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WebIssues 1.0-alpha3 released

The third alpha version of WebIssues Server and Client 1.0 was released today. This version introduces server-side tracking of the read/unread state of issues. Alerts, which replace the idea of folder watches from the stable version, are based on views and allow tracking new and modified issues matching any criteria. Email notifications can be sent for selected alerts with recent modifications or summary reports.

This release complements all features available in the stable version, so version 1.0 now has the same functionality as version 0.9.7, although with many significant improvements. As with all alpha versions, it can only be used for testing purposes, because there is no possibility of updating from an older version or to a newer one. The last area still to be done is moving/deleting issues and editing/deleting comments and attachments; after that version 1.0 will start the beta stage where updating is supported. The source and installation packages for this release can be downloaded from the Development page.

WebIssues Client 0.9.7 released

The stable version 0.9.7 of the WebIssues Client was released today. It has a few bugs fixed and some minor usability improvements that were gathered in the past ten months. Also new French and Dutch translations were added in this release. You can view the full change log here.

Like I announced before, I'm currently focusing mostly on developing version 1.0 of WebIssues. However there is still a lot of work left and it's been a long time since the last stable release, so I decided to create another stable version to fix some minor problems. Thank you for all bug reports and suggestions which contributed to this release.

WebIssues 1.0-alpha2 released

The second alpha preview of the WebIssues Server and Client version 1.0 was released today. This version introduces the concept of views, which allow defining the columns, sort order and filtering criteria of issues displayed in the list. Views are stored on the server and can be used with both the Web Client and the Desktop Client. They can be defined by individual users as well as by administrators for public use. Views replace the concept of client-side filters and column settings available in version 0.9.x of the WebIssues Client.

A few most important bugs were also fixed in this version; however this is still an alpha version and it can only be used for testing purposes, because there is no possibility of updating this version from an older version or to a newer one. The source and installation packages can be downloaded from the Development page.

WebIssues 1.0-alpha1 released

It took a really long time and lots of work, but the first alpha development version of WebIssues 1.0 is finally released. The WebIssues Server package now contains an integrated Web Client application and an Administration Panel which allow using all features of the system without having to install the client application. The WebIssues Desktop Client however still remains the main interface for accessing the system and the main strength of WebIssues. The new version contains many improvements, including a redesigned issue details view, more usable dialog for adding and editing issues and many others.

Capabilities of attributes were extended with several often requested features. Attributes can now hold up to 255 characters with support for multi-line text and the ability to localize number and date formats. On the other hand some features of the current stable version are not yet available in this release, especially watches and notifications. These functions will be redesigned and implemented in next releases, together with the possibility of moving and deleting issues and folders, editing and deleting comments and many more features.

You can download the alpha packages from the Development page. Please keep in mind that the alpha version is only released for testing purposes and should not be used in production. It is not possible to update an older version of the server to this version and it will not be possible to update this version to a newer one in the future, so do not store important information in it. Please feel free to post opinions, suggestions and bug reports to our forums and let us know if you want to contribute to testing and developing the new version.

WebIssues Mylyn Connector

A few days ago Pramatr announced the release of WebIssues Mylyn Connector. Mylyn is a task framework for the Eclipse IDE which can connect to many popular issue trackers. With the WebIssues Connector you can now use Mylyn to access, create and modify issues directly within Eclipse without having to install the WebIssues Client. See the release announcement for more information.

One of the main design goals of WebIssues is to build a platform for accessing information from many different environments, including desktop, web, and integration with other applications. The connector is surely a great step in that direction. Pramatr also created a WebIssues Protocol API for Java which allows communicating with the WebIssues Server. We will be collaborating together to provide even more functionality with version 1.0 of WebIssues.

In the meantime we made significant progress with the WebIssues Web Client, which is almost ready for the alpha release. There is still some work to do with the Desktop Client, so the most realistic date of the release is beginning of May. Although it will be a testing only version and will be far from being complete, it will have many new features, including better internationalization support, extended attribute types and a completely redesigned issue details view.

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