This version of IBM® WebSphere® Portlet Factory provides many new features.
You can add to your project a new feature set (User Interface
) to provide the following support for generating exceptional mobile web experiences.
Mobile Data Layout Templates
Provides scrolling lists with configurable options, for example, thumbnail images and multiple line text with multiple styles. (Use through the new Data Layout builder.) Mobile Navigation Templates
Supplies native-looking navigation tabs and lists. (Use through the new Page Navigation builder.) Geographic Location Support
Enables access to device geographic location data without coding. (Use the new Geolocation builder.) Mobile User Interface (UI) Themes
Supplies a look and feel optimized for the SmartPhone. Mobile Rich Data Definition Library
Provides automatic support for mobile UI controls, for example, selectable lists, numeric keypad input, phone numbers, e-mail, and active text. Mobile Device Type Profile Set
Provides multiple channel support. (Use the mobile_devicetype_base profile set.)
New builder features
The following are new builders in this release.
The Active Text builder extends the Text builder and facilitates rendering text on a page as an active link that is prefixed with a specified URI scheme.Client-side Visibility Setter
The Client-side Visibility Setter builder provides you with the capability to manage the visibility of page automation elements in your model. Data Layout
The Data Layout builder uses a specified data layout template and layout field mapping to modify a layout generated by a Data Page builder. Field Mapper
The Field Mapper builder maps page automation fields to elements on a page that you specify. Geolocation
The Geolocation builder can fetch the geographic location information from a supported device. Lazy Load
The Lazy Load builder arranges for the contents of a given page location to be loaded when the area in which the location resides becomes visible. Lotus Web Content Management Authoring
This builder creates and modifies content from an IBM Lotus® Web Content Management repository. Page Navigation
The Page Navigation builder renders a navigation structure at a specified page location in a model. Style Setter
The Style Setter builder adds classes or styles to any named element on a specified page. Transform Aggregate
The Transform Aggregate builder provides data aggregation capabilities through a set of functions similar to some of the SQL aggregate functions. WebSphere Portal Analytics
Use this builder to annotate your page with the asa.portlet.screen.title, the localized title of the screen or view that is displayed in a portlet and asa.portlet.screen.id, the unique identifier of the screen or view that is displayed in portlet microformat tags defined by WebSphere Portal Active Site Analytics (ASA).
The following builders support new features.
You can now set attributes on multiple tags on the same page. Dojo Slider
Using new inputs, you can control the number format for numeric or percentage labels. Lotus Web Content Management Access
With new inputs, you can retrieve content by DocumentId. Portlet Adapter
You can specify additional locales in a new builder input. Service Definition, Service Consumer
Both builders support defining lookup table metadata that can be used by the consumer model. The consumer model can automatically create lookup tables and tag schemas that it adds to the model so that the lookup tables can be used. Spreadsheet Export
Using a new option, you can export to a file in comma-separated values (CSV) format. Spreadsheets that are exported from indirect references in the Excel format are now exported in the native .XLS format. This action facilitates compatibility with a wider range of viewer utilities.Transform Filter
A new Operator option in the Filter Condition input lets you match regular expressions. Transform Modify
New options in the Action input let you replace regular expressions and transform IXml objects.
The following builders are deprecated in this release.
Domino View and Form
PeopleSoft View and Form
SAP View and Form
Siebel View and Form
Web Service Enable
Information in the help for the deprecated builders suggests what measures to take as a substitute (if one is possible) for these builders that are no longer available to use.
The following features have been added to WebSphere Portlet Factory Designer.
A new wizard (Service Consumers -> Mobile List and Detail Service Consumer) provides a model suitable for displaying on a smartphone or other mobile device. Another new wizard (Service Providers -> Empty Service Provider) creates a bare model to which you can add your services. Also, many of the models are updated to include a Data Field Settings builder. Application Tree
Inputs and results for data service operations are now displayed. Design view
Inserted pages are displayed so that you can more readily see contained models. Styles that are applied to elements on the page are now displayed.Properties view contains style information
With style information in the Properties view, you can control Background, Font, and Margin properties for page elements.Builder picker
Getting model reports
The builder picker offers new features.
With radio buttons, you can limit the builders displayed to those appropriate for a user interface model or to those specific to data provider models. Also, by default, less commonly used builders are not displayed. Builder Guide
On the builder picker, you can click Builder Guide to display help about which builders to use to perform common application development tasks.
On the Project menu, you can click Build Model Report to have an analysis run on your current project. A report is created with details about models and builders in your project. Modifying page layout using templates from the palette
Using supplied or locally developed data layout templates accessible in the palette, you can modify the layout of pages created by the Data Page builder or by builders that use the Data Page builder. Publish Application
With the Create Test Portal Page option, a server configuration can now support the automatic creation of test portal pages for portlet models in your project when you publish to a IBM WebSphere Portal server. Adding Eclipse tasks to models
You can now use the Comment field in the builder call editor Properties to include information within models to indicate what tasks are to be done. WebSphere Portlet Factory Designer uses the tag names TODO and FIXME and the existing task mechanism in Eclipse to display, prioritize, organize, and navigate to the correct builders to perform the tasks. New Help commands
menu has the following new commands.
Access IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Resources
IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory ForumsShow 'My Notifications' Fixpack notifications
Provides a link to an IBM support page that lists links to WebSphere Portlet Factory customer discussion forums. IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Wiki
Displays in a browser window the home page for the WebSphere Portlet Factory product wiki.
Log in to IBM Support portal at the My notifications page. You can subscribe to be notified about the latest product fixes and updates. Show read me info topic
Displays in the Model editor the topic that appears after you create a new or upgrade a current project. This topic provides a summary of the steps to perform in your project to create models and publish applications. Show Builder Guide
Displays in the dynamic help window the main topic that introduces you to the use of specific builders for general types of application development tasks.
New builder editor widget used for picking style classesEclipse
The WebSphere Portlet Factory Designer installation contains Eclipse Version 3.6.1.
Parent topic: Overview of IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory Designer