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PHP 7 now supported by Feng Office!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018. By: Conrado Vina

PHP 7 support is here!!!

We have just released the first Feng Office (alpha) version supporting PHP7 (version 3.7.0).

Important:This is still an alpha release. If you are running a production environment please do not upgrade your production environment until thoroughly tested.

PHP7 has been under development many years now. It is not only the most robust and powerful PHP version ever, but it provides increased performance, new capabilities, and prevents issues inherent to older versions.

Also, PHP5.6 (the previous most prevalent version) is nearing the end of its supported life. The latest versions of all Operating Systems are forcing the upgrade from PHP5.6 to PHP7.2. So not upgrading had become unsustainable.

 

What has changed in version 3.7

The development work for supporting PHP7 required lots of changes, proving more challenging than we initially hoped it would.

Amongst many changes, there are many functions that have changed either their names, their parameters, or both.

Another one of the biggest changes is the fact that the MySQL (MariaDB) drivers need to be replaced.

Also on the Database side, there were changes introduced on the supported and required values for initializing data.

All of this things are definitively improvements and the process has helped us make a better Feng Office. But Feng Office is a large system with lots of parts. So make sure to do a diligent and thorough testing before you upgrade from a previous version to version 3.7.

 

Compatible infrastructure

What infrastructure is Feng Office 3.7 compatible with?

This version is being tested with the following infrastructure stack:

  • Web server:
    • Apache2.4
  • PHP:
    • PHP 7.0 and up
    • PHP 5.6 and up (soon to be discontinued)
  • Database:
    • MariaDB 10.1 and up
    • MySQL 8.0 and up
    • MySQL 5.5 and up

Important:The Feng Office team is NOT testing Feng Office 3.7 with other, different infrastructure stack. You are most welcome to do so, and to provide us with any fixes that would help support other stack. If they do not cause problems with our standard, recommended infrastructure we will make our best effort to include it in an upcoming release.

 

How to help

The most important thing you need to do before rolling out Feng Office 3.7 is test it. At the time of this announcement Feng Office 3.7 is still an alpha release (which means it still requires more testing before it can be).

If you are a subscribed client, please ask us for a complimentary testing copy so that you can test a copy of your production environment.

If you are using the Community Edition you can download it here, and run your own tests. One known issue is that a fresh installation may require you to create the Database prior to running the installation script. We are investigating this issue but if you develop a solution, please do share it with us.

We hope you are as excited as we are with this news!

Feng Office Conference: 18, 19 and 20 of May, 2016

Monday, March 14th, 2016. By: Conrado Vina

Conference



Feng Office will be hosting its first official Conference + Workshop ever!


The event will be three days long (On the 18, 19 and 20 of May, 2016) in Montevideo, Uruguay.


The agenda will be packed with talks and presentations from the team, expert users and clients.


In a nutshell, the plan is for you to:

  • See first hand how others are using Feng Office in your and other industries.
  • Meet the Feng Office team in person.
  • Learn about the newly realeased features and what is coming for the rest of 2016.
  • Network with colleagues and fellow Feng Office users and enthusiasts.
  • Master your Feng Office user skills, learn new tricks and tips.



Is there anything else you would like us to cover?


We’ll be publishing more details soon, but we wanted you all to save the dates!


Wednesday – May 18, 2016
Thursday – May 19, 2016
Friday – May 20, 2016

See you!

Feng Office 3.4 is here!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016. By: Natalia Martinez

3.3


Hello everyone!


Looking for new features and improvements for your Feng Office? Well, version 3.4 is here, with so many new things and goodness it is hard to decide where to start.


OK, how about…

Custom properties: more power for your data

One of the most loved power-features of Feng Office is the ability to create custom properties to extend the default set of data that can be registered with any object on the system.


Documents, tasks, contacts, events, purchase orders, invoices, expenses. Even projects, workspaces, folders and clients… everything in Feng Office can have as much data as your organization needs!


Form with custom properties


And what is more amazing and powerful is that this information is not just a data record. It is data you can work with. You can list, sort and filter information using this data.


list of clients grouped by status


You can make better and more useful reports. Easily and efficiently.


With the new features and improvements on custom properties, lists can now be sorted and grouped using your custom properties. Data entry can be optimized by placing the properties in the right position, select whether they are mandatory or not, and be placed in different sections of the form.


custom properties setting


Custom properties are an essential tool for Feng Office consultants and administrators setting up a business solution. It is not just an enhancement. It is an essential piece for building the best platform for a business.


*Note: you need to request a special plugin to be installed on your account to be able to try custom properties on dimensions.



Object sub-types: Even more power for your data

The latest addition to the Feng Office set of building blocks is object sub-types.


Object sub-types are, in fact, the last piece of the puzzle that allows Feng Office to be the most flexible Business Process Collaboration platform out there.

object subtype properties



We just talked about how every object can have its custom properties. For example, you can add a special field for a task (for example, an id used by another system, a special category that is business-specific, etc).


object subtype selector

But what if you need different types of tasks? Or documents?



This is very common in processes that require a lot of data gathering.


You can have a document for a type of process that requires a number of meta-data being recorded (Example: measuring a field, preparing a case, gathering info for a job order, enter who gathered it, etc).


Each type of document (Or tasks, or notes) will have its own set of fields.



And this is what Object sub-types allows.

object subtype form



You should try it. You will be amazed at its power.


*Note: you need to request a special plugin to be installed on your account to be able to try this.



Better filters and search

Searching for specific information is now easier thanks to a cool new feature.


type filter



Want to narrow down the search for archived, trashed canned and overview lists objects? No problem, just do it with the new Object Type Filter.



Advanced billing

You can now define different hourly rates for different types of work, clients, projects, service types… even for the same person!


Also, you can define independent rates for price (for billing purposes) and costs (for expenses).


Billing Categories


Not only can you make financial reports out of the different rates for your projects, clients, project portfolios, etc. You can also generate the invoice and/or expenses associated to that work. Magic, eh?


advanced billing2
advanced billing3


*Note: We call this the “Advanced Billing” module, as we decided to still support the more basic Billing features available on the Community Edition.



Shift key function for lists selection

Looking for a more agile way of selecting list items? The shift key function for bulk selection is finally here!


Lit of documents
arrow
shift button
arrow
List of documents selected



Other improvements and fixes

Other improvements and fixes featured in version 3.4 include:

  • UX improvements on the Overview tab.
  • New plug-ins for new -optional- dimensions (Available for the Enterprise Edition).
  • Allowing (if permissions are set) users to enter time for other users in the time tab.
  • Updates on French and Turkey language packs.
  • Several bug fixes.



Please let us know how you like the new features and improvements.


Enjoy!