- Helix ALM 2018.1April 2018
- Helix ALM 2017.3December 2017
- Helix ALM 2017.2October 2017
- Helix ALM 2017.1April 2017
What's New in Helix ALM 2018.1?
Check out the exciting new features in Helix ALM 2018.1. For a complete list of features and enhancements, read the release notes.
Helix ALM Web Client Updates
Work in multiple browser tabs and windows
You can now open Helix ALM pages in multiple browser tabs and windows.
After you log in to a project, you can open items and item lists in other tabs without logging in again or using additional licenses. For example, if you have the Issues list open, you can right-click Documents to open it in a new tab using the browser functionality.
This can be helpful if you use multiple screens and want to easily navigate back and forth between different areas of Helix ALM. You can also click a Helix ALM hyperlink in an email and open it without logging in again.
Watch items to be notified about changes
You can now click Watch in issues, requirements, requirement documents, test cases, and test runs to stay informed about changes to them with just one click. You can also select items to watch in item lists.
When an item changes, you will receive an email about the changes and see a notification in Helix ALM if you are logged in. You can also view the list of users who are watching an item. This makes it easier to get visibility over your project.
Users in security groups with the new Manage Users Watching Items command enabled can add and remove users as watchers. For example, a team lead may want to add team members as watchers on a high priority issue to keep them in the loop about changes.
Include inline images and attachments in email
You can now include inline images and attach files to email sent from Helix ALM. If you are sending email from a specific item, you can easily attach files to the item in the email.
The actions you perform most frequently are now easier to find. Common actions like adding items, editing items, sending email, and running reports are more convenient to access while you work. You can use the new workflow button bar to quickly add events to items.
Helix ALM Desktop Client Updates
Watch issues to be notified about changes
You can now click Watch in issues to stay informed about changes to them with just one click. When an issue changes, you will receive an email about the changes.
Users in security groups with the new Manage Users Watching Items command enabled can add and remove users as watchers. For example, a team lead may want to add specific team members as watchers on a high priority issue.
Configure custom fields while users are logged in
Administrators can now add, edit, and reorder custom fields while other users are logged in.
REST API Enhancements
You can now work with test cases and test runs using the REST API. You can also perform more actions on issues.
If you already use the REST API, review the list of changes we made in this release that may affect your scripts or applications.
- A test case generated from a requirement now automatically opens after generation.
- Press Tab at the end of a row on the Steps tab when adding and editing test cases to add a new row below it (web client only).
- Emails sent via system notification rules can include images from multi-line text fields.
- Improved support for high resolution images in Microsoft Word exports. Administrators can control how images are exported for all projects on a Helix ALM Server in the registry utility.
- Add new Helix ALM items from Jira when using the new version of the Helix ALM for Jira add-on.
What's New in Helix ALM 2017.3
Helix ALM 2017.3 includes the following key features. For a complete list of features and enhancements, check out the release notes.
HELIX TCM: Easily insert test variant field codes in test case fields and steps
With Helix TCM, you can now easily insert test variant field codes in test case fields and steps from a shortcut menu instead of manually entering them. This helps you create more flexible test cases and eliminates the need to ask an administrative user for a list of available field codes.
A field code is a variable that is replaced with a specific variant value when you generate test runs. For example, if you have an Operating System variant with a %Z_OSVARIANT% field code and the Windows value is used to generate test runs, the field code is replaced with Windows in the test run.
REST API enhancements (technical preview)
The REST API technical preview includes the following enhancements:
- Configure the API session token timeout in the Helix ALM Registry Utility.
- Use POST with the issues resource to add issues.
- Use PUT with the issues resource to update issues.
- Use a search query to search user fields.
Additional functionality will be available in upcoming Helix ALM releases. See the REST API help for more information. If you have feedback about the REST API, contact Perforce Support.
What's New in Helix ALM 2017.2
Better Collaboration, New REST API, and More
You can now save and share item lists, manage users and customers in the Helix ALM Web client, retrieve information with the new REST API, and more.
Save and share item lists
You can now save item listtabs to use again later. Tabs help you easily switch between multiple instances of an item list with different columns, filters, and sorting.
You can also share saved tabs with specific users, customers, and security groups to make it easy for them to see helpful information. For example, a team lead may want to share a tab to help her team see issues that need to be fixed for the current release, including each issue’s priority, currently assigned user, and links to related user stories.
To help with onboarding new team members, administrative users can set the default tabs to display in item liststhe first time new users in a security group log in.
Note: Item listviews configured in Helix ALM 2017.1 and TestTrack 2016.1 and earlier were converted to tabs.
Manage users and customers in Helix ALM Web
You can now manage users and customers in Helix ALM Web from the new Administration area. You can:
- Add users and customers to projects
- View, edit, and delete existing users and customers
- Retrieve global users and customers from the license server
- Promote local users and customers to global
- Run reports based on users and customers
Check out the new REST API
A technical preview of the new Helix ALM REST API is now available. The REST API makes it easier to extend Helix ALM functionality for use with other applications and offers better performance and scalability than the Helix ALM SOAP SDK.
Developers can currently use the REST API to retrieve information about issues. Additional functionality will be available in upcoming Helix ALM releases. If you have feedback about the REST API, contact Perforce Support.
- Set the default font size for multi-line text fields in local options. Desktop client only.
- If your team does not use the Workbook, administrative users can clear the Can See Workbook command in security groups to hide it from users. Desktop client only.
- Generate test runs for multiple test cases at once using the new generateBatchTestRuns operation in the SOAP SDK.
What's New in Helix ALM 2017.1
Improved integration with Helix Versioning Engine
The Helix Versioning Engine integration now has more functionality, more flexibility, and better performance. When working in Helix ALM, you can:
- Add Helix Versioning Engine as a source control provider. See Adding Helix Versioning Engine source control providers.
- Attach changelists to items. See Attaching source control changelists to items.
- View changelists in Helix Swarm
You can also attach changelists to Helix ALM items by including the item tag in comments when submitting changelists from Helix VCS clients.
View Helix ALM items that issues are attached to in Jira
If you use the Jira integration to attach issues to Helix ALM items, you can now view the items an issue is attached to in Jira. This saves time switching between applications as you work. For example, when a tester is working with a Jira issue, they can quickly see Helix ALM test runs it is attached to. See Working with Helix ALM items in Jira.
Before users can view Helix ALM items in Jira, an administrator needs to configure the Helix ALM for Jira add-on, which is available in the Atlassian Marketplace.
Simplified source control integration configuration
Configuring integration with source control applications is more streamlined and flexible. User source control settings are now configured per project instead of for all projects.
Copy item number
You can now copy the number of an issue, requirement, requirement document, test case, or test run to the clipboard. For example, this can be helpful when writing an email to a team member about an item or when including an item number in a comment when working with source control files.