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FME 2019 – 15 features you need to check out

By May 7, 2019May 24th, 2019FME

FME 2019 is now available! Learn what was enhanced and improved and what new formats and transformers were added in the latest version to make working with FME even more simple and efficient.

FME Desktop

Visual Preview
You can now inspect your data without leaving FME Workbench by using the FME Data Inspector as a dockable pane – it makes building and debugging workspaces even more simple.

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Cosmetic updates to FME Workbench include dark mode, improved dockable windows, automatic transformer resizing, bookmark color palettes, annotation improvements, and more – many of these improvements were based on users’ requests. Additionaly, when inspecting data in the FME Data Inspector, you can now view it on a timeline using Animate Mode.

FME Packages
Transformers, formats, and web connections are now being released and maintained independently of the FME release cycle as FME Packages (.fpkg) on FME Hub –  you can start using new and updated FME components more quickly.

Unreal gaming engine support
Experience your data in the Unreal gaming environment by converting it to .udatasmith using the new Unreal Engine Writer. There’s a big potential here for infrastructure and facilities management.
See it yourself!

Native Revit reading (tech preview)
Read Revit files directly into your FME Workspaces without the need to install Revit and without the need for RVZ intermediate files.

Performance improvements
FME 2019 is simply faster:

  • The Dissolver has Performance Improvements. Capital P, capital I. Seriously, this transformer has had its Ford Model T engine replaced with a jet engine.
  • We’ve upgraded our Shapefile support, making Shapefile translations many times faster.

FME Workspaces as apps
Anyone can run FME Workspaces on their mobile device using new FME Data Express app.
Learn more!

Machine learning transformers
Train FME to recognize objects in images with a new family of RasterObjectDetector transformers – see FME Does Computer Vision, and gather information from natural language with a new family of NLP transformers – see FME and Natural Language Processing.

Automatic file decompression
Read rar, zip, tar, gzip, and other compressed files directly in FME without having to decompress manually first.

415+ formats and applications

  • TopoJSON Reader/Writer
  • Garmin POI Reader
  • Digital Weather Markup Language (DWML) Reader
  • Web Coverage Service (WCS) Reader
  • FME AR Reader
  • DICOM (medical imaging format) Reader
  • Socrata API upgrade
  • Esri i3s improved support
  • DGN meshes supported in Microstation Design (V8)
  • Azure (via AzureBlobStorageConnector and AzureFileStorageConnector)
  • Cesium ion (via CesiumIonConnector)
  • Cityworks (via CityworksConnector)
  • Google Cloud Storage (via GoogleCloudStorageConnector)

Transformer parameter updates
You’ll notice improvements to the way you work with transformers, including the ability to save parameter presets, work with test clauses, and more easily process data using group-by. You’ll also find a new update detection mode on the ChangeDetector, and on the CenterLineReplacer, a new (very speedy) “Approximate Center Line” mode.

FME Server

fme_2019_2A revolutionary tool for building event-based workflows. Right in your browser in the FME Server interface, simply drag and drop triggers and actions into place. The idea is: “When (trigger) happens then do (action).” For example, “when a new file arrives, run a workspace to convert and validate it, then send an email.”

  • Triggers are events like a schedule, system event, the arrival of an email, or a changed file in a directory.
  • Actions are what you want to do when something is triggered, like run a workspace, send an email, or upload a file to Dropbox.

FME Server System Events
Set up triggers that monitor your FME Server instances for certain activities, like account security, system health, and server status.

Kubernetes deployment
FME Server can now be deployed across a Kubernetes Cluster – large enterprises can easily maintain consistent FME Server deployments across the cloud. Learn more about when this is a good option.

More control for FME Server admins
Several helpful enhancements to the general FME Server interface:

  • Filter jobs by status (info, warnings, errors).
  • Token management, i.e. create multiple user tokens with custom permission levels.
  • Enforce password policies for your users.
  • Save user preferences.
  • Share and download FME Server Projects via FME Hub.

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Source: Safe Software Blog