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April 2016 Release Activity

Overview

The changes described in this section were made Generally Available (GA), or were 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.)

Feature / Change

Explanation

Availability

New This Month (Prioritized by GA Release Date)

Updated Font and Style of Workfront Text: Continued Improvements

The font throughout the Workfront interface was updated on March 19. As a follow-up to that change, the following improvements are being made available: 

  • Increased font size in timesheets

  • Increased font size after adding a page to Favorites

GA: April 16

Changes to Reminder Notifications

Reminder notifications are undergoing the following changes:

  • The user interface was updated so that when creating a new reminder notification, the information is displayed in a dialog box.

    Prior to this change, the legacy Setup interface was displayed.

  • The Timing and Date Field drop-down menus have been merged into a single field.

  • The Object Type field was removed.

    You now choose the object type immediately after clicking the option to create a new reminder notification.

  • The Duration field is now represented by the Qualifying Period field. This field now contains a drop-down menu that enables you to choose Hours, Days, weeks, or Months.

    Prior to this change, you had to type the duration.

  • Durations can no longer be configured in minutes. Any reminder notifications that were previously configured with a duration in minutes are rounded up to the nearest full hour.

For more information, see "Setting Up Reminder Notifications." 

GA: April 16

Receive In-App Notifications When Assigned to a Task or Issue

You now receive in-app notifications when you are assigned to a task or issue.

 

Prior to this change, you could receive only an email notification when you were assigned to a task or issue, depending on your email notification settings.

 

For more information about in-app notifications, see "Using In-App Notifications."

GA: April 16

Agile Burndown Chart and Story Board Refinements

The following refinements were made to the agile burndown chart and story board:

GA: April 16

Improvements to the Workfront API

The following improvements were made to the Workfront API:

  • Official supported release of API 5
  • Support messages via PUTs and POST

  • Send POST data as JSON

  • Allow Delete commands

 For more information, see "Workfront API's".

GA: April 16

Document Version Enhancements

The following enhancements were made for managing document versions:

 

EA: April 16

 

GA: May 21

Quickly Update Document Name and Description

You can now make the following changes directly from the Details tab within the Documents area:

  • Change the name of the document via an in-line editor

  • Add a document description

Prior to these changes, you performed these actions from the Document Actions drop-down menu on the Document Details page.

 

For more information, see "Updating a Document Name and Description" in "Viewing Document Details."

EA: April 16

 

GA: May 21

Hide System Updates from the Document Update Stream

You can now filter out system updates from the document update stream to show only comments and updates made by users.

 

For more information, see "Adding Updates and Comments to a Document."

EA: April 16

 

GA: May 21

Timeline Recalculations Are Saved Independently from Project Actions

 

Now when you perform an action on a task or project that triggers a timeline recalculation, all available dates are immediately displayed, allowing you to continue working. Dates that require longer recalculations display briefly as a question mark (between 1 and 5 seconds), indicating that the recalculation is not yet finished, and the dates are subject to change.

 

For more information about recalculating timelines, see "Recalculating Timelines for Projects."

Initially available only within the Preview Sandbox environment

April 16

Currently in EA (Prioritized by GA Release Date)

Updated Teams View

The look and feel of the 'Teams' tab in the 'People' area has been updated. 

  • The left sidebar has been removed.

    Users can still use the drop-down list to view other teams and create new teams.

  • User avatars are displayed in a horizontal view rather than a list view. User names are displayed when hovering over the avatar.

  • The option to add a request to a team via the team page was moved to the Team Actions drop-down menu. Prior to this change, the option was displayed below the team name.

For more information, see the following sections: 

EA: Feb 20

 

GA: April 16

Updated Agile Story Board

The updated agile story board contains the following improvements:

For a video demonstration, see the videos in "Agile Story Board."

 

EA: Feb 20

 

GA: April 16

Add a Report to a Dashboard directly from the Report

You can add a report to a new dashboard or add it to an existing dashboard from the Report Actions drop-down menu.

 

For more information, see "Adding a Report to a New or Existing Dashboard."

 

EA: March 26

 

GA: April 16

Changes to How Email Notification Preferences Are Displayed in 'My Settings'

 

The options for configuring email notifications in 'My Settings' are now available in a new 'Notifications' section. Options are grouped according to function for easier navigation.

 

Prior to this change, email notification options were in a drop-down field within the 'Preferences' section.

 

This change also applies when bulk editing multiple users.

 

For more information, including detailed information about each notification option, see "Configuring Email Notifications."

 

EA: March 26

 

GA: April 16

Reorder Columns in Any List with Drag-and-Drop

You can change the order of columns in any list by dragging a column from one location and dropping it in another.

 

This is especially useful when viewing the Gantt chart and the list view simultaneously and the column that you want to view is not displayed on the left side of the page. 

 

For more information, see "Modifying Column Width and Order."

EA: Feb 20

 

GA: TBD

Ability to Create Sub-Groups and Add Group Owners

 

Workfront now supports sub-groups. You can create a new group as a sub-group to an existing group, or you can make an existing group a sub-group to another existing group. 

 

Sub-groups can be up to 3 levels deep. For example, you can have Group 1, Sub-group 2 as a child of Group 1, and Sub-group 3 as a child of Sub-group 2.

 

For information about how to create a sub-group, see "Creating a Group." 

 

A new column was added to Workfront reporting called 'Group Owners.'

 

For more information, see "Understanding Columns."

EA: March 26 

 

GA: April 16

Multiple Custom Forms: Control Access to Custom Forms 

 

You can now control who has access to a custom form by granting access to individual users, teams, roles, groups, or companies.

 

Prior to this change, you could grant access only to groups.

 

For more information, see "Creating Custom Forms."

NOTE: This functionality is currently available only within the Preview Sandbox.  

Workfront Mobile App Beta

The new Workfront mobile app beta is currently available. The app has been redesigned from the ground up and has an improved look and feel.

 

For more information about how to download and install the new Workfront mobile app, as well as information about included features, see "Workfront Mobile App Beta."

Currently in Beta

 

Available in app stores first half of 2016

Improved Documents Area: Advanced Proofing Options during Proof Creation

The following advanced proofing options are now available when creating proofs at the time that documents are uploaded to Workfront:

NOTE: These features are available only to customers who meet the following criteria:

  • Has stand-alone access to ProofHQ with an Unlimited license

  • Not an OEM customer (Must have access to ProofHQ outside of an OEM agreement)

EA: Jan 23

 

GA: Summer 2016

Improved Documents Area: Advanced Proofing Options on Existing Proofs

The following advanced proofing options are now available after proofs are generated within Workfront:

  • Share a proof

    When you share a proof with a user who does not have proofing enabled in Workfront, and the proof is using an Automated Workflow, a new stage is created within the Automated Workflow. The user who you are sharing with is automatically added to this new stage when they view the proof for the first time.

    For more information, see "Sharing a Proof."

  • Configure access and subscription settings for a proof 

    Settings include: requiring an electronic signature for proofs, requiring users to log in, allowing users to subscribe to the proof, and more.

    For more information, see "Setting Up Access and Subscription Settings for a Proof." 
     

  • View progress and status of the proof on the Details tab of the document

    For more information, see "Viewing the Progress and Status of a Proof." 
     

NOTE: These features are available only to customers who meet the following criteria:

  • Has stand-alone access to ProofHQ with an Unlimited license

  • Not an OEM customer (Must have access to ProofHQ outside of an OEM agreement)

EA: Jan 23

 

GA: Summer 2016

Integration with Adobe Creative Cloud

The Workfront Extension for Adobe Creative Cloud is designed to allow you to save and export assets you create in the Creative Cloud to Workfront, thereby speeding up the approval and review process.

 

For more information, see "Workfront Extension for Adobe Creative Cloud."

EA: Add-On will be available for download by the end of April

 

GA: TBD

Demo Videos

 

Agile Story Board

The new agile story board was released to Early Access on February 20, 2016.

Improved Documents Area

The new Documents area in Workfront was released to Early Access on January 23, 2016.

Ability to Create Sub-Groups and Assign Group Owners

Control Access to Custom Forms

April 2016 Product Release Webinar

The April 2016 Release Webinar was presented by the Workfront Documentation team on April 13. This webinar is designed to help you better understand and fully benefit from the new features releasing in April 2016.

The webinar recording is available here:

 

 


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.