JIRA 4.2 EAP 1 Release Notes
8 June 2010
JIRA 4.2 EAP 1 (a.k.a 4.2 milestone 6) 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 1 release. We still have a little more work to do, but overall, this is how 4.2 will look when it gets rolled out later this year. And 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 'dot 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 EAP:
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Highlights of JIRA 4.2 EAP 1
Dialogs for Common Actions and Workflow Operations
For faster edits to an issue, pop-up dialogs have replaced screen changes:
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.
'Dot Dialog' Replaces the Mouse
The new 'dot 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 dot dialog works from the Issue Navigator and also when viewing an individual issue.
Improvements to the 'View Issue' Screen
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.
Attachment Sorting by Date or Name
Attachments can now be sorted by date or by name, in ascending or descending order.
Viewable Files in Zipped Attachments
You can expand an attached zip file to see its contents. The first 30 files will be shown for larger zip files.
'Log Work' Improvements
You can now log work when you resolve an issue, saving you a step. You can also set the remaining time to 0 upon resolving an issue.
You also now have the ability to edit the Original Estimate, even if work has been logged on an issue (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 a collapsible search form to increase the size of the results area.
Separate Searching in Multiple Tabs
This is for those of us who are addicted to having lots of browser tabs open at once. You can now have a different JIRA search in each tab!
New JQL Functions
Additional JQL functions for projectLeadBy and componentsLeadBy — useful for finding all issues where a particular user is the lead of a component, or a project.
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.
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