It's been over a year since the last stable release of Deskzilla, and it's been a busy year here at ALM Works. Today we thank you for your patience and present a new major version of our product — Deskzilla 3.0. We've put a lot of love and effort into it, and we hope you like it too! Now let's see what hides behind the number three.
We have tested Deskzilla 3.0 against the latest major version of Bugzilla, and fixed all the discovered incompatibilities. The new default workflow introduced by Bugzilla 4.0 is also fully supported. If you upgrade your server to 4.0, please upgrade Deskzilla as well; earlier versions of Deskzilla will not play well with it.
There is plenty of them, just as you would expect. Let's look in detail at the prominent ones.
Have you ever struggled to find the bug you've just submitted? It's easy now! A message in the status bar notifies you whenever a new or updated bug is uploaded to the server. You see the new bug number immediately. Click on that message or press Ctrl+/ to see the list of your recent uploads, where all the familiar actions and keyboard shortcuts are instantly available.
Bug table settings, including selected columns, sorting, and hierarchy setting, are now remembered independently for each query. So you can adjust how bug table looks once, and it will stay that way no matter what changes you make for your other queries.
Suppose you have a connection to an open-source project, which you don't use very often. But Deskzilla keeps synchronizing it in the background, consuming memory, and generating a lot of network traffic. Now you can use Right Click | Get Changes in Background sub-menu to suppress background synchronization for that connection. To manually synchronize when you need it, invoke Right Click | Get Changes Now.
Also, you can use Right Click | Reload Bugzilla Configuration on individual connections when you know exactly which configuration changes you want.
"Is Empty" option was added to the Query Builder, so you can easily find bugs that have certain fields empty. Remember, however, that such conditions cannot yet be converted to Bugzilla searches, so Deskzilla might have to load more bugs than necessary.
The Query Builder now has a new condition type, Text Search. These conditions work just like the Quick Search field at the top of the main window. However, you can combine them together, use them in complex queries, and save them in the navigation area.
Here are a few highlights:
Indeed, there are too many of them to list; you can scan through the change log for details.
Significant parts of Deskzilla have been rewritten from scratch for this release. Deskzilla 3.0 uses a new local database facility backed by SQLite. This is a big step in improving performance, as it removes the limit on the number of bugs that you can store effectively in your workspace.
Only two error reports came in this time, and we took care of them. The main improvement we've made is automatic tag migration, that will only affect those upgrading from Deskzilla 2.x. The Early Access phase is over, and the usual licensing scheme is back. Deskzilla Lite is available again.
Please read carefully! Because of the new local database format, Deskzilla 3.0 will not see any of your uncommitted local changes when it starts. These include new and changed bugs that you haven't uploaded, and unpublished Time Tracker data. So, before you install the new version, please take care of your Outbox!
On the first launch Deskzilla 3.0 will migrate your local tags from the old database. Don't worry about your tags being empty at first, Deskzilla will restore them in a few minutes.
Should anything go wrong, you can always migrate your tags manually by exporting them to a file and then importing back:
Though longer than usual, we've tried to keep it simple:
Upgrading from a beta version is simpler:
This version may be used in a free 30-day trial mode or with any Deskzilla license key with active maintenance subscription. Deskzilla Lite may be used freely with any Bugzilla server having up to 1,000 bugs, or with a Bugzilla server that hosts a sponsored open-source project.
ALM Works Team