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4 years ago
 

Raw Enterprise Power Coming in Polarion 2014

In case you missed the announcement in our quarterly newsletter, the Early Access Program (EAP) for the next major Polarion version – 2014 – is underway. Over the next couple of months, our dedicated mini-site will provide early previews of major new features and enhancements to Polarion’s application lifecycle solutions, and give you the opportunity to give us direct early feedback that can have an effect on what we finally release.

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4 years ago
 

Polarion 2013 – SR2 – New and Noteworthy

As another summer draws to a close, we again bring you some hot updates to the Polarion platform. Packaged as Polarion 2013 Service Release 2 (SR2), this is an update for all Polarion products, free to all customers with a current maintenance subscription. You can download the update distribution at http://www.polarion.com/downloads/update.php

What’s In It For You?

In addition to the usual bug-fixes and enhancements to usability, performance, etc. this release also delivers a number of new features and useful enhancements that will later be part of the Polarion 2014 major version release, due to our incremental Agile development process.

The most important improvement visible to users in the UI  is support for different fonts and colors of text blocks in the LiveDoc Editor and Rich Text edit fields. This just makes it easier to highlight particular sections in you content, or make your documents look even more professional.

Another visible improvement is a new sidebar panel to help you prioritize Work Items (more on this below).

Hidden, but Heavy-duty Improvements

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4 years ago
 

“Enterprise Agile”: No Longer a Contradiction of Terms

by Jiri Walek

agile enterpriseThe benefits of Agile development are widely known and embraced these days. But, just in case it’s new ground for you:

  • Agile processes are focused on delivering the most business value in the shortest time.
  • Agile shortens time-to-market significantly.
  • Agile embraces inevitable change: the customer can change the priority of not yet implemented requirements any time.
  • Agile teams are open to collaboration across boundaries: business people and developers work together.
  • Agile development enables fast and repeated checks on the real status of development.
  • Agile development teams deliver working software every two to four weeks.
  • At the end of each Agile iteration, the product is implemented, tested, accepted, and potentially deliverable to a Customer.
  • The Customer decides if the Agile-developed product will be released, or further improved in another iteration.

The ability to handle change, even late in the development cycle, is now widely accepted not merely as a “best practice”, but as a prerequisite to success in a world of  ever-increasing competition and shrinking resources.

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4 years ago
 

Polarion 2013 SR1 – New and Noteworthy

As we do each summer, we again bring you some hot updates to the Polarion platform. Packaged as Polarion 2013 Service Release 1 (SR1), this is an update for all Polarion products, free to all customers with a current maintenance subscription. You can download the update distribution at http://www.polarion.com/downloads/update.php.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Every service release delivers bug-fixes, as well as usability, and performance. This release is no exception, and it also includes a number of new features and useful enhancements that will later add up to comprise the Polarion 2014 major release, thanks to our incremental Agile development process.

Perhaps the most exciting functionality is the brand new Approval Center feature. A formal approval phase has typically been a slow, error-prone, costly bottleneck right at the earliest stage of a project, and keeping everything transparent and traceable has typically been complex, and even painful. Our new Approval Center automates and streamlines any formal approval process, while ensuring an easy-to-follow audit trail. More details below.

Another exciting bit of news: along with Polarion 2013 SR1 we have released a new integration extension: Polarion Connector for MATLAB Simulink. More on that below as well.

In the rest of this article I’ll provide a brief “log” of the new and noteworthy changes/features in Polarion 2013 SR1. A list of issues addressed in this release is provided in the Resolved Work Items file, bundled with the distributions.

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4 years ago
 

Polarion 2013 – New and Noteworthy

If you’ve seen my other post – “Polarion 2013 – Just Released” – you know we have just released version 2013 of the Polarion product line. That post summarizes the features we iteratively developed and released to our customers during the past year, but which are actually features of version 2013. (Yes, is a bit different from what you may be used to from other software companies… but it’s how we deliver new and enhanced functionality to our users on a regular, predictable basis.)

The purpose of this post is to highlight the new and noteworthy changes/features added to Polarion 2013 since Polarion 2012 SR3.  (A list of all the issues addressed in this release is provided in the Resolved Work Items file.) So let’s look now at the “latest-greatest” new things.

Diagraming

Create and edit many types of diagrams right in your LiveDoc™ specification documents.

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Or attach them to work items.

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And edit them in the online diagram editor

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Searching Attachment Content

Work Item, Document, and/or Wiki attachment content is being indexed, so you can search for artefacts by searching the attachment content.

attachment content search

You can also search for attachments on the site search.

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Duplicate Work Items

When duplicating work item, user can select what properties will be duplicated.

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Document Attachments

It is possible to manage (add, remove, update…) document attachments in a same way as work item attachments.

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System Engineering Project Template

New project template designed for system engineering, reflecting all the best practices of or Professional Services team

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Connectors

Polarion Connector for HP Quality Center™ (HP QC)Platform Enhancements

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Polarion Connector for Atlassian JIRA™

 

Platform Enhancements

External Repositories

The user-password in repositories.xml is encrypted

Custom Admin Changes

New API has been added to plug admin page for custom extension to Polarion Administration portal.

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For a summary of everything that has gone into the making of Polarion 2013 in the past year, see “Polarion 2013 – Just released”.

Or jump directly to:

  •  SR1 – Robust handling of concurrent LiveDoc modifications: concurrent non-overlapping granular changes are automatically merged and people can easily review the result (and of course the history).
  • SR2 – Work Items Table presentation: vertical/horizontal pane layout, an optional compact mode, and text wrapping in table cells.
  • SR3 – Additional Custom Fields types: user role, project,  project group, build, document, wiki page.

Where to Get Polarion 2013

Polarion 2013 is a free update for customers with a current maintenance subscription. You can download the update distribution at http://www.polarion.com/downloads/update.php.

 

 

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4 years ago
 

Polarion 2013 – Just Released

It’s always fun and exciting to announce a new Polarion release and show off the work of our world-class R&D team. The new 2013 release is no exception, and there are a number of things I’d like to highlight here.

In addition to the new features and enhancements, which you can read about below, you may also be interested in our newest product: Polarion® CLOUD™. It has all the features most teams will ever need, it’s hosted on the state-of-the-art Amazon Web Services™ cloud, installed, maintained, and supported by Polarion experts, and pricing starts at just $99 per user per month. For more info, visit http://www.polarion.com/products/cloud/.

Polarion 2013 Top New Features

Diagraming
Create and edit many types of diagrams right in your LiveDoc™ specification documents, or in any type of Work Item.

Formal Testing Procedures
Define test steps tables within your Test Cases to capture explicitly how to conduct tests. Import and round-trip using Excel®; execute online, or offline with results re-imported and logged in Polarion.

Test Planning
Enhanced flexibility for when planning tests: plan via live query results or hand pick the test cases that should be executed. Select any option from 5 possible choices.

OLE Support
We made some significant improvements in connecting Polarion 2013 technology with proprietary Microsoft OLE® objects. To ensure that OLE objects (including the new version of OLE objects with EMF thumbnails) can be converted well, we require the conversion to be done on the Windows Server platform only.

Easier than Ever for Users
Features that have been in Polarion since version 1.0 revisited: Query Building and Work Item Linking. New in-place Query Builder helps users construct simple to complex queries visually, with project-specific elements and options. New Easy Linking leverages the latest web technology enabling visual linking across any number of browser windows.

Connectors
Widely accepted ALM definitions all agree that a collaborative environment in which different disciplines and teams work together is a vital necessity. Polarion’s solution makes sure you can have exactly that in a single solution. However, we know that in the real world beyond the definitions, there are reasons to keep using some existing tools. That’s why we have introduced the Polarion Connector for HP Quality Center™ (HP QC), and the Polarion Connector for Atlassian JIRA™ as part of our ALM solution.

Mobile Access
You asked… we delivered. The new ALM2GO app delivers all the functionality of Polarion® REVIEWER™ on your Apple iPhone. The app is free on the Apple App Store. (You will need at least one low-cost REVIEWER license present on your Polarion Server.)

Plus…

While these are the top features, the release also incorporates many other smaller improvements, requested by our customers, that we implemented in service releases during the past year, and which lead via our iterative development process to major releases like version 2013. I’ll just mention one from each of the past 3 Service Releases:

  •  SR1 – Robust handling of concurrent LiveDoc modifications: concurrent non-overlapping granular changes are automatically merged and people can easily review the result (and of course the history).
  • SR2 – Work Items Table presentation: vertical/horizontal pane layout, an optional compact mode, and text wrapping in table cells.
  • SR3 – Additional Custom Fields types: user role, project,  project group, build, document, wiki page.
  • SR4 – Good! You’re still with me and realized that “SR4” is actually the Polarion 2013 release, with everything for the services release plus some New and Noteworthy features implemented since 2012-SR3. Be sure to check those out HERE.

On behalf of the entire Polarion team, thanks once again for using Polarion solutions!

Jiri Walek
Product Manager
Polarion Application Lifecycle Solutions

 

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4 years ago
 

Polarion and Windows 8/IE10

If you were looking for support for Windows 8 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 in our recent service release 3 and were disappointed not to see it announced, please don’t let it run your holidays. As a matter of fact both of these  work pretty well with the latest Polarion. However, we opted not to  announce support for them because the full range of environment combinations (i.e. Win7+IE10, Windows Server 2008 + IE10, maybe even WinXP + IE10) shows up small difference in behavior and needs to be tested more comprehensively. Rather than delay everything else in the service release, we delayed announcing this support, which we should deliver in the General Availability release of Polarion 2013.

That said, if you try using version 2012-SR3 with IE10, you may find it works quite well. We don’t recommend Compatibility Mode, however.

Windows 8

When it comes to Windows 8, the fact is we will recommend using it only for evaluation purposes, and you can certainly do that now if you want to. Just be sure to run it in Desktop mode.

For production use, the release of Windows 8 doesn’t really affect Polarion users. We still recommend that you install Polarion on a server operating system. You can check the list of  supported Windows Server versions here.

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4 years ago
 

Polarion 2012 SR3 – New and Noteworthy

Shortly before Christmas the Polarion R&D team released an update for all Polarion products: Polarion 2012 Service Release 3 (SR3).

As usual, this Service Release delivers important bug-fixes, but there are also some new features and significant enhancements, including Import and Export of Test Steps, support for additional custom field types, Import of OLE Objects from Word, as well as  many usability improvements and support for the latest browsers.

This is a free update for customers with a current maintenance subscription. You can download the update distribution at
http://www.polarion.com/downloads/update.php.

This page is a “log” of the new and noteworthy changes/features in Polarion 2012 SR3. A list of issues addressed in this release is provided in the Resolved Work Items file.

Test Steps

Import from Microsoft Excel®

You can now import Excel Sheets that contain not only test cases, but which have additional rows containing discrete test steps. (Polarion ALM and Polarion QA only).

Execute Tests with Test Steps off-line

When you describe the steps of your manual tests as trackable “Test Steps”, you can now export test cases that have such Test Steps associated with them to Excel for offline execution. When testers execute the steps offline, they can record the result of each test step as well as the overall result of each test case in the Excel workbook. When that’s re-imported to Polarion, test records are automatically created which track the results, and Defect items are created to track failed test steps and/or test cases. Everything is automatically linked for traceability, of course.

Customize the Test Steps Table

New Test Steps topic in Testing administration enables you to customize the table of Test Steps rendered in the Test Steps field of Test Case type Work Items. You can add columns to track any information you need to track with each Test Step you define. You can also change default column heading labels to use your team’s customary terminology.

OLE Objects

If you need to import Microsoft Word documents that contain OLE Objects, you can now configure Polarion to automatically convert OLE objects into PNG images.

Import Multi-valued Fields

When you import Work Items from Excel spreadsheets, you can now configure the import to map multiple field values in Excel cells to Polarion multi-valued enumeration fields.

New Custom Field Types

By popular request, this release adds several new field types that you can use when configuring custom fields in your projects. The new type are:

  • user
  • timepoint
  • project
  • build
  • test run

Usability Improvements

Rich Text Toolbar Always Visible

When editing a Work Item’s description, the field’s toolbar now remains static and no longer scrolls out of view when the field content increases.

Custom Logo for Each Polarion Instance

Do you have a Multi-instance setup? You can now visually differentiate each Polarion server instance by specifying the URL to an image file in a new system property: com.polarion.logoURL. The specified image replaces the Polarion logo in the Navigation panel on the configured server.

Internet Explorer Compatibility Mode Check

As you know Polarion follows the most recent developments in HTML technology, and so it should run in latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, we advise users not to run Polarion in so-called “compatibility” mode in IE. If users run it in this mode, a warning appears on the login page.

Structure Operations

The LiveDoc document interface is the easiest way to modify a Document’s structure, but sometimes you review the content using a table interface and you need to move item in a structure, create a sibling …

Saved Configurations for the Work Items Table

Users can now define, save, and reuse multiple Work Items table configurations, so they can easily switch between different table layout and content without having to configure the columns for each different view they want.

PDF Export for LiveDoc Comparison View

When a user compares 2 LiveDoc documents, the Document view of the comparison result can now be exported to a PDF file. PDF header/footer customization support now recognizes 2 additional parameters:

  • documentName1 – name of first compared Document
  • documentName2 – name of second compared Document

Browser Support

Service Release 3 adds support for Firefox 17. See the README.html file in your SR3 distribution.

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5 years ago
 

Polarion 2012 SR2 – New and Noteworthy

The Polarion R&D team has released an update for all Polarion products: Polarion 2012 Service Release 2 (SR2).

This Service Release delivers ongoing bug-fixes, usability and other improvements, plus some new features and significant enhancements, including a new improved graphical Query Builder, easy Work Item linking, and new Test Run planning options.

This is a free update for customers with a current maintenance subscription. You can download the update distribution at http://www.polarion.com/downloads/update.php.

This page is a “log” of the new and noteworthy changes/features in Polarion 2012 SR2. A list of issues addressed in this release is provided in the Resolved Work Items file.

Test Run Planning

You can now plan Test Runs by manually selecting the test cases. (Polarion ALM and Polarion QA only)
Select test cases manually for test run

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5 years ago
 

Version 2012 Service Release 1 Available

Version 2012 – SR1 (Service Release 1) is now available for download on our website (see link below). The update is free to customers with a current maintenance subscription.

Several new features may be of interest to you:

  • Test Steps feature. When enabled (optional), then for manual/formal testing, a table of Test Steps can be added to Test Case descriptions. The table is rendered in a test execution widget during test runs. Testers can record results of each test step, marking steps Passed, Failed, or Blocked, in addition to marking the overall result for the Test Case. Execution time for each Test Case is now part of test records. (Polarion ALM, Polarion QA, Polarion REQUIREMENTS)
  • Translation feature for Work Items. Optionally enable multiple human language translations for Work Item titles and descriptions. Create custom fields to store translation texts to support any number of language translations. Configure different languages for different Work Item types. When Work Items are contained in LiveDoc documents, users can switch to view them in their preferred language, and print or export to PDF in the preferred language. (Polarion ALM, Polarion QA, Polarion REQUIREMENTS)
  • Remote connection to SQL database layer. Connect from a remote client when Polarion is running. New documentation for the database layer is now part of the SDK and includes schema diagrams, remote connection how-to, SQL query examples and more. (All products except Polarion REVIEWER)
  • Support for Google Chrome and Firefox 12.

For more about what’s new in the release see the ver_history.html file bundled with the update distributions.

This is a free update for customers with a current maintenance subscription. You can download the update distribution at http://www.polarion.com/downloads/update.php