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Umbraco Forms 8.9/9.1 and Deploy 4.4/9.1 release

Find out what you get with the latest releases of Umbraco Forms and Deploy

Andy Butland
Written by Andy Butland

Today we have released no less than four new minors - two for Umbraco Forms and two for Umbraco Deploy. They each contain a number of product improvements that you can read about in this post - and all the features and improvements are available for both Umbraco 8 and 9 🎉

Overview:

If you are using one or both of the products in Umbraco 8, you can update to Forms 8.9 and Deploy 4.4. If you’ve started projects with Umbraco 9 running on .NET 5, version 9.1 of both products is available.

What’s new in Umbraco Forms 8.9/9.1?

With the release, there’s not so much one big headline feature more a number of smaller improvements, both in features and bug fixes, that collectively adds to the continual enhancement of the product. 

Page Based Conditions

Umbraco Forms has for some time offered the ability to construct forms based on conditions that vary based on information previously entered. So for example you can show or hide particular questions, or groups of questions (fieldsets), based on information already submitted.

 

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We’ve extended this now to apply at the level of the whole form, or to a page of a form where multi-page forms are constructed. Specifically, this means you can show or hide the Submit or Next/Previous buttons based on the information supplied, ensuring that the entry so far is complete before accepting it or allowing the user to move onto the next page.

Send Form Details in Workflow

When integrating form submissions with external systems a common method to employ is the built-in “Post to URL” workflow.  This workflow, when attached to a form, allows an editor to map the fields to a JSON structure that can then be posted to an external URL or webhook.

With this release, we’ve added the ability to also include details of the form as well as the entry in the sent information - including the form ID, form name, date of submission and the URL of the page where the form was hosted.

This can be particularly useful if you have multiple forms, all posting information to the same URL, as you now have a way to more easily distinguish which form the submission came from.

Download Files By Entry

When forms contain file upload functionality, the details and a link to the uploaded files are available in the back-office when reviewing entries.  You can also download the entries in spreadsheet format, accompanied by a zip archive containing the files.

It’s currently not easy though to match up which file goes with which entry, but we’ve improved the situation now, by including the entry’s identifier to the spreadsheet download and adding a new option for downloading the files where they are structured in folders based on this entry identifier, rather than in the raw structure in which they are stored on the web server’s disk.

Accessibility Improvements

We’ve had some very useful feedback recently on some improvements the Umbraco Forms products could offer in terms of accessibility, that we’ve started to work through implementing.  The first of these is ensuring that the first field with a validation error is given the focus when the issue is reported to the user.

Other Updates

The other updates included in the release are as follows:

Since the release candidates we’ve solved an additional issue for Umbraco Forms 9.1:

And Deploy 4.4/9.1?

Similarly for Umbraco Deploy, we’ve included a selection of small features and resolution of issues in this latest release.

Restore of a Single Tree

The current version of Umbraco Deploy, available both on-premises and in Umbraco Cloud, offers two options for restoring content from an upstream environment.  You can either do a full restore of the whole workspace - content, media, forms and perhaps other entities - or a partial restore of a single node, optionally including its descendents.

We’ve realised though there can be some confusion with what happens when you trigger a full restore, and that there’s value in an option in-between the two currently available.  Hence we’ve introduced “Tree Restore” (and renamed “Full Restore” to “Workspace Restore” to better identify it).

 

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Using this you can now for example restore all your content only.  This will restore any media that’s referenced in that content, but it won’t attempt to restore the full media library.

Handling Broken Dependencies

When Umbraco Deploy attempts to transfer an item between two environments, it first does some checks that any dependent items either exist or can also be sent to the target environment.  For example, if a content item references a media item that doesn’t exist, or is in the recycle bin, the operation does not complete.

In recent releases we’ve improved the messaging here, allowing for all issues to be reported and fixed at once.  The issues still need to be resolved though before the operation can be attempted again - unless you get a configuration option to ignore such broken dependencies.

Although you almost certainly won’t want to do this when pushing to an upstream environment such as production, it may well be something you don’t care about too much when restoring down into a local or test environment.  As such we’ve introduced further configuration options to support this scenario and documented them here

Other Updates

The other updates included in the release are as follows:

For Umbraco Deploy there’s also an additional fix included in the final release:

How to get your hands Umbraco Forms and Deploy

As always, from today, all new Umbraco Cloud projects will be running the latest versions of both Forms and Deploy. For all our Umbraco Cloud customers with existing projects, this upgrade is only 2 minutes away with the upgrade minor version feature.

Upgrading Forms & Deploy 9.1 On Cloud

We’ve wrapped it all up for you, so all you have to do now is follow these steps:

  • Add a Development Environment to your project, if you do not already have one (Add a Development environment by clicking “Manage Environments” in the project view)
  • Make sure you also restore the content to the Development Environment from your Live.
  • When the Development Environment is all set up and you’ve made sure you don’t have any pending changes on the Development Environment - you are all ready to upgrade your project!
  • It's as easy as clicking a button - like, literally clicking the "Get started..." button on the Development Environment. The auto-upgrader will take care of everything from here! 🚀
  • Once it's done, check the Development Environment to make sure everything is looking right.
  • When that's confirmed, you are ready to deploy the upgrade to the next environment - Live or Staging, and start taking full advantage of all the new features.

Non-Cloud and release notes:

You can either create a new installation using one or both of these packages that are available from the links below or upgrade an existing project. If upgrading, you may find you need to bump your client-dependency version. Installation and release notes can be found on Our.umbraco.com:

For Forms, release notes can be found on the Umbraco Forms download page where there’s also a download available for Umbraco 8. The releases are also available from the appropriate NuGet feed:

For Deploy, the release notes can be found on the Umbraco Deploy download page.

Installation is via NuGet:


Thanks to everyone testing out the release candidates 🙏 All issues reported have been addressed and listed in the release notes. For general feedback you’re always welcome to contact us on product@umbraco.com and specific issues on the GitHub issue trackers.

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