Product Roadmap

Past releases

See the Orbeon Forms release history.

Release strategy

  • How often do we release? Since 2013, starting with version 4.0, we're on a "fast release cycle", with a new major release done about every 4 months, for about 3 major releases every year. In the 2 years from February 2013 to February 2015, we had 9 major releases, and 8 additional point releases.
  • Why do we release often? We think more frequent releases are better because features and bug-fixes reach users faster. They also keep us almost always ready to ship, rather than having very large work in progress which can destabilize the product and then take weeks or months to fix. In short, we think that incremental development and releases are much better for everyone! Based on our experience since early 2013 when we introduced the new release schedule, we are so far (early 2015) very happy with the change.
  • What do releases contain? Releases address both new features and bug-fixes. Point-releases, like 4.6.1, 4.6.2 essentially contain bug-fixes and sometimes very small features. They are done only when necessary, and only for the PE version of the product. Bigger features are for the bigger releases, like 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, and we strive to do those on a regular schedule.

Planning strategy

  • How far ahead do we plan? Once we've published a major release, we do the planning for the following one. You can see the future releases listed on the open milestone page, and from there, see what has been planned for the next release. We don't plan feature or bugs to be included in releases beyond the very next release, so we can react faster to our customers needs, deciding for every release what will best serve our customers.
  • How do we decide what improvements to include in a release? A fair amount of the new features we develop are designed in collaboration with our customers, and sponsored by customers through a Dev Support plan. Other features are added to better serve existing and future users of the product. And last, but not least, for every release we strive to do work in each one of the development tracks outlined below.

Development tracks

What's in a release

For each release we would like to:

The idea is, as some of those tasks are large, to do it incrementally when possible, so that some progress is made.

Upcoming releases

Orbeon Forms 2017.2

Focus:

  • Form Builder usability and flexibility
    • Ability to move controls with drag and drop #1479
    • 12-column grid layout #2738
    • Ability to copy/paste grids and sections #2437
    • "Merge" or "copy" option for section templates #3195
  • Scalability
    • Session/state replication #1529
  • Test automation
  • TBD

For detailed status of issues, see the GitHub project for Orbeon Forms 2017.2.

Please remember that the following schedule is a plan, not a promise:

  • 2017-12-15: tentative release date

Orbeon Forms 2018.1

Focus:

  • TBD

Please remember that the following schedule is a plan, not a promise:

  • 2018-04-30: tentative release date

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