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This documentation is for non-current versions of Pega Platform. For current release notes, go here.

Search and Reporting does not index large items

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

When using the Search and Reporting (SRS) microservice in Pega Platform™ 8.5, you might encounter problems with indexing large out-of-the-box rules. The issue is not visible in Queue Processors, but you can access logs to verify which items the system does not index.

Improved UI accessibility

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Pega Platform™ now supports W3C Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines more fully, which creates a better user experience for people who rely on assistive technologies, such as screen readers.

The user interface now features the following enhancements:

  • Improved keyboard navigation and updated ARIA attributes for layouts, including dynamic, repeating, and table layouts.
  • Updated navigation for AJAX and dynamic containers.
  • More precise keyboard navigation and focus control for pop-up components, such as SmartTips.
  • Fixed accessibility gaps in out-of-the-box actionable controls and form components, such as buttons and text fields.
  • More accessible error messages with improved color schemes and focus control.
  • Accessibility code included in the Pega Platform ruleset by default, without the need for additional configuration.

For more information, see Supported keyboard navigation.

Improved scroll functionality in vertical tabs

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

When you scroll content in an application that uses the Cosmos theme, the UI now remembers the scroll position even if you switch between vertical tabs, for example, in the case details section. Previously, the application reset the page to the topmost position every time you switched tabs. This update improves the user experience by reducing context switching.

Embedded properties in DX API v2 requests are no longer removed

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

In Pega Platform version 8.5, when you use the POST and PATCH v2 DX API methods with an embedded page property included in the content element of the request, the system removes all properties in the embedded page that are included in the case but are not a part of the request. Now, the merge logic has been modified to update embedded page fields sent up in the request, and keep other fields unchanged.

This feature simplifies client code and prevents data corruption.

Required Oracle optimization parameter

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

To optimize performance, set the Oracle parameter optimizer_index_cost_adj to a value between 20 and 25. If this value is not set, the system can run exceedingly slowly, potentially blocking users from login.

Synchronized database and application server settings

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Configure your database and application server to use the same time zone and character encoding to avoid conflicts.

Case Management

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

This release had a focus on extending key capabilities to improve the ease of configuration based on early adopter feedback.  Improvements were made in run-time performance, especially in high volume situations with complex case configurations.  A series of cosmetic changes and fixes are included.

  • The Wait shape now supports dynamic references.
  • Issues were addressed with the CreatePDF and the CascadingApproval Smartshapes.
  • Attachments have been improved.
  • Issues with the Create Case Type functionality were addressed.
  • The Pega Pulse functionality has been improved, including its performance.
  • When auditing a work item, History is now the default tab.

Data Management

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Improvements to data handling were made for the Data Pages, autopopulate properties, and reference properties.  Lightweight lists were optimized.

  • Property references are now maintained on the Work Page.
  • PageList properties can reference a Data Page.
  • Auto-populate properties can be used in a seciton to show results from a Data Page.
  • Data Pages can run in “Page” mode as well as “List” mode
  • The "Rules Not Using Lightweight List" report was enhanced.
  • A PageList property that references a Data Page may be used to populate a grid.
  • Related autopopulated properties can now be referenced.

Designer Studio

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Numerous usability improvements were made for this release. A group of cosmetic, functional, and performance enhancements were also included.

  • Treegrid controls work more quickly in IE9 and IE10.
  • On application ruleforms, the 5.4 "Place Properties on Thread Page" checkbox will work in 7.1.
  • Message error handling has been improved.
  • Log messages have been cleaned up.
  • Connectors may now be used in Data Pages.
  • Move Rules wizard has been enhanced to work in Version 7.1.

Decision Strategy Manager

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Fixes were made that improve the configuration and execution of Batch Decisions. In particular,  the capability to use Structured Data has been enhanced. Some notable improvements have also been made to the UI of Visual Business Director.

  • The structured data input configuration will now work even though there is no data.
  • VBD has been enhanced to work with Version 7.1.
  • The structured data input configuration will now work with nested structures.
  • Association rules from Version 6.3 will now work with 7.1 structured data.

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