New & Noteworthy for Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager 6.0.4

Working with configurations Artifact palette now refreshes when the selected configuration changes

When you change the configuration from "All Data" to any other configuration (such as JKE Banking initial stream) and then you change back, the contents of the palette are refreshed accordingly. The contents of the palette depend on what data comes from Jazz Reporting Service for the configuration you selected.

Image of the palette when the configuration is All Data:

Image of the palette when the configuration is changed to JKE Banking (for the Requirements Management (RM) application):
Searching local configurations by sorting them as baselines and streams

Earlier, when you switched configurations, you had to search from an extensive common list of baselines and streams using the name as the search criteria.

When you are switching to a local configuration, you can now sort the configurations by baselines and streams.

Image of choosing to show only streams or baselines for your configuration context:
Working with views Better indicator of dependency analysis in views

Dependency analysis is improved with new messages in Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager. As always, you can use an upstream, downstream, upstream and downstream, or full traceability dependency analysis.

You get a message when a dependency filter is applied in two situations:
   - When you're in a view and you haven't created a snapshot
   - When you open a snapshot of the view

When you apply any dependency analysis filter to a view (and you haven't yet created a snapshot of the view), a message indicates the type of filter applied to the view. Click Reset to restore the view to its original state.

Image of the message that shows the filter used on the view:

When you create a snapshot by applying a filter, you can see which type of filter was used to create the dependency analysis of the view. You can reset the snapshot or go directly to the original view from which the snapshot was created.

Image of the message that shows the filter used on the snapshot of the view:

Whenever anyone else opens the same snapshot, this message shows the type of filter and view that were used to create the snapshot.
Details about the container are now available in views

Previously, details about view containers, such as artifact type, container scope, parameters, and conditions, could not be seen in views. Now, all this information is available if you hover over a view container.

Image for Container Hover Detail:
Edit project scope button now on the view toolbar

The Limit scope button has moved from  the Artifacts palette to the view toolbar. The state of the button changes from full to partial scope, depending on the project area. If you add an artifact type that is not in the selected project area, a warning message asks you to limit the scope. When you click the button, you get the option of selecting the project areas for the view.

Image of the Limit Scope button when all the artifacts are in scope (full scope):

Image of the Limit Scope button when the current view shows some, but not all, of the artifact types in the project area, with a warning message (partial scope):
Link count in the wizard helps you trace relationships

When you create a view, you use the Show Links To wizard to trace relationships between specific artifact types. When you select the artifact and link types, the wizard shows the number of links between the selected artifact types. The number helps you see if you want to explore this relationship in the view.

Image of the link count in the wizard:
  New button location for setting parameter values more easily

For convenience, the button for setting parameters for views is now available both on the project dashboard and on the toolbar in views. You can see the parameters and change the values if required. In the image, the button is marked with an orange square.

Image of the button on a view in editing mode:
New palette search field simplifies view editing

When you edit a view, a new Search field helps you filter the palette items without expanding the list to select them. You can filter containers, artifacts, and custom artifact elements.

Image of the new Search field in the edit view palette:
Now you can see the list of recently used views

You can now see a list of all the recently used views on the menu. Whether you browse from the shared views or your views, the list contains the last 10 views you used in a project area.

Image of Recent Views list:

Project scope support for custom artifact elements

Newly created custom artifact elements now have an additional template argument to support project scope. The default project scope of the custom artifact element is the same as the current scope of the view.

You can apply a specific scope limited to the Node Container by updating the parameter value of the custom artifact element in the query. You can also apply multiple project areas as the scope for a custom artifact element.

Many of the existing custom artifact elements have a template argument to support project scope. They now also support multiple project areas. You need to deploy the updated custom artifact elements to use this functionality.

Views using the existing custom artifact elements are not affected by these changes.

Image of the additional template argument in the New custom artifact creation dialog box:
See the view in full screen mode

You can now see the view in full screen mode when you click Full screen on the views toolbar.

Image of Full Screen icon:
Showing or hiding the view outline by using a right-click menu

In views there is a small outline that shows you where you are; it is especially helpful when the view has a lot of content. You can turn the outline on or off if it's in the way or you don't need it.

The option to show or hide the outline is now available by using the right-click menu from any empty point on the canvas. This option is also accessible from the project dashboard.

Image of the right-click menu to show the outline for a view:

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