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WebIssues Client 0.9.5-beta1 released

The first beta release of WebIssues Client 0.9.5 features a new three-pane layout of the main window which follows the familiar design of many e-mail clients. It's now possible to view and work with folders and issues directly in the main window, without opening additional windows. The three-pane layout is now the default one, but the old single pane layout is still available and can be activated using the settings window.

The toolbars have been redesigned so there are more icons for frequently used functions. The Windows style was tweaked a little bit. Besides this release adds new Czech and Portuguese (Brazilian) translations. It also fixes a crash occurring in some cases when deleting an attribute. In future releases of version 0.9.5 there will be more functional improvements and bug fixes.

Server 0.8.4 and Client 0.9.4 released

Version 0.8.4 of the WebIssues Server and version 0.9.4 of the WebIssues Client were released today. The main feature introduced in this dual release is sending e-mail notifications when new issues are created in selected folders and when selected issues are modified. Users can individually configure notifications using the new user preferences feature. Both the server and the client are fully backward compatible with previous versions, but to use the new features of the server you also need the new client.

Version 0.8.4 of the server has two mailing engines allowing to send e-mail notifications from both the local host and an external SMTP server. E-mails are created using a simple template engine; two templates for plain-text and HTML e-mails are available; they can also be used to create custom templates. This release also adds support for the Firebird database. In addition it fixes adding large comments and includes a few optimizations, mainly related to handling large comments and attachments.

Version 0.9.4 of the client adds the possibility to mark watched issues as read or unread and extends program settings with switching the language and limiting size of comments. It also adds command line options for overriding default file locations. This release also features the Portable WebIssues Client which can be carried on a portable device (USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive, CD, etc.) and used on any Windows computer. Settings and cache data can be stored on the portable device as well. Finally, the Windows executable is now linked statically to allow installing by non-administrator users and packed with UPX to reduce the size of the package.

Server 0.8.4-rc1 and Client 0.9.4-rc1 released

Release candidates of both the server version 0.8.4 and client version 0.9.4 were released today. The new version of the server contains some optimizations which significantly improve handling large comments and attachments, and solves a problem with parsing large commands (for example when adding a very long comment). The new version of the client adds the possibility to mark watched issues as read or unread and extends program settings with switching the language of user interface and limiting the size of comments.

In addition, this release features the first version of the WebIssues Portable Client - the desktop client packaged as a portable application which can be carried on a portable device (USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive, CD, etc.) and used on any Windows computer. Settings and cache data can be stored on the portable device as well. The Portable Client can be used either stand-alone or together with the PortableApps.com Platform.

The final releases should be available in a few weeks, as soon as the documentation and translations are updated. Then I'm going to start working on the single window interface for WebIssues Client.

Server 0.8.4-beta2 and Client 0.9.4-beta2 released

Second beta releases of both the server and the client are available. In the WebIssues Server, the SMTP mailing engine was added which allows sending e-mail notifications using an external SMTP server (for example gmail). Another important improvement is support for the Firebird database (thanks to Alex Bekhtin for sharing his code); it should probably work with InterBase too, although only Firebird 2.1 was tested. Please test those new engines if you can and report any problems.

In the WebIssues Client, support for e-mail notifications was extended with the possibility to enable automatic notifications for modified issues in selected folders. In addition, command line options for overriding default file and directory locations were implemented, allowing to create a USB-portable version of the application (which will be available soon). Finally, handling SSL certificates was improved and a few bugs were fixed.

Winner of the Qt Centre Programming Contest 2008

It was confirmed yesterday that the WebIssues Client is among the winners of the Qt Centre Programming Contest 2008 - the second edition of a contest for open source projects based on the Qt framework. It was given recognition by the jury for being "nice looking, complete and documented".

I'd like to thank the organizers for their effort in bringing the contest to an end despite the difficulties, and obviously the jury members and sponsors. I hope the contest will continue and will become a yearly tradition; the open source community definitely needs such events. Finally I congratulate all other contestants for their great projects; it was a pleasure to compete in such a good company.

I guess this is a good moment to reveal some of my plans regarding WebIssues. Now it's in the middle of the fourth stage of development, besides the e-mail notifications which are work in progress I'm planning to redesign the UI of the WebIssues Client into a single-window model and also create a portable version which could be run from a USB stick. Then I'm planning to start working on web and mobile interfaces which will provide access to the WebIssues server from virtually every location and which will be another great milestone for the project. Everyone who wishes to participate and contribute to WebIssues is more than welcome in order to make it the most powerful open collaboration database.

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