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 1      About Futurama
 1.1        Version information
 1.2        Getting Started
 1.2.1          Futurama Website            Behavior of Futurama regarding TimeOuts, Login and Logoff            Replacing an existing Futurama Session
 1.2.2          Futurama Webservice            warmUpDocuments
 1.2.3          Futurama Export
 1.3        Overview - Futurama Modules
 1.3.1          Overview - Futurama Accounts
 1.3.2          Overview - Futurama Server
 1.3.3          Overview - Futurama Monitor
 1.3.4          Overview - Futurama Insight
 1.3.5          Overview - Futurama Console
 1.3.6          Overview - Futurama Webservice
 1.4        Loadbalancing Futurama applications
 1.4.1          Getting the most out of Futurama Web using the Load-Balancer
 1.4.2          Application Request Routing
 1.5        Text management and Multi-language
 2      Installation – Configuration – Testing
 2.1        Installation - Futurama Website Edition
 2.1.1          Installation Futurama HTML
 2.1.2          Installation Futurama Monitor
 2.1.3          Installation Futurama Insight
 2.1.4          Installation Futurama Accounts
 2.1.5          Installation SAML2LoadBalancer
 2.2        Installation - Futurama Export Edition
 2.2.1          Installation Futurama Console
 2.2.2          Installation Futurama Server
 2.3        Installation - Futurama Webservice Edition
 2.3.1          Installation Futurama Webservice
 2.4        Installation Futurama Editor
 2.5        Configuration
 2.5.1          Configuration - Cache
 2.5.2          Configuration - Calculation
 2.5.3          Configuration - Debug
 2.5.4          Configuration - File manager
 2.5.5          Configuration - Fileproviders
 2.5.6          Configuration - Format
 2.5.7          Configuration - History
 2.5.8          Configuration - Identity Provider
 2.5.9          Configuration - Log
 2.5.10           Configuration - Mail
 2.5.11           Configuration - Mapping
 2.5.12           Configuration - Monitor
 2.5.13           Configuration - PlugIns
 2.5.14           Configuration - Rendering
 2.5.15           Configuration - ScenarioRecording
 2.5.16           Configuration - Security
 2.5.17           Configuration - Server
 2.5.18           Configuration - Vision
 2.5.19           Configuration - WebAPI
 2.6        Logging
 2.7        Troubleshooting
 2.8        Security - hardening
 3      Updating and file compatibility
 3.1        Updating Futurama - Compatibility behavior
 3.2        Converting Futurama documents
 3.3        12819 - DataTable file updates
 3.4        12889 - DataTable file updates
 3.5        Conversion web.config to .NET Framework 4
 3.6        Deprecated conversion formulas
 4      Futurama Editor - How to
 4.1        At first glance
 4.2        Developing in the Futurama Editor
 4.2.1          Working with objects
 4.2.2          Evaluating objects
 4.2.3          Finding objects
 4.3        Transferring objects
 4.4        Testing objects
 4.5        Validating objects
 4.6        Troubleshooting objects
 4.7        Advanced/special functionality
 4.8        Checking the layout of objects
 5      Futurama - Formulas
 5.1        Futurama Formulas - Date and time
 5.1.1          Date
 5.1.2          Day
 5.1.3          Days360
 5.1.4          Days360Excel
 5.1.5          DaysInMonth
 5.1.6          DaysInPeriod
 5.1.7          Min
 5.1.8          Max
 5.1.9          Month
 5.1.10           Now
 5.1.11           WeekDay
 5.1.12           Year
 5.2        Futurama Formulas - Math
 5.2.1          Abs
 5.2.2          Add
 5.2.3          Divide
 5.2.4          Floor
 5.2.5          Ln
 5.2.6          Log
 5.2.7          Log10
 5.2.8          Mod
 5.2.9          Multiply
 5.2.10           Pi
 5.2.11           Power
 5.2.12           Rand
 5.2.13           Round
 5.2.14           RoundDown
 5.2.15           RoundUp
 5.2.16           SquareRoot
 5.2.17           Subtract
 5.3        Futurama Formulas - Statistical
 5.3.1          AverageDeviation
 5.3.2          Beta
 5.3.3          Binomial
 5.3.4          Covariance
 5.3.5          Factorial
 5.3.6          Gamma
 5.3.7          GeometricMean
 5.3.8          Lognormal
 5.3.9          Max
 5.3.10           Median
 5.3.11           Min
 5.3.12           Normal
 5.3.13           StandardDeviation
 5.3.14           Uniform
 5.3.15           Variance
 5.4        Futurama Formulas - Text
 5.4.1          CalculateBase64Hashcode
 5.4.2          CalculateXmlHashcode
 5.4.3          Concatenate
 5.4.4          ConcatenateBase64
 5.4.5          ContainsText
 5.4.6          Convert.CSV.2.XML
 5.4.7          ConvertFromBase64
 5.4.8          ConvertToBase64
 5.4.9          ConvertXml
 5.4.10           DecodeURL
 5.4.11           DecryptXml
 5.4.12           EncodeURL
 5.4.13           EncryptXml
 5.4.14           Find
 5.4.15           HashBase64EncodedFile
 5.4.16           HashBase64EncodedFileWithBase64
 5.4.17           HashText
 5.4.18           HashTextWithBase64
 5.4.19           Left
 5.4.20           Len
 5.4.21           Linefeed
 5.4.22           Lower
 5.4.23           Mid
 5.4.24           Proper
 5.4.25           ReadConfigKey
 5.4.26           ReadDirectoryNames
 5.4.27           ReadFile
 5.4.28           ReadFileAsBase64
 5.4.29           ReadFileNames
 5.4.30           ReadFileWithEncoding
 5.4.31           ReadXPathScalar
 5.4.32           ReadXPathVector
 5.4.33           Repeat
 5.4.34           Right
 5.4.35           Substitute
 5.4.36           Trim
 5.4.37           TrimLeft
 5.4.38           TrimRight
 5.4.39           Upper
 5.4.40           ValidatePattern
 5.4.41           XsdMessages
 5.5        Futurama Formulas - Logical
 5.5.1          And
 5.5.2          IsEmpty
 5.5.3          If
 5.5.4          IsEqual
 5.5.5          IsEven
 5.5.6          IsGreater
 5.5.7          IsGreaterEqual
 5.5.8          IsIBANChecksumValid
 5.5.9          IsLess
 5.5.10           IsLessEqual
 5.5.11           IsMemberOfGroup
 5.5.12           IsNotEqual
 5.5.13           IsOdd
 5.5.14           IsValidXml
 5.5.15           Not
 5.5.16           Or
 5.5.17           ValidateNPR
 5.6        Futurama Formulas - Table
 5.6.1          FindNextRow
 5.6.2          FindPreviousRow
 5.6.3          FindRow
 5.6.4          Sort
 5.6.5          VLookUp
 5.7        Futurama Formulas - Document
 5.7.1          CountErrors
 5.7.2          GetPathToDataFiles
 5.7.3          GetPortNumber
 5.7.4          GetRelativePathToDataFiles
 5.7.5          GetSessionID
 5.7.6          IsLicenceAvailable
 5.7.7          ReadError
 5.7.8          ReadIdentityProviderResult
 5.7.9          ReadRequestIP
 5.7.10           ReadRequestParameter
 5.7.11           ReadUserAgent
 5.7.12           ReadVersionNumber
 5.7.13           SessionTimeOut
 5.7.14           URL
 5.7.15           UserName
 5.8        Futurama Formulas - Conversion
 5.8.1          Convert.Excel.to.XML
 5.8.2          ConvertJSONtoXml
 5.8.3          ConvertTextToDate
 5.8.4          ConvertTextToNumber
 5.8.5          ConvertToBoolean
 5.8.6          ConvertToDouble
 5.8.7          ConvertToLong
 5.8.8          ConvertToString
 5.8.9          FormatDate
 5.8.10           FormatNumber
 5.8.11           Value
 5.9        Futurama Formulas - Matrix
 5.9.1          AddMatrices
 5.9.2          AddScalarToMatrix
 5.9.3          Cumulative
 5.9.4          CumulativeProductMatrix
 5.9.5          Distinct
 5.9.6          DivideMatrices
 5.9.7          DivideMatrixScalar
 5.9.8          DivideScalarMatrix
 5.9.9          Exponent
 5.9.10           First
 5.9.11           Floor
 5.9.12           If
 5.9.13           Index
 5.9.14           Inverse
 5.9.15           IsEqual
 5.9.16           IsGreater
 5.9.17           IsGreaterEqual
 5.9.18           IsNotEqual
 5.9.19           IsLess
 5.9.20           IsLessEqual
 5.9.21           Join
 5.9.22           Last
 5.9.23           Length
 5.9.24           MatrixProduct
 5.9.25           Max
 5.9.26           MaxScalarMatrix
 5.9.27           Mean
 5.9.28           Mid
 5.9.29           Min
 5.9.30           MinScalarMatrix
 5.9.31           MultiplyMatrices
 5.9.32           MultiplyMatrixVector
 5.9.33           MultiplyScalarMatrix
 5.9.34           Percentile
 5.9.35           PowerMatrix
 5.9.36           PowerMatrixScalar
 5.9.37           PowerScalarMatrix
 5.9.38           ReadMatrixFromXml
 5.9.39           Repeat
 5.9.40           Replace
 5.9.41           Reshape
 5.9.42           ReverseCumulativeProductMatrix
 5.9.43           ReverseMatrix
 5.9.44           Size
 5.9.45           Split
 5.9.46           SquareRootMatrix
 5.9.47           Step
 5.9.48           SubtractMatrices
 5.9.49           SubtractMatrixScalar
 5.9.50           SubtractScalarMatrix
 5.9.51           Sum
 5.9.52           Transpose
 5.9.53           UnitMatrix
 5.9.54           Vector
 5.10         Creating custom formulas in Futurama
 6      Futurama - Objects
 6.1        Action
 6.2        Aggregation
 6.3        Button
 6.4        ChangeValue
 6.5        CheckBox
 6.6        ClearCache
 6.7        DatabaseField
 6.8        DatabaseView
 6.9        DataTable
 6.10         DateBox
 6.11         DocConverter
 6.12         Document
 6.13         Download
 6.14         DropDownList
 6.15         EmailConverter
 6.16         ExcelConverter
 6.17         FileSaver
 6.18         FileUploader
 6.19         Fixed
 6.20         Formula
 6.21         GraphConverter
 6.22         HTMLInclude
 6.23         InterfacesNode
 6.24         LogMessage
 6.25         Navigator
 6.26         Node
 6.27         RadioButton
 6.28         RadioGroup
 6.29         Range
 6.30         Reference
 6.31         SubDocument
 6.32         TextBox
 6.33         UserTable
 6.34         UserVariable
 6.35         WebLabel
 6.36         WebListBox
 6.37         WebPage
 6.38         WebPanel
 6.39         WebReference
 6.39.1           WebReference - WCF Configuration
 6.40         WebService
 6.41         WebSlider
 6.42         WordConverter
 6.43         XmlBuilder
 6.44         XmlConverter
 6.45         XmlField
 6.46         XmlNode
 7      Futurama - Vision References
 7.1        Data
 7.1.1          ReadData
 7.1.2          WriteMessage
 7.1.3          GetPersonIdentifiers
 7.1.4          CreatePerson
 7.2        DataStore
 7.2.1          DeleteDataItem
 7.2.2          DeleteDataItemHierarchy
 7.2.3          DeleteDataItems
 7.2.4          GetDataItem
 7.2.5          GetDataItemHierarchy
 7.2.6          GetDataItems
 7.2.7          StoreData
 7.3        Accounts
 7.3.1          Activate Account
 7.3.2          Change Account
 7.3.3          Create Account
 7.3.4          GetQuestion
 7.3.5          GetQuestions
 7.3.6          Login
 7.3.7          ReadData
 7.3.8          ReinitializeAccount
 7.4        General
 7.4.1          TestConnection
 8      Futurama Vision
 8.1        Installation Futurama Vision
 8.1.1          Installation Futurama Vision Management Site
 8.1.2          Installation or Upgrade of the Futurama Vision Database
 8.2        Futurama Vision Management Site
 8.2.1          Futurama Vision Management Site - Admin
 8.2.2          Futurama Vision Management Site – Security
 8.2.3          Futurama Vision Management Site – Skinning
 8.2.4          Importing data into Futurama Vision            Importing data by webservice            Importing data from a Zip-file            Importing data with Futurama Vision Batch            Futurama Vision Webservice Security
 8.2.5          Further processing of data into Futurama Vision
 8.3        Futurama Vision File manager
 8.4        Activity overview
 8.5        Storing data in Vision from a Futurama application
 8.6        Futurama Vision – Data
 8.7        Futurama Accounts - Management Site
 8.7.1          Futurama Accounts - Table in Vision Database
 8.8        Futurama Server - Management Site
 8.8.1          Special Futurama Server Jobs
 8.9        Futurama Register - Management Site
 8.9.1          Configuration - Futurama Register
 8.10         Retrieving AppEvents from Futurama Vision
 8.11         Adding CustomPages to Vision
 9      Futurama Intermediate Control Output (FICO)
 9.1        FICO example - Change/Add HTML headers
 9.2        FICO example - Change Graph
 9.3        HTML5 Template
 10       Futurama Web API
 10.1         Postbacks of Futurama webcontrols
 10.2         Retrieving Resources using Web API
 10.3         WebAPI Session management
 11       Tutorials - Overview
 11.1         Tutorials - Examples and Downloads
 11.2         Beginners
 11.2.1           Creating formulas with Futurama             Exercise 1: Pythagorean Theorem (Easy)             Exercise 2: Newspaper stall (Medium)             Exercise 3: Recursive functions (Difficult)             Exercise 4: Leap Year (Difficult)             Exercise 5: The Guessing Game I (Medium)
 11.2.2           Creating a Website Application             Exercise 1: Creating a Website (Easy)
 11.2.3           Styling your website with CSS             Exercise 1: Adding CSS (Easy)
 11.2.4           Adding interactivity to your website             Exercise 1: Summation (Easy)             Exercise 2: The Guessing Game II (Medium)             Exercise 3: Nationality (Medium)             Exercise 4: Nationality - RepeatTarget (Medium)             Exercise 5: Reversed Guessing (Difficult)
 11.2.5           Working with Tables             Exercise 1: Average (Easy)             Exercise 2: Boundary values (Difficult)             Exercise 3: Standard Deviation (Medium)
 11.2.6           Reading and processing XML-data in Futurama             Exercise 1: Shares (Medium)
 11.2.7           Adding Graphs in Futurama             Exercise 1: World Population (Easy)
 11.2.8           Working with Actions in Futurama             Exercise 1: Changing Colors (Easy)             Exercise 2: On and Off (Medium)             Exercise 3: The ChangeValue object (Difficult)             Exercise 4: The Guessing Game III (Medium)             Exercise 5: CheckBox (Medium)
 11.2.9           Multiple Pages and Navigation
 11.2.10            Using XSLT to display data              Exercise 1: Overview Summation (Easy)              Exercise 2: Persons (Medium)              Exercise 3: Leap Year Overview (Difficult)
 11.2.11            Webservices in Futurama              Exercise 1: Example (Easy)
 11.2.12            Creating a Webservice Application              Exercise 1: Add (Easy)              Exercise 2: Webservice Nationality (Medium)
 11.2.13            Creating a Console Application              Exercise 1: Adding extra fields (Easy)
 11.2.14            Generating Documents              Exercise 1: Tax Rate (Medium)              Exercise 2: Tax Rates Table (Difficult)
 11.3         Advanced
 11.3.1           Responsive Design             Exercise 1: Orientation             Exercise 2: Target different screen sizes
 11.4         Older Tutorials (Futurama Version 3.2)
 11.4.1           Futurama Editor Tutorial 1: The first sum
 11.4.2           Futurama Editor Tutorial 2: An annuity
 11.4.3           Futurama Editor Tutorial 3: Working with tables
 11.4.4           Futurama Editor Tutorial 4: Modelling a DB pension plan
 11.4.5           Futurama Editor Tutorial 5: Working with XML
 11.4.6           Futurama Web Tutorial 1: Hello world
 11.4.7           Futurama Web Tutorial 2: Buttons and Actions
 11.4.8           Futurama Web Tutorial 3: Textboxes
 11.4.9           Futurama Web Tutorial 4: DropdownLists
 12       Miscellaneous
 12.1         Responsive website
 12.2         Reducing memory usage for XmlNodes and XmlFields
 12.3         Explaining caching for websites and webservices
 12.4         Certificates - basic information
 12.5         Performance XML operations
 12.6         Creating XSD files and using them in combination with Futurama
 13       Templates
 14       Safe2Save WebAPI Sample
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Installation or Upgrade of the Futurama Vision Database


Installation: Futurama Vision

Component: Futurama Vision Database

User: System administrator


- User name and password for Futurama downloads

- Database Server with SQL Server 2008 or higher


When using Futurama Vision both the Futurama Vision Management Site and the Futurama Vision Database have to be installed. At this page the installation of the Futurama Vision Database is described. For the installation and configuration of the Futurama Vision Management Site consult this page.


Visit the Futurama website www.futurama.eu to download the Futurama Vision Database code:

  • Go to www.futurama.eu
  • Go to the download section of the Support menu
  • Log in with user name and password
  • Click the most recent Futurama release
  • Extract the zip-file


Release folder

Use the release code from the folder 'Vision_Database'.

Installation initial version

If this is the first installation of the Futurama Vision Database follow the steps in this paragraph. If you already have a Futurama Vision Database installation, and want to upgrade this to a new version consult the next paragraph 'Upgrading existing version'.

Follow the next steps to install the initial version of the Futurama Vision Database:

  • make sure you have the permission to configure the database server with SQL Server
  • open the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
  • at the security section create a new login. This login will be linked to a user in the Vision Database.
  • choose either Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication. For Windows Authentication choose a valid Windows User or Windows Group. For SQL Server Authentication define a name and password for this login
  • select for the SQL Server the Server authentication 'SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode'. This configuration can be made in the properties section of the SQL Server
  • create a new database. Give this database the name you want to use for the Vision Database
  • create within this database a user with dbo permissions. The communication between the vision mangement website and the database uses this username.
  • connect this user with the login you already created
  • execute in the created database respectively the sql-scripts 'CreateDatabase.sql', 'CreateSPs.sql' and 'CreateIndexes. sql' from the release folder.  

Upgrading existing version

From 18.04, upgrading the Vision database is done from the Vision Management site itself, using the new Vision Upgrade screen. Vision will lead you to this screen after installing the new code version. It will only do this when the database version does not match the code version, and only for admins with access to the security page. If the upgrade feature isn’t shown, make sure you access the Managementsite through a browser on the server itself, or have the servers hostname in the AdminHostNames configuration mentioned below.

In order to perform the database upgrade, a password will be required, which is defined through the configuration mentioned below. When everything is correct, a cumulative impact description is presented of upgrade sequence that applies to your configuration.

It is important to verify that when performing upgrades to the database, the ‘user’ has sufficient read/write rights. The user (and password) can be found in the Connection string (see below). Note that when no user and password are present, but instead Trusted_Connection=true, then the ‘user’ is the Application Pool user, which can be found in IIS.

It is strongly advised to backup your database before this upgrade. After making this backup you can press the ‘Start Upgrade’ button. Upgrade will then execute the needed version upgrades consecutively. The upgrade log section on the screen will display upgrade process.


In the web.config of the Futurama Vision Management Site the connection between the Management Site and the Vision Database has to be set. In the configuration file the name of the database, the name of the user of the database and the password you chose for the SQL Server login are relevant. Consult the installation of the Management Site for exact information regarding this configuration.

Connection string SQL Server database

The Futurama Vision Database is a SQL Server database. In the previous paragraph is explained how to define the connection between the Futurama Vision Management Site and the Vision database. Sometimes it is necessary to retrieve data from tables of the Vision Database. This can be done by defining a connectstring key within the appSettings section of the Futurama application that has to make the connection with Vision. This can either a SQL authentication connectstring or a Windows authentication connectstring. See below an example for each of these authentication methods:

SQL authentication connectstring:

<add key="Name_ConnectString" value="server=server_name;database=database_name;UID=user_name;password=password_name;" />

Windows authentication connectstring:

<add name="Name_ConnectString" connectionString="Data Source=server_name;Initial Catalog=database_name;Integrated Security=True;" />

Administrative access (Futurama 18.07 and newer)

In order to allow a user to upgrade the database through the Upgrade page within the Vision Management site itself, the following configuration is required within the web.config file of the Vision Managementsite:

		<sectionGroup name="visionSettings"> 
			<section name="security" type="ActuIT.Futurama.Vision.Config.SecurityConfigSection, ActuIT.Futurama.Vision.Business"/>
		<security mode="{basic/advanced}" adminPassword="{password value}" adminHostnames="{list of accessible hostnames}" />
  • mode: This setting is intended for the user-security, and will not influence the upgrade procedure.
  • adminPassword: This setting defines the password that must be entered when an upgrade is performed.
  • adminHostnames [Optional]: This setting can contain a comma-separated list of hostnames from which the upgradepage should be accessible. The default value when omitted is “localhost”
    What this means is that in the default state, the upgrade page can only be shown for users that visit them page from the same machine (so they have ‘localhost’ in the browsers url).
    Should an administrator access the page through a different URL, like “http://mySite/vision”, then the “mySite” value must be included in the appsetting value, by setting it to value=”localhost;mySite”.

Administrative access (Futurama 18.06)

In order to allow a user to upgrade the database through the Upgrade page within the Vision Management site itself, the following AppSettings might be required:

		<add key="AdminPassword" value="{password value}" />
		<add key="AdminHostnames" value="{list of accessible hostnames}" />
  • AdminPassword: This setting defines the password that must be entered when an upgrade is performed.
  • AdminHostnames [Optional]: This setting can contain a comma-separated list of hostnames from which the upgradepage should be accessible. The default value when omitted is “localhost”
    What this means is that in the default state, the upgrade page can only be shown for users that visit them page from the same machine (so they have ‘localhost’ in the browsers url).
    Should an administrator access the page through a different URL, like “http://mySite/vision”, then the “mySite” value must be included in the appsetting value, by setting it to value=”localhost;mySite”.


The installation and configuration can be tested. See below how to test. If you encounter problems, check the chapter 'Troubleshooting'.

Checking tables

Open the Vision Database you created. Check whether there are several Vision tables or not.


If you encounter problems with the installation of the Vision Database check the sections below.

Cannot find the object <tablename> because it does not exist or you do not have permissions.

When this text is found in the vision log after a failed upgrade, the database user probably needs more rights. To solve this problem, the database user needs the rights to alter the database, for instance by assigning the role ‘db_ddladmin’.

No Vision tables available

If you consult the tables in the Vision Database you created and you don't find any Vision tables, then something went wrong when executing the scripts of the release folder. Make sure you first select the Vision Database before executing the SQL-scripts.

Related Topics

- Installation Futurama Vision Management Site: the installation and configuration of the Futurama Vision Management Site


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Updated: 2019-05-10

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