New Features of ZK 8.6.0

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New Features of ZK 8.6.0

Hawk Chen, Engineer, Potix Corporation
Nov. 7, 2018
ZK 8.6.0


Having rich and user-friendly components has been one of the main reasons that developers love ZK. Now, with the release of the 8.6 version, we aim at creating more integrated and modernernized features that excite your users. You will come across enhanced multimedia and input widgets such as video clips, image cropper, toggle switch, signature and slider knob.

Expect a better look and feel of different applications with improved efficiency. With Iceblue Compact, you can upgrade your ZK 8 or older ZK application to a brand new refreshing look and feel without any code change!


  • Breeze-compatible Compact Theme
  • 10+ New Components and Molds

View Release Notes.

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Highlighted Features

Refresh Theme without Code Change - Compact Theme

The new default Iceblue theme from 8.5 has brought you with a refreshed, ultra-modern look and feel. For users upgrading from an older version, Iceblue Compact is now available in 8.6 bringing you a same refreshed modern look and feel, along with breeze-compatible font size, paddings, and margins. Yes, this means zero code upgrade!

For theme-pack theme users, all 24 theme pack themes have their corresponding compact theme. To apply a theme, just include the theme pack jar and specify the compact theme name, for example:

  • Each compact theme is named after the original theme name appended with "_c". For example, iceblue_c is the compact version of iceblue theme. iceblue_c is by default included in the CE binary; if you use maven, it is available in this repo folder.

Please check them out at Theme Demo

iOS Style Switch and Toggle

  • Available for ZK:
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Checkbox now supports 2 new molds: switch mold and toggle mold.

Toggle Switch.png

Tri-state Checkbox

  • Available for ZK:
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In addition to Checked and Unchecked, the Checkbox component now supports indeterminate states.


Give Me a Rating

  • Available for ZK:
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The Rating component allows users to click an icon and rate. It also has read-only and disabled states for presenting rated scores.


Toolbar Accommodates More Buttons

  • Available for ZK:
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When you set overflowPopup="true", a toolbar will display ellipsis (...) on the right. When hovering over the ellipsis, it will display a popup which contains additional selections that aren’t present on the toolbar.


Page Navigation Model

  • Available for ZK:
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With the help of NavigationModel and <apply>, you can now construct a multi-level page navigation mechanism and navigate among those pages by loading the template.

Multi-Screen Layout - Goldenlayout

  • Available for ZK:
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GoldenLayout is a multi-layout, which displays panels as a docker type. You are able to drag a panel to dock at 4 regions (north, east, south, west) or to stack on another panel. This component is suitable and provides for a workspace-like interface.


Slider Knob

  • Available for ZK:
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Set the mold attribute as knob on the Slider component to enable the slider knob. The slider then acts like a knob presenting the values. The knob can be controlled by dragging the wheel, clicking the mouse and entering a value within the center of the textbox.


Take a photo - Camera

  • Available for ZK:
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You can now include the Camera component in your app to allow users taking snapshots. Note that the camera has to be accessible by the browser.

Record a Clip

  • Available for ZK:
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The Camera component can also record a video clip. It also allows you to preview and upload recorded file.

Video Player

  • Available for ZK:
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The Video component allows you to play videos in your browser. With this component, you can even build your own youtube or develop an online tutorial.


Crop an Uploaded Image - Cropper

  • Available for ZK:
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This component allows users to crop the selected range of an image. The developer can also process the cropped image further, such as showing the cropped image on a page.


Show Your Organization - Organigram

  • Available for ZK:
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This component can render a structured diagram with a TreeModel.


Sign Here, Please - Signature Component

  • Available for ZK:
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The Signature component supports the signature pad on both the desktop and mobile browser. Developers can select the pen size, color, background, etc; while end users can save, undo, or clear their signatures.


Display a Barcode

  • Available for ZK:
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A barcode component generates the barcode at the browser, and decodes it at the server side. It supports QR Code and 18 1D barcode types.

 <barcode type="qr" value="" height="100px"/>
 <barcode type="code128" value="" height="100px"/>

Scan a Barcode

  • Available for ZK:
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A Barcodescanner component is used to scan and decode the barcode at the client side. It supports QR Code and nine 1D barcode types.

Show Barcode.png

Other Enhancements

Improved Rendering Speed

In each new release we try to optimize our framework further to provide you with the best performance and usability. In ZK 8.6 we have specifically improved the rendering speed when opening a tree node; and when changing the model of a chosenbox.

Guide Users with a Pop-up Menuitem

  • Available for ZK:
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If you wish to guide new users to click a specific menuitem or open a menupopup, ZK provides a way to hint them by highlighting the specific item:


Packaging change: (Servlet 3) Web Fragment Rearranged

Web-fragment was included by default in the previous versions. We now make it more flexible and separated ZK web fragment into another artifact, so that you can decide to include it or not depending on your project requirement.


ZK 8.6 contains versatile new components that are exclusively designed for modern users with improved usability, functions, and features. We hope you find ZK 8.6 useful! Feel free to tell us which new component you like the most. We look forward to hearing from you!


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