Restyled UI in YouTrack 5.0: New look, same soul

We are excited to introduce absolutely new YouTrack 5.0 look & feel. We put a lot of hard work into it, to help you enjoy just the right balance between powerful functionality and a lightweight UI. Learn about the key enhancements and the main advantages of the new UI. Very soon you will start managing issues easier, faster and with more pleasure with YouTrack 5.0, where form and substance both matter.

Please welcome YouTrack 5.0 UI personalities:

Sergei Ilin
Sergei Ilin, @iSerge, Lead Graphic Designer, JetBrains

Artem Tiunov
Artem Tiunov, @artemtiunov, UI/UX Designer, JetBrains

Alexander Anisimov
Alexander Anisimov, Front-End Developer, JetBrains

General UI improvements

New menu
First of all, look at the new menu with updated components and you’ll notice that we’ve totally restyled buttons and links. For your convenience, there are no more toggle buttons. Just use the Create Issue button and follow the links to your Issue lists, Agile Board and Reports.
Menu Components

More visibility and unified views
There are many general design improvements for a more intuitive feel about YouTrack 5.0. The new UI makes links and icons more visible, as well as letting you hover the mouse over them with an increased mouseover area. We played with the colors and made the active elements orange (one of our primary colors at JetBrains). Check this out in the new YouTrack 5.0!

We’ve also improved visibility for all the fields on the Create/Edit Issue screens, and unified all the views. Now everything is in the same place on each screen. The issue list now features simplified checkboxes and icons, updated to help you work with issues with more fun.

Comment system
If you’ve ever submitted comments to YouTrack, you’ll see the difference now, as we’ve redesigned the comment system substantially. The new comments view is clear but still detailed, and instead of old-style links you will find new edit/delete icons.
Comments

Full Screen Issue

Layout
The highlights of the new look & feel in YouTrack 5.0 include the new Full Issue screen the and Create/Edit Issue screen. Take a look at the new Full Issue screen: we have redesigned the visible area and the key issue details to put them on the left side, while the secondary details are now on the right. Focus on important things first, right?

Issue change-over
There are more UI features in here. Look in the upper right-hand area above the issue details and you’ll see a new way to jump up and down to other issues within the selected YouTrack project. In the Full Issue screen, field labels are now visible permanently for your convenience.

Just look through your issues in the full screen to feel the difference.
Full Screen Issue

Create Issue & Edit Issue screen

Similar issues
The Create Issue and Edit Issue screens have also been redefined. Next to the familiar History and Linked Issues tabs, you’ll notice a brand new tab called Similar Issues. Its purpose it to help you find issues that are similar to the selected one. How does it work? Just start editing the issue description or summary, and the list will refresh to show you the most relevant existing issues. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can always hide or show the similar issues block on the Edit Issue and Create Issue screens.

Obviously, this tab will of great benefit especially in large teams, as it helps you eliminate duplicates in your project. Users will see right away if a similar issue has already been reported. Another advantage of this new tab is that you can easily link relevant issues with one click. Stay tuned for more details on this feature in a later post.
Create Issue Screen

Issue template generator
This is another new feature that allows you to generate an issue template URL to share with your customers or collaborators, available in both Create Issue & Edit Issue screens. It will help you save time on repeated actions, and instead to focus on what’s really important. Try it once and you’ll use it regularly.

File attachments
Want to attach a file or picture to your issue? Now attaching files from the system is faster and more fun: simply drag them to the Create Issue or Edit Issue screen and voila!. Check it out for yourself.
Attachments

Agile Board
Your favorite Agile Board has undergone some changes as well in YouTrack 5.0. Please welcome these improvements.
Agile Board

New cards
We totally redesigned the cards by putting them on white background. There are new headers on the cards which are colored in line with issue status (Normal, Major, Critical), to help you see right away what’s going on in your project or swimlane. You will also notice new edit icons in different places in the new YouTrack 5.0.

Time estimates
Time is money, so we’ve added estimates everywhere – on cards, columns, swimlanes and projects. If you value your time as much as we do at JetBrains, you’ll find this very useful.

We’ve also introduced tags for Agile Board cards, to help you work with huge volumes of issues. Tags give you more insight into what cards are about in a glance.

Columns visibility
One more new feature worth mentioning is Columns Visibility. Now you can manage your columns and their visibility with pleasure just ticking off only those columns which you really need for your current work.

Just a reminder, there are major changes in the Agile Board functionality as well. We’ll cover those in another post very soon.

Darcula look and feel
The Darcula theme was introduced in our other products last year and its TV version has now made its way into the Agile board in YouTrack. Do give it a try! What’s the benefit? Specifically designed for TV, it is highly visible from a distance, while also being very usable on a PC screen. Come over to the darker side of Agile to help control your Agile processes.
Darcula TV Scheme

Please tell us what you think about the new YouTrack 5.0 look & feel. You can easily do it via these channels:

Share your feedback with us and help us make YouTrack even better together.

Keep tracking with style with YouTrack 5,
JetBrains Team

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YouTrack 5.0 Release Candidate is Available. Be the first to try it out!

Attention! Achtung! Внимание! Consideración!

If you want to be the first to try YouTrack 5 codenamed “Gentle”, we’ve got a Release Candidate ready. Grab it while it’s hot!

What should you try in YouTrack 5?

Localization

We did it! Most voted feature in YouTrack ever is here. Change the UI language on the Administration > Settings tab to explore YouTrack in French, German, Russian or Spanish:
Change Language

Awesome Agile Project Management
We prepared numerous enhancements for our Agile project tracking. Try them all:

  • Create a common board for multiple projects
  • Narrow down the issues on the board using search queries
  • Share the board with the team or keep it just for yourself
  • Set attributes as swimlanes
  • Drag the subtasks directly to the board from the new tree-like backlog
  • Keep as many boards as you need
  • Enjoy a fresh look and feel for cards

Enhanced Agile Board

Restyled UI
Clear and fresh, the redesigned UI lets you track your issues more efficiently and cooler than ever before.
Create Issue Screen

Other great features you don’t want to miss:

  • Sharp-looking Darcula TV theme for Agile board
  • Similar issues tab to avoid duplicates
  • Wiki Markup now supports HTML tags and mentioning users
  • New ‘Clone issue’ command
  • Renewed Screenshot tool

If you like, dig deeper into details with YouTrack 5.0 RC release notes. Download the latest RC (#7165) from the EAP page or play with one of these InCloud EAP instances in your language:

Also, we have updated the biggest YouTrack Installation on JetBrains issue tracker production. This means that the final release of YouTrack 5.0 is just around the corner. Stay tuned these few days before the release and please share all your feedback with us.

Keep calm and track it softly with YouTrack 5 codenamed “Gentle”
JetBrains Youtrack Team

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Similar Issues in YouTrack 5.0: Just Avoid Duplicates

Please welcome a brand new YouTrack 5.0 feature called Similar Issues. Today we’ll give you more reasons to check the latest YouTrack 5.0 EAP if you haven’t tried it already!

Similar Issues gives you all the relevant issues based on issue summary and description found across all the projects. It is available whenever you create a new issue, edit an issue or simply browse the FIS (full issue screen).

How does it work?

As soon as you start entering a new issue summary or description, YouTrack starts searching for similar issues, using the same powerful text search available across the system. YouTrack offers similar issues based on matches in the summary and description in all the projects. It sorts the results by relevance, assigning more relevance to issues in the same project.

How can Similar Issues help you in your tracking process?

First, your external reporters will create fewer duplicates. Seeing existing similar issues right on the new issue form, as they enter a new issue summary and description, will save their time and effort as well as yours.

Second, it can help your internal users to process issues, by showing relevant issues on a brand new tab on the FIS (full issue screen) called Similar issues. Now you don’t need to search for a similar feature request or bug already reported in the system. Simply open the Similar Issues tab and link the relevant issues in any way you need.

By the way, when you edit issue summary or description, Similar Issues are automatically recalculated after the changes are submitted. This way you get even more relevant similar issues based on the latest information.

Similar Issues are ready to go and already included in the latest YouTrack 5.0 EAP build. We hope this cool feature will help you enjoy issue tracking even more, and prevent your users from creating hundreds of duplicates, thus keeping your tracker clean(er).

Your feedback is highly appreciated!

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YouTrack 4.2.4 is Out!

Hooray! An important Show-Stopper related to TeamCity 8.0 integration is fixed. From now on value in “Fixed in build” field will be set in YouTrack even with latest TeamCity 8.0. Numerous database improvements make YouTrack faster and more stable.

Download YouTrack 4.2.4 or sign up for the newest YouTrack InCloud. Existing YouTrack InCloud sites will be updated to the latest version on Monday, July 1, according to our Events and Maintenance Calendar

Keep tracking with pleasure!
YouTrack Team

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Hola! Updated YouTrack 5.0 EAP speaks Spanish

We are excited to introduce new YouTrack 5.0 EAP in Spanish. Enhanced Backlog and numerous fixes in new Agile board and others new features are also here.

YouTrack 5.0 EAP in Spanish

Enjoy new features in Spanish and share your feedback with us.

To try out YouTrack in Spanish and all the new features with the freshest fixes, download the freshest YouTrack 5.0 build from the Early Access Program.

If you use YouTrack InCloud, check out all the newest features in Spanish or any other available language. Please report issues with you comments directly in these instances. We’ve created YouTrack 5.0 InCloud EAP instances specifically to gather your feedback:

Just create an issue there to tell us what you think.

Also, we will appreciate any and all feedback via these channels:

We’re working hard to make YouTrack 5.0 even better with your help.

Keep calm and track softly with this new EAP for YouTrack 5.0, codenamed ‘Gentle’
YouTrack Team

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Welcome YouTrack 4.2.3 with bug fixes and TeamCity 8.0 EAP integration

While YouTrack 5.0 is in early access only, the freshest YouTrack 4.2.3 is ready to be introduced. This minor release includes several fixes including correct integration with TeamCity 8.0 EAP. Please check the release notes for the full list of changes.

Download YouTrack 4.2.3 or sign up for the newest YouTrack InCloud. Existing YouTrack InCloud sites will be updated to the latest version on Monday, June 10, according to our Events & Maintenance Calendar.

Keep tracking with pleasure!
YouTrack Team

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Updated YouTrack 5.0 EAP: Awesome Agile Available

Please welcome new YouTrack 5.0 EAP build with an enhanced Agile board, a new Wiki and Screenshot tool, and a number of bug fixes.

Agile board enhancements

We are happy and thrilled to introduce our new awesome Agile. Many significant Agile board improvements are waiting to be enjoyed. Please take them for a spin and get the most out of your new Agile project tracking.

For example, you can set Attributes as Swimlanes. YouTrack now supports swimlanes based on Attributes or on Issues. To try out new swimlanes, choose Attributes to identify swimlane in Agile settings:

Swimlanes based on Attributes

More goodies: Now you can define the board for multiple projects and even narrow down the issues to be shown on the board by specifying a search query:

Creating new Agile board

In essence, now you can create almost any Agile board you want.

Get ready to be amazed once more: welcome multiple boards. Now you have so much flexibility in creating your Agile board that it’s hard to resist and configure only one. Go ahead then, create and keep multiple boards. Click the Create button and choose Agile to create a new Agile board:

Creating new Agile board

Now you can really track your projects in multiple ways. Please note that you can of course delete Agile boards as well in Agile settings.

And for dessert, get a load of entirely new backlog management. From now on the backlog is represented as a tree with multiple levels. Even subtasks of subtasks can be dragged now to the board directly from the backlog:

Backlog Management

This means you can use Epics in your work, manage the backlog in a totally new way and spend more time on the Agile board, without switching to the Issues list.

Yes, this is how awesome Agile can be now with the latest YouTrack Agile goodies.

Wiki Markup

In other enhancements, welcome a new wiki for visual descriptions and comments:

  • Insert HTML tags
  • Highlight YouTrack users by typing @ before username
  • Distinguish long paragraphs with new list formatting
  • Find more available options in wiki help

Screenshot Tool
Enter new Screenshot tool. A completely new look and feel:

Screenshot Tool Design

There’s new functionality as well:

  • Comments: Now you can add comments just in the screenshot itself
  • New highlight tool
  • Lines and straight lines: By holding CTRL you can easily draw straight lines:

New Screenshot

Share your ideas by taking descriptive screenshots.

So, to try out all the new features, download the freshest YouTrack 5.0 build from the Early Access Program.

If you use YouTrack InCloud, check out all the newest features in one of currently available languages. Please report issues with you comments directly in these instances. We’ve created YouTrack 5.0 InCloud EAP instances specifically to gather your feedback:

Just create an issue there to tell us what you think.

Also, we will appreciate any and all feedback via these channels:

We’re working hard to make YouTrack 5.0 even better with your help.

Keep calm and track softly with this new EAP for YouTrack 5.0, codenamed ‘Gentle’
YouTrack Team

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YouTrack 5.0 EAP Speaks Your Language

YouTrack 5.0 codenamed ‘Gentle’ is on its way. Meanwhile, we are excited to open the Early Access Program. Several heavily requested features are ready for you to try out. Let’s explore them!

Localization (FR, DE, RU and more coming)

Salut! Hallo! Привет!

We are thrilled to introduce the most wanted feature in YouTrack ever. YouTrack is ready to speak German, French, and Russian, and more languages coming later in time for the 5.0 release.

To change system language in YouTrack, please go to Administration > Settings (you need administrator rights to do this) and choose from four currently available languages:

Please note that this is only Early Access Program and some translations are still in progress or too fresh. However, any feedback on this feature is highly appreciated.

For YouTrack InCloud users, we’ve created four EAP instances where they can try out the newest features in their language:

Please help us improve current translations by sharing your feedback: simply create issues at the corresponding YouTrack instance. We appreciate your input!

What’s more, if your language isn’t available yet, now you can translate YouTrack on your own. Or, you could create a personal YouTrack with your own slang, if you like. A How-To guide on this topic is coming soon.

Entirely restyled UI: new full screen issue, issues list, ‘create’ and ‘edit’ screens

We here in YouTrack always paid attention to balance between form and substance. We’ve redesigned the Full-screen Issue, Create Issue and Edit Issue screens and hope the new look and feel will help you manage issues faster, easier and cooler.

Key enhancements and major changes:

  • Unified design and layouts for full screen, edit and create issue screens: same place for fields everywhere
  • Field’s labels are permanently visible now
  • Highlighting assignee
  • Attaching files from the system is faster and more fun: simply drag them to the create or edit issue screen
  • Generate issue template URL and send it to your customer or collaborator. You also can use this URL for yourself for further issues reporting
  • Clear but still detailed comments view
  • Updated menu components design
  • Restyled edit and delete issue icons

Enough talking, just take a look at the brand new Full Screen Issue:

Redesigned full screen issue

Just try out the new YouTrack look and feel by grabbing the freshest build from EAP.

Similar issues

On the screenshot above you may have noticed a brand new tab next to the familiar History and Linked Issues tabs. Please give a warm welcome to the Similar Issues tab. There you can find similar issues to the chosen issue. Just start editing the issue description or summary, and the similar issues list will refresh and show you the most relevant issues. You can show or hide the similar issues block on editing and creating issues screens:

Similar Issues

This will help you to eliminate duplicates in your project: users will see right away if a similar issue has already been reported. Another advantage of this new tab is that you can easily link relevant issues with one click.

Clone Issue

One more highly wanted feature is ready to be shipped. From the very beginning YouTrack was a unique tracking tool because of its command language and full keyboard control. Now we are pleased to introduce a new command: Clone issue. With this command you can clone one or multiple issues. Just start typing “Clone” or open command dialog to apply new command to the issue!

System-wide notification message

More customization possibilities for YouTrack administrators. Now you can show system-wide message to all of your YouTrack site users to notify them about any site maintenance, last updates, recent events, or anything you would like.

Database improvements

We’ve enhanced our database, designed internally by our engineers specially for YouTrack. It’s gotten faster, smarter and safer.

Contrast Darcula TV scheme

Many JetBrains products have adopted the darker side, and now it has finally reached YouTrack as well.

If you apply Agile methodologies in your practices, you know that the hardest thing is to stay Agile. To cope with this, your board should be visible as much as possible, especially during meetings, or maybe even permanently on a TV screen in your office. You can’t afford not to keep track of what’s going in your project.

This is why we’re making available a new Darcula-style view for the Agile board. Specifically designed for TV, it is highly visible from a distance and also very usable on a PC screen. Please welcome YouTrack Darcula TV style:

Contrast Darcula TV scheme

To enable this new view, go to Agile board and choose the Darcula style among other view options (minimal and compact):
Switch to Darcula view

Explore the darker side to stay Agile!

Where to go next:

To try out all the new features, download the freshest YouTrack 5.0 build from the Early Access Program.
If you use YouTrack InCloud, check out all the newest features in one of currently available languages. Please report issues with you comments directly in these instances. We’ve created YouTrack 5.0 InCloud EAP instances specifically to gather your feedback:

Just create an issue there to tell us what you think.

Please share all your feedback with us. We would be happy to make YouTrack 5.0 even better with your help.

Keep calm and track softly with YouTrack 5.0 codename ‘Gentle’ EAP
YouTrack Team

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Welcome YouTrack 4.2.2 with many bug fixes and enhancements

We are excited to announce that YouTrack 4.2.2 is available. This fresh update ships a number of bug fixes for REST API, error messages, email notifications, and GitHub integration, enhanced YouTrack performance, and more.

In particular, YouTrack 4.2.2 brings this email notification enhancement that many of you have requested. Now you can specify an address that should be used as “From:” address in email notifications for each project, instead of system-wide address set for email notifications.

Check the full list of improvements and fixes in release notes and feel free to upgrade to YouTrack 4.2.2. If you are using YouTrack InCloud, you site will be upgraded to 4.2.2 according to our Maintenance Calendar.

Keep tracking with pleasure!
YouTrack Team

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Introducing YouTracker — the first iOS client for YouTrack

This post comes from Lorenz Lauwaert, the author of first iOS client for YouTrack.

Hello! My name is Lorenz, I’m a developer from Belgium and a big fan of JetBrains YouTrack.

I love the way YouTrack works and feels and I wanted to extend that feeling to the mobile platform. But first of all, I want to thank the whole JetBrains team that gave me the opportunity to introduce the first iOS app available for YouTrack:

YouTracker

YouTracker for iPhone

YouTracker is available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Current supported versions: YouTrack 3.0 or higher.

Since YouTrack is very customizable and allows you to quickly update/edit/create issues. I made sure that those advantages are found in the app as well. If you use YouTracker on your YouTrack instance you will be able to customize your projects so the UI feels familiar to what you are used to.

The app is a few months old and new features are being added frequently. This is a list of currently implemented features the latest YouTracker 1.5.0 supports:

  • List your issues: The list can be fully customized by deciding which custom fields should be shown, background coloring for issues.
  • Creating issues.
  • Issue filtering: Use your saved searches or type a query in the search bar (with intellisense) to quickly find the issue you are looking for.
  • Agile board: The app will allow you to use an agile board that can be configured at will. You can enable drag and drop to update issues (as you would in the web interface).
  • Time tracking: YouTracker allow you to manage and display time tracking settings. The issue list can even contain a small progress bar.
  • Attachment adding: Use your camera take a picture or use a photo from the library to add it as an attachment.
  • Issue details: view and update custom fields, add and delete comments, view and add attachments, view history, view links, etc.
  • Quick linking: Let YouTrack add a ‘youtracker://?ID-12′ link to your notification e-mails and you can use them to immediatly launch the app and show that issue’s details.
  • Multiple projects: You can select one or more projects to be active in the app. Each project can be configured separately.
  • Multiple host / account support: You can add multiple hosts / accounts to the app. This is very handy if you use multiple YouTrack instances
  • Plus more handy features…

The app already supports quite a lot of features, but development is far from over. This app is very alive and gets frequent updates and features added to it. This is a list of things that I would like to add:

  • Tag support
  • Apply commands to one or more issues
  • Macro’s (e.g. apply a specific command by swiping the issue list)
  • VGA out support
  • The todo list isn’t set in stone. Any suggestions are appreciated

I have setup a YouTrack cloud instance which can be used to add any suggestions (or bugs) if you have any please visit http://yt.myjetbrains.com

You can try out the iPhone version or the iPad version. There is a lite version available to show you what the app is all about if you wish to see how it works.

YouTracker for iPad

Feel free to follow me on Facebook or YouTracker Twitter.

Met vriendelijke groeten,
Lorenz Lauwaert

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