Profile Editor 1.4 and Mobile App 1.6

Hello everybody!

Today we’re happy to announce two updates: the first is a new version of the Afero Profile Editor (macOS and Windows), and the second is an update to the Afero mobile app (iOS and Android). Read below for details…

BUT FIRST READ THIS: Your updates will go smoothly if you update both the Profile Editor and the mobile app; they work together for good. Nothing heinous will happen if you update one without the other, but to take advantage of the improvements, update both.

Afero Profile Editor R1.4 Updates

Added a new control widget: the Text Box. You can use it for things like displaying a block of text (can be multi-line) that holds a read-only product or feature description. Also, if you have a menu where the options run over one line, you can use the Text Box control for that too, using the value options. And, if the attribute behind the control is writable, the end-user can type their own value in the text box, if that’s appropriate to your application.

For most controls, you can now configure a “view style”, either Inline or Popup. Inline controls display all options on the device details screen. Popup controls hide their options until the user taps to open them up. Popups save space, so they’re handy if you have a multitude of controls to display.

We’ve updated the device icons and how groups are presented to match the new “panels” UI in the mobile app (see below).

If there are any problems with your device definition data, the error message(s) that appear have been redesigned to 1) move to the left so they’re not in the way of the window where you’re working, and 2) contain links to target the field with the error.

Afero Mobile App R1.6 Updates

New device icons have been created, featuring a sleeker more refined look. Plus we have a new Home screen layout that displays each device in a “panel”, which you can pinch to zoom in/out. This is nice for viewing many devices on one screen.

We’ve redesigned the individual device details screen to display groups along the top of the screen in a “ribbon”, which you can scroll horizontally by swiping. Device settings are also located on this ribbon. Tap a group to show its controls.

The controls now can be either Inline or Popup view styles (see Profile Editor notes above).

For both products, we’ve fixed bugs and made other enhancements that aren’t immediately visible, but improve the experience for you and your users.

Please send feedback, bug reports, comments, or updates of your own.

Share and enjoy,

Your friendly Afero Developer Support Team