August 2013

August 26

Name changes for JIRA add-ons

GreenHopper has been renamed to JIRA Agile and Bonfire has been renamed to JIRA Capture in this upgrade. This is part of a move to align these two add-ons more closely with JIRA. Please be assured that your existing licenses and support entitlements are unchanged. This is a change of product name only. Read this blog post for more information.

New JIRA Agile features and improvements

  • Future sprints: Search for issues in upcoming sprints using JQL, view the sprint for an issue in the Detail View of the JIRA issue navigator.
  • Add issues to a sprint in progress.
  • Sprints and epics related to issues are now included when exporting search results to Excel.
  • Note, issues now belong exclusively to sprints. Please read Sprint Marker Migration (Sprint Marker Migration) for important information about how this will affect your data.
  • Read more...

New JIRA Capture features and improvements

  • New "myActiveSession" function that lets you find the issues that are related to your active session.
  • Upgrades of JIRA Capture on Firefox no longer require the browser to be restarted.
  • Bonfire is now launched from your browser via the  icon, instead of the  icon.
  • Read more...

Bamboo 5 available in OnDemand

  • Bamboo 5.0 programatically combines JIRA versions and release candidate builds of your application for better tracking from the planning phase through to development and release.
  • Bamboo's release versioning provide a unique identifier for the build that's being deployed: know exactly which release version is running and in which environment, and see which issues informed that release.
  • Improved communciation helps tame the beast known as software releases. Commenting on release candidates, broken or approved tagging, and other Bamboo 5 features make improved cross-team communication a reality.
    Read more...

First phase of new code integration features

Over the next few months, we'll be adding new features to expand the ways you can manage commits, builds, and deployments within the context of your planning resources in JIRA. In this first release, you'll notice some new areas on the UI designed to make it easier to create code branches for a particular issue in JIRA or JIRA Agile. Read this page for details on these new features.

New workflow designer

JIRA has a new workflow designer – it loads quickly, scrolls easily, and lets you build and edit workflows faster than ever. The designer view also appears in view issue, one of our highest voted feature requests.

  Click here to read notes on using the new workflow designer...
  • Zoom the diagram with your mouse wheel. Pan the diagram by clicking and holding the mouse while on white space, then moving your mouse across the diagram.
  • Click and drag a status to move it.
  • Red lines popping up indicate snap points that can be used to change your diagram layout.
  • You can change where the transitions connect to the statuses by clicking on the connection line and moving it.
  • Delete statuses and transitions with the delete key.
  • On the View Issue page, all statuses except the current one are displayed with the white background and blue text. The current status is in the blue background and white text to give it more prominence.
  • The concept of a current status does not exist outside of the View Issue page.
  • The project workflows pages have also been updated to show the new worfklow designer.
  • Pages for transition post-functions, conditions, and validators have been redesigned with the Atlassian Design Guidelines.      
  • The Flash version is still accessible from classic mode, as shown here.
    See Known Issues and Workarounds.

Add a custom field while viewing an issue

JIRA Admins can now add a custom field to an issue type while in View Issue, and even configure the options for that custom field. Soon, you will also be able to add an existing field as well!

Also, when creating a custom field, you now can choose between Standard and Advanced types. For Standard types, a preview image is shown for each type, so you can see what you are creating in advance. This ensures that you get the custom field you want, much faster.

To configure search templates or add contexts to custom fields, use the Configure option on each custom field. This is no longer part of the custom field creation process. Read more...

Simple Issue Tracking project

This project provides you with a quick and easy way to get JIRA up and running for simple issue tracking. This project is aimed at users who want to track their issues through a simple three-step workflow, while taking advantage of JIRA's other powerful features. Later on, it's easy to extend to other, more complex workflows provided by JIRA. For details on working with this project, see Simple Issue Tracking project.

Software Development project type

This project provides you with an easy to use template for software development. It includes a simple workflow with statuses representing tasks that go through a development and review process. For details on working with this project, see Software Development project.

More flexibility when creating a new JIRA project

If you have multiple applications in your OnDemand service, when you create a new JIRA project, you can now choose exactly which corresponding objects are created in the other applications. Previously, objects in other applications (like a Confluence space or a Bamboo project) were created automatically.

This change only affects projects that you create using the wizard in the UI; if you create a project by importing it into JIRA, the corresponding objects in other applications will not be created. In this case, you must create the objects and link them manually.

Faster access to JIRA reports

You can now access JIRA reports directly from Browse Project.

Request access to restricted pages

Have you been sent a link to a Confluence page that is restricted? You can now request access to view the page. Confluence will send an email to a user who can grant you access - this will be either the last user to edit the page, the page creator or a space admin. Access can be granted with just a few clicks, and you'll receive an email to let you know when its all done.

Ability to pre-create Google Apps users in OnDemand

Currently, new Google Apps users are created automatically in OnDemand when they log in for the first time. Now, we've made it possible for you to pre-set up new Google Apps users in OnDemand. This will allow you to configure the user permissions, etc. prior to the user's first login. If you choose to pre-create Google Apps users in OnDemand, the users will be prompted to claim their existing username (using their password information) when they try to log in for the first time.

August 19

Easier column configuration in JIRA

JIRA lets you change the columns of the table of search results for any search results displayed using the List view (as opposed to the Detail View). Click Columns at the top right of the issue table to open the column configuration dialog, shown below. Read more...

August 12

Show the page tree in your Confluence space sidebar

You now can choose to show the full page tree for your space in the sidebar. Go to Space Tools > Configure Sidebar to switch between Child pages and Page tree modes. Find out more...

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