Creator roadmap for the rest of 2022
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we'd like to share with you our plans for the near future of Creator.
We always strive to strike a good balance of features and enhancements
to cater to the different segments of the Creator audience. While we've
got some exciting features lined-up that you've been expecting from us,
we're also thrilled to announce that there are a few surprises and some
key market differentiators as well!
The following roadmap gives
you the gist of what's coming up, and more details about each feature
will be posted here as we close on the various release dates.
Read on to know about the features planned to be rolled out during Quarter 3, 2022.
delighted to announce that we'll soon be bringing augmented reality
(AR) in Zoho Creator! The AR library enables you to set up an immersive
augmented reality experience for your users. An application can have 3D
objects in its AR library, which can be accessed via AR fields and
annotated in the real world using compatible iOS and Android smartphones
and tablets. This real-time digital interaction provides better data
visualization and enhances end-user experiences, providing you with
exciting new business opportunities.
apps will soon be able to better reflect your company image with
customized branding details. With this feature, a company logo and favicon can be uploaded and will be displayed when you access your
application in live.
The color scheme of
an application not only makes it more attractive but also keeps it
distinct from your portfolio of other apps. With this update, you'll be
able to select a color of your own choice for your application theme, to
make them visually more appealing and maintain branding guidelines
Font choice plays an
important role in the readability and aesthetics of an application and
determines the brand perception. With this update, you'll be able to
choose fonts from a predefined list, as a part of theme customization.
You can also choose different fonts for different form factors, like
web, mobile, and tablet.
are the modern-day solution to keep your users informed and engaged.
Push notifications are a powerful means to reach your app users anytime,
whether or not they are in your app, to capture their attention and
reengage them. Creator notifications are undergoing a major makeover to
support real-time notifications for approval workflows, blueprint
workflows, and record comments across web, mobile, and tablet devices.
with forms can become more meaningful when we have contextual
information. We're going to introduce form titles that'll enable you to
set different display titles for the two primary actions in a form —
adding a record and editing a record.
Dark mode for Android
you heard it right! We're going to extend dark mode support to Android
apps. Dark mode, which is great for low-light situations and is easier
on your eyes, will be automatically enabled based on your default system
performance of a blueprint workflow and gaining insights to optimize its
efficiency is a key aspect of every business management process. We'll
soon be introducing blueprint analytics to provide vital information
like average time taken per blueprint, average time taken per
stage/transition, total number of transition occurrences, etc., to give
complete insights into your apps' blueprints.
services available in Connections help you seamlessly integrate your
Creator application with various other cloud services. In certain
scenarios, organizations might have unique requirements that would
require usage of other third-party connectors, not supported by Creator.
Such integrations can be achieved by adding them via custom connectors.
To know about the features planned to be rolled out during Quarter 4, 2022, scroll further!
Custom AI models
AI fields in Creator make your applications smarter by utilizing advanced
machine learning techniques. Custom AI models can help your applications
become more intelligent using custom-trained OCR (Optical Character
Recognition) and object detection algorithms, based on the images you
upload. Custom-trained OCR makes predictions and processes written text
from digital images into machine-readable text.
scrolling is conventional and intuitive when working with subforms that
contain numerous fields. This feature will open a subform in a pop-up
while adding and editing a row, which ensures better user experience and
introducing a table-like subform without inline inputs, which looks
similar to our list report. This is suitable for subforms, that you
expect to experience less-frequent modifications and have a large number
of line items.
Subform custom sorting
feature, users can manually reorder the row sequence of a subform, while
adding and editing records. This feature is great for use cases beyond
field-based ordering, when the fields in the subform need to be sorted
in a specific order.
At times, a user might
close the browser window or navigate to another component accidentally
while filling in a form. To avoid data loss in these scenarios, we'll be
storing the form data temporarily, so that users can continue from
where they were when they accidentally left the form.
Blueprint Deluge tasks
controls for blueprint workflows help automate business processes.
We'll be introducing Deluge tasks to change the stages and transitions
of a blueprint. Also, blueprints will be automatically initiated for
records added through Deluge.
involving connections will soon prompt user authentication when
accessing applications in live. This will help identify the exact user
using the third-party services, and permissions will be applied based on
Zoho Marketplace is a unified
platform that hosts low-code apps published by developers that can be
utilized by clients on multiple platforms. In the Marketplace, you can
now publish one or more app components, which can be installed into
existing applications. For the first phase, widgets can be published and
installed into an existing application.
Early 2023 releases
We are excited to announce a few of our features that are expected to be launched early next year!
be introducing a Canvas builder for creating flexible and visually
appealing detail views of reports. In the initial phase, this builder
will be supported only in the web interface.
Subforms in stateless forms
this update, you'll be able to add subforms in stateless forms. Since
stateless forms don't store any data, users can use subform insert row,
clear row, and access field Deluge tasks to manage subform data.
Advanced email analytics
insights about emails sent from your apps can help complete the email
notification life cycle. To achieve this, we'll be introducing advanced
email analytics that'll inform you about delivery status, enable
recipient activity tracking, and provide you with a detailed log to
improve email performance powered by Zoho ZeptoMail.
users who don't have email addresses will be able to use their phone
number as an alternate method for signing up and signing in, with
a default and robust design for each of the customer portal pages,
which you can further customize using the portal page designer. With
this update, we'll be supporting prebuilt templates and additional
customization controls for portal login, signup, and reset passwords
Similar to your application IDE,
intuitive error messages will be shown in the Deluge editor while
scripting itself i.e. before saving your script. Apart from this,
customizing keyboard shortcuts, full screen mode and a few other
enhancements are on the way.
App installation setup
applications from the marketplace requires basic information to
guide/setup the user configurations. For example, this includes
selecting the timezone, date format etc., Using predefined
configurations before publishing apps to marketplace will help users
during the installation process.
We appreciate that you have all
been patient with us. It's your continued support and understanding that
motivates us to keep pushing our boundaries and add exciting new
features. Also, we are aware that some of your requests were not
fulfilled at this time, but please be assured that we are still working
We hope this announcement post will help you in planning
your upcoming projects and apps in advance. Finally, please note that
there could be small changes to the scope of these features and release
timelines, but we're committed and confident that we'll be able to
deliver on all the exciting updates we've announced.
isn't the complete list. We have even more surprises cooking in our
labs, and can’t wait to share all of that with you! So stay tuned and
keep watching this space for updates. Meanwhile, do keep using Creator
and keep the feedback coming!
The Zoho Creator team.
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