We are announcing the first beta version of Deskzilla 2.1 along with its free counterpart, Deskzilla 2.1 Lite. For this release, we mainly focused on two things: the long-awaited support for Bugzilla flags and the improvement of user experience to make bug tracking even more simple and powerful.
When we were planning this release, at first we wanted to get down to making Deskzilla more enjoyable and easy to use without adding new features at all. As we could not also ignore the long-standing request for flags, we finally let some features in — still keeping them as simple as possible. Let's look at what Deskzilla enables you to do with flags.
You can see flags that are set on a bug in the bug table — just add a column for the flag you are interested in. There are also columns that show all flags with specific status (like '?') or just all flags.
Full information about all flags set on a bug is displayed in the detailed bug view.
You can open flag editor while creating or editing a bug, or directly from the detailed bug view.
Searching for flagged bugs is possible by flag setter, requestee, or type. You can search with a more specific filter like "bugs on which I was asked about approval" with a dedicated query type.
Similar to other multi-valued fields, you can build a Distribution or Tabular Distribution by Flag Requestee, Flag Setter or Flag Type.
Just like with any other Bugzilla field, you can now export flags to PDF, HTML, XML, or CSV.
As of this version, attachment flags are not supported. If you miss this feature, feel free to sign up and vote for the corresponding issue in our tracker. Bug flags are supported for all Bugzilla versions starting from Bugzilla 2.22.
Deskzilla 2.1 contains a lot of user experience improvements. We'll name just a few of them.
We have redesigned the main menu to make it more logical. Also, on Windows and Linux, all fonts in the application now look better.
Capture a screenshot, edit and attach it directly from the New Bug window. To add a screenshot to an existing bug, you can paste or drag-and-drop an image on it, and screenshot editor will appear. Note that you can now Undo and Redo your changes in the screenshot editor. Similarly, it is possible to attach a file when creating a bug.
We have introduced a new way to create and edit connection settings — the Connection Wizard, and removed the old Connection Manager dialog. Now, to create a connection you need to use Connection | New Bugzilla Connection menu item, and to change connection settings you can right click on a connection node in the Navigation Area and choose Edit Connection Settings.
Navigate to comments, open attachments, and create emails with a single click on Bugzilla-style references in description, comments, and large text fields.
We have added quick navigation to all lists — start typing, and the first matching item will be selected. Area above the list shows what you've typed. You can use arrow keys to navigate to the previous and next matches.
When you need to choose a field value, Deskzilla will suggest recently selected options at the top of the list.
New and Edit Bug windows now also check for illegal values and warn if you try to upload or save them.
If Deskzilla needs to tell you something about a bug, it displays a message in the new panel found below the bug viewer. If something goes wrong, don't panic! Deskzilla will offer appropriate actions to deal with the problem.
This release is notable for a bunch of bug fixes and optimizations. We have addressed 180 issues, including:
Starting from this release, Deskzilla leverages benefits of Java 6. Windows distribution includes bundled Java 6. On Macs, Java 6 is supported on:
To upgrade from a previous version:
This version may be used in a free 30-day trial mode or with any Deskzilla license key with active maintenance subscription.
Deskzilla 2.1 Beta 1 will stop working on June 23, 2010. Please upgrade to the latest release version before that time.
ALM Works Team