SQLite Encryption & Dictation in Omnis Studio 8.0.3

We are delighted to announce the release of Omnis Studio 8.0.3, which has many fault fixes, a few enhancement requests, and a few other new features. Several of the fixes enhance the 64-bit version of Omnis Studio on macOS Sierra, and we have added Apple Finder events support and Dictation for Mac end users. Plus we added some nice enhancements in the JavaScript Map component, and encryption for SQLite datafiles.

Here is a summary of the enhancements and updates in Omnis Studio 8.0.3:

  • SQLite Encryption
    The SQLite DAM now supports native datafile encryption. When enabled, by setting the session object $encryptkey property before logging on, all data written to the SQLite datafile is encrypted and can only be read and decrypted using the SQLite DAM with the appropriate encryption key
  • Dictation
    allows end users on macOS Sierra to enter text into Edit fields and other editable controls using the built-in dictation; dictation must be enabled in the config.json file and on the client Mac
  • Apple Events
    a new object class that contains AppleScript to run various Apple Finder events, to replace Apple Events commands which will be made obsolete
  • Map Markers
    extended support for Google Maps allows you to add a larger variety of map markers (circles, arrows) and polygons to maps in JavaScript apps
  • Page Panes
    the JS Paged Pane control has a new property $animatetransitions, which will allow you to animate the transition when the current page is changed
  • Worker Objects
    additional support for notifications has been added in the Worker Objects, for example, to allow you to report progress on a long operation in your SQL transactions
  • Hardware ID
    a new function has been added to return the string ID of the hardware on which Omnis Studio is currently running; this replaces sys(227) which has been removed
  • Icon functions
    an additional optional noscale parameter has been added to the $getpict() and $getmask() functions in the OmnisIcn Library function group

Data Entry via Dictation

Dictation support is available on macOS Sierra in Single- and Multi-line edit fields, the edit part of Combo boxes, and edit fields in Complex grids in remote forms (and window classes), that is, wherever text input is required. Dictation must be enabled in the config.json file and on the client Mac computer. Standard dictation mode will try to convert audible speech into meaningful text into edits fields, while Enhanced mode will provide offline support, translation, live feedback (text is rewritten while speaking), as well as the ability to respond to spoken commands such as “Select All”, “Cut that”, “Move left”, and so on.

More information and Download

For more information about the Omnis Studio 8.0.3 release, and to download a free 90-day trial, please go to the Omnis website:

  1. Mark 9 months ago

    Is dictation for the Windows platform in the works?

  2. asmith 9 months ago

    The dictation support in Studio 8.0.3 is available via the OS on mac (this was requested by a customer for macOS only), so at present there are no plans to add it for Windows. I’m running Studio 8.0.3 in Win10 in Parallels on an iMac and the macOS dictation actually works for edit fields… but that’s not quite what you meant.

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