For the LiveTiles Page Designer for SharePoint product, we are making changes to the architecture of the product to incorporate the SharePoint Modern Framework, also known as SPFx. Below, we will be going over some frequently asked questions around SPFx and what it means for the product.
Page Designer Version 5 Intro Video
Page Designer Version 5 Technical Details Video
Why should I update?
Version 5 Classic supports the SharePoint Modern Framework (SPFx), which will allow you to use custom Modern web parts on the LiveTiles Page Designer canvas. Along with this support, there are will also be updates to the UI. As Version 5 Classic progresses, there will also be features that are unique to Version 5 Classic.
Do I have to update?
While we do not require you to update to Version 5 Classic, it is still highly recommended since there will be unique features in Version 5 Classic, and as Microsoft continues down the Modern path, Version 4 Classic may lose support over time.
How do I update to Version 5 Classic?
The update to Version 5 Classic is managed by anyone in the LiveTiles Owners group. Upon first time use, a modal will appear giving information on the migration from Version 4 Classic to Version 5 Classic. If the Update Later button is selected, then a button can be clicked to upgrade on the landing page, end user page, and designer page.
Will updating affect any of my current LiveTiles pages?
No, after you update to Version 5, your current pages will remain on Version 4 until they have been saved. Pages will then be updated to Version 5 once they are saved.
How long will the update process take?
The update process only takes about 2-3 minutes.
Can anyone update or is it restricted to a certain permission level?
Only LiveTiles Owners can perform the upgrade to Version 5 Classic.
Will I need to do anything after I am on Version 5 Classic?
This will be dependent on the content in your site collection. If your pages use custom code, some of that custom code may need to be updated in order to appropriately work with Version 5 Classic. More information on Custom Code will be available in the next section.
Will this break any of my templates, styles, saved tiles, or sections?
There is a possibility that depending on what kind of custom code is used, there is a chance that custom code will need to be modified in order to have the content work appropriately. Specifically, custom code that uses jQuery or RequireJS is at risk.
My pages have a large amount of custom code. Will this affect my pages after I update?
No, once the update has occurred, pages will remain on Version 4 Classic until they are saved. Saving will update them to Version 5 Classic. Custom code that uses jQuery or RequireJS has a chance that the code will need to be updated, otherwise it may not load correctly.
Will I have to rewrite all the custom code myself?
Yes, custom code that conflicts with Version 5 Classic will need to be rewritten. For support on custom code conflicts, an extensive article has been written here: http://help.livetiles.nyc/en/articles/2993103-custom-code-in-livetiles-page-designer. If you run into any other issues, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I know what content is at risk?
Before migrating to Version 5 Classic, a tool will be available that will scan your Recent Pages, Templates, Saved Sections, and Saved Tiles for custom code that would potentially conflict with the SPFx changes. The scan can be run from the Landing Page, under the Manage drop down, or through the upgrade process. Once the scan is ran, results will be available in the Landing Page under the Manage tab.
Will this happen again with another big update?
No, this is a one-time occurrence based on the back-end changes that are being implemented by Version 5.
V5 Classic Benefits
What other benefits do I get with V5 Classic?
As we progress Version 5, there will be updates and features that are unique to Version 5. While Version 4 will still be supported, the changes in Version 5 will mean that some features aren’t cross-compatible with Version 4. Right away, Version 5 will allow the use of custom Modern web parts on the Page Designer canvas using the Add Web Part Tile, along with UI changes. Version 5 will be a continual progress towards aligning with Modern support.
How do I add Custom Modern Web Parts after the update?
When using the Add Web Part Tile in Version 5, the web part picker will show any custom modern web parts. These web parts will still need to be configured from the end user view.