The major industry event – the tekom annual conference – is slowly approaching within our sights. Moreover, just like every year, it also means that the next major release of our flagship SCHEMA ST4 will be soon delivered.

At the tekom conference you will be able to experience for the first time live the ST4 2016, which is the official name. If you do not want to wait until then, checking out our blog here will be worth your while, since in the next weeks we will raise the cur-tain a little by offering a sneak peek in these pages.

A lot has been done. Over 120 innovations will make the system more efficient and your work even simpler.

Flatter, Clearer, Simpler: A fresh design for the Windows Client
I would like to start today with what the ST4 users will probably notice first: The pro-gram interface of the Windows client looks somewhat different.

Everything that you know from ST4 2014 is still there. The majority of things are even in the same place. We have refined the structure of the menu a little. In this way you can now for example, call up the reporting features directly from the main menu. However, this is only a detail on the side.

What ensures the completely different look and feel is the new base design of the ST4 user interface. It is oriented on the modern UI design of Office 2013. “Flat design” is the name of the Philosophy behind it. And we are a little proud that this adapta-tion worked so successfully for our demanding expert software.

And what does this mean for you as the user? The new basic colors and the flat tran-sitions between the elements make sure that even though there are additional ele-ments, the user interface appears tidier and more composed. Here is a small excerpt:


New Icons – Recognized Immediately, Clicked Rapidly
For the ST4 user, the icons are of course of crucial importance. Together with our GUI experts, we have newly developed over 700 of these fundamental reference points. Completely in the sense of “Flat Design“, they were reduced to the basics with re-gards to content and they were optimized systematically for distinctiveness.

You will notice this at first in the list of symbols, which holds ready for you the most important functions at the click of a button. This can also be strongly noticed in the tree viewlets, in which you are provided with the icons at a glance with the central information. Be it node class, workflow status or the type of reuse of an object.


By the way: For the re-design of the ST4 User interface, we consciously did not ad-here to the Microsoft Standards slavishly. In ST4 2016 you can easily distinguish the elements of the user interface, regardless of the „Flat Design“. In this way you will avoid having to look two or three times, for example to distinguish between two ad-jacent viewlets. This is something for which Office 2013 is often criticized. In this case, the difference is made by the basic colors and the sharp contrast, which we chose differently.

Even in the Editor Word – The Essential in Focus
So much for the Windows Client in ST4 2016. Now I would like to cast a glance with you on the editor page, specifically on the editor Word. It enjoys great popularity and for this reason, we made sure that for the version leap from 2014 to 2016 it under-goes a smooth treatment. Smooth but still with a noticeable positive effect for you as a user.

Let us start with the optical adaptations. The ST4 specific meta information, for exam-ple node IDs are now aligned to the right side. In this manner, you can distinguish the editorial node contents more easily.

Node titles and node borders are presented in a manner which is more low-key. You will be able to appreciate this mostly when you edit whole subtrees in the editor.


New Helpers
Speaking of Subtrees: The Navigation window in Word now shows the structure of the open nodes in the form of clickable titles. In this way you can also navigate nodes in large subtrees in a quick and targeted manner.


Another new and practical feature: If when saving in Word an XML error occurs, the window Document actions is opened. This will lead you with a single click directly to the part of the text which contains the error.


Are you curious now?
That’s all for today. If you want to get to know more: as previously mentioned, until the tekom Conference you can find news about the ST4 2016 regularly here in the SCHEMA blog, so we invite you to stay tuned.