Observer Platform was released July 13, 2017.
How to upgrade Observer Platform
The process for upgrading each product is available by following the information at these links.
New Features
The new features listed here were added with this release.
Observer has a brand new, modern user interface
Enjoy a redesigned and streamlined Observer user interface.
Observer now adopts a Windows Ribbon Bar and a modern application look-and-feel.
Less popular tools have been relocated to the optionally available Classic Mode toolbar.
Experience amazing speed increases in Apex dashboards
Dashboards are faster to load than ever before, even when selecting long reporting periods.
Further reduces your MTTR after a network event.
Sophisticated and intelligent changes to the network trending file structure make this possible.
Connection Dynamics is available in Apex—see the packets!
See if the root cause of delays comes from the network or application.
View the color-coded packets that make up a network conversation all the way down to Layer 7.1
Even extract the conversation from your GigaStor without leaving the page.
Apex allows for On-Demand Application Dependency Maps (ADM)
Illustrates how a multi-tier application is performing at every point in the stack.
Immediately answers if end-user experience delays are coming from the network or the application.
Absolutely zero configuration is required—just right-click!
Apex dashboard widgets can be changed on-the-fly
Want to see a graph as a table? Something else? You now can without editing the dashboard or fetching new data.
Gain actionable insights in just seconds—two clicks—compared to editing and re-saving the widget by hand.
The base type of a widget determines what other widget types it can morph to, and all changes are temporary.
Apex status widgets have been completely redesigned
Status widgets types have been consolidated into just one widget type to fulfill your single pane of glass goal.
Eliminates the complexity of creating multiple status widgets to see the whole picture.
See expanded details by clicking a threshold color bar or dragging across multiple bars.
GigaStor Trace Extraction using Apex is now easier
The requirement of choosing a probe instance data source before starting a trace extraction was simplified.2
Continue viewing dashboards with a business group or probe instance selected as usual, and Apex prompts you if needed.
Apex now helps you validate VoIP call service-level agreements
Call and call setup durations now support threshold monitoring.
See at-a-glance when these metrics drift from the baseline or meet your performance expectations.
Reduced wait time for Apex Alarms and Auto-Refresh to trigger
Alarms and Auto-Refresh, two features, can trigger as quickly as each minute.
This frequency is faster than the 10 minutes needed for the fastest speed in previous versions.
Configuration of Alarms has been significantly simplified as well.
See the Documentation Change Log for a list of documentation updates listed by product.
Fixed issues
The list below are 4 customer-reported and other notable issues fixed in this release.
Observer and GigaStor Control Panel
OBS-10272 Resolved an issue of ATA and APA settings not saving in some circumstances
OBS-9634 Resolved the Expert Summary graph displaying Bits/sec values that are off by a factor of 10
OA-4896 Resolved an issue that prevented scrolling inside some table widgets
OA-4895 Resolved an issue where ADM threshold data was not appearing in PDF reports

1 Some information from Layer 7, the application layer, is shown in Connection Dynamics when you collect Application Transaction Analysis (ATA) trending data.

2 You must still choose a probe instance to start a trace extraction job against, but this no longer needs to occur before finding something you wish to extract.