JIRA 6.1 Release Notes
Help your team embrace change with JIRA 6.1JIRA 6.1 picks up where JIRA 6.0 left off, introducing more improvements that help you get work done faster. Features like the new workflow designer and intuitive custom field configuration, let you introduce change to your team without slowing them down.
We are also starting a new journey towards seamless JIRA integration with your coding tools. The new create branch functionality in JIRA 6.1 is the first improvement, with many more to come.
24 September 2013
New workflow designer
The new workflow designer is fast, modern and easy to use. Built using HTML5, the latest HTML standard, it loads instantly and is incredibly responsive. On top of this, we've added features to help JIRA administrators build workflows more easily — design in full screen mode, snap lines to statuses (geometric snap lines), select a status to highlight transitions, and more.
Users also benefit from this feature: when viewing an issue, click View Workflow (next to the Status field) to show an accurate view of the workflow designer (one of our highest voted feature requests).Learn more...
New project templates
JIRA 6.1 continues our work from previous releases to get you started faster. You can now choose from two new templates when creating a new project in JIRA. Get up and running quickly with the Simple Issue Tracking project, which has a simple three-step workflow that is easy to understand; or choose the Software Development project, which is configured to reflect a basic development and review process.
Intuitive custom field configuration
We've made it easier to create custom fields and put them where you want. Viewing an issue and think that it needs a new field? Simply click Admin > Add field to choose an existing custom field or create a new one. The field is also added to the Create and Edit screens, so you can use it straight away.
Field types are now categorized into Standard and Advanced when creating a custom field. Standard types also offer a preview of the field, so you can see what you are creating in advance.
Edit project key
One of the most voted for feature requests has been implemented in this release: the ability to edit a project key. It's simple but powerful — just change a single field to edit the key for an existing project. JIRA will automatically update related data across all of your projects.
Change usernames in LDAP
JIRA now supports changing usernames when connected to an external LDAP user directory. This means that JIRA treats name changes in LDAP as renames, rather than deleting and adding a user (which did not work). For most LDAP implementations, this will work out of the box. In a small minority of cases, further configuration is required.
JIRA password policy
The JIRA password policy feature enables JIRA Administrators to set limits and restrictions on the types of passwords their users can create.
More integration with your coding tools
You've always been able to link commits from Bitbucket and Stash to JIRA issues, making it easy to understand which issues are fixed and the code changes involved. However, we're 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 of these improvements, if you use Bitbucket or Stash to manage your code repositories, you'll be able to create code branches directly from issues in JIRA or JIRA Agile. The new Create branch link will open your connected repository application and launch the process of creating a branch for you. If you have multiple applications connected, then you can choose where you'd like to create the branch.
Note, the ability to create branches from JIRA in Stash requires Stash 2.8, which.will be released next week on 1 October 2013 (watch this page for updates). You can create branches from JIRA in Bitbucket now.
We're not stopping here! You will find plenty more 6.1 features listed below. The most notable of these are the name changes for JIRA add-ons: GreenHopper has been renamed to JIRA Agile and Bonfire has been renamed to JIRA Capture. This is part of a move to align these two add-ons more closely with JIRA. You will see associated user interface changes in JIRA in this release. 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.
Click to view the other features and improvements in this release:
Easier issue navigator column configuration — Show exactly what you need when triaging issues. In this release, you can easily change the columns for search results displayed in List View. Simply click Columns (top right) to choose the desired columns, then drag and drop them where you want.
- Improvements to workflow text mode — In line with the updated workflow designer, we have also updated many of the pages in text mode. Specifically, the page that allows you to view a particular status or transition, as well as its post function, conditions and validators.
New default workflow and assignee — We've made two changes to simplify the out-of-box experience for new projects in JIRA. First, the default workflow no longer requires a user to be the assignee to transition an issue from one status to another. Second, the default for Allow Unassigned Issues is now set to ON (for new instances only) and the Default Assignee is now set to 'Unassigned' when you create a new project. Together, these changes allow issues to be worked on by anyone, rather than have one person be the bottleneck.
- JIRA Redmine Importer now available — We've added a JIRA Redmine Importer plugin that enables you to import data from Redmine directly into your local JIRA site. Learn more...
- New look for email notifications — Email templates for JIRA have been improved to reflect the Atlassian Design Guidelines look and feel. Learn more...
- New whitelist for JIRA — JIRA's whitelist is now more intuitive and easier to configure. Learn more...
Faster access to JIRA reports — You can now access JIRA reports directly from its own tab under the Browse Project page.
The JIRA 6.1 team
Jeroen De Raedt
Andre Quadros Petry
Tiago Kolling Comasseto
Kuala Lumpur support
Abdoulaye Kindy Diallo
Amanda Wei Sai Nan Wei
Azwandi Mohd Aris
Chung Park Chan
Joe Wai Tye
John Chin Kim Loong
Steven Trung Tran
Voon Kiat Gan
Yew Teck En
Zulfadli Noor Sazali
Chris Le Petit
Product marketing management