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Design Management 4.0.3

Product Release / Trial | June 14, 2013
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Design Management 4.0.3 "New and Noteworthy"

Design Management 4.0.3 New & Noteworthy

The Design Management installer enables you to install the Jazz Team Server and several applications and client tools. For new and noteworthy information about parts of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), see these pages:

New in Design Management 4.0.3

Configuration Management

Access control for configuration spaces and workspaces

The Configuration Management application now provides access control for configuration spaces and workspaces. Each configuration space now has a corresponding Jazz project area that is available through the host/vvc/admin page. Using the Jazz Project Area UI, administrators can choose which users can see the content of this configuration space (such as workspaces and snapshots) by modifying the members list and adjusting the access control, as well as choose which write permissions specific users have by using the operations on the Permissions or Team Configuration page of the project area. For example, user A can create a snapshot, but user B cannot. Additionally, users can associate Jazz team areas with specific workspaces to limit write permissions for a workspace to a select group of users.

AIX support

You can now install the Configuration Management application on an AIX operating system.

Design Management

New editing permissions

The access control for Configuration Management has been integrated into the Design Management editing process. To edit a Design Management resource, you must also have the Update permission for the Configuration Management application. Without this permission, you have read-only access to resources, even if you have Design Management editing permissions. With the new Configuration Management access control, you cannot access a Design Management workspace if you do not have access to the corresponding Configuration Management configuration.

New editing permissions are available in addition to the existing "Edit a design resource" and "Force the unlock of a design resource" permissions. These permissions provide more fine-grained permission control when you edit design resources by using the web client. The "Edit a design resource" permission is still the default permission when you use the default process templates and it includes rights to create, modify, and delete design resources. To use the more fine-grained permissions, you need to clear the "Edit a design resource" permission. The new permissions are as follows:

  • Create a design resource: Allows users to create and modify design resources
  • Modify a design resource: Allows users to only modify design resources
  • Delete a design resource: Allows users to only delete design resources

Rich text documents can be viewed in printable format

You can now view a rich text document in a printable format by using the View in Printable Page action. This action opens a new window with the content of the document in a format that is ready to print. You can also include comments on this printable page. Any comments are added under the related text element, or at the bottom of the page if it does not relate to a specific text element.

Rich text document in a printable format

In the breadcrumb display in a resource editor, a button is now available to retrieve the "short link" for the URL of the selected resource. The short link is useful if you want to copy the link for inclusion in an external document or email.

Short link button

Zoom-to-Fit action for diagrams

For sketches and ontology diagrams, a new Zoom to Fit action is available if the diagram extends beyond the browser size. This action provides a quick view of the entire contents of the diagram. The Zoom to Fit button is located beside the zoom slider.

Zoom to fit button

Support for Rational Publishing Engine Studio type casting

The Design Management reporting service now has limited support for Rational Publishing Engine Studio type casting. In the Data Source Schemas view of Rational Publishing Engine Studio, you can select the type of a property and, on the toolbar for the view, click Cast to Type. A list of types that are defined in the schema is displayed, and you can select one of those types as the casting type. You can then use that casting type in layout controls to obtain specific properties that are not defined on the original property type. This casting mechanism is more efficient than using dynamic data source configurations, which send more requests to the Design Management reporting service, but might not apply to all scenarios.

New Use Case and Process domains

New lightweight agile domains are now available to help extrapolate designs. You can use the Use Case domain to identify the use cases that are relevant to your design, as well as how they relate to each other through includes or extends relationships. You can also describe the actors or roles that execute the use cases. Because the actors and use cases are Design Management resources, you can review and comment on them, as well as link them to other Design Management resources or Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) resources through OSLC linking. You can use the Process domain to describe simple processes that are associated with use cases or other Design Management resources. A process describes simple actions and decisions that flow between each other.

Associate domains window

New Architecture Decision and Knowledge (ADK) ontology and domain

Architects can use the Architecture Decision and Knowledge (ADK) ontology to track design issues and decisions in Design Management. If the design issues are linked to formal model artifacts, the design elements can be traced back to a particular decision or issue. Alternatively, you can add links from model artifacts to an issue to identify all the resources that are affected by that issue. Different alternatives to design issues can be tracked and explored during the design process to achieve the best decision for an issue.

Associate domains window showing the ADK domain.

Improvements to sketch diagrams

Sketch diagrams were improved so that you can modify the color and font in the diagram editor. These improvements enable a greater level of expression so that you can highlight or differentiate elements from other items in a sketch diagram. Sketch diagrams now have printing support so that you can view a sketch on a browser page that is separate from the web client and print it or copy it into an image file.

Support for table widgets

New default and custom table widgets for collection properties are available. A table represents a collection for a property and has columns that correspond to the properties of its type. The table columns are generated automatically unless you define a custom table widget constraint that determines the column properties.

Custom table widgets for collection properties.

High availability environment support

The Idle Standby configuration enables recovery from failover to help ensure minimal impact on business operations during planned or unplanned server outages.

Rational Software Architect Extension for Design Management

Support for Rational Software Architect 9.0

You can now use Rational Software Architect 9.0 to interact with designs on the Design Management Server.

Viewpoint support

You can now switch viewpoints for the selected project area from a drop-down menu in the Design Explorer view or from the Design Repository preference page. You can use this action to view Design Explorer content from different viewpoints, similar to what you can do in the web client.

Separate Rational Software Architect extension application

You can now use dedicated servers to render Rational Software Architect diagrams. When you install Design Management, you can install the Rational Software Architect extension application on the same server or on another servers. Rational Software Architect extension applications that are not co-installed with Design Management can be registered on the administration pages.

AIX support

You can now install the Design Management application on an AIX operating system.

Rational Rhapsody Design Manager

Extended lifecycle workflow capabilities for actively managed designs

In Rational Rhapsody Design Manager, systems engineers can use the actively managed mode to manage design assets directly in a Jazz-based repository. You can use this mode to control design artifacts, communicate change, and collaborate on designs that are directly stored in the repository. In this release, the workflows were refined to be more flexible with improved performance for saving, logging in, and caching diagrams.

Improved navigation with the web client

Rational Rhapsody Design Manager provides an easy way for the extended team to access design information by using a web browser. Team members do not have to install a Rational Rhapsody client to review, comment on, or collaborate on the design. Starting with Rational Rhapsody Design Manager 4.0.3, you can use the web client to navigate the design by using hyperlinks in diagrams and on elements in compartments.

Workspace delivery with actively managed designs

For parallel development, you can deliver workspaces directly from the Rational Rhapsody client. Changes in a child workspace, which is derived from a parent workspace and based on a snapshot, can be merged back to the parent by using the Rational Rhapsody DiffMerge feature. Non-conflicting changes can be processed automatically. When conflicts occur, you are prompted to select the change set to use.

MathWorks Simulink in Jazz-based applications

You can now store MathWorks Simulink models in a Jazz repository by using Rational Rhapsody Design Manager. You can manage changes in a Simulink model and perform lock and unlock operations directly in Simulink. When the model is in Rational Rhapsody Design Manager, you can use OSLC linking for model elements. You can also link Rational DOORS Next Generation requirements to the Simulink model elements and use Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager to index the Simulink information for cross-discipline searching and impact analysis.