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2018.2 Beta 4 Release Activity

This page describes all changes most recently available in the Preview environment with the 2018.2 Beta 4 release. The functionality will be available in the Preview environment on May 17, 2018. It will be made available in the Production environment in June 2018.

IMPORTANT Functionality described on this page is subject to change prior to availability in the Production environment.

For a list of all changes made in 2018.2, see "2018.2 Release Activity Overview."

The 2018.2 Beta 4 release contains the enhancements for system administrators and other users:

For Administrators

For All Users

Work in Progress (WIP) Limit Enhancements on the Kanban Board

Configure Work in Progress (WIP) Limits for Each Column on the Kanban Board

Now you can configure the Work in Progress (WIP) limits for each column on the Kanban board. 

Prior to this change, you could configure only one WIP limit that applied to all columns on the Kanban board. 

For more information, see the section "Configuring the Work in Progress (WIP) Limit (Kanban Teams Only)" in the article "Configuring Agile Teams."

Update the Work in Progress (WIP) Limit Directly from the Kanban Board

Now team members with Edit rights to the team can update the WIP limit directly from the Kanban board.

Prior to this change, you could update the WIP limit only from the Team Settings area.

For more information, see "Updating the Work In Progress (WIP) Limit from the Story Board" in the article "Using the Kanban Board."

Improved Interface for Configuring Statuses for an Agile Team

The interface for configuring statuses for an agile team has been updated with the following improvements:

  • New look and feel
  • Reorder status columns via drag-and-drop 

For more information, see "Configuring Status Columns on the Agile Story Board" in the article "Configuring Agile Teams."

[Also update: "Creating and Customizing Views" (for project agile, if applicable--still need to hear back from Mandy.)]

Updated Work List (Left Panel) in the Home Area

The Work List in the Home area contains the following improvements:

  • Unread items now stand out with bolding and a blue dot.
    Items that are viewed outside of the Home area are still displayed as Unread in the Home area.
    For more information, see "Displaying Items in the Work List in the Home Area."
  • Issues are now distinguished with an issue icon displaying next to the issue.
  • Approvals are now distinguished by approval type, with the type of approval being displayed. Possible approval types are Task, Project, Issue, Access, Document, Timesheet, and Proof.
    Prior to this change, approvals were distinguished only by the word "Approval."
  • Items are now distinguished by whether they are ready to start. Possible options are Ready to Start, Not Ready, or Working On.
    This information is not shown for approvals because approvals are always ready to start.
  • A document icon is displayed below the name of the item any time a document is attached to the item.
  • You can now collapse and expand groupings within the Work List to better control what information is visible. The groupings are Late, Projects, Dates, and Completed [?]. 
    By default, the This Week section is expanded and all other groupings are collapsed.
  • Choose whether to sort items by Planned Completion Date or Commit Date.
  • The number of items in each grouping is now displayed in parenthesis next to the grouping title.
    This number is not available for the Completed grouping.
    For more information, see "Displaying Items in the Work List in the Home Area."
  • Resize the Work List via drag-and-drop. You can resize the Work List to consume up to half of the screen. The size you set is retained the next time you access Home.
    Prior to this change, the size of the Work List could not be changed.
  • For requests, the user avatar of the user who made the request is now displayed, with the text "[Approver_name] would like your approval on."
  • When creating a new personal task, the "To Do" button is now labeled "Personal."
    For more information, see "Creating a Personal Task" in the article "Creating Work Items from the Home Area."
  • Late items are indicated as Late only after an hour past the Planned Completion Date.

For more information about the Home area, see "Using the Home Area."

[Also update: "Understanding Differences between My Work and Home"; "Managing Work Requests in the Home Area"; "Approving Work"; ]

New Desktop Proofing Viewer for Proofing Interactive (Rich Media) Content

The new Desktop Proofing Viewer allows you to proof interactive content. Unlike the existing Legacy Proofing Viewer and the new Proofing Viewer that run in the browser, the Desktop Proofing Viewer is an application that runs on your workstation.

Prior to the new Desktop Proofing Viewer, you could proof interactive content only in the Legacy Proofing Viewer. 

The Desktop Proofing Viewer includes the following enhancements over the Legacy Proofing Viewer for proofing interactive content:

  • Review unsecured (HTTP) sites
    The Legacy Proofing Viewer allowed you to review only secure (HTTPS) sites
  • Review iFrame-protected sites (sites that are protected from being viewed within an iFrame)
    The Legacy Proofing Viewer did not support review for sites that are protected from being viewed within an iFrame.
  • View content with preconfigured resolutions for various devices. For example, you can see how content displays on various standard desktop resolutions, or on individual devices such as an iPhone 8. 

For more information about downloading, installing, and using the Desktop Proofing Viewer, see "Reviewing Proofs in the Desktop Proofing Viewer." 

System administrators can enable the Desktop Proofing Viewer for users in their system, as described in "Configuring Whether Users Can Access the Desktop Proofing Viewer" in the article "Enabling and Disabling Proofing for Users."

For information about functionality differences between the Desktop Proofing Viewer and the browser-based proofing viewers, see "Understanding Differences between the Various Proofing Viewers."

Export the User View in the Resource Planner

We had temporarily disabled exporting the data from the Resource Planner when displaying it in the User View to address some performance concerns. With this release, we are re-enabling the export of data when displaying the Resource Planner in the User View.

For more information about exporting the Resource Planner data to Excel, see the “Export Option” section in "Understanding the Areas of the Resource Planner."

To participate in our current beta program for the Resource Planner, see "Resource Planner Performance Beta."

Calendar View in the Home Area

NOTE This functionality is temporarily unavailable in the Preview environment. This page will be updated when it becomes available.

Now you can manage your personal work tasks and schedules using the Workfront Home Calendar view. The Home Calendar view allows you to do the following:

  • Set your own schedule for accomplishing Workfront tasks assigned to you
  • Quickly see the tasks that are coming due or overdue
  • View your total allocated hours for a week
  • Make updates to tasks assigned you

If you use a calendar in Outlook, you can integrate your calendar to display your Outlook events in your Home Calendar view.

System Setting: Session Information in External Pages

The system administrator can now restrict the use of session information (for example, Session ID) when creating an External Page.

Prior to this change, users who could create External Pages could use any session information when embedding other sites into a Workfront dashboard. 

For more information about configuring your System Preferences in Workfront, see "Configuring System Security Preferences."

Support for Google Team Drives

You can now link a document or a folder located on a Google Team Drive from Workfront.

Prior to this enhancement, you could link a document or a folder located only on the Google My Drive.

For more information about linking documents and folders from various applications to Workfront, see "Linking Documents from External Applications."

New Export Limit for the Gantt Chart

You can now export up to 500 tasks in the Gantt chart.

Previously, you could only export up to 250 tasks.

For more information, see "Exporting the Gantt Chart to PDF."

Paste from Clipboard Option Now Displays as Dimmed When Using Internet Explorer or Safari

The Paste from Clipboard option is now displayed as dimmed when using the Internet Explorer or Safari browsers, with a tooltip explaining that only the Chrome and Firefox browsers are supported for this feature.

Prior to this change, this option was not displayed when using Internet Explorer or Safari. 

For more information about pasting images from the clipboard, see "Pasting Images from the Clipboard."

New Beta Environment for Android Along with New Features

You can now experience the most recent features our team is working on for the mobile app before they are released to the general public by signing up to be a beta tester. This environment is currently supported for the Workfront mobile app only for Android phones.

For more information about how to sign up to be a beta tester for the Workfront mobile app, see "Accessing Beta Environments for the Workfront Mobile App."

The following improvements are now available on the beta version of the mobile app:

  • New Account Page
    You can now view your account information as well as manage your mobile settings, submit feedback, or log out from the new Account page.
    Prior to this improvement, you could not view your account information on the mobile app and you could access your settings, submit feedback, and log out from the Workfront main menu.
    For more information about the Account page, see "Accessing Your Account Information and Configuring Your Mobile App."

  • New Navigation Bottom Panel
    A more prominent navigation bar is now available at the bottom of your screen that launches all areas of the mobile app.
    Prior to this improvement, the areas of functionality were listed on the Workfront main menu. The Workfront main menu has been removed and has been replaced by the new bottom navigation bar.
    For more information about configuring the new navigation bar, see the "Configuring Your Mobile App" section in "Accessing Your Account Information and Managing your Mobile App."
  • New Notification List View
    An improved look and feel of the Notifications list allows you to easily differentiate the notifications in your list depending on what kind they are and whether they have been read.
    For more information about working in the Notifications list on the mobile app, see "Viewing Notifications in the Workfront Mobile App."

  • The Search Box has been moved to a more prominent position.
    For more information about searching in the mobile app, see "Searching in the Workfront Mobile App."

  • New Login Experience
    There is a new, more streamlined login experience.
    For more information about logging in to the Workfront mobile app, see the "Logging In to the Workfront App" section in "Getting Started with the Workfront Mobile App."

  • New Tutorial Experience
    New tutorials are now available to briefly guide users through the app when they first log in. Prior to this experience, the tutorials launched only when users accessed specific areas of functionality.
    For more information about mobile tutorials, see "Getting Started with the Workfront Mobile App."

Examples of Filters for Event Subscriptions Messages

To demonstrate how you can filter Event Subscriptions to receive only the messages relevant to your organization, example code snippets are now available for filtering the flow of events coming to your endpoints. To learn more about viewing the filtering examples, see "Filtering Event Subscription Messages."

This article last updated on 2018-05-21 20:57:25 UTC