Formativ Express

The FREE engine which powers Formativ Express solutions for GroupWise! Formativ Express is limited to running Express compatible solutions only.

Key Features

  • The free Formativ engine is used to run free Formativ Express solutions for GroupWise.
  • Integrates seamlessly with the GroupWise Windows client.
  • Stand-alone and enterprise modes of operation.
  • Can upgrade to Formativ Runtime for full access to Formativ solutions.

Technical Features

  • Executes only Formativ Express applets.
  • Includes Formativ Portal Manager™ for GroupWise.
  • Support for the display of Web style HTML dialogs and forms.
  • Enterprise mode support.

Formativ Express Solutions for GroupWise

Formativ Express is the free, entry level Formativ engine. Once you have Formativ Express, you can use free Formativ Express solutions for GroupWise. Please refer to the Formativ Solutions page for further information.

Download Formativ Express

Formativ commercial products are provided as free, fully featured 30-day trial software. For continued use beyond the evaluation period, you need to purchase a registration key. Formativ Solutions require a Formativ Framework product to be installed first, such as Formativ Runtime.

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    Not necessary, Formativ Express is FREE!

    System Requirements

    Listed below are the minimum requirements.  It is recommended to use the latest GroupWise client update for each major release.

    • Novell GroupWise 2014 SP1, 2012 SP1, 8.0.1, 7.0 SP1, 6.5.
    • Microsoft Windows 32 or 64 bit, versions 8, 7, Vista or XP.
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later.
    • Microsoft Windows Script 5.5 or later.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader for documentation.

    Product Comparsion

    Feature Express Runtime Creator
    Runs free Formativ Express solutions * * *
    Runs free GroupWise Cool Solutions Formativ Applets * *
    Runs commercial Formativ solutions * *
    Runs Formativ 2.0, 1.6, 1.5 and 1.0 solutions * * *
    Supports GroupWise 2014 * * *
    Includes the Formativ Portal Manager™ technology * * *
    Active Web style dialogs and forms support * * *
    Supports active Web style views of GroupWise information * * *
    Supports Encoded and Flexalock™ applets * * *
    Supports trial (time-limited) Flexalock™ applets * * *
    Support for stand-alone operation * * *
    Execute applets from Novell eDirectory/NDS applet libraries (very cool but no longer supported) * * *
    Novell eDirectory support using the NetWare Client or LDAP * * *
    Execute open source applets *
    Create an unlimited number of Formativ solutions *
    Create secure Encoded and Flexalock™ applets *
    Includes visual dialog form designer *
    Control how Formativ solutions integrate with the GroupWise client *
    Supports an unlimited number of Formativ solutions * * *
    Supports industry standard technologies: HTML, Javascript, COM etc. * * *

    Applet Types

    Flexalock™ Applets

    Formativ Creator can secure open source applets using the Flexalock™ format, which can used by Formativ Runtime, or Creator. Formativ Runtime will not run open source applets and requires applets to be saved in Flexalock format.  Introduced in Formativ 1.5, the Flexalock format superceded the Encoded format.

    Users of Creator can, if desired, change how the Flexalock applet is integrated with the GroupWise client, including toolbar icons, menu location and descriptions and the events which may trigger the applet to run. Flexalock applets can include a fixed expiry date, which enables commercial developers to create evaluation versions for their customers. In addition, the developer can decide to display in a special dialog, upon each GroupWise client startup, the remaining period before the applet expires.

    Open Source Applets

    Formativ Creator provides the capability to create, modify and run open source applets, which provide full access to the inner workings of the solution. Flexalock™ applets, which conceal all or the majority of the solution code, can only be created from an open source applet. Formativ Runtime cannot run open source applets.

    Encoded Applets (legacy format)

    The Encoded applet format, originally introduced in Formativ 1.0, was superceded in Formativ 1.5 by the Flexalock format. Encoding and Flexalocking an applet secures and hides the inner workings of the original open source applet. All Formativ products (version 1.5 or above) can execute Encoded and Flexalock applets.

    Related Products

    Formativ Creator

    Formativ Creator is for creating and running an unlimited number of Formativ solutions for GroupWise and is normally used by administrators and developers.  The majority of users within an organization will use Formativ Runtime.

    Formativ Runtime

    Formativ Runtime is the framework for running an unlimited number of secure Formativ solutions for GroupWise. This product is used by the majority of users within an organization. Administrators and developers can use Formativ Creator for creating new GroupWise solutions.

    Formativ Express

    Formativ Express is the FREE engine which powers Express solutions for GroupWise. Formativ Express is limited to running Express compatible solutions only and most solutions will need Formativ Runtime.

    Formativ Enterprise

    Formativ Enterprise is a cost-effective Formativ software bundle packaged for medium to large enterprises.  It includes 10 Formativ Creator licences to provide solution creation capabilities and 250 Formativ Runtime licences for end users within your organization.

    Formativ Small Business

    Formativ Small Business is a cost-effective Formativ software bundle packaged for small organizations or departments within large enterprises.  It includes one Formativ Creator licences to provide solution creation capabilities and 100 Formativ Runtime licences for end users within your organization.