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Hi all,

I’m very pleased to announce the availability of extend 10.2.1.

This release is the first product update for extend 10.2 and importantly carries with it our commitment of continued support for extend customers.

This latest edition of extend enables ACUCOBOL customers to instantly deploy their applications to any web, mobile and cloud platform.

More information on this release can be found here.

Best regards,

Dominique Sacre

Product Director – extend

Micro Focus

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Thanks again to our ACUCOBOL customers for attending last Thursday's webinar and launch event for Extend & AcuToWeb 10.2.  Below, you will find the questions posed during the broadcast along with responses from our expert panel.

Couldn't attend last week's webinar?  Register for the re-play here - www.microfocus.com/AcuToWeb   


Extend & AcuToWeb Q&A Panel Discussion


Can you see the name of the user device in the control panel?


You cannot see it on the control panel. Nonetheless, you can obtain this information from the CLIENT-MACHINE-NAME on the TERMINAL-ABILITIES field defined on the ACUCOBOL.def file.


Can you upload PDF files with AcuToWeb?


Yes you can. You can copy them on the client machine using the AcuToWeb Desktop or you can display them on the screen using a Web Browser. You can even generate them!


You spoke about AcuToWeb on mobile devices. Does the user interface dynamically adjust to the screen size of say a mobile phone? How would those Grids you showed render on a phone for instance? Thanks!


You can use the zoom feature to make parts of the screen bigger. Nonetheless, a screen developed for Windows will contain too much information for a mobile phone. Tablets are best suited for this kind of usage. Or you can create new screens that display information differently using mobile phones


If your COBOL screens are a fixed size, can using style sheets allow you to change the size of such screens?


You can change the size of the screen, but that does not mean it will change the size of the components within the screen. This capability cannot be used as a method for resizing the screen.


Is it possible to access to a web service using little to no programming (hosted by a provider) within ACUCOBOL-GT?


Yes, you have a library called RMNET that allows you from ACUCOBOL to call web services. Please see the ACUCOBOL documentation for specific samples on how to use this library.


Our application uses .NET assemblies, both graphical and non-graphical. We also use a few .NET executable apps that are called from the COBOL app. Is there support for this in AcuToWeb?


No, .NET assemblies are not supported. We are planning to add partial support within a future version of extend. Executable apps that are called from the COBOL app should work if you use a server environment that supports them (e.g. a Windows server for AcuToWeb).


Is it possible to right justify a field in C$PDF e.g. amount and quantity on an invoice?


A good resource to reference here is the documentation for this capability - libharu. You can find that documentation here: https://github.com/libharu/libharu/wiki/API%3A-Document


Can you elaborate on the debug facilities? Is it also browser based?


The debugger is the standard debugger within ACUCOBOL-GT but executing on the browser screen. This capability would allow you to debug from a tablet.


If the browser window is resized, will the app's screen resize with it?


We reproduce a standard graphical or character window inside the browser. Resizing the browser will not affect the size of the screen, only the portion of the screen you will see. Use the Zoom feature to resize the screen.


Can you add further attributes to forms such as date pickers on date fields, validation on fields for email or post codes, etc.?


You can already do this today, programmatically, with ACUCOBOL-GT. This capability exists for AcuToWeb, too. The date picker has been a graphical element available within ACUCOBOL-GT for at least the last 10 years.


Does extend 10.2 support all ActiveX controls, for example the Microsoft Mask Edit Box and Date Time Picker?


We keep supporting ActiveX as we did in older versions of extend. Although we haven’t tested against these specific controls, there is no need to use the Date Time Picker as we have implemented a graphical element that supports that functionality directly.


Has the SQL Access speed increased using AcuSQL when using the AcuToWeb interface?


There is no relationship between AcuToWeb and AcuSQL. You can execute AcuSQL runtime requests using AcuToWeb, but the performance would be the same.


With ACU thin client you can include or exclude machine names - how do you do that in AcuToWeb?


You can work with the AcuAccess file to grant or deny access to your application, as within ACU Thin Client today.


Can I run character screens in AcuToWeb?


Yes you can run a character screen in AcuToWeb.


What is the process for editing the CSS? How do you know what references in the CSS reference what elements on forms?


Our ACUCOBOL documentation provides the CSS references for the different screen elements. If you want to use the properties ATW-CSS-CLASS or ATW-CSS-ID, you should represent a corresponding class in the current theme (that is, a .class-name entry or a #id-name entry in the cascading style sheet)


Is the data in a Grid Object on the Employee Leave Information screen?


Yes, this is a Grid Control


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Micro Focus is delighted to announce the general availability of its ACUCOBOL-GT® solution--extend® & AcuToWeb® 10.2. These latest releases deliver additional platform support, new performance improvements for 64-bit architectures and enable developers to instantly deploy their ACU applications to web and mobile devices.

Leverage the power of new development tools, cascading style sheets and web deployment, using AcuToWeb, to deliver a modern application experience for your customers.

Release Highlights include:

  • AcuToWeb extensions
    • All remaining control properties are now supported
    • New virtual keyboard for mobile devices
    • Customization of individual graphical controls
  • AcuToWeb support on UNIX platforms – Solaris, AIX and HP-UX
  • Native Code support for Intel x64 and AMD64 processors (Windows, Linux & Solaris)
  • Faster application performance
  • Acu4GL for MSSQL on Linux platforms
  • ACU4GL for ODBC on Linux and UNIX platforms
  • New Print-To-PDF extensions

Visit the ACUCOBOL-GT product pages as well as the product datasheets for a complete list of new features within extend & AcuToWeb 10.2.

Start your application modernization journey today with extend & AcuToWeb 10.2. Contact your account manager to schedule a free product demonstration.

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Modernize and mobilize your ACUCOBOL applications

Hi all, I’m very pleased to announce the availability of extend® 10.2.

With AcuToWeb 10.2® designed for ACUCOBOL applications, this solution enables development teams to instantly transform their ACU applications and deliver a browser-based experience across mobile, web and cloud platforms.

Using this latest ACUCOBOL technology, direct customers and ISVs can immediately modernize ACUCOBOL-GT® applications and deploy a new user experience across desktop, web, tablet and smartphone devices—without code change.

This new offering is unique to Micro Focus and enables our ACU customers to take their applications to new platforms, markets and end users.

Key release highlights include:

  • New support for AcuToWeb extensions including:
    • All remaining control Properties
    • Virtual keyboard for Mobile devices
    • Customization of individual graphical controls
    • AcuToWeb availability on UNIX platforms
  • Native Code support for Intel x64 and AMD64 processors (Windows, Linux, Unix) providing increased performance for ACUCOBOL applications
  • Acu4GL for MSSQL for Linux
  • ACU4GL for ODBC on Linux and UNIX
  • Print-To-PDF extensions
  • And more…

Updated extend and AcuToWeb datasheets will be available on April 10 on the Micro Focus Web site.

If you wish to register for a product trial or have questions about this new extend offering, please contact your Micro Focus account manager.

Thank you,


Dominique Sacré
Product Director

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