You are in for a treat! It’s been a while since our last little chat, and I have a ton of exciting news for OutSystems developers. I apologize in advance for the long post, but there are so many awesome things to share!

First of all, on the slim chance you missed our recent news, OutSystems 11 was just released, pushing low-code development one step further so developers can build even faster and better than before. You can scale large app portfolios effectively with microservices architecture. Dependency management enables you to make sure nothing breaks, eliminating the challenges of a microservices approach. And to make things even faster, you can deploy the services to container management platforms.

And there’s more—dozens of new or enhanced features were delivered to make your lives easier!

[OUTSYSTEMS 11]

First, let’s start with the new IDE features that are exclusive to OutSystems 11.

Screen Templates

Use pre-built templates and adapt them to your needs. You don’t have to build them from scratch anymore.

Screen Templates

Replace Data

Replace Data

Quickly replace a UI data source by dragging and dropping another entity to the corresponding widget, such as a list or a form. The new data source automatically updates the dependencies, and the UI will be bound to the new attributes and aggregates.

Automatic Text Merge

Merge and resolve conflicts even inside text elements such as CSS and Javascript. The conflicts will be highlighted and you just have to click to select which rows you want to keep.

Automatic Text Merge

Inline Records

Quickly configure and parametrize the components you are using by creating inline records and record lists without losing context

Folders Everywhere in Service Studio

Easily organize the elements of your application, such as Entities, Structures, Images, and Resources in folders. Moreover, moving actions to a different folder has no impact on the references of the module consumers.

From left to right: inline records, improved folders.
From left to right: inline records, improved folders.

Disable Elements

You can now disable elements in the logic flow to test a new version of the code without those elements.

Disable Elements

Web Block Events and Event Handlers

You can use events in blocks for web applications to build better and more reusable blocks, much like you do for mobile apps.

Styles Editor Improvements

Use grid units when you are overriding the styles of your widgets with Styles Editor, and you can style any element locally, even if you have a centralized theme according to architecture best practices.

From left to right: event blocks for web applications, grid units in Styles Editor.
From left to right: event blocks for web applications, grid units in Styles Editor.

Publish Outdated Consumers

When a module is published, some consumers may be outdated, triggering a warning in Service Studio. Just right-click the warning to open and refresh those consumer modules.

Publish Outdated Consumers

Boolean Conditions in Aggregate Joins and Filters Simplified

When working with aggregate joins and filters, you can now use “Is_Active” or “not Is_Active,” there’s no need to add True or False. After all, a Boolean is a Boolean, right?

Reorder Aggregate Filters

You can sort aggregate filters, which means you can arrange the filters in a way that’s most convenient for you.

From left to right: aggregate boolean conditions, and filter sorting.
From left to right: aggregate boolean conditions, and filter sorting.

WYSIWYG Editor Updates

Our WYSIWYG editor supports the latest CSS standards—variables, flexbox, and filters, for example. Screen and blocks’ previews are more accurate than ever.

Service Studio on 64 Bits

Service Studio 11 brings you high performance with 64-bit support, so you can work and deal with larger sets of modules.

[OUTSYSTEMS 10 and 11]

Are you blown away? Excited to get your hands on all this great stuff? Waaaiit, we’re not finished. The enhancements go on and on. We’ve worked really hard on these changes for OutSystems 10 and 11 because we know that they will accelerate your daily work. So, fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight!

Find Capabilities Taken to a New Level

Inspired by the many ideas from our community, we‘ve recently improved Service Studio's find capabilities. You can now find uses of entity actions, entity attributes, and static records, as well as understand where they’re being used without having to open the consumer modules.

Find Capabilities Taken to a New Level

Get Organized, Split Your Assigns

Are your assigns growing in complexity? Split them into a more manageable size by selecting the arrow in the corresponding assignment. It’s just that easy.

Get Organized, Split Your Assigns

Copying Tabular Data

Remember testing query results and not being able to copy tabular data? Well, now it's possible to just copy it to the clipboard. And if you paste it into an Excel file, your data is automatically arranged in the appropriate cells.

Copying Tabular Data

Disabling Automatic Data Preview for Aggregates

If you need to do minor changes and tweaks to your data fetching, you can now deactivate aggregates’ automatic preview to have a smoother and faster experience.

Counting Selected Elements

When selecting multiple elements, you can see how many you’ve selected.

Warning Messages for Unused Elements

Whenever you have unused elements in a module (e.g. aggregates, site properties, sessions, and structures), you’ll receive a warning message. Delete them to clean up your code.

Warning Messages for Unused Elements

Check What's New in Service Studio

To check for new versions of Service Studio, simply go to Help > Check for updates...

Check What's New in Service Studio

Closing Modules

Closing Modules

Manage your module as you would manage tabs on a browser. Right-click the module to “Close,” “Close other modules,” or “Close modules to the right” on the module tab.

Exporting Entity Diagrams as Images

Exporting entity diagrams as images is very useful, right? So it should be as easy as possible. Simply right-click an entity diagram and select Export to Image.

Exporting Entity Diagrams as Images

Find and Replace Faster

To find and replace, select text and press Ctrl + F or Ctrl + R. The search opens already populated with your selected text.

Find and Replace Faster

Finding Entity Actions

Now the global search also returns Entity Actions.

Finding Entity Actions

The Icing on the Cake

That’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? Well, I confess I’ve saved one other fantastic piece of news for last.

For Mac users, there’s a technical preview version of Service Studio for Mac where you can enjoy all the features we’ve shared in this article! Read the documentation page to learn all about it and to download this new version.

OutSystems Service Studio Mac Technical Preview Version