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October 2015 Release Activity

Overview

The changes described in this section will soon be made Generally Available (GA), or will be released to the Early Access (EA) or Preview Sandbox (PrS) environments. (Changes might also include functionality that is currently available in the PrS or EA environments and is scheduled to release to GA sometime in the future.)

Generally Available on October 3

For information about features that were already made generally available on October 3, see theSeptember 2015 Release Activity page.

Generally Available on October 17

Features in this section were made generally available without first being released to the Preview Sandbox or Early Access environments:

  • Removed Task Constraints: Earliest Available Time and Latest Available Time
  • For Administrators: Enhanced SSO Attribute Mapping

Generally Available on October 31

The following features will be made generally available on October 31.

Additional features that will be made generally available in October, as well as features coming to the Preview Sandbox within the next few days, will be communicated soon.

  • Save Changes to a Report While Editing
  • Modify the Layout of the My Work Area to Display Commit Date or Planned Completion Date
  • Use the New Gantt Chart in Task Reports and Dashboards
  • Number Counts Are Displayed on the Issues Tab
  • Copy a Dashboard
  • For Administrators: Security: Require a reCAPTCHA Response When Creating and Modifying EmailAddresses
  • For Administrators: Allow Only Specific IP Addresses

Available For Preview on October 17

Features are typically available for preview in the Preview Sandbox for 1 - 2 weeks, and then available in the Early Access environment for another 4 weeks.

Click the links below for more detail and specific timelines:

  • Sort and Group Items by Additional Fields in the My Work Area
  • Filter Content in the My Work Area
  • All Approvals in an Approval Process Are Displayed in the Updates Tab
  • Thumbnails Are Displayed When Linking Documents from a Third-Party Application (Workfront DAM Customers Only)
  • For Administrators: Allow Only Specific IP Addresses (This feature will go directly from the Preview Sandbox to general availability)

REMAINING IN EARLY ACCESS THROUGHOUT OCTOBER​

  • More Intuitive Way to Create Tasks in the My Work Area
  • Link Folders to Third-Party Document Applications
  • Improved Documents Area
  • For Administrators: (Action Required) My Work and Team Views Are Changing

 

Feature / Change

Explanation

Availability

New This Month (Prioritized by GA Release Date)

Removed Task Constraints: Earliest Available Time and Latest Available Time

NOTE: The change in functionality described here was changed back on October 28, 2015. The task constraints listed here were changed back to their original states and remain in Workfront.

GA: Oct 17

Enhanced SSO Attribute Mapping

Workfront now enables you to map additional Workfront attributes when synchronizing users to Workfront via an LDAP directory service.

The following additional attributes are now available:

  • Billing Per Hour

  • Company

  • Cost Per Hour

  • Extension

  • Home Team

  • Layout Template

  • Manager

  • Mobile Phone

  • Primary Role

  • Schedule

  • Timesheet Profile

  • Title

For information about how to map attributes when synchronizing users to Workfront via an LDAP directory service, see the following sections:

GA: Oct 17

Allow Only Specific IP Addresses to Access Workfront

You can now add an additional layer of security to your Workfront application by configuring Workfront to allow access only from designated IP addresses.

For more information, see "Restricting Access to Workfront by IP Address."

PrS: Oct 17

GA: Oct 31

Sort and Group Items by Additional Fields on the Working On tab in the My Work area

System administrators have the option to display fields on tasks and issues on the Working On and Work Requests tabs that are not there by default. You can now sort items on the Working On and Work Requests tab based on these fields. 

For more information about how to sort and group items by non-standard fields, see "Organizing Work on the My Work Page."

For information about how system administrators can add fields to be displayed in the Working On and Work Requests tabs in the My Work area, see"Customizing the Working On and Requests Tabs for My Work and Teams" in "Creating and Managing Layout Templates."

PrS: Oct 17

EA: Oct 31

GA: Nov 14

Filter Content in the My Work Area

There is now a filter in the My Work area that allows you to filter tasks and issues. 

You can filter on task and issue name, project name, date, and other data that is displayed on the task or issue within the My Work area.

For more information, see "Filtering Work Items" in "Organizing Work on the My Work Page."

PrS: Oct 17

EA: Oct 31

GA: Nov 14

All Approvals in an Approval Process Are Displayed on the Updates Tab

Each time an approver participates in an approval process, an entry is made on the Updates tab in the object history, indicating who made an approval.

Previously, only the first approver and final approver were displayed on the Updates tab in the object history.

For more information, see "Using the Updates Tab to View Approval Status" in "Managing Approvals."

PrS: Oct 17

EA: Oct 31

GA: Nov 14

Thumbnails Are Displayed When Linking Documents from a Third-Party Application

(Available to Workfront DAM customers only)

When linking documents to Workfront from a third-party application, document thumbnails are now displayed for documents. This is especially useful for image files, because you can more easily see what files you are linking.

NOTE: This functionality is available only to Workfront DAM customers. Workfront DAM customers are able to view thumbnails when linking documents from any third-party application, such as Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. However, thumbnails are never displayed when linking documents from SharePoint. 

For more information, see the following sections:

  • "Linking from a Third-Party Application" in "Linking Documents between Workfront and a Third-Party Application"

  • "Managing Documents with Workfront DAM"

PrS: Oct 17

EA: Oct 31*

GA: Jan 23

Currently in EA (Prioritized by GA Release Date)

Use the New Gantt Chart in Task Reports and Dashboards

In addition to displaying the new Gantt chart on task lists in projects, you can now view the new Gantt chart in task reports and dashboards.

For more information about using the Gantt chart on a task report, see "Accessing the Gantt Chart in a Task Report" in "Working with the Gantt Chart."

For more information about including a Gantt chart on a dashboard, see "Creating Dashboards."

 

 

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3

GA: Oct 31

Number Counts Are Displayed on Issues Tab

When viewing a project, task, or iteration, a counter is now displayed on the 'Issues' tab, indicating the number of open issues associated with the object. When viewing the 'Issues' tab, a counter is displayed on the 'Open Issues,' 'Completed Issues,' and 'All Issues' sub-tabs.

For more information, see "Viewing Issues."

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3

GA: Oct 31

Security: Require a reCAPTCHA Response When Creating and Modifying Email Addresses

Workfront now requires that users enter a reCAPTCHA response after attempting 3 times to create an email addresses that already exists in the system within a 10-minute window. 

For more information, see "Creating New Users."

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3

GA: Oct 31

Save Changes to a Report While Editing

You can now save changes to a report while continuing to edit the report.

Previously, you were required to close the report builder in order to save your changes.

For more information, see "Creating a Report."

To be consistent with this functionality, the option for saving while continuing to edit a custom form is being changed from 'Save' to 'Apply.' (For information about how to create a custom form, see "Creating Custom Forms.")

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3

GA: Oct 31

Modify the Layout Template of the My Work Area to Display Commit Date or Planned Completion Date

System administrators can now choose whether Tasks and Issues that are displayed in each user's Working On tab (in the My Work area) display the Commit Date or the Planned Completion Date. Prior to this change, only the Commit date could be used.

For more information, see "Customizing the My Work Area" in "Creating and Managing Layout Templates."

Each Task or Issue that is displayed on the Working On tab (in the My Work area) now shows either the Commit Date or the Planned Completion Date, depending on how the system administrator has configured the layout template. 

For more information, see "Organizing Work on the My Work Page."

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3

GA: Oct 31

Copy a Dashboard

You can now copy a dashboard and all of its contents.

For more information, see "Copying a Dashboard."

PrS: Aug 1

EA: Aug 8

GA: Oct 31

(Action Required) My Work and Team Views Are Changing

If alternate views for tasks or issues in the My Work area within your Workfront environment were created using Portal Profiles (the precursor to Layout Templates), you must re-create the views using a modern layout template, and then re-apply them.

If you do not re-create and re-apply the views, your current views will be replaced with the default layout template in your production environment on November 14, 2015.

To ensure that users in your system are not affected, re-create your old views and re-apply them to each team or user that is using a custom view, as described in  "Customizing the Working On and Requests Tabs for My Work and Teams" in "Creating and Managing Layout Templates."

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3*

GA: Nov 14

More Intuitive Way to Create Tasks in the My Work Area

Now the button to create a task in the My Work area is more prominent and includes the text "New Task."

For more information, see "Creating Ad Hoc Work Items."

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3*

GA: Nov 14

Improved Documents Area (Continued)

You can now link folders between Workfront and a third-party document provider. (Previously, you could link only individual documents.)

For more information, see "Linking Folders" in "Linking Documents between Workfront and a Third-Party Application"

PrS: Sept 26

EA: Oct 3*

GA: Jan 23

Improved Documents Area

The Documents area contains the following improvements:

  • Improved method for adding documents (Add Documents dialog box)

    Includes the ability to add multiple documents from different sources (such as from the file system on your workstation or from a third-party application), and view and manage those documents before uploading to Workfront

    For more information, see "Adding Documents to Workfront" and "Linking Documents between Workfront and a Third-Party Application"
     

  • Link existing documents from Workfront to a third-party application directly from the documents list. (Previously, you had to first navigate to the documentation details page.) (This feature will go directly to General Availability on Aug 1.)

  • Improved preview window for viewing documents

    For more information, see "Previewing Documents."

  • Clicking a document name now opens the document (previously, it opened the document details page)

  • Updated folder icons

  • Improved Performance

PrS: Aug 1

EA: Aug 8*

GA: Jan 23

Preview Sandbox

The Preview Sandbox (PrS) is available to all system administrators and any other users as defined by the system administrator. (For more information about the Preview Sandbox, see "Preview Sandbox Testing Environment.") This is the first opportunity that users in your organization have to review a feature before it is made available to Early Access environments and then made generally available.

Early Access

The Early Access (EA) environment is available to all system administrators and any other users as defined by the system administrator. (For information about how to configure Early Access settings, see "Configuring System Preferences.") Most features made available in Early Access were previously available in the Preview Sandbox.

* Indicates a lengthened EA release cycle in order to provide you with more time to become familiar with the feature.

General Availability 

General Availability (GA) is when features are available to all Workfront users. Neither system administrators nor users can opt out of features in General Availability. Most features made generally available were previously available in the Preview Sandbox and Early Access environments.