Availability of a Universal Web Browser Extension for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge

Last update: 4 October 2021

Summary

Please note: Fabasoft eGov-Suite uses the underlying technology of Fabasoft Folio, therefore web browser extension and client parts are named Fabasoft Folio, but applies also to Fabasoft eGov-Suite.

The Fabasoft Folio Client and Fabasoft Folio extension both are required to open and edit documents in a Fabasoft Folio and Fabasoft eGov-Suite environment. The Fabasoft Folio web browser extension is required to communicate to the Fabasoft Folio Client.
 

Fabasoft has introduced an universal, multi-version web browser extension for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. This universal web browser extension supports multiple major versions of Fabasoft Folio / Fabasoft eGov-Suite simultaneously, therefore a release update of the Fabasoft Folio / Fabasoft eGov-Suite domain does not require to update the Fabasoft Folio web browser extension anymore. (The Fabasoft Folio Client still needs to be installed for each Folio / eGov-Suite version).

Information

Due to policy-changes in Google Chrome Web Store (and Microsoft Edge Add-ons) there is a risk that Google/Microsoft may remove and disable the version-based Fabasoft Folio web browser extensions ("Fabasoft Folio 2017", "Fabasoft Folio 2020", et cetera). Fabasoft currently cannot predict if Google or Microsoft will execute this new policies, that would lead to an automatic removal of that Fabasoft Folio extensions from your installed clients.

For this reason, Fabasoft introduced an universal Fabasoft Folio web browser extension for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, called "Fabasoft Client". This extension will universally work together with Fabasoft Folio Clients of all Fabasoft Folio versions.

The introduction of the universal Fabasoft Folio web browser extension required the enhancement of the Fabasoft Folio Client, that was also backported to older Fabasoft Folio versions, and also required adjustment in the Folio Domain components.

Therefore, there are dependencies between 

  1. Folio web browser extension (Chrome/Edge)
  2. Fabasoft Folio Client
  3. Fabasoft Domain (software components)

Dependencies

 

Fabasoft Folio web browser extension ("Fabasoft Client")

The universal Fabasoft Folio web browser extension ("Fabasoft Client extension") for Google Chrome is available in the stores:

Google Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fabasoft-client/alcgpfgkdjbabelklflpfkooadcfgoao

Microsoft Edge Add-Ons Store: https://microsoftedge.microsoft.com/addons/detail/fabasoft-client/fabncpfbjhdplfapghonnbhnenohncpp?hl=en-US

The traditional version-based extensions ("Fabasoft Folio 2016", "Fabasoft Folio 2017",...) can be installed in parallel with the universal extension ("Fabasoft Client").

 

Fabasoft Folio Client and Domain software component versions

For the universal extension to work, changes were required both in the Fabasoft Folio Client (installed on the clients) and the server-side Domain components.

The following matrix shows the Fabasoft Folio Client and Domain components build numbers for different Folio versions that work with the version-based extension and the universal extension:

Fabasoft Folio version Fabasoft Folio Client and Domain components with old version-based extension Fabasoft Folio Client and Domain components with new universal extension
Fabasoft Folio 2021 Update Rollup 1
Fabasoft eGov-Suite Update Rollup 1
not available anymore shipped with Release (no action required)
Fabasoft Folio 2020 Update Rollup 5
Fabasoft eGov-Suite 2020 Update Rollup 5
Builds up to 20.1.5.49 (FSCVAPP, FSCSCM up to 20.1.5.48) Builds from 20.1.5.50 (FSCVAPP, FSCSCM from 20.1.5.49)
Fabasoft Folio 2019 Update Rollup 3
Fabasoft eGov-Suite 2019 Update Rollup 3
Builds up to 19.2.3.230 (FSCVAPP, FSCSCM up to 19.2.3.126) Builds from 19.2.3.231 (FSCVAPP, FSCSCM from 19.2.3.127)
Fabasoft Folio 2017 R1 Update Rollup 7

Builds up to 17.4.7.7 (FSCVAPP up to 17.4.7.7)

Builds from 17.4.7.9 (FSCVAPP from 17.4.7.9)
Fabasoft Folio 2017 R1
Fabasoft eGov-Suite 2017 R1
Builds up to 17.4.0.68 (FSCVAPP up to 17.4.0.68) Builds from 17.4.0.70 (FSCVAPP from 17.4.0.70)
Fabasoft Folio 2016 Update Rollup 7
Fabasoft eGov-Suite 2016 Update Rollup 7
Builds up to 16.0.11.80 (FSCVAPP up to 16.0.11.80) Builds from 16.0.11.81 (FSCVAPP from 16.0.11.81)

All major releases and Update Rollup versions below the mentioned versions use the old, version-based extension, and cannot work with the universal extension.

All major releases and Update Rollup versions higher than the mentioned versions use the new, universal extension.

Keep in mind, that it is possible to install both the version-based extension and the universal extension to have most compatibility.

Both the Fabasoft Folio Client and the Domain components are available as hotfix package at Fabasoft Enterprise Support. To request this package, please open a Support Ticket including your exact Fabasoft Folio version.

 

Recommended migration path

For a fluent migration to the universal web browser extension, Fabasoft recommends this sequence:

  1. Request the hotfix package via a Fabasoft Enterprise Support Ticket 
  2. Update your clients to the latest Fabasoft Folio Client of your proper Folio version. The updated Fabasoft Folio Client supports both the new universal web browser extension as well as the old version-based web browser extension.
  3. Update your Fabasoft Folio Domain components to a version including universal extension support.
  4. Install the "Fabasoft Client" web browser extension in your clients Google Chrome / Microsoft Edge browsers.
  5. Remove the old version-based web browser extension.

Information about Firefox extension

The universal Firefox web browser extension and Fabasoft Folio Client is included from within Fabasoft Folio/eGov-Suite 2021 Update Rollup 1. As Firefox extensions are not managed by Google/Microsoft stores but locally, there is no risk that the old extension will be removed from the stores and your clients. Therefore, the universal Firefox web browser extension is not backported to older Fabasoft Folio/eGov-Suite versions.

So no action is required when using Firefox web browser.