Introduction

Design Studio 1.6 SP03 has just been released.  In this edition of the Design Studio Innovation Series, we’ll take a quick look at what’s new compared to Design Studio 1.6 SP02 Patch 1, specifically focusing on the M Mode for rendering as this is the path forward for future development.

Templates


Until now, none of the earlier Commons Mode templates had been ported to M Mode.  As of SP03, three of these have been included, as shown below:


M_Mode_Templates.png



Here are some examples:



Basic Analysis Layout


Basic_Analysis_Layout.png



Generic Analysis

Generic_Analysis.png


Compared to the Generic Analysis template in the standard UI5 Commons mode, the Pin function in the footer for saving “Smart Objects” is missing, as shown below, presumably because Online Composition is not yet supported in SP03 for M Mode:


Generic_Analyisis_Commons.png



Components


There doesn’t appear to be any new UI or Technical components added to M Mode.



Generic Untyped JSON Variable


This is a much awaited new feature that was introduced in SP02 Patch 1 but was not working as I noted in the post Is there an error in the new JSON variable feature in DS 1.6 SP02?


This issue does not seem to have been corrected in SP03.



SDK


There doesn’t appear to be any updates to the SDK features, documentation or samples.



Other Updates


The Spreadsheet component now includes an “On Select” event in the property sheet, as well as getSelection() and getSelectionType() API methods.


The API of the Context Menu technical component has been updated whereby the getContext() and getClickArea() methods have been replaced with the getSelection() and getSelectionType() methods.



What’s missing?


The major functionality still missing in M Mode is Online Composition, whereby the needed Fragment Gallery and Split Cell Container components are yet to be added.



Conclusion


SP03 seems to have focused mainly on porting some of the templates from Commons Mode to M Mode.  Apart from this, there doesn’t appear to be any major new features introduced.  Hopefully, all important bugs identified in SP02 Patch 1 have been addressed in SP03.


If anyone has identified any other major changes, features or issues, please feel free to comment below.


The next major Service Pack release, SP04 is due in calendar week 50 (December 12, 2016 to December 18, 2016) but I expect we’ll see one or more SP03 patches before then.





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