed to the red one used for the Action Area. Note that the Print Area is (obviously) only applicable to the document output types, and does not appear (or otherwise affect) the Player.

Improvements in the Library

Several tools have been introduced that will help with the management of complex libraries and sets of content.

Developer Context Search

You can search for a context, and UPK will identify all recordings (or other UPK content) that include that specific context. This is useful if, for example, a screen has changed in the application, and you want to see what UPK content you need to change to reflect this.

You can search either by 'capturing' the context within the application, or by locating an existing Topic that includes that Context, and searching from the specific Frame (I think it is a menu option).

the results list shows the Topics found and also identifies the specific Frames within the Topic.

Derived Documents Pane

You can now see which documents were created by copying the selected document (useful for identifying localized versions). Effectively, this is where you have performed a 'Copy/Paste Special' operation to create the new content. Note that this will also capture derivations from a 11.x Library (and not just stuff that has been copied in 12.x).

Find In Library

This feature already existed, but has been expanded to allow you to right-click and select it from the Related Documents pane.

Preview from the Library

You can now preview a document from the Library, and not just from within an Outline Element. This is useful as you do not have to include the content in an Outline Element before you can test it. SMEs or other 'light' users do not normally get involved in Outline creation, so this will likely help them a lot. But note that a SME using the Record It! Wizard will still need to go into the Library (via the Topic Editor) - they cannot preview from within the Topic Editor. Note that this basically launches play.exe.

Changes to the Player (for the user)

See it! Mode

The Windowed See It! mode is now the main See It! mode. This mode includes fwd/back buttons etc. Pause/Resume links are removed in this mode (because you can use the play controls). Note that kp.html will no longer include two links to See It! mode (so the windowed parameter is now deprecated?)

Share

Improvements to the Share function

  • Can choose to share the document and have the Outline automatically displayed
  • Can share from within a Topic
  • Can share to a specific Frame (when sharing from within a Topic)

Display concept pane in new tab

A new button is available (to the left of the Options / Help buttons) to allow the user to open the concept Pane for an Outline Element in a new browser tab. This is convenient if the user is likely to need to refer to the Concept Pane several times while they are running the simulation.

Filtered Outline for search results

The ability to display the search results in a filtered Outline seems to have been removed. Now it is only possible to see the search results as a flat list. Maybe this was done for performance reasons?

See Also

The following link from Oracle contains all the details:

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