|All||Unicode||SuperSTAR now features full Unicode support. In some cases you may need to update existing SXV4s, TXDs and macros to ensure they work with version 9.0 and above, although in the vast majority of cases this change will be completely transparent and no action will be required.|
|Data Control||Record Count and Perturbation||A new Record Count data control module has been added. In addition, the perturbation module now has the ability to perturb other results.|
|Data Control API||Functions||A new function (|
|Java||Java 7 or later is now required. Java is included with the SuperSTAR installation.|
|SuperADMIN / SuperWEB2||Configuration Server|
This release introduces the configuration server. This is a JSON configuration system that stores a number of internal settings. Most of these settings are used by SuperWEB2, and were previously configured in XML and .properties files within SuperWEB2 itself. These settings can now be set and checked using the
If you are upgrading from an earlier release you will need to check the list of settings that have moved to the configuration server and manually reapply any that are required for your deployment.
The configuration server communicates on port 9000, so you will need to ensure your network firewalls are properly configured to allow this communication: this port must be accessible by SuperWEB2 and any machines running the SuperADMIN console.
|SuperCHANNEL||Batch Mode||SuperCHANNEL batch mode now supports the skip and stop cleansing rules, as well as null columns.|
|SuperCROSS||ColourMatrix||The ColourVIEW feature has been replaced with ColourMatrix.|
|SuperSERVER||Update Dataset||SuperSERVER now supports live updates of compatible SXV4s. As long as there have been no changes to the SXV4 schema, you can live swap to a new SXV4 with no downtime.|
|SuperWEB2||Bulk Selection||A new feature has been added for cases where a field has a large number of valueset items. SuperWEB2 now displays a bulk selection option allowing users to search for and select the items they want.|
|SuperWEB2||Catalogue||It is now possible to choose the sort order for the dataset catalogue.|
A new SuperWEB2 configuration file, configuration.properties, has been added, and many settings have moved to this file. When upgrading from an earlier release you will need to manually reapply any required settings by editing the new configuration.properties file.
|SuperWEB2||Default Table||It is now possible to configure a default table for each of your datasets.|
|SuperWEB2||Drag and Drop||Users can now build tables quickly by dragging and dropping fields.|
|SuperWEB2||Graph View||Graph view has been completely updated with new look interactive graphs.|
It is now possible to navigate up and down the levels of a hierarchical field from with the table.
In addition, the default settings have been changed so that it is now possible to mix items from different levels of a hierarchy within a table (for example adding both Victoria and Melbourne from an Area hierarchy to the table at the same time). In previous releases, this behaviour was disabled by default. You can revert to the previous behaviour by editing the rules in the RulesEngine.xml configuration file.
|SuperWEB2||Mandatory Fields||Mandatory fields are now defined on a per-dataset basis only. Previously it was possible to define global mandatory fields.|
|SuperWEB2||Mapping||SuperWEB2 mapping configuration has been moved from an XML file to the configuration server.|
|SuperWEB2||Multilingual Support||SuperWEB2 now supports multilingual datasets. In addition, users can select their preferred user interface language from the SuperWEB2 menu. Prior to this release, SuperWEB2 automatically set the user interface language based on the user's browser settings.|
|SuperWEB2||Ranges and Quantiles||The range and quantile options now support translations based on the current dataset language.|
|SuperWEB2||Zero Suppression||SuperWEB2 now supports zero suppression.|
For performance reasons, the
Existing settings will be migrated automatically when SuperADMIN is upgraded, and no user action is required.
The command used to set and check these settings remains the same, although as part of this change, display options settings can now be set for record counts (previously they could only be set for measures).
|SuperADMIN||Max Attempts and Account Locking|
As a result of changes to the user catalogue (see below), there has been a minor change to the behaviour of the account locking feature.
Previously, changing the global settings for
In addition, it is now possible to configure individual groups or users whose accounts cannot be locked.
|SuperADMIN||Port Usage||As part of the implementation of user registration, SuperWEB2 communicates with SuperADMIN via a new REST API. If you want to deploy the user registration system then you must ensure that port 9001 is accessible.|
|SuperADMIN||User Catalogue and Data Storage|
For performance reasons, SuperADMIN now uses a relational database to store all user data (previously, it used an XML file). When you upgrade to version 9.9 SuperADMIN will automatically convert the existing user data to an H2 database, but you can .
It is possible to switch to another RDBMS, although this change should only be made before going into production. Please contact STR for advice if you wish to change the RDBMS for a production system.
SuperADMIN also uses a relational database H2 to store the configuration server data and data related to user registrations. Switching to another RDBMS will move all of this data in addition to the user data.
Some additional details are now recorded in the audit logs:
|SuperSERVER||Output Scaling and Precision|
The outputscaling data control module now supports:
As a result of this change, an additional column (
The direct URLs feature has been extended. Previously if you wanted to link directly to a dataset you could construct a link that opens that dataset in Table View (
In addition, a new URL parameter (
|SuperWEB2||Graph View||It is now possible to configure specific colours for specific fields to be used in Graph View.|
A new configuration setting (
In addition, the username and password for guest access are now configured in the configuration.properties file, rather than web.xml.
|SuperWEB2||Large Table Mode|
The thresholds for large table mode are now configured in configuration.properties. Previously these settings were configured in CubeCatalog.xml.
In addition, the default total cell threshold for large table mode has been increased from 10,000 to 100,000.
Mandatory fields are now indicated in the field list by a small red * image that appears on top of the field icon and the field item icon.
A new configuration option has been added that allows you to specify whether mandatory fields will be automatically tabulated when opening a dataset.
|SuperWEB2||Metadata||The default metadata template supplied with SuperWEB2 has been renamed from sa-metadata.xhtml to metadata.xhtml. If you wish to continue using the default template you will need to update the settings in your configuration.properties file to match the new location (please also note that, as documented above, the path to this file changed from /webapi/help/ to /webapi/jsf/help/ in version 9.8).|
|SuperWEB2||Preferences||The Preferences page has been renamed to Account and now has additional options for users to change their password and delete their account. New settings have been added to the configuration.properties file that allow you to turn off these settings.|
|SuperWEB2||Saved Tables and Datasets||SuperWEB2 now displays a tool tip when you hover the mouse pointer over a saved table on the dataset catalogue page. This can be particularly useful if you have tables with very long names, as it is no longer necessary to use the horizontal scrollbar to see the full table name.|
|SuperWEB2||Table Download as Open Data API Query|
A new download format has been added to the Download Table drop-down menu in Table View: you can now download the table as an Open Data API query.
Selecting this option will download a text file containing JSON that you can pass in to the API in a table query. This feature is designed to make it easier to set up your API queries, as you can now use the SuperWEB2 drag and drop interface to design your queries and then easily reuse these in the application you are building with the API.
SuperWEB2 now has an automated user registration system, designed to make it easy to allow users to sign up for an account on your SuperWEB2 deployment, set their own password, and change or reset their password.
As part of this change, users can now change their password and delete their account from the Account page (accessible from the top-right menu).