Updates focus on user experience and improved performance
REDMOND, Washington — Software maker K2 today announced the release of K2 4.5, the fifth update on the fourth major version of its workflow and BPM platform.
All three K2 software products — K2 blackpearl, K2 blackpoint and K2 connect — are now enhanced with significant new features and capabilities that focus on simplicity, performance and stability.
Both K2 blackpearl 4.5 and K2 blackpoint 4.5 feature a new Web-based K2 Designer for SharePoint and Office-like K2 Studio designer for faster and more intuitive application design. K2 blackpearl’s other application designer, K2 Designer for Visual Studio now supports Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
Other new or updated platform highlights:
- K2 Inline Functions allow users to build complex logic and calculations with simple drag-and-drop tools.
- K2 View Flow is improved to give users a graphical, real-time view into the status of any step in the process. For every action taken along the path of the workflow, audit information is available so users know what decisions were made and who made them.
- The K2 ADO.NET Data Provider, K2 SmartObjects and runtime components have been enhanced, so complexity is reduced and developers can build more sophisticated .NET applications that make use of data across systems and organizations.
- K2 Process Portals are SharePoint sites that provide a one-stop location for access to information and management of processes. Reports included on the site provide deep visibility into process performance and can help uncover bottlenecks and inefficiencies.
The K2 4.5 updates also include support for Silverlight 4.
“The improvements we’ve made in this 4.5 update hit every key area — from the design and developer experience to the end-user interaction, to infrastructure and administration,” said K2’s Adriaan Van Wyk, CEO. “Each addition and enhancement was made based on feedback from our customers and partners, and it’s resulted in the strongest, most innovative platform we’ve ever had.”
The K2 4.5 update is available from the "Downloads" page on the K2 Partner and Customer Portal.
About K2 (www.k2.com)
K2-based solutions are deployed by a growing number of the global Fortune 100. K2 is a division of SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc. based in Redmond, Washington, and has offices all over the world.