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DesignXpert v18.0 - A Major Release on February 21, 2017

For details on recent patches to fix some challenges visit the Hot Topics page

Netformx is pleased to announce this major release of DesignXpert v18.0 on February 21, 2017. This major release includes substantial enhancements to the user experience.
You wanted a better DesignXpert experience. You asked for more control and to make it easier to find the exact functions you need inside the toolbar to do your work more quickly and efficiently. You wanted a simplified user interface. You wanted visual queuing so you could immediately find and correct problems on the design canvas. You wanted a deeper undo pool, to make it easier to back out and fix work errors. With DesignXpert v18.0, all this is available and much more.

DesignXpert 18.0 is more responsive and even easier to use than before. Areas of improvement include:

  • Eliminated Complexity & Clutter with significant visual enhancements to the user interface
  • Improved User Control with a redesigned and streamlined interface
  • Enhanced Design Accuracy with nearly 100% content alignment
  • Enriched DesignXpert Experience with a new project database
  • Increased Product Stability with expanded testing and development cycles
  • Significantly Reduced Tech Support Requests with adjustments to the Installer and Updater

By setting your Updater to Automatic, DesignXpert will self upgrade and give you access to these features and much more.

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Netformx Hub and Project Repository to collaborate, protect and analyze your projects

Added to the ribbon is a Collaboration Tab called “Project Repository” that provides easy to access elements.

  • Open (Projects stored in the Project Repository),
  • Save (your Project to the Repository),
  • Share (your Project with other onboarded DesignXpert users), and
  • Upload Manager (to see the status of the save actions happening in the background).

Organization’s and users that have taken the steps to onboard to the hub will have access to free online storage capabilities. All you need to do for access to the new DesignXpert Simple Save features, along with the advanced features of Project Collaboration and Project Sharing, is to set up a valid Project Repository Username and Password. To receive these credentials, you will need to do the following:

  1. Email your Netformx Account Manager and let them know your organization would like to be set up for access to the Netformx Hub and Project Repository
  2. Please make sure this email includes a full list of DesignXpert users, including their corporate contact details (first name, last name, and corporate email address)
  3. Remind these users to keep their eyes open for the enrollment email coming from our authentication service – be sure they check Clutter and Junk Folders in the event your email system accidentally misclassifies this notification
  4. Follow the onboarding instructions noted in the enrollment email to confirm the username (your corporate email) and password
  5. Once approved, enter the username and password inside the DesignXpert Options?Project Repository section and select the option to have DesignXpert automatically save Projects on the Netformx Project Repository

That is it. Just a few easy steps to collaborate, protect and analyze your projects

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DesignXpert v17.4.1.1 - Simple Save Feature

Netformx is pleased to announce the General Availability release of Simple Save, via DesignXpert Version 17.4.1.19 and higher. This release focuses on the ability to turn on Simple Save to collaborate, protect, and analyze your projects. With Simple Save enabled, DesignXpert uploads a copy of every Project you save locally on your machine to the Netformx Hub. Using Simple Save effects no change in how you work with DesignXpert today. You maintain the complete freedom to Save or Save-As your Projects to any drive, and folder location you want, while Simple Save does the rest. Combined with the Netformx Hub, DesignXpert delivers a higher level of business continuity and collaboration capabilities to you and your organization.

Inside DesignXpert, on the Collaboration Ribbon Tab, look for the section titled Project Repository. These new elements all work with the Netformx Hub. Open, to view and download Projects stored in the Project Repository. Save, (in the event you do not enable Simple Save) to send a copy of your Project to the Repository. Share, to let other DesignXpert users work from a copy of your Project stored on the Netformx Hub. Upload Manager, to see the status of the upload activity happening in the background.

To take advantage of the online storage capabilities of the Netformx Hub Project Repository and use all the new DesignXpert features including Simple Save, you will need a valid Project Repository Username and Password. To receive these credentials, you need to take the following Steps:

    1. Email your Netformx Account Manager and let them know you and your organization would like to be set up for access to the Netformx Hub and Project Repository
    2. Please make sure this email includes a full list of DesignXpert users, including their corporate contact details (first name, last name, and corporate email address)
    3. Remind these users to keep their eyes open for the enrollment email coming from our authentication service – be sure to check Clutter and Junk Folders in the event your email system accidentally misclassifies this notification from our user authentication system
    4. Follow the onboarding instructions noted in the enrollment email to confirm the username (your corporate email) and password

  1. Once you receive the final confirmation email, enter the username and password inside the DesignXpert Options -> Project Repository section and select the option to have DesignXpert save both locally and to the online project repository

DesignXpert v17.4.1 - The Project Repository to Collaborate, Protect, and Analyze your Projects

The DesignXpert v17.4.1 patch was released on September 26. the Product Availability report needed a few minor tweaks; you received a reformatted, easier to use report with this patch.

Additionally, with this version, users are able to take advantage of the Netformx Ecosystem and online storage capabilities of the Netformx Hub Project Repository.

Benefits from saving Projects to the Hub:

  • Ability to collate and analyze Projects to answer questions such as:
    • Which vendors and SKUs do we commonly use in DesignXpert?
    • How well do we leverage VIP Rebates?
    • How well do we track to our CSPP requirements?
  • Project Sharing for More Effective Collaboration
    • Similar to CCW, DesignXpert users can collaborate on Projects
    • Leverage your organization expertise to increase design process effectiveness
    • Reduce your design process time lag time and speed getting final results to customers & prospects
  • Online Project Storage for Disaster & Change Recovery
    • Enhanced Customer satisfaction through consistent storage and archiving
    • Online Project backup to protect yourself from catastrophic data loss
    • Continuity that provides and ensures against Project data loss in the event of staff changes

There are a few steps to onboard to the Netformx Hub in order to take advantage of this set of enhancements.

Onboarding to the Hub:

  1. Email your Netformx Account Manager to make the request to onboard your organization to the Netformx Hub, if they are not already onboarded.
  2. Provide an email address that include your users’ corporate contact details (first & last name, along with the corporate email address.
  3. Review the enrollment email that you will receive once we establish your slice of the Netformx Hub and Project Repository. Be sure to check your email Clutter and/or Junk Folder locations – sometimes our emails get accidently placed there.
  4. Follow the onboarding instructions contained in the email from our enrollment system.
  5. Finally, once you and other users at your company have established an official Netformx Hub username and password, enter your details in the Netformx Options > Project Repository section and select the option to instruct DesignXpert to automatically save your Projects on the Netformx Project Repository.


Review the User Webinar slide deck to learn how to leverage the Netformx Hub using the Project Repository to collaborate, protect and analyze your projects.
(The Webinar Video will be available soon)

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DesignXpert v17.4 - Started Rolling out September 5, 2016

Netformx is pleased to announce the latest DesignXpert upgrade v17.4 has started being released to small groups of customers as of September 5th. This will be a staggered rollout to customers throughout the coming weeks. This new release includes significant enhancements to the user experience. Make sure you and your IT department are aware of the requirements and have prepared your system in advance.

You spoke and we listened. Our crack development team of code surgeons worked long and hard updating the underlying content database with our migration to SQLite, and the results are substantial. DesignXpert is now faster and more responsive. Other areas of improvement include

  • More Responsive Application: Users with Hard Disk Drive based systems should experience a more responsive DesignXpert; more rewrites throughout the application to make it launch quicker with much less wait time for operations to load
  • Lighter System Footprint: Users migrating from SQL will experience more free disk space and a lower consumption of memory usage
  • Operational Improvements: Continued enhancements to the DesignXpert look & feel to provide you with a more consistent and efficient design and configuration experience
  • Exposure to Deal Characteristics: New access to CCW Quote IDs provide your organization with an ability to analyze the Cisco deal and opportunity characteristics of in-flight business with your customers
  • Simplified Building of Cisco Bundles: New option to streamline and speed the building of Cisco bundles by instructing DesignXpert to automatically set and configure the minimum configuration requirements as defined by Cisco
  • Better Discovery Information and Insight: Programming enhancements to the Discovery engine along with a new QuickView report provides more accurate and detailed presentation for stacks of Cisco switches and insight into Virtual Switching Systems (VSS) deployments
  • Easier Submission for Support Requests: A new and better option when you need help: if you right-click the Netformx Updater and select ‘Submit Support Request,’ the Updater will collate 7 days of log files, zip them, and create an email pre-addressed to our support desk
  • Redesigned DesignXpert Installer: Complementing our totally restructured Updater, Netformx is also announcing a complete overhaul of the Installer process used to install DesignXpert and the Updater on a user system. The new installer no longer includes system prerequisites to reduce the initial download package size itself, which streamlines and speeds the time to install (or reinstall) DesignXpert. The Updater installer also includes a comprehensive repair facility and ensures 100% restoration of original settings if users remove DesignXpert from their system.
    • One change to note when uninstalling; the updated installation process now combines both the DesignXpert and Updater installation into one single DesignXpert entry reported inside the Windows Uninstall Control Panel (Programs and Features).

New Requirements for DesignXpert v17.4

Netformx streamlines first-time installation with an updated Installation process

Netformx continues on our commitment to you to enhance the DesignXpert experience by announcing a complete rewrite of the installation package. To ensure compliance with your IT policies, Netformx has removed all pre-requisite applications from the installation process. The result is a smaller installation package download, faster installation load time, and no installation of elements not in compliance with your corporate security policies. When installing DesignXpert for the first time, please check with your IT organization to ensure your system configurations include the following pre-requisites (don’t worry though, the installation package will let you know if you are missing any of these):

You may want to prepare your systems for the coming release.

New System Prerequisites

  • .NET 4.5.2 or later
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistribution Package (x86)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)
  • Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable Package or higher

New Infrastructure Upgrades

  • Microsoft XML 4.0 SP3
  • SQLite ODBC Driver 32
  • Microsoft Update KB29992263 (Windows 7 or 8 Requirement Only)


RELEASE NOTES: Click Here for DesignXpert v17.4 Release Notes

  • Release Notes
  • Installation Instructions
  • Technical Requirements

The Netformx Collection Engine for Remote Discoveries - Released May 31

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The new Netformx Collection Engine is included in all editions of Netformx DesignXpert starting May 31, 2016. It simplifies performing a network discovery at a remote customer location, eliminating firewall challenges and more. Just download the slim, ready-to-use Collection Engine application from Netformx DesignXpert® via the Netformx Hub. Email or send the application file to your customer so they can run the discovery. Once the collection process is complete they can email the encrypted results file to you for analysis enabling you to get the network discovery results without ever leaving the office.

The Netformx Collection Engine is a standalone network discovery application that audits a customer's network and provides insights on technology upgrade, replacement, and enhancement opportunities. It identifies topology, equipment, and configuration data as well as end of life, end of support, and resource gaps. Users can audit and discover multi-vendor networks to accurately baseline a customer’s technology in minutes.
As a DesignXpert user, there is no restriction on the number of Collection Engines you can generate. Feel free to leave the Collection Engine with your customer for subsequent assessments. The only requirement to use the Collection Engine is to have a version of DesignXpert and be onboarded to the Hub. See details below about the process to get onboarded if you haven’t already done so and run the Updater to get access.

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Netformx DesignXpert v17.3 - Released April 13

Netformx is excited about the DesignXpert v17.3. Our developers did a lot of spring cleaning deep inside the guts of DesignXpert and tossed out old code, and incorporated new.

DesignXpert application infrastructure improvements include:

  • Support for Windows 10: DesignXpert now supports Window 10.
  • Less Wait Time: DesignXpert responds up to 30% faster, when first launching the application and when opening the first configuration window after placing SKUs on the design canvas.
  • Greater Consistency: Expanded uniformity for all windows behaviours including fully adjustable and resizable operational windows that remember previous settings
  • DesignXpert Updates Become More Agile: DesignXpert will now be on an agile release schedule, with more frequent and smaller feature updates and upgrades tied to the Netformx Project Repository. Keep your eyes open for more future update announcements.

DesignXpert features enhancements include:

  • Report Improvements:
    • Slight reformatting of the “Detailed Engineering” report template
    • Renaming of the “Detailed Engineering (CCW Estimate ID)” report name
    • Multivendor example included in the Import Equipment List template
  • Expanded Visibility to Hover Text: You will now see a full display of Cisco Flag Text inside the Configuration Window
  • Control of Display Icons: New User Option to Turn Off Flag Display Icons in Drawing Browser
  • Ongoing UI enhancements: Continued enhancements to the User Interface (UI) - Phase I
    • Single Click on Flag Icon in the Drawing Browser Triggers the Design Canvas to behave like a single click on drawing name
    • More consistent look & feel for all user activities
    • A complete renovation of the columnar display settings for all user actions

If your update takes longer than 5 minute we recommend you visit the Hot Topics Page.

Our Customers Speak about v17.3:

Netformx has done it again! With every release, the tool becomes easier to use and more beneficial. From the integration of End of Sale announcements, to user interface improvements, the Netformx team listens to the requests of its users and actually makes them happen!

Chris Kardos, Solutions Architect, Atrion


RELEASE NOTES: Click Here for DesignXpert v17.3 Release Notes

  • Release Notes
  • Installation Instructions
  • Technical Requirement

Netformx DesignXpert v17.2 - Released December 20, 2015

The following highlights are included with the Netformx DesignXpert v17.2 update. DesignXpert v17.2 includes the start of a major functional enhancement providing the ability for a single Project to span multiple Install Countries. This upgrade also includes many user improvements and enhancements to make DesignXpert easier to use.

  • Progressive Support for Multi Location: Multi location support has started with Phase I being completed. Functions now available include:
    • New DesignXpert Address Book
    • Address Definitions – Sold to / Install to / Bill to / Ship to
    • Create & Assign Addresses as Locations to Drawing & Sub-Drawing
    • Single Price List Handling Mechanics
  • Better Visibility to Promotion Options: The DeviceXchange GUI now displays product VIP% & DAP%
  • Improved CCW Integration: v17.2 has improved CCW integration for:
    • CCW XML Import / Export
    • Ability to Import CCW Notes & Export DesignXpert Notes to CCW
    • Now tracking and exposing last upload to CCW tracking date
  • Simplified GUI Operations: The DesignXpert GUI enhancements include:
    • The ability to enable the Assembly View as the default configuration dialog for Cisco
    • Improved copy/paste operations throughout the application
    • Right-click Validate button has been re-enabled
    • Improvements to Validation process and Cancel large-scale Validations is now enabled
  • Enhanced Reports: A User option has been added to control the report template when using the ‘Quote’ option inside the Cisco Configuration window
  • Enriched Netformx Ecosystem: Improvements have been made to allow for:
    • More Netformx Hub optimizations
    • User Notification on License Nearing Expiration (WIP)
  • Generalized API Improvements: These improvements were made for Professional Services Engagement (PSO) Customers

RELEASE NOTES: Click Here for DesignXpert v17.2 Release Notes

  • Release Notes
  • Installation Instructions
  • Technical Requirements

WATCH THE USER WEBINAR: DesignXpert v17.2

Netformx DesignXpert v17.1 - Released September 8, 2015

Netformx DesignXpert v17.1 released on 8-September. DesignXpert v17.1 includes alignment improvements with CCW in regards to Technical Service and enables you to generate single item BoM reports from within the Cisco equipment configuration window. We’ve improved Network Discovery operations and have updated the communications with the Cisco SMART Advisor (CSA) portal. The Search capability has been enhanced to filter out Remanufactured and EoL SKUs from your results in addition to improvements with the Export to Visio functionality.

  • Configuration Experience Enhancements
    • User control over explicit Start and End Dates for Subscriptions & Technical Services
    • Instant BoM Report Re-enabled
    • Automatic discount trigger for CCW Estimates
    • New Search Filter Controls (Refurbished & EoL)
  • Enhancements to Network Discovery
    • Wireless LAN Controllers-to-Wireless Access Points (SPR 79140) association (coming soon)
    • Multivendor enhancement via additional SMNP calls for Device ID, Port Count, Serial Number, and Port Number
    • Free Form Text added to CSA upload
    • Customer Address to Transactional ID Search
    • Expanded capabilities to discover F5 equipment – further identification for the Virtual Software implementation (coming soon)
  • Ongoing Clean-up and Enhancements
    • Export to Visio
    • Menu clean up

RELEASE NOTES: Click Here for DesignXpert v17.1 Release Notes

  • Release Notes
  • Installation Instructions
  • Technical Requirements

WATCH THE USER WEBINAR: DesignXpert v17.1 & Updater v16.0

NETFORMX UPDATER v16.0: Released on September 8, 2015

The fastest way for you to update is to make sure you are running the latest Netformx Updater. When you launch DesignXpert you should see an Update button in the lower left corner of the splash screen with a count down time to update. We encourage you to set your updater to Automatic updates now that the new version runs silently in the background and won't be disruptive to your daily work.

Netformx announces the new Updater v16.0 delivering a significantly streamlined and enhanced user experience. Updater v16.0 user benefits include:

  • New Updater icon
  • Silent Updater self-updates
  • Completely redesigned user interface
  • Enhanced messaging during the update process
  • Top-to-bottom restructuring of the entire update architecture
  • Reduction in the consumption of system resources while updating
  • Freedom to use DesignXpert during content downloads and upgrades

More features are planned for future updater upgrades to enhance user experiences.

“The newly designed interface of the Netformx updater is simpler, cleaner and easier to use than ever. The fact that you can continue working in Netformx while the system updates is a huge improvement. This ensures the applications stays updated at all times and gives me the confidence that I’m working with the latest information available. I’ve been a Netformx user for over 6 years and with every update, Netformx gets better and better. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next!”

Chris Kardos, Solutions Architect, Atrion

UPGRADING YOUR UPDATER:

Please review the two options below before updating.

    1. If your organization has been approved to use Updater 16.x CLICK HERE.
      (Note: The majority of customers are approved for this version, there are only a few with limitations due to customized versions of DesignXpert)

  1. If your organization has a customized version of DesignXpert we recommend you use Updater 15.x, until you have been internally approved to upgrade your Updater. CLICK HERE

Experiencing problems with upgrading the Updater? Click the Hot Topics page for some answers.

Netformx DesignXpert v17.0 – Release June 17, 2015

Netformx DesignXpert v17.0 released June 17, 2015. As part of this release we included some significant infrastructure enhancements that aid collaboration and more. However, new infrastructure capabilities won’t be enabled just yet, so you will see some grayed out areas. You will find major additional benefit when the new infrastructure is available. In the meantime, below are some of the enhancements and upgrades you will be able to experience immediately with the new release.

  • Streamlined DesignXpert Operations– Increased Efficiencies
    • New Default Project Template Option setting
    • New Copy/Paste Option setting
  • Enhanced Design Capabilities & Advancements – Improved Ease of Use
    • Cisco Component Cloning
    • Copy/Paste Improvements
    • Introducing New Rack Functionality
  • CCW Enhancements & Alignments – Greater Accuracy
    • Technical Service Synchronization
    • Full support for CCW Dynamic Pricing
  • Improved Reports & Documentation – Better Tracking & Visibility
    • Multivendor and Cisco Enhancement to Product Availability Milestones
  • Netformx Discovery Enhancements – Ease of Operation
    • Cisco EoX Reports
  • Upgraded Cross Application Functionality – Visio Interoperability
    • Enhanced Scope control – multi-drawings now product multi-sheets
    • Now maintain layer integrity
    • Colors/Fonts/Transparency are translated consistently upon conversion

RELEASE NOTES: Click Here for DesignXpert v17.0 Release Notes

  • Release Notes
  • Installation Instructions
  • Technical Requirements

USER GUIDE: Click Here for the DesignXpert v17.0 User Guide
DESIGNXPERT V17.0 WEBINAR VIDEO:

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