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Announcing Synergy/DE 11.1.1i

By Steve Ives, Posted on November 22, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Steve Ives

Synergex is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Synergy/DE 11.1.1i on Windows, Linux, IBM AIX, Oracle Solaris, and OpenVMS. Synergy/DE 11.1.1i is a quality release that includes a wide range of improvements across most of the Synergy product line, and we strongly encourage all Synergy developers to review the release notes (available in the Synergy Resource Center) for detailed information about everything that changed.

Synergy 11.1.1i is the first version to formally support the Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 operating systems. In some cases, earlier versions of Synergy might run successfully on a new version of Windows, but in this instance, that may not be the case for some applications and system configurations. It appears that Microsoft made some low-level changes in the Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 operating systems that negatively impacted the way that various UI controls and backgrounds are painted in some UI Toolkit applications running in some video configurations. This issue resulted in poorly rendered UI for affected applications. It is currently unclear what scenarios cause this issue to manifest; it may be related to certain high-DPI configurations. We have addressed this issue with a change to the DBL runtime in 11.1.1i and strongly recommend that all deployments to Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 systems be with 11.1.1i. Note that this issue also affects the current 12.0.1.3272 feature release, and the fix will be included in an upcoming feature release in that series.

As we continually enhance the isutl utility for improved performance and better recoverability in system crash scenarios, we recommend that all customers using Synergy DBMS download the latest version of the Synergy DBMS Utilities package, regardless of the version of Synergy that you are currently using.

Synergy/DE 11.1.1i is available for download now.


Announcing SDI 2021.11.3540

By Steve Ives, Posted on November 18, 2021 at 9:49 am

Steve Ives

We are pleased to announce that a new version of Synergy DBL Integration for Visual Studio (SDI) version 2021.11.3540 is available for download from the resource center, and is recommended for use by all Synergy developers.

This is primarily a compatibility release that formally supports the recently released Visual Studio 2022, and continues to support Visual Studio 2019. In addition, SDI supports both the Build Tools environments of both the 2022 and 2019 versions. The release also includes several quality improvements; as usual, please refer to the release notes for additional information.

We recommend that Synergy developers consider upgrading to Visual Studio 2022, which is the first 64-bit version of the product; the higher memory availability that results from using the 64-bit architecture yields noticeable benefits in several areas, not least of which is the improved speed at which projects load when opening a solution.

The Synergy/DE tools included in this version of SDI (dbl.exe, dblproto.exe, dblibr.exe, dblink.exe, dbl2xml.exe, and rpsutl.exe) are from Synergy/DE version 12.0.1.3272.


Updated Timeline for the first Synergy LTS Release

By Steve Ives, Posted on November 2, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Steve Ives

In August, I announced a New Release Strategy for Synergy, and I wanted to provide a quick update on our plans, which have changed slightly since that initial announcement.

Our original plan was to release an initial Feature Release in September, followed by the first Long Term Support release at the end of 2021. The 12.0.1.3272 Feature Release took place on schedule and is available for use, but we have adjusted our plans regarding the first Synergy 12.1 LTS release, which will now be in early March of 2022.

The primary reason for the change is to allow for a more extended period of customer testing of the many new features and enhancements in the current release and allow time for an additional 12.0 Feature Release to address any issues that arise. The next 12.0 Feature Release will be in late 2021, at which time we plan to be feature complete for the subsequent LTS release, ensuring an extended testing cycle for the LTS release before it ships in March.


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