Customization Studio Technical Features
Customization Studio
     
 
A new approach for Making Changers in PowerBuilder Applications
Make your application customizable in minutes, and allow non-developers
to contribute to the design, validation and adaptation of your applications.
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Technical Features Business Features Business Features Business Features How it works  
Edit PB items Edit screens and reports from the live application

Hide or Show items in PowerBuilder applications
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While the application is running, you can edit screens or reports as you would a Microsoft Office Documents:
  • Open the window you wish to modify,
  • Click on a specific icon,
  • An application called "Designer" opens, to let you modify the Window with graphical tools (screenshot).
  • Save and close Designer: all changes are effective immediately.

It’s that simple!

No access to source code. No technical skills required.

Hide/Show PB Items Hide / Show

You can hide / show items in screens and reports:
Fields, texts, images, Buttons, etc...

Hide or Show items in PowerBuilder applications
Customize Texts Add / Edit Texts

Add new text to improve user guidance.

Customize texts in PowerBuilder applications
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Modify existing text (titles, Column Labels, GroupBox Name, etc.)
You can also change the text attributes: font, text color, background color, text size, bold, italic, justification, border type, etc.
Multiple selection available to apply the same changes to several texts
You can also duplicate the format of a text to other texts
Edit Pictures in PB Applications Add / Edit Pictures
Add Pictures to Screens and reports (Logo, images…). Modify Pictures in PB Applications
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Move or resize pictures with the mouse (Freehand).

Reset Pictures to their Original size
Change the Border type of a picture

Edit picture Path and filename.

Make it absolute or relative to the application
Add/Edit Fields Add / Edit Fields (DW Columns)
Add new fields in screens or reports: simply select a field in a list* and define its position and size with the mouse (Freehand).
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Depending on the skills of the people customizing the application, you may give them the permission to modify Field attributes (Initial Value, List of values available, Validation rule, Validation message…).
If you rearrange a screen, you can also modify the tab Sequence (order of the fields when users navigate with the [Tab] Key).

(*) Currently, you can add 2 types of fields:

1 – Fields that are in the DW buffer, but not displayed in the DW.
2 – Fields that are not in the DW buffer, but belong to a table listed in the “From” Clause of the DW SQL.

Cosmetic items PB Add / Edit Cosmetic Items
Add groupbox and shapes (line, oval, rectangle…) to screens or reports.  Add groupbox and shapes
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Define their position and size with the mouse to arrange the layout as needed.
Customize Layouts Customize Layouts
Select any items in a window or a report and move them as you like Move, resize, align PowerBuilder items
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Resize items to rearrange the layout as needed

Align or adjust items to the same size items

Move or resize controls in a DataWindow with the mouse (freehand)

 
Filter and Sort Data Filter and Sort Data
Filter DataWindows in screens or reports, in order to display only the data you are interested in Filter DataWindows in screens and sort data
Change the sorting order of a list. Sorting on multiple columns supported
Both filtering and sorting is done on the live application
Customization Settings Prepare application for Customization – Guide Users
Before deploying the application with Customization Studio,
the developer can “prepare” to make customization even safer and easier:
  • Restrict which items can be customized
  • Restrict which types of changes are available for each object
  • Define Business Names for items such as DB column names.
  • Define Initial Field values (constants)
  • Define Default Field values (expressions)
  • Define Hint (the application Framework will display it in status bar/microhelp, tooltip....)
   
Review Customization Review Customization
Review the modifications made in the entire application (see a preview).
   Sort modifications by type or by Windows 
   Update or undo each modification if needed.
   
Undo Customization Undo Customization
At any time, you can undo all changes at windows level or application level ("panic button")
You can also undo each modification when reviewing the modifications (see the previous section)
   
Apply Customization Apply Customization
Apply changes dynamically (without changing the source code):
  In this case, changes are loaded when the application starts.
Apply changes permanently:
  In this case, the source code is automatically updated to reflect the changes defined with Customization Studio.
   
Store Customization

Store Customization outside the application

Customization Studio stores:
  Information about the application’s components, including the business names and codes for tables, fields and objects
  The rules to block changes to fields, tables and objects, as well as any disabled features
  The changes applied at runtime (new values of properties of control)

   
Advanced Customization Features Advanced Features
Customization templates
Depending on the profile and skill of the customizer, you can activate or deactivate some Customization Studio features. Then, you can save this selection of features as a "Template". Finally, you can decide who will get to use which Template.
  Property Change
When the application is running, you can select any visual component and change any of its properties. This feature allows a vast range of modifications in the controls and datawindows of the application.
   
 

Companion Products

Customization Studio integrates with other PowerBuilder companion products
to extend the features of your applications

Appeon (Deployment of the PowerBuilder application on the Web):
Developers convert and deploy the PowerBuilder application as a web application.
Customizers define the customizations directly on the web application.
End-users can access the customized application with an Internet Browser.
More details : http://appeon.novalys.net/
  Enable (Multilingual features):
Developers provide default languages and translations with the application.
Customization Managers can edit these translations or create new languages.
http://www.enable-pb.com/
  Visual Guard (Role Based Access Control):
Developers create default roles and permissions for the application.
Customizers can modify roles and permissions or create new ones.
http://www.visual-guard.com/
   
 
Try Visual Guard