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Release Notes for Spira v7

Version 7.2 (October 2022)

Summary

Manage products in a whole new way (SpiraPlan only). New system level custom properties and custom lists let program users see and manage your products with custom data and through new dedicated pages and custom report options. You can use these new features for improved Project Portfolio Management, to implement product charts, and much more.

Along with existing support for creating and editing dynamic documents inside Spira (including diagrams and documents), the new spreadsheet editor lets you create simple spreadsheets to better organize your teams and track work. You can have multiple sheets, apply formatting to cells, use a wide number of functions, and even import from and export to Excel spreadsheets.

New Features
  • Allow users to create and edit simple spreadsheets as an option for inline documents [RQ:4322]
  • Email all system administrators every time that the concurrent user limit is exceeded by a user trying to login but can't due to license issues [RQ:4361]

  • Improved Product Management and Customization

Bug fixes and enhancements
  • Add a link on the product home page, overview widget to the new product details page, shown to program members only [IN:7501]
  • Add a new dedicated "Account Lockout Period" security setting, so system admins can specify how long a user is locked out for once they enter too many wrong passwords within the relevant window [IN:5010]
  • Add a new system admin security setting to enforce stricter security only possible on HTTPS sites [IN:7359]
  • Fix a typo in the 7.1 onboarding tour about TaraVault [IN:7443]
  • Fix editing tasks or requirements on the release details page not triggering notification events [IN:6954]
  • Fix the documentation link on the user's Add 2-Step Authentication page [IN:7396]
  • Improve explanatory text in two places in administration for the flag that disables rollup calculations, and also the 2 pop-up messages [IN:7338]
  • Improve the error pages throughout the app, with a more consistent design in more places, and showing stack trace information to system admins only [IN:6293]
  • Reduce css file sizes by removing Internet Explorer 11 specific rules and values [IN:7412]
  • Show more of the test case names on the test case grid of the test set details page (up to 150 characters) [IN:7299]
  • Show the program artifact dropdown when a user goes to a program page before ever going to a product [IN:7474]
  • Update the minimum SQL Server required version under which SpiraPlan can be installed to 2016 [IN:7424]
  • Set the minimum required version of .NET that the application will work under to 4.8 [RQ:3085]
  • When a product has rollup calculations disabled, also disable test case parameter hierarchy refreshes [IN:7422]

Version 7.1 (August 2022)

Summary

Cloud customers can now more easily and flexibly set up source code integration inside SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan. TaraVault is the default provider for Git or Subversion. Along with other quality of enhancements you can now, for each product, either user TaraVault or any other cloud based source code provider. This lets you pick the best provider for each product.

Our latest SpiraApp integrates SpiraPlan and OctoPerf seamlessly. Kick off load testing in OctoPerf directly from SpiraPlan and the results of the test get logged against each relevant test case.

New Features
Bug fixes and enhancements
  • Improve diagram export options when viewing a diagram on the document details page to save a diagram as an SVG [IN:7134]
  • Replace Internet Explorer to Edge in sample data, as Internet Explorer has finally, officially retired [IN:7311]
  • Do not let a product have more than one source code provider in active use at any one time [IN:7321]
  • Let product admins disable / enable TaraVault for a product (in addition to full deactivation (hard deletion) as now) [IN:7324]
  • Fix typos and a screenshot in the 7.0 walkthrough popup [IN:7328]
  • Fix the documentation link on the System and Product Admin > SpiraApps settings pages [IN:7330]
  • Fix Product Template custom lists letting you save a blank value name (even though it shows an error suggesting this not allowed) [IN:7384]

Version 7.0 (July 2022)

Summary

SpiraApps bring a brand new of tailoring SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan to your needs. Dedicated SpiraApps will extend what is possible, each addressing a specific use case. This release introduces the first 7 SpiraApps and expect more to follow:

  • The FMEA SpiraApp adds full support for Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) in the Risk Management module in SpiraPlan (only - not available in SpiraTeam or SpiraTest)
  • New SpiraApps deepen the integration with Github Actions, GitLab Pipelines, and CircleCI Pipelines. Start a new Pipeline or Action directly from SpiraPlan.
  • Two new SpiraApps let you work faster than ever. Create rich descriptions that are automatically added when you create a new artifact. And quickly create a preset list of new tasks or test cases on a requirement or a release to manage workloads better than ever.

We have updated our data synchronization platform to improve ease of use and simplify setup for administrators, with tailored guidance and information right inside the app.

New Features
  • Data synchronization

    • Improve ease of use when configuring the most common datasync plugins with better field names and additional helper text [RQ:4280]
  • Testing

  • SpiraApps

    • CircleCI SpiraApp integration lets users launch pipelines from Spira and see their results in Spira as builds [RQ:4141]
    • GitLab CI SpiraApp integration lets users launch pipelines from Spira and see their results in Spira as builds [RQ:4142]
    • GitHub CI SpiraApp integration lets users launch actions from Spira and see their results in Spira as builds [RQ:4143]
    • Extend the built-in risk functionality by supporting FMEA with a dedicated FMEA SpiraApp that calculates the Risk Priority Number [RQ:4140]
    • Improved WorX Manual Testing Accelerator functionality, as a new SpiraApp [RQ:4225]
    • Allow users to quickly create preset tasks or tests cases for a specific requirement or release [RQ:4176]
    • Allow users to create artifacts from their details pages with pre-populated descriptions (as defined in the SpiraApp settings) [RQ:4224]
  • SpiraApps Administration

  • SpiraApps Architecture

    • SpiraApps can be added by Inflectra, storing their functionality, logic, and descriptions in the system [RQ:4211]
    • SpiraApps can be configured by users with system-wide settings [RQ:4212]
    • SpiraApps can be configured by users with product-specific settings [RQ:4213]
    • SpiraApps can run from the button menu toolbar on specific artifact detail pages [RQ:4207]
    • SpiraApps can run from the button menu toolbar on specific artifact list pages [RQ:4206]
    • SpiraApps can run from a custom column shown on artifact grids [RQ:4208]
    • SpiraApps can display as a dashboard widget on the product and reporting home pages [RQ:4209]
    • SpiraApps can run as behind-the-scenes actions, running user-driven events, on artifact details pages [RQ:4214]
Bug fixes and enhancements
  • Add a new API call to get all requirements covered by a specific test case [IN:5862]
  • Add a new API call to update an existing test set test case mapping (can update its owner, planned date, and isTeardown status) [RQ:4277]
  • Enforce a minimum of two minutes for authentication expiry settings [IN:7174]
  • Fix GitHub Actions integration so that results are always recorded, even if the JSON body contains longs (previously only ints were supported) [IN:7215]
  • Fix GitHub and CircleCI build creation dates not always being the correct timezone [IN:7270]
  • Fix incorrect special character display on the incident and risk workflow transition detail pages [IN:7197]
  • Fix LIS source code commit dates in sample data so that there are no commits in the future [IN:6881]
  • Fix some accented characters not displaying correctly in certain places [IN:7103]
  • Improve the experience of adding comments to an artifact by only showing the "Add Comment" button when a user cannot otherwise edit the artifact (but can add comments) [IN:7111]
  • Let users define product level 'definitions of done' to apply to a requirement through using the new "Task and Test Case Presets" SpiraApp [IN:6052]