FutureSmart 4.7.1 has been released with a number of changes that developers will be interested in. As always, you can download the latest firmware from here.
Do you want to know what changes are in this revision? The standard release notes that accompany FutureSmart firmware releases are targeted at end-customers, which means they are not as helpful as they could be to JetAdvantage solution developers. To fix this, we're starting to create release notes specifically for developers. You'll find those on the FutureSmart Firmware Solution Developer Release Notes page.
The App Gallery has been disabled in FutureSmart Bundle 4.7
The on-device App Gallery has been disabled in FutureSmart Bundle 4.7. If usage is attempted, a message stating “This app has been disabled” will be displayed. Please do not report this as an issue to the SDK support forum.
App Gallery will return in a future FutureSmart release as a tool more tailored for use by resellers (not end users). Among the changes being considered, a verified reseller login may be required to use the App Gallery.
In the coming months, watch for more announcements related to reseller-focused app deployment tools and capabilities. This will include the redesigned App Gallery as well as a new web-based HP App Manager tool to enable remote deployment to fleets of Printers/MFPs (currently in Beta).
Note: The HPK tool and LDB are still be available for app testing purposes.
As communicated at the Partner Conference in May and the Partner Tech Talk in July, the Pagewide P-Series class of printers are designed as lower cost, lower feature offerings that support limited extensibility. As a reminder, Pagewide P-Series products include the A3 devices released last spring: HP Pagewide Managed Color MFP P77440 and P77940/50/60 and HP Pagewide Managed Color P75250.
As a result of this strategy, Pagewide P-series products will not support OXPd solutions. OXPd solutions will continue to be compatible with our PageWide Enterprise class of products. Consistent with prior communication, starting with FutureSmart 4.7, OXPd solutions that may have worked initially on Pagewide P-Series products will no longer be supported. HP wants to ensure you are alerted to this coming change.
October’s Tech Talk was well attended! Topics were:
FutureSmart Release Plans and Performance Improvements
SDK and OPS Extensibility
JetAdvantage Link Update
If you want to refresh your memory on what was covered (or if you missed it), you can find the slides presented here and a link to the recording here. Watch for upcoming “Dev Talks” that will provide more detailed technical content.