Jira 2.1 is released today in both Professional and Enterprise editions.
h3. New Features
(these are in both the Professional and Enterprise editions)
* Permission Schemes – Administrators can now specify a set of permissions and save them in a scheme that can be used on multiple projects.
* User picker – There is a now a pop up that allow web users to search for users in the system easily.
* Handlers now add attachments – E-Mail handlers now take the attachments from emails and add them to the relevant issue.
* Mail Queue Improvements – The mail queue has been improved so that erroring mail messages get put in an error mail queue, which can then be deleted or resent.
* Massively improved documentation – the “Jira 2.1 documentation”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/docs/v2.1 is now in a common format with easy navigation:
* PDF documentation – we’re still actively improving our output PDFs, but
you can already download all the Jira documentation as a “single PDF file”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/docs/v2.1/jira-manual.pdf (1.2Mb), or view each document as a PDF:
* Improved project Statistics – The project statistics are now updated in real time instead of being cached.
* Time tracking configuration – Work logs can now be configured to use specified “hours per day” and “days per week” so that work estimates are updated more logically for your business needs. Original time estimates are also preserved.
* “Don’t spam me” – Users can now specify that they do not wish to receive email when they update one of their own issues.
* Improved Help System – almost all forms within Jira now have help links, which link to the improved documentation.
* Version rescheduling – Versions can now be moved to the beginning or the end of the schedule.
* Better notification on issue assignment – Both the old and new assignees are notified when an issue is assigned to a new user.
* Better stats on the roadmap – The road map and personal road map now display how many issue are still unresolved.
* Backup improvements – The backup service now shows the full path where back up file is placed.
* Improved error handling – Jira now directs to an error page if there is an error that will stop Jira running.
* Process running page – Jira now displays a page saying that the a task e.g. Upgrade is running so the user can not corrupt data by editing issue.
* Improved project creation – Users can select Permission Schemes, Notification Schemes and Security Schemes on project creation.
* Improved setup wizard – Users can now specify a backup path when installing Jira for the first time.
h3. Enterprise Features
* Issue Level Security – individual issues can now have security levels associated with them, grouped in issue security schemes.
* Fine grained permissioning – Permissions can now be established for reporters, assignees and individual users.
Combined these two features allow you to control who can view issues much more carefully. For example newly create issues can be ‘hidden’ from the public until they are checked by one of your developers – or you can mix public and private issues within a single project. For more details, read our “Enterprise features page”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/enterprise.jsp.
Need more reasons to look into Jira? Look at “10 reasons to try Jira today”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/learn/10reasons.jsp!
We can’t wait for your feedback on this release – Enjoy!
h2. Availability
Take a tour, try Jira online or download an evalution to use in your organistion – just “try Jira today”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/try!
h2. Purchasing
With the introduction of an Enterprise edition, the licensing and pricing for Jira has been updated – you can read all the detail on our “licensing page”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/pricing.jsp.
For the next 30 days, Jira 2.1 Professional is still available at the existing price of $800/server, after that it will rise to $1000.
As a thank you to our existing Professional customers, there is a specially discounted upgrade price of $2400 for those who wish to upgrade to Jira 2 Enterprise before the end of June.
As always, all commercial licenses include the full source and 12 months of free upgrades, so a license is future-proof! Thank you to all our users who have purchased Jira recently – your continued support means a lot to us.
To purchase or ask questions, please “contact us”:http://www.atlassian.com/about/contactform.jsp.

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