Release Notes

Version 1.2.5 (2022-11-30)

Queries and Data Editing

  • MySQL: Properly handle the BIT/BOOLEAN/TINYINT type variants, e.g. when filtering.
  • Generate fewer/more efficient SQL queries in some cases, e.g. by avoiding SELECT DISTINCT.
  • Further adjustments to the Dropdown List feature (see Ultorg 1.2.2). Make Enter/Tab from the dropdown work like in a regular cell editor. Make dropdown items easier to click. Improve dropdown list behavior in the formula bar.

Other Improvements

  • Windows: Support international characters in installation and user directory paths.
  • Windows: Fix broken window state after connecting/disconnecting an external monitor.
  • Windows: Fix startup problems after moving the installation directory.
  • Include libraries which may be needed by JDBC drivers for SSL authentication (#44).
  • Smaller user interface tweaks.

Version 1.2.4 (2022-10-24)

JSON Type Support

Ultorg now supports JSON as a basic data type in table columns and formulas (#12). JSON data is automatically pretty-printed in the user interface, in a style appropriate for the current text wrapping mode. In formulas, the jsonValue function can be used to extract primitive values from JSON data. These features work on PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server, and SQLite. (JSON support on Oracle is left for a future release.)

Screenshot showing pretty-printing of JSON data, and online documentation for the jsonValue formula function.
  • On PostgreSQL, table columns of type json or jsonb are automatically recognized as JSON. On MySQL, the json type is recognized.
  • You can use the formula function jsonParse to parse text as JSON.
  • Sorting, filtering, grouping, and data editing on JSON columns no longer yields errors.
  • Pretty-printing of JSON data is enabled by default, but can be disabled in the Format popup.

Data Editing

  • In Data Editing mode (Data Editing icon), the Dropdown List feature (see Ultorg 1.2.2 below) has been made more discoverable. When a cell is selected in a foreign key column, or in a column that has been joined against another table's primary key, a small button is shown as an affordance to open the dropdown list. The sizing and alignment of the dropdown list has also been adjusted. This completes GitHub issues #19 and #36.
    Screenshot showing the reference editing dropdown button in Data Editing mode.
  • Fix a "Not all edits are currently visible" condition in tables with multiple primary key fields.
  • Make the Edit Behavior properties visible in the Format popup when active, and improve their description. These properties remain read-only when not in Edit Table Defaults mode.

Other Improvements

  • Experimental support for Exasol connections (#42). To connect to Exasol, first download the Exasol JDBC driver (search for "JDBC driver" on this page) and add it in Ultorg via Internals→Services→Databases→Drivers→New Driver.
  • Fix a bug where queries were unnecessarily refreshed after closing the Filter popup.

Version 1.2.3 (2022-10-03)

Edit Table Defaults

You can now assign default formatting settings for tables in external data sources. To edit table defaults, right-click the data table (Data Table icon) in the Folders sidebar and click Edit Table Defaults:

Screenshot showing the Edit Table Defaults action.

You can then right-click any table column and select Format to see relevant options, as when working in a regular perspective tab. You can also use the Sort actions to set a default sort order, or change the default display names of columns (as in some prior Ultorg versions).

Formatting defaults apply to all freshly created perspectives, as well as when adding a new join to an existing perspective.

Data Editing

This release further improves the Data Editing mode (Data Editing icon), which lets you edit data in an external relational database from any Ultorg perspective.

  • Dropdown list improvements: Adjust sizing and open/close behavior of the dropdown list.
  • Compact join preview: Properly display the Compact Join format for cells with pending edits. The Compact Join format allows fields from a referenced table to be displayed as part of a foreign key column's cell formatting (see Ultorg 1.0.9). Making this work for cells with pending edits requires an extra database query. This is now handled seamlessly.
    Screenshot showing reference edits in fields shown using the Compact Join format.
  • Ensure reviewable edits: Ultorg will now refuse to apply pending data edits if there are edits that cannot be displayed in the current perspective. Such situations, with the status bar showing "Not all edits are currently visible", can arise e.g. if the user hides a column with pending edits.

    Certain kinds of edits that would be immediately non-reviewable are now rejected, with an explanatory warning message in each case.

  • Improved discoverability: The "Not in data editing mode" warning can now be clicked to enable Data Editing mode. The status bar now shows the keyboard shortcuts to insert/delete records.
    Screenshot showing edit mode tooltip and status bar

    The Ctrl+Shift+Plus/Minus shortcuts now work with the numeric keypad, and on various non-US keyboard layouts.

    Also ensure that the warning tooltip can be shown even when the cell editor was open.

  • Read-only and "Last Modified" columns: Using the earlier-mentioned Table Defaults feature, you can now configure individual table columns as read-only (#40) or as fields that should be auto-filled with timestamp or username values for logging purposes (#37). These settings are accessed via the "Edit Behavior on Insert" and "Edit Behavior on Modify" properties in the Formats popup.
    Screenshot showing the Edit Behavior properties being edited

    Modified edit behaviors are immediately honored by all perspectives, new and existing, and can not be overridden by individual perspectives.

  • Fix an error which could occur when editing from a perspective containing a crosstab layout.
  • Allow Ctrl+A or Shift+Left/Right to be used for text selection when the cell editor is open.

Visual Query System

  • In the field context menu, add a "Hide Other" action, to quickly show only the selected field(s).
    Screenshot showing the Hide Other action
  • In the field selector, when unchecking Select All, avoid hiding fields with a sort or filter.
  • Fix two bugs relating to loading of previous Compact Join settings.

Other Improvements

  • In the Folders sidebar:
    • Allow perspectives, and folders of perspectives, to be copied via Copy/Paste.
    • Make the default Create Perspective action work with multiple selection.
    • Adjust auto-expansion/selection of folders in various situations.
  • Allow crosstab columns to be narrower if repeated heading values can be collapsed.
  • Fix keyboard focus behavior when Alt+Tabbing to an undocked window.

Version 1.2.2 (2022-09-18)

Dropdown Lists for Data Editing

In Data Editing mode (Data Editing icon), when editing individual cell values, Ultorg will now show a dropdown list with suggested values:

Screenshot showing the dropdown auto-complete feature when editing a foreign key value.

This feature is particularly useful when editing foreign key fields, where each value is expected to match a primary key value in a different table. If your database contains declared foreign key relationships, Ultorg will recognize these, and use them to retrieve suggestions.

(This feature was requested in GitHub issues #19 and #36.)

For databases without declared foreign keys, you can use the Custom Join action to get the same behavior. Right-click any column that you want to behave like a foreign key, click Custom Join, and join against the primary key of another table. Ultorg will use joins configured in the current perspective to determine the behavior of the dropdown list.

If a field is displayed using the Compact Join feature (see Ultorg 1.0.9 below), its dropdown list will show each of the selected fields from the referenced table.

For fields that are not involved in a join, the dropdown list suggests existing values from the same table column. In either case, any text typed will be used to narrow down the suggestions:

Screenshot showing text search in the dropdown auto-complete, on a regular text field.

Other Improvements

  • Accept semicolons as argument separators in formulas, like in some Excel locales.
  • Make new perspective tabs open slightly faster.
  • Various minor adjustments and improved error messages.

Version 1.2.1 (2022-09-12)

Data Sources

  • MySQL and MariaDB: Significantly improve support for this SQL dialect. In particular, support all date/time types, and provide SQL translations for all of the functions available in Ultorg's spreadsheet-like formula language.

    (Similar work was done for Microsoft SQL Server in Ultorg 1.1.0. Improvements on Oracle and SQLite are still pending. These updates focus on completeness and correctness; the performance of generated SQL queries may be improved later.)

  • PostgreSQL: Properly handle enum columns, so that they can be sorted and filtered on (#17). Also handle the special "24:00" value in time and timetz columns.
  • SQLite: Fix an "expected a NumberStorageType" error which could occur when doing a SUM or other calculation on columns with certain type declarations (#39).

Data Editing

  • Make row insertion work in columns with auto-generated keys (#35).
  • When inserting a new row, show explicitly defined values in a stronger shade of green.
    Screenshot of a row pending insertion, with some fields having explicitly defined values, shown in stronger green.

    (A technical detail:) On some databases, values that are not explicitly defined during an INSERT operation may be assigned a default or auto-generated value. For completeness, the Delete key action has been adjusted to allow the setting and unsetting of an explicitly defined null value.

    See this writeup for more instructions on how to use Ultorg's data editing feature.

Other Improvements

  • Add a "Clone Perspective" action in the context menu that appears if you right-click a tab. (During data exploration, it is often useful to make a quick copy of the current perspective.)
    Screenshot of the Clone Perspective action in the tab context menu.
  • Adjust dependency detection when attempting to delete a data source.
  • Adjust action behavior in the Folders sidebar.
  • Add the keyboard shortcuts Alt+Command+Left/Right for switching tabs, like in Chrome on MacOS. Also add Ctrl+Shift+PgUp/Down for moving tabs.
  • Linux: Further isolate the bundled PostgreSQL instance. This fixes a problem on NixOS (#34).

Version 1.2.0 (2022-09-01)

Perspectives, Tabs, and Folders: An Overhaul

This release includes a major redesign of the way Ultorg perspectives (visual database queries) are opened, saved, and organized. This fixes numerous usability issues (#6).

The major changes are as follows:

  • Double-clicking a data table (Data Table icon) now creates a new perspective, which opens in a new tab. This eliminates the annoying "first create a new perspective" dialog.
  • Open perspectives no longer appear in the Folders pane unless you explicitly save them. This will make Ultorg's folder hierarchy less cluttered, and more useful for organization.
  • Except during data editing, all prompts to "Save Changes?" are now gone. Instead, closed tabs go into a Recently Closed Perspectives folder (Recently Closed Perspectives icon), where they can be reopened if desired. You can press Ctrl+Shift+T to reopen closed tabs, like in Chrome. (Command+Shift+T on Mac.)
    Screenshot of Ultorg showing the Recently Closed Perspectives folder.
  • The Save Perspective action (Save Perspective icon or Ctrl+S/Command+S) will now prompt for a file name and folder. You can create your own folders to organize perspectives and data sources. Saved perspectives are never changed, unless you invoke Save Perspective again and explicitly overwrite them. The Save Perspective dialog will ask you to confirm before overwriting an existing saved perspective.
    The Save Perspective dialog box.

In addition, the following enhancements will encourage a tidy folder hierarchy:

  • Warn if the user tries to add a data source that already exists.
  • Prevent deletion of data sources that still have saved perspectives referencing them.
    Warning dialog shown when trying to delete a data source with dependencies still existing.
  • Automatically gather perspectives from earlier Ultorg versions (<1.2.0) into a separate folder.

Other adjustments and enhancements:

  • New perspectives now show all table columns by default. You can toggle the "Select All" node (introduced in Ultorg 1.1.0, see below) to show a subset only.
  • Clipped table layouts (Clipped Table Layout icon) are now the default for all new perspectives. You can change this in the toolbar, e.g. to get a word-wrapped table (Clipped Table Layout icon) like before.
  • Apply Data Edits now has shortcut Ctrl+Shift+S, separate from Save Perspective (Ctrl+S).
  • Fix a bug that could occur when using folders to organize tables in an external data source.
  • Automatically append file extensions in file browser dialogs, on all platforms.

Microsoft SQL Server Connections

  • Make Ultorg work with older SQL Server versions. In particular, fix the "COLLATE clause cannot be used on expressions containing a COLLATE clause" error (#9), and provide some alternative formula function translations. Tested on SQL Server 2014 and 2017.
  • Various adjustments relating to rounding and numeric precision.

Version 1.1.0 (2022-08-17)

Improved Support for Microsoft SQL Server

  • Properly handle date/time types, and UUIDs, in Microsoft's SQL dialect (T-SQL). Table columns of these types can now be properly read and formatted by Ultorg, and values can be edited in Data Editing mode. (This eliminates the "binding not supported" error.)

    New data types supported: date, time, datetime, smalldatetime, datetime2, datetimeoffset, uniqueidentifier

  • Properly generate SQL code for the various date/time functions available in Ultorg's formula language. Correctness is tested using Ultorg's existing integration test suite.

    Formula functions translated: year, month, day, hour, minute, second, offsetHrs, date, time, timestamp, weekday, dayOfYear, week, globalUTC, local, localUTC, addDays, addMonths, addYears, diffDays, diffMonths, diffYears, addDayFract, diffDayFract, uuid, weekISO*, weekISOyear*, weekdayISO*

    * Experimental function; not yet listed in online documentation.

Other Improvements

  • The field selector now includes a "Select All" node, as a shortcut for toggling field visibilities. Unselecting the Select All node reverts to the default set of visible fields. (You can still select multiple fields by holding down Shift or Ctrl/Command, and use Space to toggle visibilities.)
    The Select All checkbox in the field selector.
  • Improve the heuristics for capitalizing table and column names. Preserve fully capitalized words in mixed-case names, and recognize more prepositions and common abbreviations.
  • Fix a bug where the formula bar was not updated after a data edit.
  • Make the crosstab button in the toolbar active in more cases.
  • Tune Filter checkbox behavior for boolean (true/false) fields.

Version 1.0.9 (2022-07-27)

Time & Timestamp Parsing

Text file sources (TSV/CSV) now support a wide range of date, time, and timestamp formats.

  • Ultorg will auto-detect the data type for each table column: Date, Time, Time with Offset, Local Timestamp (date+time), Global Timestamp (date+time+offset), Number, UUID, or Text.
  • As before, a configuration option exists to disambiguate the day/month order in date formats such as "4.3.2021". Spelled-out day/month names (e.g. "Mon, January 4, 2010") are recognized in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Years require four digits.
  • Various separator styles and field orders are accepted (e.g. "16:42:23,123", "2019MAR04", "25 March 2022 at 16:23:52", "Tue, 3 Jun 2008 11:05:30 GMT", "05.06.07 03.04.1955", "3p.m.").
  • Various formats for time zone offsets and UTC/GMT/Z specifiers are supported. Non-UTC time zones require an explicit offset (e.g. "12/03/2011 10:15:30 +01 Europe/Paris").
  • ISO 8601 formats are always parsed as such (e.g. "2022-07-28T02:12:20Z").
  • Unrecognized or out-of-range values (e.g. "30.02.1999", "23:60") are always rejected.

Some improvements were also made to the character set detector and the text import preview.

Data Sources

  • Edit Data Source: You can now edit the connection settings of a previously created data source, e.g. to change the host name of a database or the path to a text file. To edit a data source, right-click the data source icon (data source icon) and click Edit Data Source.
    The Edit Data Source action in the context menu.
  • Hovering over icons in the Folders pane will now show a tooltip with e.g. connection details.
    Tooltip shown when hovering over data source icon.
  • Generated data extracts, which are used to run queries on e.g. CSV files, will be deleted or recreated as appropriate if the user changes or deletes the data source configuration.
  • Show an indication of ongoing schema retrieval operations, e.g. when getting the list of tables from a data source (#25). Show a helpful message if no tables are found (#8).
    Indication of ongoing metadata indications, and of the case where no table is found.
  • Reword the "Delete" confirmation dialog, to make it clear that external data is not affected.
  • Have data sources in the Recycle Bin behave as if deleted.
  • PostgreSQL: Fix "Failed to convert string" error when date/timestamp column contains infinity.
  • Google Sheets: Allow the user to paste the authentication link into a browser of their choice. Add a "Sign Out" button to reset permissions. Improve error messages.
  • Microsoft Access: Properly load any declared foreign key relationships, like in other databases.

Compact Joins

Whenever your database contains a foreign key relationship with a single column in the key, Ultorg makes a feature known as "compact join" available for the foreign key column. This allows you to show fields from the foreign table as part of the foreign key column's cell formatting, without complicating the output with an extra level of column headers.

This feature has been overhauled to address various usability issues (#4).

  • On foreign key fields and their joins, the context menu will show a new "Show Explicit Join"/"Show Compact Join" action, which can be used to toggle between the two modes:
The Show Explicit Join/Show Compact Join action.
  • By default, foreign key fields now show only the key itself. Fields from the foreign table can be selected from the field selector:
    Checkboxes in the field selector, used to select fields for a compact join.
  • Tune the appearance and behavior of the checkbox tree in the field selector, in particular around the "(Show Explicit Join)" node, which can also be used to control compact joins.

Other Improvements

  • Make keyboard shortcuts for Undo/Redo work from the Fields/Format/Filter popup.
  • Make alphanumeric sorting in the Folders pane work more like in Windows Explorer.
  • Adjust decimal place detection and the formula bar to work better with currencies.

Version 1.0.8 (2022-05-29)

Quick Count Feature

You can now quickly see the total number of rows returned by your query, in the right-hand side of the toolbar area. This would previously have required a =COUNT style formula.

If there are multiple grouping levels (one-to-many relationships), the row count is done at whichever grouping level the cursor is currently located.

By default, only the retrieved number of rows is shown (e.g. ">99 rows"). You can toggle the indicator to get full counts. In this mode, Ultorg will run separate COUNT queries in the background, when necessary, as you move the cursor or modify your perspective.

There's a short demo of this feature here.

Screenshot of the quick count indicator in the toolbar

General Improvements

  • Use native file choosers on Windows, e.g. for the Connect to File action.
  • Fix numbers showing up as e.g. "99\u00A0999" on locales that use space as thousands grouping character (#21). In general, avoid showing the NBSP character as an escape code.
  • Support proxy server auto-configuration (PAC, used in certain corporate environments).

Data Sources

  • Text Files (CSV/TSV):
    • Parse up to 2048 columns, so long as at most 250 are visible as once in a single perspective query. Show informative error messages when limits are exceeded. (#23)
    • Improve character set auto-detection in the presence of Cyrillic letters.
    • Allow all-midnight timestamp columns to be parsed as a simple date column.
  • MySQL: Fix "Client restrict authentication plugin" error when connecting (#7).
  • MariaDB: Add a workaround for a MariaDB bug which could cause incorrect formula results.
  • PostgreSQL: Fix "cannot use serializable mode in a hot standby" error (#13).
  • SQLite:
    • The JDBC driver for SQLite is now bundled with Ultorg.
    • Fix a NullPointerException when working with columns of an undeclared type (#27).
    • Make the TEXT function work properly, including on columns of an undeclared type.
  • Oracle:
    • Retrieve the initial list of database tables in a single efficient query. The operation should now be quick even when there are thousands of tables.
    • Properly handle VIEWs with no primary key and where ROWID is not permitted.
  • Microsoft Access:
    • Fix a bug in the date/time type detection logic.
    • Avoid opening "linked tables" on paths outside the main database file.

Version 1.0.7 (2022-04-23)

Revamped Text File Connector

Support for connections to delimited text files (comma-separated, tab-separated etc.) has now been completely revamped:

  • New UI to configure and preview data import from delimited text files.
  • New configuration options to set character encoding, delimiter characters, quoting style, headers, decimal character (comma vs. period), date format etc.
  • Date and number parsing now supports a broader range of formats.
  • All configuration options have auto-detected defaults. This includes a custom-developed character set detector, tailored for the historical idiosyncracies of CSV/TSV formats.
  • An option to "show only rows/columns containing special/non-ASCII characters". This is useful when trying to guess or verify a file's original character encoding.
Screenshot of the Connect to Text File dialog

Visual Query System

  • Proper support for the UUID data type (on PostgreSQL only for now).
  • Add the fromEpoch formula function (create timestamp from UNIX epoch time).
  • Have the "Refresh Table Metadata" action automatically disconnect and reconnect any underlying JDBC connection. This may be necessary after external changes to the database schema and/or access privileges.

Layout System

  • If text values contain invisible control characters, indicate them with greyed-out escape codes.
  • Fix a text alignment bug that could happen when printing in landscape mode.

General

  • Update libraries and bundled JDBC drivers, and add a vulnerability scan to the release process.
  • Various other improvements and bug fixes.

Version 1.0.6 (2022-02-17)

Data Sources

  • Remove an unintentional 4KB size limit on cell values in CSV/TSV files.
  • For Presto connections, recognize either the Trino or the Athena JDBC driver.
  • Avoid creation of multiple extracts for the same table in certain cases.

Application UI

  • Various cosmetic improvements in the user interface (borders, alignment etc.).
  • Auto-size the Fields/Filter popup, for better positioning near screen edges.

Data Editing

  • Allow inserted records to be shown in relations joined on a non-primary key.
  • Keep edits visible even when fields within a multi-field key are reordered.
  • After applying edits in a perspective over multiple data sources, automatically refresh underlying extracts so that the changes become visible.
  • Disallow data editing in extracts, and improve related error messages.

Visual Query System

  • Make the function documentation popup visible when starting to edit a formula.
  • Some bug fixes relating to the Compact Join feature.
  • Some bug fixes relating to columns that are no longer available.

Layout System

  • Avoid very wide columns that could occur before fixed-width crosstabs.
  • Adjust heuristics for text breaking in labels, and for vertical labels.
  • Improve vertical positioning of text within cells.
  • Display non-latin text properly on MacOS as well (completes work from 1.0.5).
  • Fix uneven letter spacing (kerning) when printing on MacOS.
  • Have Ctrl+Home/Command+Up move the cursor to the current table column's label.
  • Handle the Backspace keystroke.

Version 1.0.5 (2021-11-19)

General User Interface

  • New, polished look for all parts of the user interface outside and around the visual query interface: buttons, popup menus, sidebars, windows etc. The same theme is now used for Windows, MacOS, and Linux, with some platform-specific customizations to to blend in with each native platform.
    • The new look should appear automatically, but can also be explicitly selected by opening the Internals→Platform Options dialog and selecting Appearance→Look and Feel→"FlatLaf Light".
      (Might be necessary if experimental settings were changed in the past.)
    • On Windows, the main window title bar and menu bar have been collapsed, leaving more space for showing actual data.
    • Lots of smaller adjustments to user interface colors, margins, borders etc.
  • Properly display text in non-latin scripts such as Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic, if the relevant base fonts are installed on the operating system. This is useful e.g. when viewing database tables containing a variety of Unicode strings. (Works on Windows and Linux, but not yet in the perspective area on MacOS.)

Visual Query System

  • Fix a bug in an interaction between the Compact Join feature and the Custom Group action.

Version 1.0.4 (2021-10-31)

Visual Query System

  • Initial support for range filters, i.e. "greater than", "less than", and "between" conditions in the Filter popup. Previously, such conditions required the use of a formula. Range filter conditions are suggested automatically if the user enters one or two values in the Filter popup's "Search" field. This applies to fields with data types such as Number or Date.
  • Fix errors that could occur when using the Filter popup, and avoid some non-intuitive behaviors that appeared in the previous release.
  • Have Clear Filter behave consistently with Filter on multiple selection.
  • Improve the behavior of the Fields popup's "Show Group Hierarchy Only" option when working with schemas that have cycles in their foreign key relationships.
  • Avoid showing certain primary key fields as Compact Join fields.
  • In the formula bar, avoid showing unnecessary precision for numbers and times.
  • Generate SQL queries that may run faster in certain cases, in particular where IS NULL/IS NOT NULL constraints or Custom Group levels are involved.

External Data Sources

  • Avoid triggering connection attempts from background tasks. The username/password dialog now pops up only after an explicit query action.
  • Avoid flashing a perspective warning while loading new table metadata.
  • Gracefully retry database queries for certain connection timeout errors.
  • Fix a bug where Refresh Extract failed due to metadata not yet being loaded.
  • Fix authentication failures for some MySQL connections (+possibly others).
  • Fix bugs which could occur if a new primary key appears for an external table.

Automatic Layout Generator

  • Fix a bug where the time portion of certain timestamps were hidden by default.
  • Fix incorrect column width measurements for certain Compact Join fields.
  • Various smaller adjustments to auto-generated layouts.

Version 1.0.3 (2021-08-16)

Platform-Specific Improvements

MacOS

  • Add native support for the new "Apple Silicon" (ARM/M1) based computers (select MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models), which were launched in November 2020. This makes queries run faster and the user interface noticably snappier.
  • Avoid a spurious "Allow Notifications?" prompt on MacOS.

Linux

  • Automatically fix font rendering problems which occurred on Linux when using the KDE desktop environment.
  • Better-looking tab components and borders in the user interface.

Windows

  • Improvements in the general look of the user interface, including a slightly larger text size.

Visual Query System

  • Further improvements to the Filter popup, to allow the user to configure filters without waiting for the complete filter options query to complete. Any value typed into the "Search" box will become immediately available.
  • Added the diffMonths, diffYears, and addYears functions to the formula language.
  • When Create Extract is invoked on multiple selected perspectives, show an option to create either multiple extracts or a single extract of UNIONed tables.
  • Suppress connection dialogs if the user has already clicked Cancel once. (More work on improved connection management is expected in the future.)
  • Make Copy (Ctrl+C) on partial query results more informative.
  • Fix some minor corner cases (relating to missing tables, and compact joins).
  • Tune the bundled PostgreSQL database to improve extract loading performance.

Version 1.0.2 (2021-07-18)

Extracts & Data Sources

  • The Refresh button (Ctrl/Command+R or F5) will now automatically refresh any extracts used to evaluate the current query. For file-based data sources (Excel, CSV, or Microsoft Access files), this will only be done if the file has actually changed since the last time the extract was refreshed.

    For now, schema changes (added/removed tables or columns) must still be manually refreshed via the "Refresh Table Metadata" action.

  • The Stop button will now also stop any extract loading operations triggered by the current query.
  • Improve the handling of table columns which no longer exist in the external data source, or where the column's data type has changed. (More work will be done in this area in the future.)
  • Avoid spurious connection attempts (+username/password prompts etc.) for data sources not selected or related to the current perspective.
  • Adjust rules for data type detection for CSV/Excel/Google Sheets sources.
  • Experimental support for Amazon Athena (Presto) connections. Remote queries and most of Ultorg's standardized formula functions are supported.

    To connect to Amazon Athena, first download the Athena JDBC driver and add it in Ultorg via Internals→Services→Databases→Drivers→New Driver.

  • Bulk export: Large database tables, or extracted query results, can now be efficiently exported to CSV files.

    To do this, select one or more database tables or extract tables in the "Folders" sidebar, right-click the selection, and select "Export to CSV". Hold down Ctrl/Command to select multiple items. To export query results, first dump them to an extract using the "Create Extract" action.

    As in previous releases, it is also possible to export to CSV by selecting one or more columns in a query result (Ctrl/Command+A to Select All) and invoking Copy (Ctrl+C), e.g. for pasting into Excel. This will copy only the portion of the query result currently loaded in the perspective tab.

  • The Create Extract action now adds missing column labels automatically.

Layout System

  • Adjust borders in generated table layouts, for a slightly simplified appearance.
  • Improve auto-setting of table column widths for cases with many empty cells, and when a significant amount of extra space is available.
  • Allow Print to PDF on MacOS when no physical printers are installed.
  • Increase the maximum number of crosstab columns that can be shown in a layout.

Visual Query UI

  • When opening the Filter toolbox, show a partial list of options immediately, in case the exact filter options query takes some time to execute. Avoid interrupting ongoing perspective queries unnecessarily.
  • Add some missing keyboard shortcuts for spreadsheet-like cursor movement on MacOS (Command+Arrow, Ctrl+Home/End, Alt+Arrow/Space, Ctrl+Space) and Windows/Linux (Alt+PgUp/PgDown).
  • In the Custom Join dialog, automatically expand relevant data source folders.
  • Simplify the Fields/Filter/Format popup.
  • Added the INT (parse integer) formula function, on each supported backend.
  • Further improve options displayed by the Custom Group action in some cases.
  • Make the Unhide action more intuitive when invoked in a Custom Group.
  • Fix query UI bugs that could occur after canceled connection attempts.

Application UI

  • Improve the appearance of UI tabs and borders on Windows and MacOS. Fix most remaining scaling issues on HiDPI/Retina screens.
  • Improve clicking and drag/drop behavior in the Folders and Fields sidebars.
  • Reset sidebar/toolbar state on startup. Fix bugs in "Show Editor Toolbar".

Version 1.0.1 (2021-04-01)

Startup and Installation

  • On MacOS, Ultorg is now packaged into a proper DMG file, with the customary "Drag icon to Applications folder" window. The application has been signed and notarized with Apple, as is required on recent MacOS versions.
  • Fix a problem that caused the application to fail to start on Windows if the containing folder contained certain non-English characters.

Visual Query System

Simplifications

  • Get rid of the Collapse Duplicate Rows feature, which used to be shown in the main context menu. It was seldom useful to change the defaults for this setting, and the option to do so frequently confused users. Equivalent queries can always be constructed using the more flexible Custom Group feature.

    The grouping level options shown by Custom Group have been adjusted slightly, to make certain query changes more straightforward to perform.

  • Get rid of the "At Most One Child Per Parent" indication. It was of limited usefulness, took up space, and confused some users.
  • Get rid of the "In Primary Key" context menu item. It is easier to see the primary key in the field selector.
  • For Custom Group levels, show the "Unhide" label badge at the group level only, as opposed to on every primitive field. This declutters the layout.

Bugfixes

  • Properly handle the case where a previously available table disappears from an external data source (one specific bug fixed here).
  • Fix a rare assertion failure in the Delete Custom Group action.
  • Fix a rare assertion failure when deleting multiple-selected fields.
  • Fix tooltips cutting off the last word when showing warnings or formula parameters.

Performance

  • Fix certain slow queries involving aggregate functions inside multiple custom grouping levels.
  • Make the SINGLE formula function more efficient.

Layout System

  • Add online documentation for property editors in the Format tab.
  • Add an experimental "Strip HTML Tags" formatting option. (Not yet exposed in the Format tab.)
  • In Data Editing Mode, show rows pending deletion with a strikethrough style.

Data Sources

  • Upgrade the MariaDB/MySQL JDBC driver to the latest version. This fixes problems with primary key detection on MySQL, and adds support for the sha256_password/caching_sha2_password authentication schemes (which are now the default on new MySQL installations).
  • Upgrade the Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL JDBC drivers to their latest versions.
  • Attempt to fix the authentication page for Google Sheets on certain Linux systems; one user reported the browser window not opening.
  • Allow metadata operations for different data sources to happen concurrently. This prevents one non-responsive data source from blocking all others.

Earlier Releases (feature highlights)

ReleaseCategoryFeature
0.9.8 General Fix startup problems on certain systems
0.9.7 Visual Queries Adjust retrieval of crosstab columns and filter options
0.9.6 General Persistence of all application data across restarts
Data Sources Connect to CSV files and Google Sheets workbooks
0.9.5 General Folders for data sources, tables, and perspectives
Data Sources Extracts and extract-based UNIONs
Visual Queries Perspectives over multiple data sources
Visual Queries Blue arrows to indicate instantiated tables
Visual Queries Custom sort orders, and automatic weekday/month sort
0.9.4 Visual Queries Improvements in formula editor and field selector
0.9.3 Data Editing Data editing improvements, including Undo/Redo
Data Sources Lazy loading of external table metadata
Layouts UI for formatting customizations
Visual Queries "Contains" filters
Visual Queries Adjust and simplify actions in context menu
0.9.2 Layouts Formatting shortcuts in toolbar
Visual Queries Make the Fields tree more usable
0.9.1 Layouts Print & Print Preview support
0.9.0 General Retina/HiDPI screen support
Layouts Compact joins
Layouts Robust form and crosstab layouts
Layouts Automatic center alignment for certain data
Visual Queries Custom Group and Move to Root actions
Visual Queries Copy-to-Clipboard
Visual Queries Fix most critical bugs and performance issues
Visual Queries Improve sorting behavior
Visual Queries Enforce distinction between Tables and Perspectives
0.8.2 Data Editing Basic data editing
Data Sources Bundled PostgreSQL database
Data Sources Bundled JDBC Drivers
Layouts Frozen value headings in form layouts
Visual Queries Complete set of documented formula functions
Visual Queries Fully robust query evaluator