SAN FRANCISCO (BUSINESS WIRE) — Atlassian today announced the release of Jira 4, the latest version of one of the most widely used issue trackers. Jira 4 includes OpenSocial gadgets, improved dashboards, Jira Query Language (JQL) for power search and filtering, activity streams and nearly 1000 other features and improvements. Pricing now starts at just $10 for 10 users.
Dashboards and OpenSocial Gadgets
Jira dashboards have a new and improved look and now support OpenSocial gadgets. You can easily customise Jira dashboards by choosing a different layout, adding gadgets, dragging and dropping them into different positions and changing the colors of individual gadgets.
Jira ships with dozens of pre-built gadgets and supports gadgets from other Atlassian products like Bamboo, Fisheye and Confluence. Jira can also display other OpenSocial gadgets and produce gadgets that can be displayed by other OpenSocial containers, like iGoogle or Gmail.
Search on Steroids
Jira 4 offers an unparalleled search experience, made possible through Jira Query Language (JQL), Jira’s new query system. Users can now find even the most elusive issues by constructing queries that combine virtually any attribute in the system. The results can be saved as filters or easily added to a Jira dashboard as a gadget.
While JQL provides answers for complex queries, the auto-complete function within JQL makes it easy for novice users to find what they’re looking for.
An Interface for Modern Teams
Jira’s user interface has been refreshed, simplifying access to key functions. Issue actions are now available directly from the Issue Navigator, offering one-click access to common functions. Header navigation menus are keystroke-enabled and Jira now remembers where you’ve been and what you’ve done, so your most recently used issues and projects are never more than a click away.
New Facebook-like activity streams display the latest activity for Jira issues, projects and people. Activity streams can be displayed as a gadget on your dashboard or added to any RSS reader.
New Pricing Targets Small Teams
Jira 4 introduces more aggressive pricing, improving Jira’s accessibility to smaller teams and companies. Twenty-five (25) user licenses start at $1,200 USD, and an unlimited user license is available for only $8,000 USD. For more pricing information, or a free, fully functional 30 day evaluation, visit:
GreenHopper 4, for Agile Teams
GreenHopper adds a broad collection of agile project management capabilities to Jira. GreenHopper simplifies the planning and organisation of sprints by providing a planning board to organise their backlog, a task board to view the current sprint and burn-down charts to track progress and assist with future estimates.
GreenHopper 4 includes a number of new features and improvements including support for kanban. Users can also set their context by selecting multiple filters in addition to custom criteria. The list view has been enhanced with the ability to select the fields displayed.
Introducing $10 Starter Licenses
To help small teams and companies get started, Atlassian is also launching fully functional and fully supported 10-user licenses of Jira and Greenhopper for only $10 USD each. All proceeds from the sale of these $10 “starter” licenses will go to Room to Read to help educate children in developing nations. Starter licenses are also available for Confluence, Crowd, Fisheye and Bamboo. For more information, visit:
About Jira
Jira is used for issue tracking and project management by over 11,500 organisations in more than 107 countries around the globe – across Fortune 1000, public enterprise, science and technology sectors. Customers include BMW, Yahoo, Adobe, Disney and the Apache Foundation.
About Atlassian
Atlassian develops affordable, lightweight software that helps enterprises collaborate better. Its products include Confluence, widely recognised as the most advanced enterprise wiki, and Jira, one of the world’s most popular issue trackers for IT project management. The company has more than 15,000 customers worldwide, including 30 of the world’s top 50 corporations. For more information, visit:
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