The latest Utelogy software release is now available and includes the following:
Read below for details about the new features.
U-Control is built on the Utelogy Visual Framework (UVF). UVF is a set of pre-built components that can be configured into a UI configuration. The appearance of the components provides a smart way to develop, manage, and re-use code that a programmer will appreciate. The UVF provides the following advantages:
Documentation for this feature includes:
Using the definition from Wikipedia, “a component is a software object, intended to interact with other components, encapsulating certain functionality or a set of functionalities. It has an obvious defined interface and conforms to a recommended behavior common to all components within an architecture”.
The benefits of incorporating components into the UVF include:
Everyone wants a user-interface that looks nice, but that is very subjective and what looks nice differs from person to person. Furthermore, organizations often have branding that specifies some design style that they’d like to apply to the U-Control interface and that’s where the notion to provide the ability to select a theme evolved from.
Utelogy has 3 themes that come as part of the product. U-Server allows you to select the theme you want to use for all the U-Control systems that run off that server.
With the Component Development Kit, users have all the information necessary to build custom components which can be added to the U-Server. Because components use standard web technologies, users can build components do deliver whatever functionality is desired.
The Theming Guide provided with Utelogy, shows users how to can create custom themes using standard web CSS skills.
U-Schedule can be configured to connect to Google Calendars, Exchange Calendars and Office 365 Calendar to pull scheduled events for individual rooms.
U-Schedule supports viewing the current schedule status (Available/Busy) of a room, as well as the day’s schedule of events on a “door marquee”.
The U-Schedule door marquee is built on the UVF and is very similar in nature to U-Control. It can be themed and is built using components. In the 2.03 release, the door marquee UI can be built into the theme, it is not yet configurable. That functionality will be available in a future release.
The Utelogy architecture allows additional calendar plugins to be built using the ICalendar Plugin SDK.
This image of the door marquee shows the room is available and the time of the next meeting on that day. The right side shows the schedule for the room.
When the room is booked, the door marquee will display the following image with a red background to indicate the room is currently booked.
U-Access allows you to use your Active Directory to authenticate users and to evaluate access rules to determine which users can use which rooms.
The setup is simple, but powerful, allowing you to set up enterprise-wide access rules. U-Manage allows you to configure U-Access by setting up: