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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 Futurama Vision Management Site


Installation: Futurama Vision

Component: Futurama Vision Management Site

User: System administrator


- License file

- User name and password for Futurama downloads

- Windows 2008 R2 server or higher

- .NET Framework 4.6.2

- Internet Information Server 7.5 or higher with ASP.Net to be installed


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 Management Site is described. For the installation of the Futurama Vision Database consult this page.


Visit the Futurama website www.futurama.eu to download the Futurama Vision Management Site 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_ManagementSite'.

Installation initial version

To install the Futurama Vision Management Site follow the next steps:

  • Create at the Windows webserver a new folder in which the code from the release folder can be installed
  • Copy the code from the release folder to this new folder
  • Copy the license file to this new folder
  • Rename the default.config to web.config (see the description in chapter 'Configuration' for the way the web.config can be configured)
  • Within IIS create a new application. Choose as physical path the path to the new created folder
  • Create an application pool in which this application has to run. Use the next settings for this application pool:
    • select .Net Framework 4
    • Managed pipeline modus: Integrated 
    • Identity: if you use the module Futurama Register choose localsystem. With this identity the module Futurama Register does have the permission to read the certificates necessary for the communication with the Dutch 'Nationaal Pensioenregister'. If you don't use the module Futurama Register the identity AppPoolIdentity can be used
  • Choose from your application this application pool
  • Choose an url you want to use for the Vision Management Site
  • Depending on your situation select either the Forms Authentication or the Windows Authentication
  • Select also the Anonymous Authentication verification. With this setting the VisionService.svc can be invoked

Upgrading existing version

If you already have an install of the Futurama Vision Management Site, and want to upgrade this to a new version, follow the steps in this paragraph. If this is the first installation of the Futurama Vision Management Site consult the preceding paragraph 'Installation initial version'.

Follow the next steps to upgrade an existing version of the Futurama Vision Management Site:

  • Open the folder at the Windows webserver where you have installed the Futurama Vision Management Site
  • Copy the code from the release folder to this new folder
  • When there are database changes, the site will automatically lead you to the upgrade page from version 18.04. After pressing ‘start upgrade’ on that page, the database upgrade will happen automatically.
    Note that the Vision Management Site is not available until this upgrade is completed.



Most of the configuration settings for Vision can be done within the Management Site itself. The configuration of your applications can be done at the admin pages. Furthermore you can use the security configuration pages to define which Management pages can be viewed by which users. Some of the configuration settings has to be done in the web.config. These are settings regarding:

  • configuration regarding the logging of errors and warnings
  • configuration of the mailserver to be invoked by Vision
  • configuration of external webservices to be invoked by Vision for the module Futurama Register
  • configuration of encryption and decryption keys to be used for the encryption of xml-data within Vision
  • configuration of the connection between the Management Site and the database

See below for this configuration.

Configuration File

In the release folder we provided a default.config. In the Installation steps mentioned above this default.config is renamed to web.config. In this configuration section the sections within this configuration file are explained.

configSections and visionSettings

Within the section 'configSections' you find a sectionGroup named visionSettings. This sectionGroup visionSettings is also a separate section in the config under the configSections section. Each section name within the sectionGroup visionSettings is also contained within the visionSettings section. Below a brief explanation of these visionSettings sections.

Configuration Log

It is possible to log errors, warnings, information messages and developers messages with Futurama. In the chapter 'Configuration Log' you can find information how to configure the configuration file to log this information.

Configuration Mail

In order to send e-mails a mailserver (SMTP) has to be used. Within the section visionSettings the name of this SMTP-server has to be set.

Configuration Format

It is possible to change the lay-out of the Vision Management Site by using a different CSS styling. For more information see the following page: Skinning

Configuration Security

In order to configure the securitymode or administrative access for Vision, a new security section has been created from Futurama 18.07 onwards. For more information, please visit Security

Authentication and Authorization

Authentication is about how a user identifies itself, authorization means defining what users are allowed to do.

Note that what is discussed here is not about credentials for the communication between vision and the database. For that see connection with vision database below.


Like all .NET applications, the Vision Management Site can be secured by using:

  • Anonymous authentication
  • Windows authentication
  • Forms authentication

The authentication methods you plan to use in Vision should be enabled in your IIS config.


In an advanced scenario it is possible to choose which pages of the Vision Management Site can be accessed by which users. See the security section of the Futurama Vision Management Site how to configure this.

For a basic setup you need two settings in web.config, within the <system.web> element:

	<allow users="*"/>


 <location path="Secure">
			<deny users="?"/>

In the first step first all users are authorized to view all pages of the Management Site. In IIS besides the choses .NET authentication (anonymous, windows or forms) also anonymous authentication has to be chosen. The second steps denies access to the secure pages of the Vision Management Site to the unauthenticated users of the Management Site. The Secure pages of the Management Site are all the pages except to the Start and the About page. The format of the URL of all of these secure pages is http://servername/visioninstallation/Secure/CategoryName/PageName.aspx.

Connection with the Vision Database

Within the section 'connectionStrings', the connection with the Futurama Vision Database is defined. See Installation Futurama Vision Database, paragraph ‘Installation’. In the section ‘Installation initial version’ either a SQL login or a Windows login is defined.

If a SQL login is defined, define in the section 'connectionStrings' a SQL connection between the Vision Management Site and the Vision Database with a SQL account. In this situation the connection string is of the format:

Data Source=server;Initial Catalog=dbname;User ID=user;Password=pw;MultipleActiveResultSets=True;


  • server: the name of the database server (including the instance name) where the Futurama Vision Database runs
  • dbname: the name of the Futurama Vision Database
  • user: the user of the Futurama Vision Database
  • pw: the password of the SQL Server logins that is mapped to the user in the Futurama Vision Database

If a Windows login is defined, define in the section 'connectionStrings' a SQL connection between the Vision Management Site and the Vision Database with a domain account. In this situation the connection string is of the format:

Data Source=server;Initial Catalog=dbname;Integrated Security=True;MultipleActiveResultSets=True;


  • server: the name of the database server (including the instance name) where the Futurama Vision Database runs
  • dbname: the name of the Futurama Vision Database

Important in this situation is that the Windows login (defined in the SQL Server) is the identity of the application pool of the Futurama Vision Management Site.

Setting the language

The Futurama Vision Management Site is multilanguage (either English or Dutch) and can be displayed in a language depending on the client browser setting. Default settings are English and independant of the browser settings. These default settings can be overrided by setttings of the globalization element in the web.config:

<globalization enableClientBasedCulture="true" uiCulture="auto" culture="auto" />
  • set the enableClientBasedCulture attribute to 'true'
  • include the uiCulture attribute. If the value is 'auto', the language of the Management Site will be determined by the browser language (in Internet Explorer for example the browser language can be set via the Tools menu, Internet Options, General tab, language). If the value is 'nl-NL' the language of the Management Site will be Dutch independant of the individual browser settings. For all the other (valid) language settings of uiCulture the language will be English. 

Futurama Server

Part of the Futurama Vision Management Site is the 'Server' menu. This menu is relevant if you use the Futurama Server module within the Futurama Export edition. Next to the individual installation of Futurama Server some specific settings has to be done in the configuration file of the Management Site.

First you must define the connection between the Futurama Vision Management Site and Futurama Service in order to start Futurama Server jobs. For this configuration include the next code within the <system.serviceModel> element of the config:

        <binding name="BasicHttpBinding_FuturamaService" maxReceivedMessageSize="1048756">
			<security mode="None"/>
	<endpoint address="http://localhost:8080/FuturamaService" binding="basicHttpBinding"
	bindingConfiguration="BasicHttpBinding_FuturamaService" contract="FuturamaServerReference.Service"

Furthermore within the <appSettings> the value of two parameters has to be set:

		<add key="ActuIT_FuturamaServer_JobsDirectory" value ="Path" />
		<add key="ActuIT_FuturamaServer_AutoUpdate" value ="Value" />

Here is 'Path' the path to the file folder where the Futurama Server jobs are stored. In the 'Server' section of the Futurama Vision Management Site this path will be automatically filled in and the jobs that are stored within this file folder are displayed. The 'Value' for the key 'ActuIT_FuturamaServer_AutoUpdate' can have either the value 'True' or the value 'False'. This indicates whether Futurama Server has to refresh the list with the tasks to be executed (value is True) or not (value is False).

At last the server section of the <configuration> element has to be included. See the configSections mentioned above.

Settings for encryption/decryption

If your application uses encryption for the storing of xml-data (see this page) then you have to define within the appSettings the generic password that has to be used for the decryption of the data (besides the generic password, a user specific salt-value is used). See below an example of this configuration:

         <add key="Key1" value="pw1" />

The name of the key 'Key1' is defined in the Futurama Vision Management Site. The value 'pw1'  of this key is the generic password that is used to encrypt the data.


It is possible to store data from your website application in Vision. The format of this data to be stored can be defined in the Management Site. In this Management Site you have to provide an XSD defining the format of the data you want to store, XML for giving a sample XML based on this XSD, and an XSLT for transferring to one version of a format to another one. The input of XSD, XML and XSLT on a website will default give an error. This is a security check that no dangerous script is used in an input field at the website. For the defining of the format this input is allowed. In the configuration file code is included to allow users to input this script at the relevant Management Site page. This script has to be included within the <configuration> element. Mentioned below this script:

<location path="Secure/Store/AdminDataTypes.aspx">
        <httpRuntime requestValidationMode="2.0" />

Storing large XML-messages

If you want to store XML-messages larger then 64kb, then the configuration file has to be extended with an extra section to allow the storage of these messages. In this section you can define the maximum size of these messages. Within the <configuration> element the code mentioned below has to be included:

        <service name="ActuIT.Futurama.Vision.WCF.VisionService">
            <endpoint address="" binding="basicHttpBinding"
            <binding name="BasicHttpBinding_IVisionService" maxReceivedMessageSize="1048576">
                <readerQuotas maxBytesPerRead="1048576" />

In this example the maximum message size is increased to 1048576 bytes (equals 1MB).

Uploading zip-files

In order to import large zip-files in Futurama Vision the maximum allowed file format has to be increased. Default in Microsoft ASP.NET the size of data that can be send to a website is limited. With this setting usually it is prevented that overloading data attacks are send to a webserver. In order to upload large zip-files in the configuration file the import of these large data must be granted. Within the <configuration> element the next code has to be included:

 <location path="Secure/Vision/ImportFile.aspx">
      <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="102400" executionTimeout="3600" />
      <security >
          <!--For IIS 7-->
          <requestLimits maxAllowedContentLength="1024000000" />

In this example the maximum file format that can be imported is 102400 KB (equals 100 MB). Also the timeout period for the importing is extended to 3600 seconds (one hour). With these settings it is possible to import zip-files sized with a maximum of 100 MB.

Automatically upgrading the database for new versions (Futurama 18.06+)

When a new version of the Vision managementsite is installed, the database can be automatically upgraded. This requires some configuration changes for security-purposes, please read the information at Installation or Upgrade of the Futurama Vision Database.

Importing large XML-files

If you want to import XML-files larger then 64kb, using the ImportUsers webservice, then the configuration file has to be extended with an extra section to allow the storage of these files. In this section you can define the maximum size of these messages. Within the <configuration> element the code mentioned below has to be included:

        <service name="ActuIT.Futurama.Vision.Web.Site.Services.ImportUsers">
            <endpoint address="" binding="basicHttpBinding"
            <binding name="BasicHttpBinding_ImportUsers" maxReceivedMessageSize="1048576">
                <readerQuotas maxBytesPerRead="1048576" />

In this example the maximum file size is increased to 1048576 bytes (equals 1MB).


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

Open website in browser

Open a browser and browse to the url you have chose for the Futurama Vision Management Site.

Check connection with Vision Database

Open the Futurama Vision Management Site and check the 'About' section. In this section the version of the installation is displayed and the name of the server and the database you have set. Check whether this information is correct.


If you encounter problems with the installation of the Futurama Vision Management Site check the sections below.

Logging information

In the web.config the log section is configured. First step in troubleshooting is checking the information in the different log files. Make sure that the log information is actually created. If you don't see any log information consult the chapter 'Configuration Log' for the settings to get this information.

Italic menu

In the Management Site there are several menus (for example the menu 'Start' and the menu 'About'). If a menu is italic (you cannot see the content of the menu), then first check the correct installation of the licence file (see above at the installation description). If this file is installed correctly contact your contactperson that provided the license file. 

Potentially dangerous Request.Form

At the DataStore Management pages in the Futurama Vision Management Site the next error can occur: 'A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client'. See the 'Datastore' section within the chapter 'Configuration' for the code that has to be included in the configuration file to solve this error.

Maximum request length exceeded when importing zip-files

If you get this message while importing zip-files in the Management Site check the settings in the configuration file. See the section 'Uploading zip-files' in the section 'Configuration'.

Windows Authentication popup appears

The method of authentication for the Management Site can be set within the configuration file, which includes Windows authentication (also called NTLM). This is configured within Internet Explorer by default, but using Mozilla Firefox as browser can cause some complications. This is because Firefox needs some additional configuration in order to support NTLM authentication. Check the Firefox documentation how to enable the NTLM authentication.

Dropdown list doesn't work

If you are using an old version of Futurama (before version 4.4) and if you use Internet Explorer 10 possibly you can't select another option in the dropdown lists. Internet Explorer doesn't interpret these lists correct. There are two ways to solve this issue.

Use the compatibility view

You can activate compatibility view by clicking the 'broken page' icon in the right side of the address bar. This activates the compatibility view for the entire domain of the current page. Whenever another site within this domain is viewed, compatibility view will be activated again, untill you deactivate it manually by clicking the icon again.

Add a custom header to the site within IIS

You can configure a certain website to be rendered in a different Internet Explorer mode by setting a custom header from within IIS. This can be done by adding a certain section in the web.config, as shown below:

            <add name="X-UA-Compatible" value="IE=EmulateIE8" />

This makes sure that whenever Internet Explorer 9 or higher displays the website, it will use the IE8 rendering engine. This same action can be done from within the IIS manager, by following the steps documented here.

The remote server returned an error: (413) Request Entity Too Large.

If you get this message while executing the ImportUsers service, check the settings in the configuration file. See the section ‘Importing large XML-files’ in the section 'Configuration'.

Related Topics

- Installation Futurama Vision Database: the installation of the Futurama Vision Database

- Futurama Vision Management Site: explanation how to use the Management Site to manage your Futurama applications

- Futurama Vision Management Site - admin: admin pages of Futurama Vision

- Futurama Vision Management Site - security: description how to configure the security of the Management Site


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Updated: 2018-07-31

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