The December newsletter is all about NDEx v1.3 Release Candidate 1! The install bundle is now available for download and testing from our FTP server. Check it out and let us know what you think!
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It's that time of the year... The NDEx Team wants you to have a Happy Holiday Season and this is our way to contribute! The NDEx v1.3 install bundle is available for download and testing: CLICK HERE to download the bundle! All NDEx users that rely on our Public Server will have to be patient... The Public Server will keep running v1.2 and will be updated to the final full release of v1.3 at the beginning of February 2016.
The Technical document explains in detail all the changes, improvements and new features implemented in NDEx v1.3: we recommend that you read this document entirely before installing and using NDEx v1.3.
The most important change in NDEx v1.3 is the introduction of the CX interchange format: thanks to the implementation of the CX interchange format, networks can now be exchanged between NDEx and Cytoscape (or other CX compatible application) while preserving information such as presentation properties (styles, layout, etc); every aspect of a network will be stored and retrieved even if NDEx cannot understand it, thus enabling a lossless round-trip. With the introduction of CX, NDEx v1.3 positions itself the center of a service-oriented analytic software infrastructure for biological network knowledge. Another big advantage of the CX format is that it allows data streaming: this improves dramatically the server's performance while decreasing the memory footprint when handling large networks.
CyNDEx v1.3 and NDEx-Sync v1.3 are examples of CX-enabled applications and designed to be used with the NDEx v1.3 server... They will not work if used with and NDEx server running v1.2. We will soon provide access to an NDEx v1.3 TEST server so that you will be able to try CyNDEx v1.3 and NDEx-Sync v1.3 even if you are not running your own NDEx server... Stay tuned!!!