No longer supported will be the Report Assist and Graph Assist tools. Both will be replaced with the newer web-based RIA InfoAssist end-user reporting feature.
Few people should be concerned about these tools going away. Both user interfaces were old Java applets, which meant that software needed to be installed on end-user desktops. Replacing these legacy technologies with a better web-based product is the appropriate thing to do.
Any reporting applications that your end users generated using the Report Assist and Graph Assist should still be fine. When you get to WebFOCUS 8, however, the legacy code will be opened with the InfoAssist product.
I suspect there could be issues where the new parsers cannot understand the legacy code, but we will have to wait and see.
In addition to Report Assist and Graph Assist, WebFOCUS 8 will also sunset these features:
- Managed Reporting (MR) Applet User Interface
- Reporting Object Applet Tool
- Alert Wizard Applet Tool
- Publish Utility Applet Tool
- Applet-based Graphs, Graph Editor (accessible from Applet-based graphs), and Old Graph Engine (GRAPH32)
- ReportCaster Applet Interface and Scheduling Wizard
- Power Painter
- Advanced Graph Assistant
- Developer Studio Graph Assistant
- Developer Studio Managed Reporting Publish Utility
For more information on this announcement, see IBI's WebFOCUS Release 8 Tools Consolidation statement. For more information on when you can expect WebFOCUS 8, see IBI's release schedule.
If you discover you need to convert legacy code based on any WebFOCUS 8 changes, let me know. For example, IBI is also dropping CGI support for HTML launch pages calling WebFOCUS; this is something that Partner Intelligence can assist you with an automated conversion.