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Change in Composer and Mashup builder functionality for ThingWorx 9.0

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Change in Composer and Mashup builder functionality for ThingWorx 9.0

Hi everyone,

 

As part of a wide-ranging product review for the 9.0 release of ThingWorx, PTC has decided to remove a range of functionality due both to limited market adoption and a continuing effort to harden the security of the ThingWorx platform. Thus, for ThingWorx 9.0, PTC will be removing the following capabilities:

 

• The ability to use rich text in the Composer “Documentation” field (existing rich text will be displayed as raw HTML);
• The ability to use rich text in blogs and wikis in Mashup Builder (existing rich text will be displayed as raw HTML);
• The ability to edit HTML text in mashup builder. ThingWorx users will still be able to employ a service to import HTML content if desired.

 

Please prepare for these coming changes as appropriate. Thanks!

2 REPLIES 2

Re: Change in Composer and Mashup builder functionality for ThingWorx 9.0

Hi Walter,

 

  • Composer "Documentation" Rich Text -> we can live with it, but it's a downfeature for developers and hard to make it well readable when you have complex objects where you need to explain it right. If you see it as documentation for developers, we can pair with GitHub documentation where you have Rich Text editing features and this doesn't makes it more unsafe but a lot more useful.
  • Rich text in blogs and wikis in Mashup Builder  -> Ok for Composer side. But what about Blogs and wikis Runtime? this is an essential feature on runtime side.
  • Edit HTML text in mashup builder -> We don't prefill much on the composer side, but shouldn't be a big deal.

 

Anyway, where is the security problem? A developer with browser developer tools can do almost anything on the browser side, no need to have HTML Rich Text edition feature to break the security.

 

Thanks for the update on the future plans,

Best Regards

Carles Coll

Re: Change in Composer and Mashup builder functionality for ThingWorx 9.0

We found in the upgrade from 8.3.8 to 8.3.10 that some changes, such as editing the HTML text and changes in how certain elements (span) are handled, were already made to the HTML Text Editor which is restricting us from upgrading to the new patch release. I'd recommend PTC provides a method for customers that do not have security concerns a way to still use the existing HTML Text Editor widget.

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