New & Noteworthy for Rational DOORS Next Generation 6.0.6

Artifacts Artifact selection dialog boxes display default formats

Selection dialog boxes that are scoped to a particular artifact format, such as when you add an artifact to a collection or specify a module, now display artifacts of that format by default.

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Copying artifacts now supports back links

You can now copy artifacts across components from a folder to a folder, and from a folder into a module.

You can also link the newly created artifact back to the original artifact. You can create back links for system-defined link types and link types that have a well known URI. Both of these link types must also be outgoing links from the target.

When you map link types, the mapping history is stored locally. The mapping history is based on the source and target component, or the source component and the module into which the target component is copied.
Improved performance for saving edits to multiple artifacts

Performance was improved when you save edits to attributes across multiple artifacts in the artifact grid.
Quick access to artifact history

For quick access to an artifact's audit history, you can now select Open Artifact History from the artifact's context menu on the artifacts page or from a module.

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Links Consistent display of links to artifacts in modules

Links to artifacts in modules are now consistently displayed throughout the interface, such as in Quick Search results, the Links sidebar, Link columns, the Recent Artifacts widget, and the Recently Viewed Artifacts list.

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Design Management link types now show the link direction

The following Design Management link types now indicate the link direction with an icon:
  • Derives Architecture Element
  • Satisfied By Architecture Element
  • Traced By Architecture Element
  • Refined By Architecture Element
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Direction indicators for the References link type

The References link type now indicates the link direction.

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Information icons for links

Starting in 6.0.5, the Create Link dialog box displays an information icon if the link will be created in a different project or component. Now, this icon is also displayed beside the Link type field in the dialog boxes for following the situations:
  • Editing a link
  • Using drag and drop to create a link
  • Inserting an artifact in a text-based artifact
  • Inserting an image in a text-based artifact
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Link columns now include the Paste as Link option

You can paste copied artifacts as links into link columns by using the link column edit menu.

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Link direction icons now include tooltip text

Tooltips are displayed for the link direction indicators that appear in grid columns, the Links sidebar sections, and the Link Types administration interface.

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Support for cross-server links with system and custom link types

Rational DOORS Next Generation now has basic support for cross-server links with system and custom link types.
  • You can view, create, modify, and delete cross-server links in both grid columns and the Links pane in the sidebar.
  • When you hover over a cross-server link, information is displayed about the artifact at the other end of the link.
  • You can use a drag-and-drop operation to create cross-server links.
  • The reports that are generated when you export comma-separated value (CSV) files and spreadsheet files contain the cross-server links.
  • Link validity is fully supported for cross-server links.
To enable cross-server linking, you must complete the following steps:
  • The Link Index Provider (LDX) application must be installed and registered with the Jazz Team Server if it isn't already.
  • If you are using a topology with multiple Jazz Team Server instances, you must setup bidirectional friend relationships between the Requirements Management (RM) servers, and between LDX and any RM servers that are running on a different Jazz Team Server than LDX.
  • The data source for all RM servers must be added to LDX.
  • All participating project areas must be enabled for configuration management.
  • The user must be working in a global configuration context.
  • Project areas that will link to each other must be associated with the Related Requirements association on the Overview page for project area administration.
Modules Add Module button available in the Copy/Clone from Project dialog box

You can now more easily select a module to copy or clone by using the Add Module button in the Copy/Clone from Project dialog box.
Copying or cloning modules and collections now includes views

When you copy or clone a module or collection, the Copy from Project and Clone from Project operations now automatically copy the relevant views. All views that are available for use in the module or collection in the original component are copied or cloned into the target component. The summary at the end of the copy or clone operation contains the number of views that were copied or cloned.
New Module Options tab on the Manage Project or Component Properties page

Common module content folder
You can now specify a common module content folder, which stores all the artifacts that are created for new modules. You can specify an existing folder or create a new one by using the new Module Options tab on the Manage Project or Component Properties page.

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To identify the common module content folder in the folder hierarchy, the folder is displayed with a different icon.

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Behavior of the common module content folder
To help organize the common module content folder folder, when a module is created, its folder hierarchy is duplicated under the common folder. For example, in the following image, a common module content folder named Base Artifacts is used for module content artifacts. A module named Account Subsystem is created under User Requirements in the Non-Functional Requirements folder. In the common module content folder, the module’s folder hierarchy is duplicated, and the module’s content folder named Account Subsystem artifacts is created.

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Module Views project property
The contents of the Module Views tab now appears on the tab named Module Options. The content for module views is only displayed for projects that are not enabled for configuration management.
OSLC integrations OSLC operations show titles for RM internal links

If an external resource has a link title assigned, the title will be displayed in an OSLC GET operation. The label is displayed on a description block in the RDF structure.
Reviews Review editor indicates which artifacts have review comments

The Review editor now indicates how many review comments exist for the artifacts in the review. The counts are shown in the Overall Review section.

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Templates Common Base Artifacts folder for module content folders

The templates were updated to use a common Base Artifacts folder for module content folders.
Usability enhancements Context-sensitive help for project and component property tabs

The property tabs for projects and components now include context-sensitive help.

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Create Artifact option on the Folder menu now recognizes preferred types

The Create Artifact option on the Folder menu now lists preferred artifact types like the Create button does.

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Default settings for importing requirements from Microsoft Word

Previously, when you imported requirements from a Microsoft Word document for the first time, the artifact type fields (headings, images, and all other text) default to the first value in the list alphabetically, which is unlikely to be correct. To ensure that you are selecting an artifact type, those fields now default to the Select an artifact type option.

This setting also applies when you select a module type, unless there is only one artifact type of module format.

However, if you choose to import all the requirements into a newly created module, the headings field defaults to the first preferred heading artifact type for the selected module type.
Drag and drop folders

You can now use a drag-and-drop action to move one or more folders.

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Edit Attributes dialog box lists attributes alphabetically

The Edit Attributes dialog box now lists attributes alphabetically.

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Filtering and sorting improvements

Module filter summary
The module filter summary now shows a percentage.

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Default sort order for artifacts
The Artifacts page now has a default sort order. If no sort order is specified, artifacts are sorted by ID in descending order, meaning in order of the most recently created.

Filter by attribute
In the Filter dialog box, you can now press Enter to apply the value for an Attribute filter.

Filter dominant attribute selection
When you deliver change sets, a new filter capability enables you to more easily select a dominant attribute. Previously, you could only select a dominant attribute by scrolling through the list.
Find/Go To button in modules has moved

The position of the Find/Go To button in modules has changed. Previously, the button was in the right header cell. Now, it's the first button on the banner toolbar.
Icon for the Validity Summary column

The Validity Summary column in the grid view now shows an icon in the column header.

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Increased number of artifacts displayed on a page

In several dialog boxes, the page size was increased from displaying 25 artifacts to 200 artifacts. To select all the artifacts on a page, press Ctrl+A.
Keyboard shortcut for the Open Base Artifact menu action

To invoke the Open Base Artifact menu action, you can now press Alt+Shift+B.
Page settings added to the banner menu

The banner menu in the upper right of pages that show artifacts, modules, and collections now contains menu items to configure the page settings.

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Progress message in the Edit Attributes dialog box

The Edit Attributes dialog box now shows a progress message while processing updates.

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Rename Review menu item on the Reviews page

The edit menu beside each review on the Reviews page now contains a Rename Review menu item that you can use to rename a review.

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Selection dialog boxes now include hover windows

In dialog boxes where you can select artifacts, you can hover over an artifact ID to display a window that contains more information.

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Visual indicator for non-editable cells

When a non-editable cell is in focus or you hover over it, a visual indicator shows that the cell is not editable. Some cells are excluded from this behavior. The ID and the Section Number columns do not show the indicator, and neither do icon-based columns such as the Comments, Review Comments, Used in Modules, Suspicion, and Link Validity columns.

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