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    News on the latest releases, hotfixes, knowledge base articles, and technical tips for TIBCO Spotfire administrators and users who want to stay up-to-date on the latest Spotfire Support content.

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    Upgrade to the Latest Product Releases

    Spotfire version 12.0 was released on July 8, 2022, which is the latest LTS version.  For more details on the difference between Long-term Support and Mainstream release types, see Overview of Spotfire Releases. For a full list of new features and changes in this new version, browse to What?s new in Spotfire 12.0 LTS.
    A few highlights from these newest versions:

    • Deploy all Spotfire services on Linux
    • Quicker and easier upgrades
    • Library version history
    • Automatic Spotfire database creation
    • Support for Java 17
    • Updated queue behavior for Spotfire Automation Services jobs
    • API for scripts in text areas
    • Customizable legends

    Check out the highlights and new capabilities of Spotfire 12 on our YouTube channel:

    Spotfire Statistics Services (TSSS) 12.0, TERR Service 1.12, and Python Service 1.12 were also released recently.  These releases contain the following changes:


    Spotfire Statistics Services (TSSS) 12.0

    • Deploy TSSS in Kubernetes
    • Includes Helm charts


    Enterprise Runtime for R Server Edition (TERR Service) 1.12

    • Deploy TERR Service in Kubernetes
    • Container-based image updated to AlmaLinux 8.5


    Spotfire Service for Python 1.12

    • Deploy Python Service in Kubernetes
    • Disable trust checks for remote script execution
    • Container base image updated to AlmaLinux 8.5

    Highlight of recent system requirements changes

    • Spotfire 12.0: All Spotfire services can run on Linux (Spotfire Web Player and Spotfire Automation Services are now supported on Debian 11)  
    • Spotfire 12.0: Dropped 32-bit support 
    • Spotfire 12.0: Dropped support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2
    • Spotfire 12.0: Dropped support for CentOS 
    • Spotfire 12.0: Dropped support for PostgreSQL 11
    • Spotfire 11.7: Added support for Microsoft Windows Server 2022
    • Spotfire 11.7: Added support for Microsoft Windows 11
    • Spotfire 11.7: Dropped support for Microsoft Windows 8.1
    • Spotfire 11.6: Added support for openSuse 15
    • Spotfire 11.6: Added support for Debian 10, 11
    • Spotfire 11.5: Dropped support for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, 4.6, 4.7
    • Spotfire 11.5: Dropped support for Microsoft Windows 7 

    For a complete list of all system requirement changes in products and versions of interest to you, please see System Requirements

    Highlight of recent deprecated and removed features

    • Spotfire Server: The API class com.spotfire.server.security. AbstractPostAuthenticationFilter is no longer supported. Removed since Spotfire 12.0.0.
    • Spotfire Server: The following API methods have been deprecated. They contain references to Java EE 8 and that will not work in a future version of Spotfire Server based on the newer Jakarta EE 9 or later:
    • Object AuthenticationContext.getAttribute(String name): Use of the attribute name javax.servlet.request.X509Certificate is deprecated.  The attribute name and the returned class type will both change to jakarta. servlet.request.X509Certificate in Jakarta EE 9 or later.
    • Enumeration<String> getAttributeNames(): The attribute name javax.servlet.request.X509Certificate is deprecated. It will change to jakarta.servlet.request.X509Certificate in Jakarta EE 9 or later.
    • Cookie[] getCookies(): The method is deprecated as the returned class type. javax.servlet.http.Cookie will change to jakarta.servlet.http.Cookie in Jakarta EE 9 or later. Use the String getHeader("Cookie") method invocation instead. Deprecated since Spotfire 12.0.0.
    • Spotfire Server: In a future release an upgrade will be done to the namespaces defined in the Jakarta EE 9 project.

    If you have custom code deployed on the Spotfire server, this means that some of your code might need to be altered and rebuilt. Several important third party components are upgraded to use new namespaces defined in the Jakarta EE 9 project. A future release will start using these upgraded components. When using the upgraded components it is important to know that some, but not all, imports of javax must be changed to jakarta. For example, javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest must be changed to jakarta.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest. A list of components that will be changing namespace can be found here: https://wiki.eclipse.org/Jakarta_EE_Maven_Coordinates. Deprecated since Spotfire 10.10.11, 11.4.6 & 11.8.0. 

    • Spotfire Analyst/Business Author/Consumer: The functionality ?Share to tibbr®? is deprecated and no longer supported. Deprecated since Spotfire 11.7.
    • Spotfire Server: The hostName and address attributes of the com.spotfire.server:type=Server JMX MBean are deprecated and will be removed without replacement in a future version. Deprecated since Spotfire 11.6.0.
    • Spotfire Server: The getReturnEndpoint() method of the CustomWebAuthenticatorInitContext API class is deprecated and will be removed in a future release. Please use the new method with the same name in the WebAuthenticationContext API class instead. Deprecated since Spotfire 11.6.0.

    If upgrading from versions lower than 11.4, please note the additional important change documented earlier: 

    • Spotfire Analyst: The jQuery 1.12.4 and jQuery UI 1.9.2 JavaScript libraries will not be distributed with future releases of Spotfire software. Your use of these third party libraries, whether in this release, past releases, or future releases of Spotfire analytics, is at your own discretion, and is not supported or warranted by TIBCO. Please see Best Practices for Writing Custom JavaScript Code in Text Areas for additional information on using JavaScript code with Spotfire products. Deprecated since Spotfire 11.4.0.

    For more information about these and other deprecated and removed features in all products and versions of interest to you, please read the individual release notes, available on the Product Documentation site (https://docs.tibco.com/products/tibco-spotfire/) 

    Important Security Announcements

    No recent Spotfire security advisories.

    All  security advisories can be accessed from the Security Advisories web page. 

    Recent Hotfixes and Service Packs 

    It is recommended that you always keep your Spotfire environment up-to-date with the latest hotfixes. 

    Hotfixes can be downloaded from the TIBCO Support Portal and are documented here: Overview of hotfixes for Spotfire. Once you have logged in to the Support Portal, the hotfixes can be found under the Downloads menu > Hotfixes. On the Hotfixes page, Spotfire-hotfixes can be found under "AvailableDownloads" > Spotfire

    The following hotfixes/service packs were released recently:


    LTS Versions

    Mainstream Versions

    Spotfire Clients (Analyst, Web Player (Consumer/Business Author) and Automation Services)

    TS_11.4.3 LTS HF-016: Hotfix for TIBCO Spotfire® 11.4.x (Released: June 17, 2022)

    TS_10.10.6 LTS HF-034: Hotfix for TIBCO Spotfire® 10.10.x (Released: July 8, 2022)


    TS_11.8.0 HF-003: Hotfix for TIBCO Spotfire® 11.8.x (Released: June 17, 2022)



    The latest TIBCO Spotfire Server service packs can be downloaded from the TIBCO eDelivery site:


    LTS Versions

    Mainstream Versions


    Spotfire Server

    TSS 11.4.7 LTS (Released: May 3, 2022)

    TSS 10.10.13 LTS (Released: July 12, 2022)

    TSS 11.8.1 (Released: April 3, 2022)

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    Review End of Support Timelines 

    Review the end of support dates below and plan upgrades to supported versions, where you can benefit from security updates, defect fixes, and features available in the latest releases.  

    Support will answer product questions, but no new defect corrections, in the form of hotfixes or service packs, will be provided for these versions.

    Note: The current LTS versions 11.4 and 12.0, are not affected by this announcement.

    Refer to the Knowledge Base article 000027258 for the end of support dates and end of extended support dates for all Product versions.

    Tech Tips

    Spotfire 12.0 bridges insights and actions, with powerful new ways to make decisions right from the visualizations, integrate data science and trained data models in the visual analytics flow, immerse yourself in new and improved visualizations, improve collaboration with library version history and take full advantage of a truly cloud-native analytics platform. This version includes new functionality that could take your Spotfire experience to even greater levels.

    Run all Spotfire services on Linux

     Spotfire® Web Player and  Spotfire® Automation Services software is now supported on Debian 11.  


    Deploy Spotfire services on Kubernetes

    We have released the Cloud Deployment Kit for Spotfire® as open source to provide a reference and starting point for the deployment of Spotfire software using containers and Helm charts on a Kubernetes cluster.


    Quicker and easier upgrades

    You can upgrade Spotfire Server with one command using the official Spotfire Helm chart:

    helm upgrade--install my-spotfire tibco/spotfire-server -f my-values.yml

    New configuration is applied using the chart values. The containers with a newer Spotfire Server version replace the older ones. When upgrading Spotfire software using the provided Helm charts, the Spotfire database is automatically upgraded to the schema version required by the newer Spotfire Server version. You can upgrade each of the Spotfire services the same way, using their respective Helm charts.


    Horizontal & positionable legends

    Color by, Shape by, and Series by legend items can now be displayed horizontally, above or below your visualizations, aligned left, right, or centered.

    You can set a legend to horizontal mode from the legend panel directly from the legend properties. Setting the alignment and position is done directly from the horizontal legend.


    Top page navigation

    The page navigation bar and status bar can now be displayed on top of the visualizations canvas.

    Prior analyses are not affected. Page navigation and status bar positions can be switched to the top at document level from its document properties, or as a user level option or as a group preference set by an administrator.

    Top Support Knowledge Base Articles 


    Continued Education

    We recommend that new Spotfire customers use the Getting Started and the Training section of the Spotfire Community for initial enablement.

    Our new Spotfire website includes several sections for expanding your use of Spotfire, including a Resources Library, Demo Gallery, and information about existing Mods to visualize your data. 

    We also host Dr. Spotfire sessions, create Quick Tip YouTube videos, and post other great content on the Official Spotfire User Group LinkedIn group to help users with unique analytics challenges. Please subscribe and follow us on YouTube and LinkedIn to stay updated!

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