JIRA 3.4, the latest release of the award winning issue tracker, delivers over 120 individual improvements driven by extensive customer feedback, including wiki goodness.
Sydney, Australia – November 16, 2005 – Atlassian Software Systems, Australia’s fastest-growing software company, announced the release of JIRA 3.4 today. Driven by extensive customer feedback, the latest release of the award winning issue tracker delivers over 120 individual improvements. Per-project issue types, wiki notation support, ‘cloneable’ portlets, new plugin types, improved RSS support, RPC enhancements and a Czech language pack are just some of the improvements included in this release of JIRA, the professional issue tracker.
The most requested improvement included in JIRA 3.4 is configurable issue types for each project. This helps JIRA better accommodate the needs of the growing variety of JIRA end users, each of whom has embraced the benefits of JIRA’s flexible and brilliantly simple approach to issue tracking. Customer support, IT helpdesk, project teams and a growing variety of business functions have realised how JIRA can improve individual productivity, drive significant process improvements and help embed project management philosophies within a team culture.
Anton Mazkovoi, JIRA’s lead developer, explains: “In JIRA 3.4 each group of users can have their own specific list of issue types. For example, the sales team can have ‘Invoicing’ and ‘Payment’ issue types, whilst the Support team can have ‘PC Support’ and ‘Systems Support’ issue types. Workflows, fields, screens and many of JIRA’s management features can then be applied to those individual issue types.”
JIRA 3.4 also comes with new text tendering capabilities drawn from Atlassian’s highly successful enterprise wiki, Confluence. This provides the ability to embed rich text, inline images and programmatic functions within JIRA fields. For example, code macros allow developers to easily embed highlighted code snippets as per formal conventions, whilst tables, images, text formats, and colours allow users to better communicate the details of their issues.
Continuing JIRA’s tradition of an open, interoperable and ‘pluggable’ architecture, the text rendering has been implemented as a JIRA plugin. This means new, custom rendering engines can easily be added or removed from JIRA in the future.
The features introduced in JIRA 3.4 are among the most highly requested features by JIRA’s broad customer base. Atlassian’s strong focus on meeting customer requirements and ensuring product relevance helps explain why JIRA is used in over 55 countries across more than 2,600 organisations. JIRA’s customers are across every industry sector including:
* technology giants Cisco, Oracle, SAP and Hewlett-Packard;
* financial heavyweights Citigroup, HSBC and the World Bank;
* research organizations such as NASA, CERN and Stanford University;
* manufacturing companies from GE and 3M to BMW and Honda;
* pharmaceutical enterprises Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Jonhnson; and
* diverse corporations from Pixar Animation Studios to McDonalds, from the United Nations to many branches of the US government.
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To read about the features highlighted in this announcement and the other 120 improvements, features and bug fixes, please see the full JIRA 3.4 release notes.
JIRA is a web-based application providing an accessible and agile issue-tracking platform that is highly usable by both technical and business users alike. JIRA runs on any platform and supports almost any database. JIRA’s fair, upfront and equitable per-server licensing policy includes unlimited projects, users and issues, full source access plus free updates and support for 12 months. Existing customers who wish to update to JIRA 3.4, or new users who wish to try out JIRA for 30 days can download either the standalone or EAR/WAR distributions from the Atlassian JIRA issue and bug tracking website.
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