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Rational DOORS Next Generation 6.0.4

Product Release / Trial | June 12, 2017
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Rational DOORS Next Generation 6.0.4 New & Noteworthy

Rational DOORS Next Generation 6.0.4 New & Noteworthy

Rational DOORS Next Generation is an integral part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). For new and noteworthy information about other applications, see these pages:

For a list of changes to the installation and upgrade process, see the CLM and IoT CE 6.0.4 Installation and Upgrade Notes.

New in Rational DOORS Next Generation 6.0.4

For a complete list of new and noteworthy items in this release, see the New & Noteworthy Details.

For a summary of items in this release, see the following highlights:

Configuration management

This release provides a more efficient delivery wizard for delivering change sets between different versions (streams), with fewer steps and more efficient use of space for gathering options. Automated conflict resolution now includes an additional option to control the delivery of conflicting changes to primary text. You can now view both versions of the primary text and manually resolve the conflict by editing one of the values. Page and filter controls are also available for large change sets to help manage complex changes.

Source configuration options in the Deliver change sets dialog box

When you compare modules, you can now see a side-by-side comparison of artifacts and filter the view. Support is now available for more use cases around conflict resolution and for the visibility and history of the change sets that have been delivered. The displayed changes are grouped into the following categories: Types, Links, Folders, Artifacts, Tags, and Comments.

The new two-way comparison of artifact changes between configurations shows the before and after values to distinguish changes more clearly, and attribute and link changes show more contextual information.

Comparing artifacts in the Deliver change sets dialog box


The responsiveness of the module editor is now improved. With a transition from pessimistic to optimistic locking, the time to start editing requirements is reduced, including when you work over limited or poorly performing networks.

When you review modules, you can now associate review comments with individual requirements instead of the module as a whole. When a module is under review, a new Review Comments column is available. This column is automatically included in the default view for the module. You can add the column to existing views, but it only applies when the module is in review mode.

Review comments on a requirement within a module

To simplify updating large volumes of information, you can now edit data in bulk within a view. You can use the Edit Attributes dialog box to select the attributes to update for all artifacts in the view.

Editing a group of attributes in a view

Edit attributes dialog box

Report generation

This release introduces an efficient, view-based mechanism to generate documents quickly when you use custom report templates that were created with Rational Publishing Engine. Tests have shown up to a 95% improvement in performance for generating these custom reports. You can create custom reports based on module view filters.

Migration and serviceability

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation version 6.0.2 and earlier included a graphical artifact editor browser add-on that was delivered as a Java plug-in. This release introduces a JavaScript extension that you can download from the Rational DOORS Next Generation development wiki. The extension converts graphical artifacts that were created with the original graphical artifact editor browser add-on into the new diagram format that is supported by Rational DOORS Next Generation. The conversion occurs in place, so IDs and links remain the same, and the audit trail shows when the conversion is performed. If you want to change the conversion process, you can access and modify the JavaScript.

When you migrate requirements data from Rational DOORS to Rational DOORS Next Generation, you can increase the value of your requirements data by interpreting each individual "module type" in the data from Rational DOORS and migrating it to project-wide Rational DOORS Next Generation artifact types. This migration can help reduce the potential for errors in your requirements information and can help with reuse.

During migration, a validation process compares before-and-after versions of the data. All reviews, components, and versionable data are validated. You can change the default validation setting to vary the level of validation performed. Details of any errors found are provided in the console window and in log files. After the migration is finished, a validation report is generated that shows how much data was validated, and the number of errors that were found in each baseline and each component in the projects.

New in previous versions of Rational DOORS Next Generation

For details about new features and functionality in previous releases, see these pages: