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Node-RED 3.1.3 now available
With Node-RED 3.1.3 being released this week, we've updated our stacks to ensure it's available to everyone in FlowFuse Cloud. We have also made it the default version you'll get when creating new instances.
If you want to update your existing instances to this new stack you can follow the guide here.
For more information about the changes in Node-RED 3.1.3, check the release's changelog.
Building a Custom Video Player in Dashboard 2.0
Dashboard 2.0 just got a lot more powerful with our new updates to the ui-template node. New features added to the node include: Support for a full Vue component to be defined using the VueJS Options API.
No Credit Card required for billing
We now have more flexible billing options in FlowFuse Cloud for customers that wish to purchase an annual subscription or where entering credit card details is not appropriate. We're committed to accommodating your specific billing preferences and can set up a process that aligns with your organizational needs.
If you are interested in this new option or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you with your billing and subscription needs.
In our ongoing commitment to strengthen security, we're excited to announce the addition of two-factor authentication (2FA) for FlowFuse. This enhancement ensures an extra layer of security for your account. Setting up 2FA is straightforward, and the system supports all commonly used TOTP (Time-Based One-Time Password) tools, such as Google Authenticator. To enable 2FA, simply navigate to your User Settings and follow the easy setup process.
For more Details see our Documentation 2FA is available for all FlowFuse Cloud users and for Enterprise Self-Hosted customers.
Devices in DevOps Pipelines
Building on our previous release that enabled the management of devices independently of instances. Now, the integration of individual devices into DevOps Pipelines is possible. This update marks a significant step towards more flexible and efficient device management within FlowFuse. In our ongoing efforts, we are also developing features to group devices, aiming to streamline and improve the overall device management experience.
Devices in DevOps Pipelines are available for every customer who has access to DevOps Pipelines. This includes all Cloud customers and those from the Team Tier onwards for our self-hosted version.
Project Nodes for Devices
From today onwards, Project Nodes will now be available for devices assigned to an application. Previously, it was necessary for devices to be bound to an instance to utilize this functionality.
Device Editor enabled by default
With the latest update, devices operating in
Developer Modewill now have the
Open Editorfeature enabled by default. This enhancement is designed to improve the User Experience.
Overhauling the Dashboard 2.0 Build Pipeline
As a developer, sometimes you have to hold up your hands and realise something you've spent two weeks building needs to be thrown away and restarted.
Chart Improvements & Migrating to Dashboard 2.0
It's been a little while since we've done an update, since we last posted we've moved into the 0.7.x releases for Dashboard 2.0. With these we're making big strides in improving the UX for charting your data, as well as starting to focus on migration paths from Dashboard 1.0 to 2.0.
Teams Tier customers can now leverage a curated selection of certfied Node-RED nodes, enhancing workflow efficiency and security.
- Quality Assurance: Each certified node undergoes testing, ensuring it's free from harmful components, aligning with our commitment to reliability.
- Proactive Security Measures: While prioritizing immediate resolutions for detected vulnerabilities, we maintain the discretion to revoke a node's certified status, ensuring system integrity. Affected customers will receive prompt notifications.
- Support: Assistance for certified nodes is provided, aiming for, but not promising, issue resolution.
How? You can find all certified nodes in your Node-RED palette manager or on the dedicated page on our website.
Resource Monitoring in Audit Log
In the FlowFuse Audit Log (see Documentation)of an instance, it will now display when the resource utilization of CPU or memory exceeds 75% over a period of five minutes. This should provide transparency regarding resource utilization and serve as an indicator for choosing the appropriate instance size.
Device Agent path bug fix
The Device Agent now passes the PATH environment variable to the Node-RED instances. Erroneously, the agent didn't capture it to expose to Node-RED again for usage. This prevented some nodes from being installed, like
node-red-serial-portwhen assigned to an application. For more details, see GitHub Issue.
Enhanced Snapshot Selection
Users can now effortlessly deploy snapshots for devices assigned to an application through a new "Deploy Snapshot" button, available in the device's "snapshots" tab, thereby enhancing the workflow with the option to set either instance-owned or device-owned snapshots as the target.
FlowFuse Blueprints are now available on FlowFuse Cloud and, upon request, for Teams and Enterprise Self-Hosted customers. Blueprints simplify Node-RED deployments by offering pre-built, customizable flows for specific use cases, thereby accelerating both new user onboarding and solution development for our seasoned users.
Click here to learn more about Blueprints.
When creating a new instance, you can now also select a Blueprint.
Integrate your own widgets with Dashboard 2.0
With a new release, comes new features for Dashboard 2.0, and the focus of this release has been on improving the developer experience for those building third-party widgets for Dashboard 2.0.
Custom Node Support
An often requested feature is support for custom nodes. Although Node-RED instances today connect automatically to the official Node-RED catalogue, which boasts over 4,400 custom nodes, we understand that specific use cases may require access to additional or different NPM registries and catalogues.
Starting today, you can extend your Node-RED environment by adding custom Node Catalogues. We have introduced the capability to modify the .npmrc file, allowing you to install modules that are not hosted in the official registry.
DevOps Pipeline with action selection
Starting today, you can configure a deployment stage to create a new snapshot, always copy the latest snapshot, or prompt you for an action. This provides a more flexible approach to managing snapshots, enabling you to directly push created snapshots through the pipeline rather than being limited to the current image on Node-RED instances.
Usability improvements to Device Management
Four weeks ago, we began working on several usability improvements to our Device Management. This included the ability to associate devices at the application level, allowing for easier editing of Node-RED instances on edge devices.
Starting today, it will also be possible to create and manage snapshots for those standalone devices.
Introducing the Enterprise Tier
We are excited to officially announce the implementation and introduction of our new Enterprise Tier. Starting today, all FlowFuse Cloud customers have the option to upgrade their tier directly through Team Settings -> Danger -> Change Team Type. For those who self-host FlowFuse, the differentiation between the Enterprise and Teams Tiers is now available as well, via license type.
Comprehensive details about the features included in each tier can be found on our pricing page.