Category FormsTool

V4.0 *beta* of our tools are released

By Stefan posted on 12-Sep-2019

FormsTool and FormsAPI Master V4.0 *Beta* can now be downloaded from our website! 

V4.0 features a new Module Analyzer tool to extract dependency information, statistics, datamodel and other useful information.
The new version is released as BETA until functionality runs stable and all the bugs are resolved.


A few notes about this release

  • Anybody with a valid current license key will be able to use the V4.0 versions. 
  • The v4.0 version uses a new license key format. The tools still accept V3.0 license keys (click on the link in the orange box on the right to enter your old v3.0 license key!)
  • this is a beta version and i expect some bugs will still be in there
  • If you find a bug then please let me know! See the "V4.0 beta" online Forum threads for more information or write me an email to support [at] orcl-toolbox [dot] com!
  • The V4.0 version can be installed on the same computer as a V3.0 version without overwriting or affecting it. 


What's included in this V4.0 beta release

The main feature that got added is the new Module Analyzer tool. It allows you to extract all kind of important information from your oracle module (only *.fmb modules currently supported!) such as dependencies, data model, canvas screenshots, statistics and code and turn it all into a nice HTML report.  The extracted information can be used to gain a high level overview of your whole application system of how it's all connected together and form the basis of impact analyses as well as giving system analysts and managers the necessary information to estimate the complexities of changes. Work on this analyzer has been quite challenging and took quite a while. I almost forgot what other improvements I made to the tools, but here are are a few:

  • new module Analyzer tool
  • compare & search can now show the results in a flat view (often making it easier than navigating through a hierarchical view)
  • compare now also does a visual canvas compare
  • search got file handling features (move/copy/etc)
  • syntax highlighting in compare tool
  • scripts now remember parameters between runs of unsaved scripts
  • scripting got a structure overview to navigate your code
  • Export now uses a much more flexible templating system (based on javascript mustache syntax)
  • Explorer and Comparer can now export to Microsoft Excel format
  • etc



Plans for the near future

I still have some entries on my todo-list of things that i want to have implemented before the final release of V4.0 officially goes out and the analyzer tool still needs some more work (to support rdf/mmb/olb/pll).

Together with the stable release of V4.0 i plan to also change licensing and prices - currently, our licenses are for 2 years and that will change to 1 year. There will also be a bit of a hike in price (we haven't changed pricing since 2006). If you have a license that has expired or will be expiring soon and want to save some money then i suggest you purchase the renewal within the next month!



Plans further ahead

Here are a few things that are now on the top of my todo-list now:

  • 3 way directory compare
  • Merge functionality in compare (3 way auto merge)
  • PL/SQL code beautifier 
  • speed improvements (reports loading is too slow and Search is too slow)
  • stability (doing multithreading and multiprocess better). Right now if you search through 500 modules and one of them causes a crash inside the Oracle Forms Open API then there is no way for me to recover from that - the solution is to have multiple processes (so only the sub-process hangs or crashes and doesn't impact our tools) but this involves some architecture rework as everything has then to be routed through interprocess communication. 




Stefan Mueller,
ORCL Toolbox Ltd, New Zealand


Middleware12c Support

By Stefan posted on 17-Nov-2015

Forms12c and Reports12c are now fully supported.


Build 340 of FormsTool and Build 437 of FormsAPI Master now detect Middleware12c correctly and offer access to all the new properties added in this new Oracle Forms release. Please note that Middleware12c is only offered as a 64bit version by Oracle and hence requires the 64bit version of our tools.


FormsAPI Master V3.0 and FormsTool V3.0 final version released

By Stefan posted on 04-Nov-2013

Our brand new Version 3 rewrite of our tools is now officially out of beta-stage and has been released.


It has been a long journey to get it all done, but it's finally done! The V3.0 is a complete rewrite and was needed to support the new 64bit versions of Oracle Forms. I took the opportunity during the rewrite to drop a lot of old legacy code that was hard to maintain. Some of you might miss some old feature here and there (no more propertyset filters, no database compare, etc) but dropping those features helped to clean up and consolidate the code base considerably. The architecture behind the product has been completely reworked and is now much more stable and less buggy.



I am excited about the future of our tools and look forward to implement a lot new features and enhancements over the coming months!

FormsTool V3.0 64bit released

By Stefan posted on 07-Sep-2012

FormsTool V3.0 Beta can now be downloaded from our website. The new version is a complete rewrite and adds a lot of new features as well as long awaited support for Forms11g-64bit. The new version as released as BETA until all major features are included and the tool is showing to run stable.

Now that FormsTool is out of the door i will have time to focus on FormsAPI Master V3.0. The script engine compatible with 64bit was just released middle of August and still has some problems with exception handling (so i've been told). Hopefully I will know more about how that might impact you by end of the month. In the meantime please feel free to give FormsTool V3.0 a try - if you own a valid license key for FormsAPI Master then the new FormsTool version will accept those keys!

Forms11g released

By Stefan posted on 01-Jul-2009

Oracle just released the new Forms11g version today. We are currently testing and certifying support for Forms11g in our tools. A new version of our tools is expected to be released soon!