Cumulus is proud to announce the release of Cumulus Web 2.0!

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Cumulus Consulting is proud to announce the release of Cumulus Web 2.0!

This release is our largest ever, adding more than 20,000 lines of code, and includes compatibility with Firefox, re-branding with our new logo, and many new features and enhancements.  Let’s dive in and see some of the new things Cumulus Web 2.0 has to offer!

Firefox Compatibility

Cumulus Web is no longer just “Cumulus Web for Chrome”.  We’ve rebuilt our extension from the ground up to support Firefox in addition to Chrome.  All behavior should be identical between the two browsers, giving administrators the power to choose which one to deploy across their enterprise.

Beyond the Cumulus Web extension, Firefox provides several features for extension management not found in Chrome. Firefox allows users and administrators to disable automatic extension updates on a per-extension basis with a simple toggle; and the Firefox add-on store allows users to download and install any past version of an extension.  Together, these features give administrators more control over extension updates than Chrome.

Additionally, with the release of Firefox Quantum (Firefox version 57+), the browser is now much faster and more responsive than it used to be.  In some tests, it beats Chrome in both speed and memory usage.  In short, Firefox is not necessarily a second-rate alternative to Chrome – given your needs, it may be as good as or better than the competition.

To install Cumulus Web in Firefox, use the download links included at the end of this post – and as always, send us your feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and what we can do better.

Restructuring and Re-branding

In addition to Firefox support, we’ve updated the extension with new logos and graphics for a cleaner and more modern user interface.  We’re also changing the way we package our Cumulus Web applications; instead of selling individual applications or modules, we’ll be selling two packages: one for top-floor or front office features, such as accounting and order entry; and a second for shop-floor features, including our control panel enhancements, integrated shipping, and more.  This structure means you get more for less, and you also get immediate access to any new features we release that might be relevant to your business.  For more information on which applications fall in which package, check out our new brochure and video.

New Features and Functionality

Now, for the exciting part – new features we’ve added in Cumulus Web 2.0.  There are quite a few, so we’ll run through them by package.

Top Floor

One of the new features in the Top Floor package in Cumulus Web 2.0 is the ability to bulk-email customer invoices.  Plex allows users to email multiple invoices to a single customer, but to email invoices to multiple customers, the user must search for each customer individually and click Email.  We’ve automated that process, allowing users to email invoices out to multiple customers with a single click.

We’ve also satisfied one of the most popular customer requests we’ve had over the past year.  Users with Export Everywhere can now export screens in a native Excel .xlsx format.  This means Excel will no longer incorrectly format part numbers or PO numbers as integers; and any dates or numbers are displayed in your localized system format!

Shop Floor

The largest change to our shop floor offerings is invisible to users.  On top of the framework changes to support Firefox, we also rebuilt our control panel code; it’s now quicker and more stable, and the amount of time required to add new control panel features is greatly reduced.  In fact, we have already created two new control panel features using new framework.

The first of these two features is the ability to print part labels right from the control panel output screen.  Users have the option to print as many part labels as needed, defaulted to the current production quantity; and administrators can set up the system to automatically prompt the user to print labels when they record production.

We’ve also enhanced our production cooldown to provide much more configurability.  Administrators can now configure the cooldown to operate on a “percent of rate” basis, determined by approved workcenter production rates on the process routing.  In the event a rate isn’t defined, the settings allow configuration of a “fallback” – a static number of seconds to use for the cooldown.

Beyond the control panel, we’ve built a vastly enhanced label reconciliation process.  This process allows configuration of label reconciliation by customer part or customer address, removing the confusion around which shippers require reconciliation.  Users can easily print labels, see which labels have already been printed, reprint labels, or void labels.  These features complement MFGx, our native mobile application, which includes a system for reconciling and loading these pre-printed labels.

Finally, Cumulus Web 2.0 includes a preliminary version of our carrier integration for FedEx, as well as two LTL carriers – XPO Logistics and Dohrn Transfer.  These integrations are still going through the final phases of certification by the carriers, but they’re available now for testing!

Coming Soon

In addition to the features included in Cumulus Web 2.0, we have several exciting features out on our beta branch or nearing completion.

Of these features, the largest is our integration between Cumulus Web and the Ignition device integration platform.  With this integration, we pull Ignition tag values straight into the Plex control panel in real time, allowing administrators to set up a weigh scale integration or production counter in minutes.  Administrators can also configure gauges and charts to allow operators to track device status from the Plex control panel, and they can configure buttons to control tag values, allowing operators to control their machines directly from Plex.  We’ll be working on integrating checksheets next.

 

Another new control panel enhancement adds settings to Quick Job Change, allowing operators to change control panel setup by scanning source material on the output screen.  Our application looks up and loads the job associated with the source container, ensuring containers stay on the right job throughout the production process.

Finally, we’re currently working on a suite of UAS enhancements, allowing easy preview and download of attachments on grids and forms, plus drag and drop attaching.  All very exciting!

2017 has been a busy year for Cumulus, and 2018 looks even busier – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Cumulus Web Video: https://youtu.be/EpCaN93vp0k

 

Download Links

Production Version:

Chrome: Install Here

Firefox: Install Here

Beta Version:

Chrome: Install Here

Firefox: Install Here

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