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June 2020 Release Notes

.NET Framework 4.8 Required for Windows Users

Windows users of Kahua will be required to have the .NET Framework 4.8 Runtime installed and enabled on their systems.  The .NET 4.8 Runtime was released by Microsoft in April 2019, and it has been included with the Windows 10 Update since May 2019.  The new version provides increased levels of security, performance improvements, and bug fixes for applications running on Windows.

Further information about .NET can be found on Microsoft's website.

The full listing of Kahua's System Requirements can be found in our Knowledge Base.

In addition to various performance improvements, user interface updates and error corrections, this release will also include:

Desktop Hosts

Persisting Project Navigator For Starred Projects

For users that frequently change projects, Kahua has added a way to quickly jump between projects.    When right clicking on the Project Finder icon, users can choose to "Display My Projects".  This will open a panel to the left of the application bar with a list of any project that have been starred by the user.  Clicking a project from the panel will set the selected project as the current active project and open the most recent app.  To conserve real estate, it is recommended that users who remain in the same project on a daily basis keep this panel closed.

File Manager Permissions

The Contributor role in File Manager has been updated to permit deleting their own uploaded files. This change was made to alleviate accidental file uploads by users, particularly via drag/drop or file sync.  A contributor will now be able to delete a file provided it is unchanged since the upload occurred and the following conditions are met:

1.    The user is the individual who uploaded the file

2.    Additional versions of the file have not been uploaded by another user OR any version has not been marked up by another user 

Media Component - Windows and Mobile Beta

A new component has been introduced that offers specific handling for photos.  The component allows for ease of upload of photos via drag and drop as well as better visuals and navigation for image files.  It is recommended that users leverage the Media Component instead of the References Component when dealing with photos.  Additionally, attributes have been included that allow specific data to be collected about each photo, including Location, Photographer, Comments, etc.

Images added to Media can be included on your portable views. To do so, the app must use a Microsoft Word template that includes the following token:

Note:  The parameter above can be adjusted to include as many items per row as desired and the image on the portable view PDF will resize accordingly to span the width of the page.  

In upcoming releases, the Media component will be added to other apps and enhanced to support annotations, videos and other exciting new functionality.  In addition, a new central repository for all Media will be included for all projects.  The Media Component is initially available to customers using the base Daily Reports app or the Kahua extension.  If you have a custom extension in any app and would like to include the Media Component, please contact your Kahua Account Manager or a Partner developer. 

Invitation Templates

We have added the ability to include custom content and files when inviting new users to Kahua via an invitation template.  The content and link to files will be included in the invitation email the recipient receives.  To accomplish this, the following has been added to the invitation template form:
Additional Information:  A text box to include custom content up to 500 characters in length

References:  Uploaded files will be accessed via a link in the invitation email.  

In the event no content is included in the invitation template, the entire section is omitted from the invitation email.  Additionally, the inviter's logo will appear at the top of the invitation email.  The link will direct the invitee to a webpage to download the files, either individually or as a ZIP file.


DocuSign Autoplace Tokens

Users who would like to include the ability for DocuSign signers to include text or select a checkbox can now optionally include this with their signature request.  For more information and sample tokens, please visit our DocuSign Autoplace Tokens support page.  

Canned Reports and Portable Views

We have made some adjustments to the standard canned reports and portable views to provide a more modern look and feel.

Licensing Updates - Effective July 1, 2020

Per prior licensing communications, all new Kahua basic users (users with no license assigned) are required to have a Standard Kahua license to access File Manager beginning July 1, 2020. Basic users may still access Tasks and Messages without a Standard Kahua license.  For more information, please visit our Licensing FAQ.

Mac Host

User Interface Updates

Our Mac host will move towards parity with the Windows app, including update of the below. The New UI for the Mac host will continue through future releases as well.

  • Action Bar and List View updates to new UI in hub apps
  • Record views updated on several hub apps
  • Restyling of several modals and overlays
  • One Click File Management – ability for Mac users to take advantage (if they have permissions) of opening a file directly to native app from File Manager
  • Support for enhanced security settings in Domain Settings
  • Support for expired password functionality

Mobile Hosts

Media Component - BETA

Kahua’s new Media Component for mobile allows users to take, upload and view photos in applications that contain the component. The component, when added to the app def, supports a thumbnail and full size layout of photos in a separate section within supported apps.

Actions/Commands Layout Consolidation

A new, consolidated Actions and Commands bar streamlines acting on a record. Workflow buttons that often scroll horizontally have been eliminated. All options are now provided on the bottom task bar with a ‘More’ menu to access additional actions that are unable to fit on screen.  

Secondary Grids

Apps that contain secondary grids on a form have been updated with a simplified interface that includes swipe left/right to easily navigate between records.

Kahua Host Updates

All Kahua hosts have been updated with various enhancements and bug fixes.  The Windows host will automatically update upon first launch after the release.

Download the appropriate app for your device:

Kahua for Mac

Kahua Mobile for iOS on iTunes

Kahua Mobile for Android on Google Play

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