Intel XDK Release 3922, April 3, 2017
Summary of the 3922 release:
This is a "hotfix" release that addresses multiple issues encountered with the 3900 release, especially:
- Problems with Intel XDK account login and registration have been resolved.
- Fixed issues with selecting icons and splash screens.
- Improved compatibility of the Cordova Build Package with PhoneGap Build.
- Resolved editor shortcut key problems encountered on Apple OSX systems.
- Fixed multiple crash issues, especially associated with App Designer, the Simulate tab and the Projects tab.
- Updated the underlying Node-Webkit runtime (0.21.3).
- Simulate tab is now based on Chromium 57 (due to the NW update).
See the Intel XDK release notes for full bug-fix details and for a list of known issues.
With the 3900 release (and this hotfix) the Intel XDK cloud-based build servers and the Publish tab are deprecated and will be retired at the end of June, 2017. Until then, expect no further upgrades and limited support for these deprecated features.
Significant changes as part of the 3900 release, and included in the 3922 hotfix, include:
- The built-in Brackets editor has been updated to the latest version.
- Samples have been updated to support Intel® Gateway IoT development platforms.
- Improved IoT daemon installation, especially for newer Intel IoT platforms.
- Export to Cordova CLI or PhoneGap Build feature.
Features deprecated with the 3900/3922 release:
- The Build tab's cloud-based Cordova build system will be retired at the end of June, 2017.
- The Publish tab will also be retired at the end of June, 2017.
When the Intel XDK cloud-based build system is retired it will no longer be available for use with any version of the Intel XDK. Your mobile app projects will still be recognized as Intel XDK mobile app projects and will continue to work within the Simulate tab. Additionally, the Test tab is still present and can still be used to push your app to App Preview for on-device testing. Please see the new Cordova Build Package tile on the Build tab for alternatives to using the now deprecated cloud-based Cordova build system.
IMPORTANT: On February, 2017, the Crosswalk Project was retired. Crosswalk 23 was the last version of the Crosswalk library produced by the Crosswalk Project team. You can continue to build with the Crosswalk library using Cordova CLI or PhoneGap Build, but no further updates to the Crosswalk library will occur beyond version 23 (FYI: the Crosswalk 23 library for Android is based on the Chromium 53 runtime release).
Our automatic updater will notify existing Intel XDK users when the update is available within the Intel XDK. Updates will be released to all users within 24 hours. If you would like the update sooner, you can download it directly from xdk.intel.com and install it manually.
If you are having trouble downloading the Intel XDK installation package (either due to failed downloads or timeouts), you can download the files directly from these links:
Important note about Intel XDK versions 2893 and older!
Versions of the Intel XDK released prior to March 2016 ( 2893 and older ) can no longer use the Build tab, the Test tab or App Preview and can no longer be used to create custom debug modules for use with the Debug and Profile tabs. This change was necessary to improve the security and performance of our Intel XDK cloud-based build system. If you are currently running version 2893 or older, of the Intel XDK, you must upgrade to the latest version of the Intel XDK!!
Summary of the 3759 release:
With this release of the Intel XDK we officially retired several features that were deprecated in previous product releases. We have also addressed several bugs and issues found in prior releases. See the Intel XDK release notes for full details.
New features added with this release include:
- Web Services Explorer supports IoT projects
- Brackets Live Preview added to Develop tab
- Samples added to support the Intel® Joule™ IoT development board
- Improved IoT daemon installation, especially for Intel Joule platforms
Features retired with this release:
- The Debug tab has been retired.
- The hosted weinre debug server used by the Test tab has been retired.
- The Live Development Pane in the Develop tab has been retired.
- The Game Asset Manager and related samples and templates have been retired.
- Samples and templates that are not useful to developing IoT companion apps have been retired.
- Featured Cordova plugins that are not useful to developing IoT companion apps have been removed.
IMPORTANT: Retirement means no longer available for use with any version of the Intel XDK. Your mobile app projects will still be recognized as Intel XDK mobile app projects and will continue to build (using the Build tab) and work within the Simulate tab. Additionally, the Test tab is still present and can still be used to push your app to App Preview for on-device testing.
Alternatives to using the Debug tab, the hosted weinre server and the Live Development pane can be found in the Intel XDK release notes .
If you need to continue to use this release of the Intel XDK, download the installation files directly from these links:
Summary of the 3641 update:
This Intel XDK release addresses installation issues introduced in the prior release. See the release notes for details.
If you need to continue to use this release of the Intel XDK, download the installation files directly from these links:
Summary of the 3619 release:
This Intel XDK release addresses several bugs and issues found in prior releases. See the release notes for bug fix details. New features added with this release include:
- Keyword-based filters for new project templates and samples
- New Linux* and Apple* OSX* installers
- New IoT project samples using Microsoft* Azure*
Feature deprecations with this release:
- Debug tab has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release.
- The hosted weinre debug server used by the Test tab has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release.
- The Live Development Pane in the Develop tab has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release.
- The Framework7 and Ionic UI frameworks have been deprecated from App Designer and will be removed in a future release.
IMPORTANT: With this release, the Debug tab , the hosted weinre server associated with the Test tab, and the Live Development pane located on the Develop tab have been deprecated and will be retired in the near future. When these features are retired you will no longer be able to use them with any version of the Intel XDK. Your project will continue to be recognized as an Intel XDK HTML5 mobile app project and it will continue to build (using the Build tab) and work within the Simulate tab. Follow the links embedded in each of the deprecated features listed above for more details and pointers to free open-source alternatives to these deprecated features.
In addition to our previously announced deprecation of support for App Framework, within the App Designer UI editor, we are also deprecating support for the use of the Framework7 and Ionic UI frameworks. You can still use these frameworks outside of the App Designer UI editor, as you have always been able to do with any UI framework. Existing projects that are using deprecated UI frameworks will continue to be recognized by App Designer and can be edited within the App Designer UI editor; however, there will be no bug fixes for deprecated frameworks and, once those frameworks are retired, the App Designer UI editor will no longer recognize those projects.
Summary of the 3522 release:
This Intel XDK release is a hot-fix that addresses several bugs and issues found in the 3491 release:
Crosswalk version 19 is now the default version for newly created projects. This update will warn you of any existing projects using Crosswalk version 18 (or lower). Google does not require that you use Crosswalk 19 (or higher), so this is just a warning, not an error.
Several issues that generated a ' build tab generates ERROR (-7) from "client:upload-manager": Error in zipping package asset files: ' error message have been addressed. This primarily impacted Construct2 users who were importing new projects or opening existing projects.
The new Simulate tab did not present the window.screen object correctly. See this forum post for additional details.
Attempting to run some Cordova apps that did not include any plugins would cause the app to crash or generate a 404 error in the Simulate tab. See this forum post for some examples.
Replacing an icon or splash screen with a new file but using the same name for that file would cause an incorrect prompt regarding an invalid resolution. See this forum post for more details.
Intel XDK crashes that resulted in "Error: ENOENT" and "Uncaught TypeError: undefined is not a function" errors when using the Simulate tab.
Use of the <head data-noxhrfix> tag causes the Simulate tab to fail or hang. See this forum post for additional details.
The 750x1334 splash screens (portrait and landscape) have been restored to the iOS Icons and Splash Screens UI. This forum post provides additional details.
A custom require() function was placed into the global namespace by the Simulate tab preventing use of require() within a user app. See this forum thread for additional details.
Summary of the 3491 release:
This very important release merges the Intel XDK IoT Edition and the Intel XDK Early Access into a single release of the Intel XDK. We are moving in the direction of supporting Internet of Things (IoT) app development. Since mobile devices are part of that equation, we continue our support of the development of hybrid Cordova mobile HTML5 apps. For more details regarding this new direction, please read Joe's blog . a
We have made some significant improvements for both IoT and mobile Cordova app development with this release:
- Replacing the Emulate tab with a new Simulate tab.
- Added a new Cordova CLI 6.2.0 build option (CLI 5.1.1 has been deprecated).
- Moved iOS mobile provisioning files, icons and splash screens to a new "package-assets" folder.
- Stability improvements and many bug fixes.
In future releases we will be adding more functionality for IoT app development. We will also be fine-tuning our Cordova mobile app support to align with the needs of IoT app development. As a result, we are deprecating some mobile app development features that are not heavily used or are inconsistent with IoT app development needs.
Feature deprecations and removals with this release:
- Profile tab has been removed. Please use the profiling features available in the Chrome Debug Tool (on the Debug tab).
- Cordova CLI 5.1.1 has been deprecated and will be removed in our next release, likely in September 2016.
- Legacy Windows 8.x build platforms have been deprecated. They are only available using CLI 5.1.1 and 5.4.1. Only Windows 10 UAP builds are supported with CLI 6.2.0. These older Windows 8.x platform builds will be removed in September 2016.
- Game Asset Manager, samples and templates have been deprecated and will be removed in a future release.
- Legacy Whitelist (Android only) was previously deprecated and is no longer available for new projects.
Summary of fixes in the 3400 release:
This Intel XDK release is a hot-fix that addresses several bugs and issues:
- Crashes at startup due to a variety of timeout problems.
- Long startup times due to slow or spotty network connections.
Summary of fixes in the 3357 release:
- The built-in Brackets editor now includes a new "tab view" making it easier to switch between all of your active source files.
- The standard Brackets Extension Manager toolbar is now exposed at the right-hand side of the edit window, where you will find it in a stand-alone install of the Brackets editor.
- The Brackets Git Extension is now more easily accessed, via the standard Brackets Extension Manager toolbar (see above).
- To minimize crashes due to the Emulate tab, the CDT debug window will automatically close when switching away from the Emulate tab, if you have enabled the "auto-refresh" feature of the Emulate tab (this is the default condition).
Summary of fixes in 3240 hotfix release:
- When selecting Apache Cordova* CLI 5.4.1 you were not limited to the minimum target of iOS 8 which resulted in developers attempting to build for unsupported platforms and then building what appear to be non-working apps.
- If the index.html project file was not contained in the "www" directory of the project, The Emulator would display a '404: Intel XDK can't find your app' error.
- In some cases, if the Publisher Display Name was not populated for a Windows* build, the plugin add and subsequent build for Windows would fail. Validation for requiring the Publisher Display Name has been added.
- Corrected an issue where sometimes the plugin manager would not allow a third-party/local plugin to be added to the project.
Summary of new features in 3088/3042:
- We no longer support CLI 4.1.2 builds. Projects that use CLI 4.1.2 MUST be updated.
- Added Cordova CLI 5.4.1 to the Intel XDK build system. See this FAQ for details .
- A new Certificate Management feature allows you to create or import Android certificate keystore files and iOS P12 distribution certificate files.
- The Build tab allows you to build your app for multiple targets with a single mouse click.
- Android and Android-Crosswalk options have been combined into a single target platform in the Build Settings section of the Projects tab.
- Crosswalk support in the Intel XDK is now based on the Crosswalk Webview plugin (AKA "Cordova 4" in Crosswalk docs).
- A new Publish tab has been added to assist you with creating and publishing application assets and information to a variety of Android stores.
- The Windows and Windows Phone build options have been expanded and significantly updated to include Windows 10 Universal Apps. Please use the CLI 5.4.1 build option for your Windows and Windows Phone builds.
- The built-in Brackets editor has been updated to version 1.6 and several new Brackets extensions have been added.
- Whitelist settings in the Build Settings section of the Projects tab have been updated.
- App Preview has been updated (to version 2.8.0). Check the respective stores to be sure you have the latest version.
- Updates to our project file format will require that all projects be "updated" before you can use them with this release.
This release also addresses the Google App Store warning regarding the use of older versions of Cordova-Android. You must migrate your app to our CLI 5.1.1 or CLI 5.4.1 build system to eliminate this warning and to be able to publish apps in the Google App Store after May 9, 2016. Our CLI 5.1.1 build system has been updated to address this issue ( see this FAQ for specific details).