RPE 2.1 – “Multumesc”

I’m happy to announce RPE 2.1, codename Multumesc, has been made generally available today. With this release we continued on the path we started in RPE 2.0 around simplifying the user experience with RPE. While with 2.0 and 2.0.1 we focused on administrators and end users with 2.1 our focus are template designers:

  1. Interactive Guides – new designers will be walked through the design process
  2. Drag&Drop for quick template design– drop your resource URL from the Browser in document studio and RPE will create a starting template for you
  3. Simplified CLM traceability – with the POX profile you no longer need to manipulate URLs to transform between OSLC and REST API.
  4. Word Import – use Word documents as the starting point of your template. RPE will convert the structure and a subset of the formatting into an RPE template
  5. Java Script Reuse – you can now define code modules inside a template and reuse the functions defined there everywhere else in the template.

This and much more is described in https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SS6RHZ_2.1.0/com.ibm.rational.pe.overview.doc/topics/c_whats_new_21.html and will be further discussed here.

The team even put together videos to show some of the new features https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGO0qYNSD4UtXl3xXGsL1hhumg0s8m9i

Kudos to the RPE team and to all of you that helped us define and refine these features.

RPE 1.3

RPE 1.3 has eGA-ed today, Oct 31st 2014. I want to thank the entire RPE team for all the hard work and creativity they have put in this release.

RPE 1.3 introduces new features, improves existing ones and fixes problems found in previous releases. For information on how to access the release, see the fix list or the system requirements and more please see the RPE 1.3 Download Document

Main themes

  1. serviceability – improved error information and identification, visual template debugger etc
  2. usability – continues the work started with RPE 1.2
  3. output improvements – overall better quality of PDF and Word documents, new HTML output features (TOC breadcrumbs), new Word output features (multiple documents from a single report)
  4. securitypassword protected output documents, digitally signed output documents, digitally signed templates etc
  5. performance – reduces document generation time for Reportable REST data sources through a more efficient authentication process

More details on what is new in this release can be found in the new RPE 1.3 Infocenter and will be discussed here as usual.