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Crust releases Corteza 2021.3, including a new visual workflow builder

Cork, Ireland, 6 April 2021.

Crust Technology, the driving force behind the open-source low-code platform Corteza, is excited to announce a new major release: Corteza 2021.3. The highlights of this release are a visual drag-and-drop workflow editor, a new UI, a template editor and authentication improvement.

New features and improvement in Corteza 2021.3

Corteza Workflow

The new workflow editor enables users to automate simple and complex processes, without the need for programming knowledge. It’s based on BPMN 2.0 standards, and easy and fast to use. Simply drag and drop the elements you need on the canvas, configure and connect them. Main features include:

  • Unlimited workflows anywhere in Corteza
  • Drag-and-drop editor
  • Zoom in, zoom out and move the canvas
  • Single or multiple start points (triggers)
    • On create, update or delete
    • On a manual interaction (a click on a button, such as “Covert this lead”)
    • On a scheduled interval (for example, every day at 1 am)
    • On a set date and time (you can define multiple “timestamps” for the same trigger)
  • Expressions (interact with values in your workflow. For example: calculate the grand total of a quote)
  • Functions (list of predefined functions, such as find records create a new record, find a template, send an email etc)
  • Iterators (loop through a list of records)
  • Error-handling
  • Gateways (check a value and continue with the workflow in the desired path)
  • Delay (pause the workflow at a certain point for a set time)
  • User interactions:
    • Alerts (for example, a confirmation message on the screen)
    • Choice prompt (select one of the two buttons. For example, yes and no)
    • Single input (ask the user for a value that the user can type in)
    • Option select (ask the user to select a value from a list)
  • Testing and debugging tools

Extensive documentation on workflows has been created, explaining each feature in great detail. This documentation also provides useful examples.

New UI

In collaboration with experts from the Dutch Accessibility Foundation, significant changes have been made to the UI. The fully responsive design follows the WCAG standard compliance (World Content Accessibility Guidelines), which makes Crust the leading innovator in accessibility in the Low-Code sector.

Template Editor

The new template editor allows you to define the generic document structure (such as a welcome email message or a quote PDF), which is then converted into an actual document based on the provided data. Templates are written in HTML and allow placeholders, functions and conditional rendering. After creating templates they can be rendered in Corteza workflow.

Authentication

This release comes with an OAuth2 server with Authorization code and client credentials flows. All authentication interfaces used by Corteza can now fully be modified and styled to your needs. Personalization is performed by defining a series of templates and assets (e.g. images and JavaScript code). This allows you to make the authentication screen match the company style guide.

Messaging Changes

Support for a Matrix-based federated messaging solution will be provided as of Corteza version 2021.6. The goal is to align with Corteza Record Federation, ensuring that using organisations can create richer, federated relationships, not limited to static records only. In preparation for this, the legacy Corteza Messaging solution has now been deprecated.

Other changes

  • Upgraded to Go 1.16
  • Removed obsolete asset embedding and move to //go:embed
  • Messaging code and endpoints removed
  • OAuth2 server with Authorization code and client credentials flows
  • Compose record federation now supports Activity Stream protocol
  • Codebase cleanup and removed With(ctx) anti-pattern
  • Added Envoy file encoders (export support)
  • Fixed UserBeforeUpdate/UserBeforeDelete
  • Auth web application is now deprecated

View the full changelog.

How to install Corteza

You can follow the local setup instructions for a local development or demonstration instance of Corteza. If you are looking for setting up a live deployment, check out the extensive production setup instructions. If you have questions, you can engage with other community members on the Corteza forum.

How to upgrade your Corteza instance

To upgrade your instance to the latest version of Corteza, please check out our Upgrade Guide.

Online demo

Crust Technology has an online demo available of this latest release. In it, you can try out the Low-Code platform, build your own apps, try out the existing apps (such as the CRM or Service Solution)  and much more.

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Crust Technology releases the first Low-Code Platform with Federated Cloud capabilities

Cork, Ireland, 22 December 2020.

Crust Technology, the leading open-source Low-Code Development platform and Salesforce alternative and the driving force behind the free and open-source project Corteza, is excited to announce a new major release: Corteza 2020.12. This release comes with many new features and improvements, and includes experimental support for record federation. As a result, this makes the Corteza platform the first open-source federated cloud solution for record sharing in the world.

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What is a Software Release?

Software is always changing. There would always be a scope for improvement or some bugs and issues that would affect the performance of the software, and indirectly the hassle-free experience that every end-user wants. And that’s why in agile software development, there are always software releases before the end of every iteration. Read more

Corteza Releases 2020.09 Stability Patches

Today a new Corteza version has been released. In this minor release there are patches that improve stability and security. Crust, the driving force behind the Corteza Project, is the principal contributor of this release.

Corteza version 2020.09.4 includes:

  • Improved boolean field type value handling
  • Record list prefilter is now properly applied when exporting
  • RTE field now properly triggers the required flag when empty
  • Prevent possible double record submit when double-clicking the ‘Save’ button
  • Closed a potential SQL injection attack vector

To upgrade your Corteza instance to this latest version, please check out the Corteza documentation.

Later this month Corteza 2020.12 is expected to be releases, bringing many new features and updates. So, keep an eye out on upcoming posts!

 

Crust integrates ownCloud into its open source Salesforce alternative

Nuremberg September 29, 2020 – The ecosystem for ownCloud‘s new digital collaboration platform is growing: Crust Technology is developing an integration with ownCloud Infinite Scale for its open-source CRM and low-code platform.

ownCloud is currently working on a full rewrite of its digital collaboration platform. ownCloud Infinite Scale is coded in the programming language GOlang instead of PHP and will enable an unlimited scalability and increased performance. In the spirit of open source, a broad and growing ecosystem of partners supports the development. This includes Crust Technology, who are working on integration into the new platform.

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Crust Releases version 2020.06 and Removes Paywall for All Products

Cork, Ireland, 30 June 2020

Crust Technology is excited to announce its latest major release, version 2020.06. Along with significant feature and functionality upgrades, Crust is also delighted to announce the removal of the paywall for all products in its portfolio. This means that the open-source Crust products are now free:

We’re thrilled with the latest features improvements and the expression of commercial confidence to remove the paywall on our product portfoliosays Niall McCarthy, CEO of Crust Technology.Crust is growing quickly and, with much innovation to come in 2020 and beyond, we’re proving we can adapt to fast-changing market realities effectively and aggressively”.

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Crust is Spreading its Wings

Since we launched in March 2019, Crust CRM Suite has established itself as the de facto open-source alternative to Salesforce. Self-funded, profitable in our first year of trading and equipped with an order book delivering over a year’s worth of cash runway, Crust Technology is already on target to grow between 200% and 300% in its second year. Corteza, the community project founded when Crust contributed its entire code base to the Commons Conservancy in June 2019, has gone from strength to strength, garnering many thousands of users in its first year. Its goal to become “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity” is gaining momentum.

These are big statements and we count ourselves lucky, given the economic mayhem and misfortune that has afflicted so many to date in 2020. Keeping our commercial focus and development on track and on budget has been a tough but welcome challenge to date and our next steps will set the bar higher again. Read more

Can I make advanced charts in an open-source CRM?

Having advanced charts in a CRM Suite is essential. As a manager, you need to be able to see the most up to date information in easy to understand dashboards. This seems very straightforward, but most open-source CRM providers fail here. However, Crust is different. Crust CRM allows you to create beautiful and advanced charts and enables you to add metric blocks to any page.

What do charts in an open-source CRM Suite look like?

In Crust we have created an advanced open-source chart builder, that allows you to build the most common charts businesses need. And we are exited to share some screenshots of soon to be released new chart types. Including the new chart types, Crust allows you to create:

  • line charts
  • bar charts
  • combined line and bar charts
  • pie charts
  • donut charts
  • funnel charts
  • gauge charts

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DAASI International brings Crust to Univention Corporate Server

Cork, 22 January 2020

We’re excited to announce that Crust, the open source Low Code, CRM and Service Automation platform is now available on the Univention Corporate Server (UCS) via the Univention App Center.

UCS, created by Univention, provides companies with a complete solution for the administration of IT infrastructures, applications, resources and users. With the addition of Crust in the Univention App Center, UCS users can easily add the entire Crust suite to their UCS instances. This includes:

Additionally, DAASI International, a German and European leader in Open Source Identity and Access Management has seamlessly integrated their didmos Single Sign-On offering with the advanced UCS Management system. DAASI International will be responsible for distributing the Crust platform on UCS and supporting all Crust customers.

We are delighted to welcome the Crust platform to our App Center familysays Nico Gulden, Product Manager Apps at Univention.We’re always on the look out for open source alternatives to major proprietary vendors that increase the options of choice for our users on their way to Digital Sovereignty.

As not just a partner of, but also an investor in Crust Technology, releasing the platform on Univention is a notable step for usadds Peter Gietz, CEO of DAASI International.It is becoming increasingly important that major applications treat the subject of identity as key to their success. Being available on UCS opens doors to markets that appreciate both customer and digital sovereignty by default.

Crust is very excited about this launchsays Niall McCarthy, CEO of Crust Technology.Univention has been a leader in providing self-hosted technology in Germany and further afield for a number of years. A key strategic goal for Crust is to build and evolve to satisfy the growing and ever-more complex requirements of enterprise customers who demand feature sets which match traditional cloud providers while protecting their digital sovereignty.

How to get Crust on Univention Corporate Server?

A free Crust trial can easily be installed via the Univention App Center inside UCS. If you don’t have UCS yet, you can visit https://www.univention.com/downloads/ to download it. A Crust subscription, starting at 24 euro per user per month (discounts are available), is needed after the free trial. For more information, please contact Crust at www.crust.tech/contact

About Crust

Crust Technology Ltd, headquartered in Ireland, is the driving force behind the open-source Unified Work platform Crust, providing a flexible, self-hosted platform for your organisation to work and communicate internally while engaging with its customers, suppliers, partners and other third parties externally. Its integrated approach to identity, messaging and business logic delivers a simple-to-use yet extensible means for managing users and the applications they require every day, whether in the cloud, behind the firewall or a hybrid of the two. For more information, visit www.crust.tech or follow @Crusttech on Twitter.

About DAASI International:

DAASI International is an expert in federated Identity and Access Management based on open source. Since its founding in 2000, the IT service provider from Tübingen, Germany deals with identity management, access control and directory service technologies for universities, public authorities and companies. In addition, DAASI International is actively involved in the field of Digital Humanities and participates in national and international research projects, including the digital research infrastructure DARIAH-DE. DAASI International’s range of services covers consulting, support, hosting, and software development.

About Univention:

Univention GmbH is a leading European manufacturer of open source products for the operation and management of IT infrastructure, headquartered in Bremen. Univention Corporate Server (UCS) can be used as a classic server solution in the cloud or in hybrid scenarios. UCS is an economical alternative to Microsoft server solutions and includes comprehensive Active Directory capabilities and an App Center that integrates and operates more than 90 enterprise solutions into existing IT environments.

Crust 2019.12 brings new applications and features

11 December 2019
Cork, Ireland

Crust Technology is excited to announce a new release of Crust, the open-source Salesforce alternative. This is a major release of Crust which includes new applications, such as Crust Service Solution, and a long list of new features and improvements.

What’s new in Crust 2019.12?

Crust Service Solution home page

 

  • New Crust CRM features:
    • Optimized CRM pages layouts
    • Improved quotes layouts
    • Updated automation scripts, so that they work with the new Crust Corredor

Optimized CRM layout

 

  • New Crust Compose (low-code platform) features:
    • Record import and exporting
    • Improved module builder, with a 2 step process helping to create pages for a new module
    • Improved layout in the page builder
    • Improved calendars that now supports multiple event feed sources, colour coding, and filtering
    • Improved reporting with new charts and chart options
    • New options for automation scripts, including:
      • New settings (including “run in the browser or Corredor”, “run asynchronously”, “run with a timeout” etc)
      • New script tester
      • Easy selection of triggers
      • Scheduler
    • PDF previews
    • Namespace selector (allowing you to quickly go from one Compose application – a namespace – to another)

Improved module builder with checks if list and record pages have been created

 

 

New options in automation scripts

 

 

Namespace selector on the left, allowing you to move quickly from one namespace to another

 

  • New Crust Enterprise Messaging features:
    • New Messaging settings:
      • Enable or disable emojis
      • Enable or disable notifications
      • Notifications template
      • Enable or disable attachments
      • Enable or disable attachments upload from the gallery and/or camera
      • Set max file size for uploads
      • Set file type whitelist
    • PDF previews
    • Improved messaging and rich text input areas with tiptap

New messaging options

 

 

PDF preview and the improved input area

 

  • Other new features:
    • Redesigned admin area with:
      • Improved layout and menu
      • Change permission settings with a click
      • Searchable and filterable lists
      • Dashboard with the current status
    • Improved login page layout
    • MinIO integration for High-Performance Object Storage. This enables Crust to use standard storage backends (list Amazon S3), data-encryption etc.
    • YAML export of CRM and Service Solution namespaces
    • New documentation site: https://docs.crust.tech

New admin area with dashboard

Bug-fixes

Over 100 issues have been solved since the last release, including enhancements and bug-fixes. The detailed list is available in the repository on Github.

Corteza Project

In June 2019, Crust Technology contributed all of its software intellectual property to the Commons Conservancy, an independent open-source foundation. In doing so, we created Corteza, “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”. Corteza has been featured on sites like opensource.com, and the Corteza Community recently hit another milestone by growing to over 2000 individuals and companies from all over the world.

New features are added to Corteza continuously, and it often gets updated a few times a week. Crust is an enterprise product based on Corteza source code. It is stable and thoroughly tested, and major releases come out every three months.

Getting Crust

Crust is the open-source Salesforce alternative for businesses and organisations. To learn how to get Crust, or how to migrate from your current solution, please contact Crust via the contact form or via sales@crust.tech.

Online Demo

There is an online demo of Crust available at https://www.crust.tech/demo.

About Crust

Crust Technology Ltd, headquartered in Ireland, is the driving force behind the open-source Unified Work platform Crust, providing a flexible, self-hosted platform for your organisation to work and communicate internally while engaging with its customers, suppliers, partners and other third parties externally. Its integrated approach to identity, messaging and business logic delivers a simple-to-use yet extensible means for managing users and the applications they require every day, whether in the cloud, behind the firewall or a hybrid of the two. For more information, visit www.crust.tech or follow @Crusttech on Twitter.