19 July 2010
JIRA 4.2 EAP 3 (a.k.a 4.2 milestone 8) is a public development release leading up to JIRA 4.2. For all production use and testing of JIRA, please use the latest official release.
The Atlassian team is proud to bring you the JIRA 4.2 EAP 3 release. We are getting closer to the final release of JIRA 4.2, but we want your feedback.
Time-tracking is now much more flexible: you can edit the Original Estimate, and set the Remaining Estimate to zero on resolving an issue. You can also log work via workflow 'transition' screens — which are now provided as in-place dialogs rather than separate screens. For the mouse-averse, the new 'Operations Dialog' provides access to all menu options via the keyboard. The 'Labels' plugin is now a permanent part of JIRA, simplifying system management for GreenHopper users — and everyone else who likes to label their JIRA issues. Dashboard Publish/Subscribe with Confluence is also included.
Note to developers: JIRA 4.2 includes Atlassian Plugin Framework version 2.5.
Note to partners and translators: The preliminary translation diff files will be made available when we release JIRA 4.2 beta in the coming weeks.
Highlights of JIRA 4.2 :
- Dialogs for Common Actions and Workflow Operations
- Dialogs in the Issue Navigator
- 'Operations Dialog' Replaces the Mouse
- Improvements to the 'View Issue' Screen
- Attachment Sorting by Date or Name
- Viewable Files in Zipped Attachments
- 'Log Work' Improvements
- Improvements to the Issue Navigator
- New JQL Functions
- 'Filter' Gadget creation via the Issue Navigator
- More Keyboard Shortcuts
- User Avatars and User Hover
- Labels Now Included
- Other Enhancements and Fixes
What's New in EAP 3
- For EAP 3, we've mainly focused on improving the view issue screen. Some highlights include:
- Reduced line height of text in the entire page.
- Stronger and colored section headings.
- Description field separated into its own separate section.
- Division lines for custom fields
- Labels as highlighted bubbles.
- Votes and Watchers fields on the same line.
- When creating or editing an issue, the versions fields now have the same look and feel as the component field.
- We've also reduced the size of labels in dialog boxes.
Thank you for your interest in JIRA 4.2 EAP 3
Highlights of JIRA 4.2
Dialogs in the Issue Navigator
You can now perform an action on an issue, via a dialog, directly from the Issue Navigator — without opening the issue first. The issue marker shows which issue you have selected (via your keyboard) in the result list.
'Operations Dialog' Replaces the Mouse
The new 'Operations Dialog' lets you perform actions via the keyboard (instead of the mouse), using the full-stop ('dot') key to access the 'Actions' and 'Workflow' menus. The Operations Dialog works from the Issue Navigator and also when viewing an individual issue.
Improvements to the 'View Issue' Screen
We have improved the look and feel of the view issue screen even more. Some improvements include:
- A tighter spacing between lines to reduce space between elements
- Stronger section headings
- The description field separated into its own section
- Horizontal division lines between each custom field
- Votes and Watchers fields on the same line
- Labels represented as bubbles
Individual blocks can now be collapsed to streamline your issue view. The view state (i.e. which blocks are expanded/collapsed) will also be remembered across issues. After much feedback on the 4.1 updates to the 'View Issue' screen, you can now also add a comment at the bottom of the commenting section.
We've also updated the look and feel of the Components and Affects/Fix Versions lists in Edit mode. Upon typing into one of these fields, a dropdown menu appears with a list of options matching the first few characters you typed.
For convenience, the version lists are divided into Released and Unreleased categories.
'Log Work' Improvements
You can now log work when you resolve an issue, saving you a step. You can also set the Remaining Estimate to 0 upon resolving an issue.
You now have the ability to edit the Original Estimate, even if work has been logged on an issue (not shown here).
We've also included the ability to add work log descriptions in wiki-markup (not shown here).
Improvements to the Issue Navigator
The Issue Navigator has been updated to match the look and feel of an issue.
We've also added: an issue marker and colour highlight for keyboard navigation (blue); colour highlight for mouse selection (grey); toggle to collapse the search form.
When a change is made via a dialog, JIRA will give you feedback on that change as confirmation.
More Keyboard Shortcuts
JIRA users can now do more without a mouse --- perfect for those power users.
Hints also appear at the bottom of a dialog, helping you to learn keyboard shortcuts on the fly.
User Avatars and User Hover
JIRA users can now add an avatar to their profile. You can then mouse-hover over a user's name to show information about that user — this is available when viewing an issue, using the Issue Navigator, browsing a project, viewing activity, viewing a user profile and performing some administration tasks.
Labels Now Included
The functionality from the Labels plugin is now included in JIRA out-of-the-box. The labels dialog has a great new UI, and issue notifications are now optional when updating labels for an issue.