YouTrack 2018.2 release: a new page of projects, YouTrack Docker-image and much more

Published on June 01, 2018

YouTrack 2018.2 release: a new page of projects, YouTrack Docker-image and much more

    Hello! We have released a new version of the project management system - YouTrack 2018.2 - and we hasten to share with you the innovations.




    What's new in YouTrack 2018.2?

    • new project page;
    • YouTrack Docker image;
    • SAML authentication;
    • restriction of login attempts by login;
    • personal data management;
    • displaying tasks in the queue on the Agile boards as a list;
    • explicit sorting of cards on Agile boards;
    • restrictions on the performers and the start date for Gantt charts;
    • New sorting options for value sets in custom fields
    • the ability to attach files to the comments;
    • the ability to update tasks without sending notifications in the rules on a schedule in workflows;
    • new keywords to search for released and archived versions;
    • the ability to make custom fields required.

    Experimental functionality:


    • new task creation page.

    New Project Page


    The new version of YouTrack page "Projects" has become more convenient. Now you can mark projects as favorites, as well as go to the settings of any project directly from the projects page.




    YouTrack Docker image


    If you use YouTrack Standalone, now it is much easier to upgrade to new versions. You can download the YouTrack image from the repository and create a Docker container with a new installation, or transfer an existing installation (ZIP, MSI, JAR) to the Docker container.


    SAML Authentication


    This authentication module allows users to log into YouTrack through a third-party SAML authorization service, for example, Okta.




    Restriction of login attempts


    In YouTrack 2018.2, it became possible to limit unsuccessful login attempts by login. Combined with the reCAPTCHA test, this functionality prevents attacks by brute force and does not block users who simply forget the password.




    Personal Data Management


    Within the framework of the requirements of the GDPR, we added the ability to de-personalize our data.




    Other improvements


    Displaying the task queue as a list


    In the new version, you can view the task queue on the Agile boards in two ways: in the form of a list or a tree. Previously, only one view was available, where subtasks were attached to the main tasks and presented in a hierarchy. The new view allows you to display only those tasks that are specified in the request.




    Explicit sorting of cards on boards Agile


    Now you can enter an explicit sorting of cards on Agile boards. For example, if you want tasks on the board to always be sorted by priority, enter "sort by: priority". Please note that manual sorting will not work if explicit sorting of tasks is specified.




    Limitations by artist and start date for Gantt charts


    We have added two new parameters for the Gantt Chart report, which allow you to set additional constraints on the distribution of tasks in the chart. So, you can set restrictions in accordance with the performers in the projects and in the field "start date".




    New sorting options for value sets in custom fields


    For most types of custom fields, you can now sort the values ​​by secondary properties. In addition to automatic sorting by name, you can sort the values ​​by version number, build date and release date. When values ​​in custom fields are sorted, these parameters can be used in the search.




    Attaching Files to Comments


    Now you can attach files not only to tasks, but also directly to the comments below them. This innovation is convenient for teams that often exchange files in comments (for example, designers) - now it has become easier to find the latest version of attached files.




    Search for similar tasks


    We added a new search query - looks like : with it, you can find tasks that are similar to the specified task. This is convenient for finding duplicates when forming the backlog of a product.




    Ability to update tasks without sending notifications in the rules on a schedule in workflows.


    The new rule parameter according to the schedule allows you to update tasks in the background according to the specified schedule.


    Ability to make custom fields required


    Previously, in order to make a field mandatory, you had to use a workflow rule. Now in the project settings it is possible to make the field mandatory without specifying the default value. Thus, the user who creates the task will be obliged to set the value of this field himself.




    New keywords to search for released and archived versions


    When searching for tasks, you can now use a query that will find released and archived versions of the product. For example, to find tasks with the fix version “archived”, you can use the query fix versions: Archived .




    Page "Groups and Teams"


    We have updated the “Groups” page, on which both groups and teams are now displayed. In addition, you can combine a group with a project team.




    Role cloning


    Role cloning allows you to create a new role with exactly the same set of permissions as an existing role. If required, all values ​​can then be edited.




    General parameters of authentication modules


    All settings that are associated with the authentication parameters are transferred from the Global Settings page to the General Settings page. Also on this page are the settings of the new functionality, which limits login attempts and Google settings reCAPTCHA.




    Setting Attributes for SAML Service Providers


    If you use YouTrack as a SAML identity provider, you can now specify attribute names for a login, first name and last name, as well as the user's email addresses sent to the SAML service provider.




    Experimental functionality


    New task creation page


    We continue to work on improving the YouTrack interface: in this version we have changed the page for creating a new task. To use the new functionality, the administrator must enable it on the Feature Configuration page.


    In addition to general UI improvements, the following changes appeared on the new page:


    1. The choice of the project is moved to the page header.
    2. Improved drafts functionality:
      • tags and attachments are displayed in the draft list;
      • A button appeared to remove all drafts from the list.


    We also made a number of other improvements - see the full list of tasks that were included in the release.


    Try YouTrack 2018.2 and share your impressions with us! You can download a free version for 10 users or register in the cloud to use the trial version for 30 days.


    If you are already using cloud YouTrack, then your server will be transferred to the new version on a schedule .