Skip to main content
FME 2018 Data Transformation ETL

FME 2018.0 Betas are available, with the official release coming in March. There’s a lot to be excited about this release: workspace authoring more efficient, new formats & transformers and much more. Here are the top new features and enhancements:

Connect & Transform – More format support and transformation power

1. New Format Reader/Writers

  • Apple Venue Format Reader & Writer
  • Bentley i-Model Reader (V1)
  • CALS (Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle Support) Raster Reader & Writer
  • Esri Geodatabase Mosaic Dataset Writer (ArcSDE & File Geodatabase) –
  • Esri Indexed 3D Scene Layer (I3S)
  • GDAL Generic Raster Reader (read anything GDAL supports)
  • 54 new GDAL-based Raster Formats
  • GDAL VRT Raster Reader

  • Google Cloud Spanner Reader & Writer
  • HERE Venue Format Reader
  • HYPACK Reader & Writer
  • IDRISI Raster Reader & Writer
  • LDAP (Active Directory) Reader
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Writer
  • Microsoft Word Writer
  • PCD (Point Cloud Data) Reader & Writer
  • PDF Reader (2D/Raster/Text)
  • SOSI GML Reader & Writer
  • Well Log ASCII Standard (WLAS) Reader

2. New Transformers

  • 3DBufferer
  • HDFSConnector (for moving files into and out of Hadoop)
  • FeatureJoiner
  • MSWordStyler
  • PowerPointStyler
  • ProjectWiseConnector
  • S3Connector
  • SalesforceConnector
  • SurfaceDissolver

3. Indoor Mapping Formats

Connect to indoor mapping applications with added support for several indoor mapping formats, including Apple Venue Format (reader & writer), HERE Venue Format (reader), IBM TRIRIGA (transformers on FME Hub), and ArcGIS Indoors (templates on FME Hub).

FME indoor mappingIndoor map of Vancouver Airport, viewed in the FME Data Inspector.

4. PDF Reading

PDF is no longer where data goes to die. FME’s new PDF Reader means you can extract rasters, vector data, and text from PDF documents.

FME pdf readerLeft: PDF data viewed in the FME Data Inspector. Right: PDF data viewed in Adobe Reader. Not too shabby!

5. Create 3D Web Visualizations

Create 3D visualizations that anyone can view in a web browser, with new support for Esri I3S and glTF for Cesium (FME 2017).

FME 3d web visualizationsLeft: every building in NYC loaded as Cesium 3D Tiles. Right: with textures added, written to I3S and loaded in ArcGIS Earth.

6. Generate Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint Files

New transformers let you style and output your data for Excel spreadsheets, Word pages, and PowerPoint slides.

FME powerpointA map of Canada written to PowerPoint with FME. Each province is its own polygon with a label.

7. Coordinate System Updates

  • Australia’s GDA 2020 & German Niedersachsen datum shift grids available
  • RSO System Updates (Malaysia)

8. More Format and Transformer Improvements

A lot of existing formats and transformers were improved. For example:

  • S3 transformers have been merged into a single S3Connector, and files can be accessed directly like a filesystem
  • Creator now supports creating clothoids and 3D arcs
  • FeatureWriter supports output ports
  • Several transformers have an added Tolerance parameter

FME featurewriterFeatureWriter with multiple input and output ports.

Work Play More Efficiently – FME Workbench enhancements

9. Collapsible Bookmarks

More easily manage large workspaces by collapsing sections under colorful bookmarks that you can expand when necessary.

FME collapsible-bookmarks

10. Partial Workspace Runs (Tech Preview)

Get immediate feedback when authoring FME Workspaces by running only the portion of the workspace you’re focused on.

FME partial run“Run from This”, “Run just This”, and “Run to This” buttons.

11. Embedded FME Data Inspector (Tech Preview)

Instantly view transformation results right inside FME Workbench

FME data inspector

12. Copy & Paste Transformer Test Conditions

Copy-paste conditions and conditional values between transformer dialogs.

FME copy paste

13. Customized Translation Log

Filter the translation log to display only error or warning messages.

FME translation log

14. Better Performance

Significant improvements in engine performance with many scenarios clocking in 30% faster and using 45% less memory.

15. FME Python API

A documentation overhaul makes the FME Python API much easier to navigate and learn from.

FME python api

FME Server Updates

FME Server 2018.0 was built from the ground up and has a lot of new features to get excited about.

16. Job Filtering

In the Job interface, flip a switch to filter by jobs that have succeeded or failed.

17. Password Recovery

Administrators can set up a system email account so users can recover their passwords.

18. Dark Mode

Customize your FME Server interface.

FME interface dark

19. Workspace Viewing (Tech Preview)

View your FME Workspace from directly within the FME Server interface.

FME workspace viewer

20. Deployment Visualization

See the hosts comprising a deployment and the server components on each host.

FME deployment visualization

21. Project Sharing

Share FME Server Projects without sharing security credentials. Coming soon to FME Hub.

22. FME Server on Docker

This is out of tech preview. Quickly deploy FME Server on any platform that supports Docker.

23. Version Control

Also out of tech preview. See previous versions in the FME Server interface, and create a version history when publishing a workspace from FME Workbench.

Bonus: FME Augmented Reality

Soon you’ll be able to convert 3D objects to .fmear and view them in augmented reality devices.