Marquee Feature:

(+) APEX 4.2 Early Adopter1New Features in Oracle Application Express 4.2
... (+) APEX 4.2 Other Features941Numerous features and performance improvements
... (-) Application Builder Enhancements968Improvements made to the Application Builder
...... Add ability to synchronize column order with region source in classic reports and tabular forms1015EA2Add ability to synchronize a classic report's column order, with the column order defined in the region source query. This has the following benefits:

Allows a developer a way to keep these 2 definitions consistent.
Provides an accessible way for a keyboard-only or screen reader user to re-order the report columns.
...... Application Builder Interactive Reports modernized977EA1All interactive reports in APEX 4.2 application builder have been modernized. Buttons are larger, the search field is larger, the icons used to change between list and icon view have been modernized. Buttons in the "right of interactive report search" region position have also been increased in size. The pull down menus have also been modernized, the icons used in the dialogs have been cleaned up. The Dialog used for "action" menu actions now appears to pull down over the entire width of an IR.
...... Edit Page (4000:4150) modernization976EA1Improved readability and usability of page edit component view.

Changed look and feel, icons, and display of component view of edit page in APEX 4.2. New look has all components grouped together in one region for each of the 3 columns (page rendering, page processing, and shared components). Fonts and many UI treatments made.
...... Highlight modern themes798EA2Rather than displaying all of the Application Builder supplied themes only the latest modern themes are displayed, namely Themes 21 through 25. All previous themes are listed under 'Legacy Themes'.
...... Improvements to the User Interface969EA1Numerous changes to the look and feel of the Application Builder. This includes a redesign of links to major functional areas and refresh of the page component view.
...... Informational Text displayed when creating branches and buttons with direct to page989EA2To better explain the benefit of using RIR and CIR an informational region displays when using the create branch and create button wizards. For create button if you select your button action to be "direct to a page in this application" you will see instructional text. When creating branches, the step that defines the branch target displays the same instruction text.
...... Modernize APEX logo and Tabs (top 1" of screen)916EA1Make APEX look more like the Oracle Database Cloud to both modernize the look, improve the HTML and CSS and make APEX look more holistic with the Database Cloud.
...... Modernize Region and Button Templates914EA1Update region templates to use CSS to show gradients and rounded corners.
Update button templates to use CSS instead of images, make buttons larger and more consistent with packaged application UI
...... Modernize Wizards944EA1Update wizards to show progress train on top of instead of to the left of wizard region
Eliminate steps that are no longer needed
...... Modernize statistic display on team development dashboard display pages974EA1In APEX 4.1 we had large orange progress indicators, we have moved to a more stylized blue look and feel for summary information for each team development "dashboard" page.
...... Remove List Template from Lists873EA2A default list template for List components can't be supported anymore because of the new multiple user interfaces.
...... Remove drag and drop item layout from APEX 4.2963EA1Drag and drop functionality link was removed with redesign of Edit Application Page. Additionally drag and drop is a very old implementation and needs to be modernized, this feature is no longer part of APEX . It may be reintroduced in some future release in a more modern way.
...... Update / enhance create application wizard905EA1Update create application wizard to reduce number of steps, and merge options like the "instant application" with the "from scratch" wizard. Also integrate packaged applications.
... (+) Data Upload Enhancements981Enahancements made to Data Upload
... (+) Dynamic Action Enhancements965Dynamic Action enhancements
... (+) HTML 5 Charts856Integration of HTML5 charting capabilities
... (+) HTML 5 Item Types858Incorporate HTML 5 attributes into existing and new item types
... (+) Interactive Report Enhancements964Enhancements to Interactive Reports
... (+) JavaScript / API Enhancements967Enhancements made to JavaScript and associated APIs.
... (+) Mobile Application Building855Enhance the Application Builder to enable developers to declaratively build mobile applications
... (+) Mobile Calendars857Enhancements made to Calendar to support mobile application deployment.
... (+) Mobile Themes and Templates854Development of themes to support the development of mobile applications
... (+) Packaged Applications866A set of business productivity applications, easily installed into your workspace or Database Cloud service. Also includes a set of sample applications which demonstrate specific capabilities of Application Express.
... (+) Plug-In Enhancements893Plug-In enhancements
... (+) Websheet Enhancements980Websheet Enhancements
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