Release 7.15: A Change is Gonna Come

We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in preparation for the major features we’ll be bringing out toward the end of the year. We’re very excited for what’s to come and we hope you are too!

Naturally, we won’t be leaving you empty-handed this release. We’re releasing 7.15 with quite a few customer-requested features, such as multiple node statuses, an attribute filter for Fonto Document History and an improved navigation between Fonto Document History and Fonto Review.

Fonto Editor

Multiple node statuses 
Earlier, we released the ability to convey statuses of outline items in the shape of badges. After receiving multiple customer requests, we’ve added support for multiple badges on the same item along with the ability to configure groups of badges and filter on these accordingly. Read more about this on our documentation portal.

Optimizing XPath selectors
We’ve optimized XPath selectors by compiling them to an efficient format, instead of (re)interpreting a query every time. This brings a large performance improvement to a subset of XPath that dominates Fonto’s most recognizable features, like element configuration and indexing.

Clearer link visualization 
With a subtle visual change, we’ve greatly decreased the ambiguity of entering a link and made it easier to distinguish between two inline links next to each other.

Fonto Document History

Filtering attributes
Previously, we introduced the ability to visualize changes made to attributes in Fonto Document History. As this can result in an overwhelming amount of changes, we’re including the ability to hide certain attribute changes, such as identifiers and other system-generated attributes.

Navigating from/to Review
We’re now fully supporting the navigation between Fonto Review and Fonto Document History. This means that reviewers are able to seamlessly navigate back and forth as well as create comments in Fonto Review based on changes in Fonto Document History. Having this ability can strongly enhance the reviewing process, as this provides reviewers with a lot more context and allows them to focus solely on what’s changed.

Fonto Content Quality

In the previous release, we introduced an entirely new way of processing Fonto Content Quality improvements through the navigator. To further improve our new navigator, we added a clearer progress state and a cancel button, for when patience really runs out.

SDK

TypeScript
We’re migrating Fonto Editor’s codebase to TypeScript to increase our code quality and overall development experience. The initial migration steps have been taken, and we’ll be refining the migrated code more and more during Fonto’s upcoming releases. While this currently is a transparent change and doesn’t have impact on how you interact with Fonto’s SDK, it is our intent to enable you to do the same once our TypeScript codebase has matured enough.

Deprecated browser support

Microsoft ended support for Microsoft Edge 11, sometimes also known as Edge Legacy, on March 9th 2021. In the April update, any Windows 10 systems will automatically update to the more recent version of Edge which is based on Webkit. For older Windows systems Edge Legacy was not available. Read more about Microsoft’s announcements around Edge Legacy here.

We’ll only address critical issues in Legacy Edge. Our recommendation is to migrate your user base to the Webkit-based version of Edge or to any other compatible browser. From 7.16.0 onward, we’ll no longer support Edge Legacy. If this causes a problem, please reach out to us to discuss options.

In our next release

For the 7.16 release, we’ll continue working on a full integration of Fonto Document History in Fonto Review as well as on an entirely new approach for the majority of cards in Fonto Editor, including comments, track changes and Document History changes. 

Additionally, we’ll improve our Fonto Editor experience by making selecting table cells possible simply by dragging the mouse. Moreover, the default table toolbar will be updated to take full advantage of this. These changes will come available for all table models.

Moreover, we’ll adjust element configuration options for more intuitive figures and figure groups—specifically improving recognition, accessibility and insert/edit flow.

The future of documents

At Fonto we believe that the Future of Documents is shaped by a fundamental change in how information is shared and agreements are secured. This future sees a shift from traditional ‘e-paper’, formatted and optimized for reading by humans, towards semantically tagged information in an open digital format. We’re moving from documents to machine-readable data. 

We’re happy to share this Forrester report with you.

Please refer to your implementation partner for further information on how to acquire release 7.15 for your instance of Fonto. For more details on anything mentioned above, other new features, improvements, and bug fixes, please read the release notes.

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