At the 2012 ImpactECS Users Conference, attendees were treated to a technical preview of the summer release of ImpactECS version 7.0. The development focus of the new release centered around two tenets – improving the core user experience and simplifying the model development process. The top features fall in the following categories – Views, Grids, Outlines and Charts.
Views: With the new release, users will have the ability to choose from a number of different views. Beyond the standard design view, a new default view will give users a simpler interface that focuses on the data. Multi-item views will allow users to see multiple cost objects on the same screen, making it easier to compare data and results.
Grids: The redesigned grid controls in ImpactECS have significantly improved performance, allowing the system to return results and open large tables quicker. It also provides a number of sorting and filtering options including row filtering, sorting and grouping, column section, multi-row editing and other features that make it easier to maintain and edit data.
Outlines: Enhancements to the outline feature gives the user the ability to create indented data structures that maintain a set hierarchy. An example of a useful outline is an indented bill-of-materials that expands and shows child materials that are consumed by the parent product.
Charts: The newest item type, charts, makes it simple for users to generate visual representations of their cost data inside ImpactECS.
In addition to these features, there are 20+ more upgrades to the product that give users the ability to maintain multiple instances of ImpactECS, improved interaction with Microsoft Excel, advanced database options, and more.