- Stage One: Flex4 Flash Retirement
- Stage Two: Flex4 Backend Retirement
- Features Coming to Flex5 in 2023
- Deprecated Features
The retirement of Flex4 is going to come in two stages. First, we plan to retire the Flex4 Flash application and following that, we will retire the Flex4 backend.
Stage One: Flex4 Flash Retirement
As most of our customers are aware, Adobe stopped supporting Flash in December 2020. In order to continue to give our customers access to Flex4 while Flex5 development continued, we licensed a Flash player for our Flex4 Flash Application from an Adobe partner. Our Flash license extends through January 30, 2023 and once it expires, we are required to retire the Flex4 Flash application.
Stage Two: Flex4 Backend Retirement
After Flex4 Flash is retired, there will still be some underlying APIs still running in the Flex4 Backend. These APIs are currently called from the Flex5 UI. This is not something that is visible to you as an end user, but it is important to note that porting these APIs to Flex5 will increase the performance of these areas significantly.
The large remaining Flex4 API’s are as follows:
- Availability API
- Report Engine API
- Workflow Processing APIs (e.g. Pull Sheet generation)
Features Coming to Flex5 in 2023
Additional features are on the timeline to be brought to Flex5 in 2023 (after the retirement of the Flex4 Flash application).
- System Settings > Resource Audit Trail
- Trucking functionality
- Automated Functions
- Please reach out to support if you need assistance adding or editing automated functions.
While most functionality will be ported from Flex4 to Flex5, there are a few features that will be deprecated entirely during the transition. The decision to deprecate certain features has been based on extensive queries into usage data as well as customer feedback. Please see below for a list of features that will not be in Flex5:
- Recurring Billing
- System Settings > Duplicate Barcodes
- Equipment Shortage Warning (Automated Function)
- Custom Form Element Definition
- "Sort Line Item" option
- Contact Record
- Contact Audit Trail
- Contact Image Gallery
- Personal Details
- Contacts Menu
- Contact Relationships
- Crew Schedule & Settings
- Inventory Menu
- ROI Dashboard (Global)
- Systems Settings Menu
- Business Rules
- Email Blast
- Labor Unions