What's New in FIN 5

FIN 5.0.0

Overview

The FIN 5 release contains many new features and additional benefits, including an all-new Host App, brand new database builder app, folio app, and system configuration UI, to enable faster engineering. A new template creation wizard also makes integrating controllers faster and easier, further reducing configuration time for systems integrators and OEMs. Numerous changes have been made to enhance product robustness and enhanced cybersecurity as well. And FIN 5 leverages the latest Haystack 4.0 standard throughout the framework to stay on the leading edge of open technology.

Let's take a look at what's new in FIN 5.

The Host App

The new FIN Host App has been completely redesigned to work independently from, and outside of a project. User accounts are now managed globally and work across multiple projects right from the host app. It brings new security enhancements such as strong passwords and better user management. Additional project management tools include viewing licenses and usage, installing and updating Pods, and links to new interactive developer docs.

Note: Users logging in will by default be directed to the Host not a specific project. However, there are couple ways to get the users to login to a specific project by following this doc Launch Specific Project.

DB Builder

FIN 5’s new DB Builder is built for speed. The new UI helps visually organize the database and the workflows are optimized for faster database configuration. The DB Builder is entirely HTML5 and incorporates the powerful use of multiple trees to see and manage all aspects of a project database all in one place.

As we dive deeper into the Equip Tree, we'll notice that each additional level of the architecture has an essentials tab to show the tags contained in the record and a summary tab that shows a grid of the related records below it. The individual point view has been simplified and enhanced vision to show concepts such as read, write, histories, and schedule (if schedulable). There is also a new property editor pop-up window that displays the individual record’s tags and enables more in-depth viewing & editing of that record.

   

The connectors menu is also now it's own individual tree and allows the user to easily add, discover, and manage connections to field devices and their data points.

In addition to the original Equipment tree view, new trees show information organized by application; Graphics, Programs, Connectors, Schedules, and more. New power tools support drag-and-drop of records: to create Relationships, to Clone, use Tag bundles, apply Templates, add Histories, add Alarms, and do Conversions. Advanced features include the Jobs manager and Saved filters.

Graphics Builder

The graphics builder has had a number of incremental enhancements to increase efficiency when creating custom graphics. One notable enhancement is the implementation of easy-to-use dashboard components, such as charts and gauges. Now, system integrators and advanced end users can create system performance and KPI visualizations that are simple.

Logic Builder

In the logic builder, we’ve added new blocks that comprise what we call the State Machine. This allows users to build a simplified sequence of operation using the new state and mode blocks, which greatly simplifies the creation and validation of complex control sequences.

Folio App

Another major change can be found in the Folio app, which has also been completely redesigned using HTML5.

Folio allows you to run queries against your database, displays results in a table format, allows batch editing and features a new column for marker tags where users can further filter the query results by simply clicking on a tag.

API Docs

The FIN Framework is ideally suited for developers and OEMs to further extend the framework. FIN 5 contains new API documentation, an interactive help system, and additional open APIs.

The docs and interface can be launched from the new Host app or directly from the app launcher menu; just click on the Docs Icon. The interactive Table of Contents makes it easier for users to navigate and learn more about the FIN Framework APIs.

Templating

Lastly, one of the most powerful new features to help SIs configure projects faster and OEMs to extend the framework is the new template architecture. SIs and OEMs can make their own templates that include a payload for creating the database, graphics, summaries, alarms, and other assets. Once a user has finished creating their templates, they can utilize the new “template wizard” that rapidly matches imported or discover information with their templates to create an entire project automatically. This means now the navigation, point graphics, custom graphics, summary graphics, control logic, alarms, and O&M manuals are dynamically created and become part of a nearly completed project.

These are just a few of the many enhancements that come with FIN 5 making it more open, fast, robust, and extensible than ever before.

Also visit our website for the original announcement of FIN 5 rollout, and watch the FIN 5 overview video highlighting what’s new in FIN 5.


FIN 5.0.3

Overview

The FIN 5.0.3 release is considered a 'service pack' release which typically contain minor bug fixes and feature enhancements. Numerous changes have been made to enhance product robustness and enhanced cybersecurity as well. 

Notable Fixes & Enhancements

  • Aux points & licensing have been enhanced. If the AUX points exceed the licenses "auxPoint" capacity, the aux points will then count towards the "point" portion of the license (if there is room). 
  • Newly added points through the DB Builder tree automatically get the aux tag (not through point library)
  • Points added from connectors that do not have the his tag are automatically given the aux tag
  • FIN now supports later versions of MAC OS Mojave 10.14 and the newest version of Catalina 10.15
  • Language support for all end user apps with the following languages: Spanish, Romanian, Italian, & French
  • FIN Install wizard improvements
  • EULA now has to be accepted for every new user's first login & with every FIN update

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Documentation Change Notes 

FIN 5.0.4

Overview

The FIN 5.0.4 release is considered a 'service pack' release which typically contain minor bug fixes and feature enhancements. Numerous changes have been made to enhance product robustness and enhanced cybersecurity as well. 

Notable Fixes & Enhancements

  • Added instructions for super user password strength
  • Global control tool is no longer broken
  • The drag and drop functionality on the Haystack connector in DB builder works
  • Generating tenant report with the finHtmlReporting pod works
  • Clone points displays incorrect connector Ref path issues is fixed.
  • The save functionality in the DB builder Essential view now works 

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Documentation Change Notes 

FIN 5.0.4 (Patch)

Overview

The FIN 5.0.4.2977 (Patch) is a quick patch to the initial 5.0.4 release that contains a few additional fixes & enhancements to the software.

Notable Fixes & Enhancements

  • Docs in the Host App are now working as intended
  • Moving haystack points from one equip to another equip is now working as intended
  • Users can now properly edit and modify existing AM Chart components after creating them

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FIN 5.0.5

Overview

[Release date: July 7th, 2020] The FIN 5.0.5 release is considered a 'service pack' release which typically contain minor bug fixes and feature enhancements. Numerous changes have been made to enhance product robustness and enhanced cybersecurity as well. 

Notable Fixes & Enhancements

  • The feature for checking a license's maintenance date has changed. First obvious change is that the warning banner is no longer shown on top of the screen. The second change is that the installer now compares the new build release date with the maintenance date.
  • Added functionality for each Official Release Version of the Software to have a release date property. This release date will be used when installing a future upgrade.
  • During the FIN installation wizard, if a license maintenance date is before the release date of the build is being installed. A message will pop up and say "This license does not support build X.X.X.XXXX", and the installation will pause at that step.
  • When a new release is installed without a license, and then a license with an expired maintenance date is added (the release date is later than the maintenance date). All extensions will shut down and the build will be unusable, except the Host app will allow for a new license to be installed.
  • Added a date check against maintenance date for determining FIN functionality. If current date is later than the maintenance date the weather app is disabled, but all other FIN functionality remains the same.
  • Added a date check against maintenance date for displaying current maintenance status. If current date is later than the maintenance date when viewing a license in the host app a warning will be displayed. "This license maintenance has expired".

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Documentation Change Notes

FIN 5.0.5 (Patch)

Overview

[Release date: July 28th, 2020] The FIN 5.0.5 (Patch) is a quick patch to the initial 5.0.5 release that contains a few additional fixes & enhancements to the software.

Notable Fixes & Enhancements

  • The Resend func no longer sends multiple of the same email when an alarm is triggered.

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FIN 5.0.6

Overview

[Release date: October 30, 2020] The FIN 5.0.6 release is considered a 'service pack' release which typically contain minor bug fixes and feature enhancements. Numerous changes have been made to enhance product robustness and enhanced cybersecurity as well. 

Notable Fixes & Enhancements

  • FIN Reports now included in the standard build. Can now be enabled by enabling the finHtmlReporting ext.
  • Edge2Cloud is included in the standard build. To read more about it, click on the following link: Edge2Cloud
  • Graphics builder library updates & performance improvements.
  • Added strong password check when using the installer and specifying the default password.
  • Schedules app Weekly view automatically adjusts the first day of the week based on locale.
  • Added ability to hide the right mini app when a Top Level Graphic is opened. The tag "hideRightMenu" would be added to the topLevel record.
  • Added new Logic Builder blocks: AnalogToDigital, DigitalToAnalog, DewPoint, OnHolder, RecordMaxValue, RecordMinValue, AmountOfHeat, DeltaAmountOfHeat, ThermalOutput, HistoryValue, UpAndDownCounter, RuntimeCounter, and Enthalpy

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Documentation Change Notes

FIN 5.0.7

Overview

[Release date: February 1, 2021] The FIN 5.0.7 release is considered a 'service pack' release which typically contain minor bug fixes and feature enhancements. 

Notable Fixes & Enhancements

  • Custom connector configuration settings with properties that have enum lists now appear in the FIN UI.
  • Custom connector configuration settings with properties that have units now appear in the FIN UI.
  • OEM theme colors appear on Smart Labels when logged in through Edge2Cloud.
  • Greater localization of FIN UI

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Documentation Change Notes