Jira 2.4 is released today in both Professional and Enterprise editions.
h2. New Features
(these are in both the Professional and Enterprise editions)
* “Graphical statistics portlets”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/docs/v2.4/dashboard.html#Statistic+Portlets – you can now add new portlets to the Dashboard that display a graphical representation of project statistics (ie open issues per assignee)
* “Jelly support”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/docs/v2.4/jelly.html – Jira can now be scripted with Jelly, an XML scripting language. This includes a Jelly Service (to run a Jelly script periodically) and a Jelly action (to run any snippet of Jelly when you want). We have also created a library of Jira specific Jelly tags, see the documentation for more details. Example:

<JiraJelly xmlns:jira="jelly:com.atlassian.jira.jelly.JiraTagLib">
<jira:CreateIssue project-key="JRA" summary="Issue summary">
<jira:AddComment comment="Issue comment" commentLevel="admin-group"/>

* “Configure field order”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/docs/v2.4/issuefield_hiding_and_reordering.html – it is possible to customize the order in which all fields are shown in the Jira interface
* “Hidden Fields”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/docs/v2.4/issuefield_hiding_and_reordering.html – you can also show and hide all fields within Jira, throughout the interface. This is useful for creating invisible custom fields (as programmatic data holders) or just removing default fields that you don’t use.

* Built in bug reporting – Jira now has remote customer service features built in to allow us to diagnose any support problems faster.
h2. Improvements and Fixes
* Ability to link to comments – it is possible to link directly to comments of the issue, and not just to the issue itself
* Anonymous e-mail support – issues created from “anonymous” e-mails save the reporters e-mail address, to allow further communication
* Improved URI support – Jira will now detect any RFC 2396 URI in description, comment and environment fields, and convert it to a link. This allows you to include links to Lotus Notes databases and local files.
* Dashboard improved – the number of open issues shown on the dashboard can be configured, the most critical issues are shown first
* Improved MS Excel view – the Excel view now lists the linked issue keys for each issue
* E-mail notifications – notification messages contain the Due Date of the issue
* JOTM support – use much more stable JOTM in Tomcat rather than Tyrex
* Project statistics – a number of issues with updating project statistics have been fixed
* Better wildcard searching support – searching terms can now end with ‘*’ character
* Updated comment searching – Jira now searches the comments of issues more accurately
* MS Word quote character support – word quote characters are converted to normal quote characters, so that they do not cause problems on export
* Improved LDAP support – Jira does not allow users defined in LDAP to login with the password stored in Jira’s database, but only with the LDAP password
* Time Tracking report – the report runs against “Fix Versions” rather than “Affected Versions”
* Improved Quick Search – the Quick Search is now case insensitive and multiple keys can be specified with ‘&’ character
* Issue type description – you can now add a custom description for the issue type field
* Cleaner e-mail templates – e-mail templates have been reviewed and should not have unresolved identifiers or generate false errors
* Smarter portlets – portlets do not duplicate information, issues “in progress” do not appear in the “assigned to me” list
* Improved packaged distribution – Jira now comes in tar.gz packages as well as .zip. The packages contain a base directory, so there no need to create a new directory to unpack Jira into
* Improved URL support – quoted URLs now work correctly
* WebLogic 7.0 Support – Jira should now work on WebLogic 7.0 out-of-the-box
* Updated System Information page – now shows clearer information about Jira’s version, uptime and the JVM’s free memory
* Attachments – attachments will not get corrupted even if the temporary directory is on a different partition to the attachments directory
* ESMTP Authentication – Jira will now authenticate against the configured ESMTP server with supplied credentials
* Custom Encoding – Jira now behaves more nicely according to the encoding specified in the configuration
* Personal Road Map – the correct totals are shown for each version
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 evaluation to use in your organisation – 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.
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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