Four Additional Code Review Enhancements in CodeCollaborator 7.0 Not to Overlook
With every new release of CodeCollaborator we have a lot to talk about, and Version 7.0 is no exception! In addition to the upcoming marquee features we will focus on, I wanted to direct your attention to some minor and technical enhancements that warrant a call-out all their own.
I worked with the CodeCollaborator development team to select four CodeCollaborator enhancements that you shouldn’t miss. I’m confident you’ll find something to make your reviews faster and more effective than ever. So, read on!
Automatic links for conversation labels
Whenever you review materials that don’t contain text, for example, images added via Print to Review, conversations about the material can have a label that is either text or a corresponding push pin location. In version 7.0, text labels are now automatically converted to links wherever that label appears in comments for that review. With label links, navigation for comment cross-references is automatic and simple.
New participant grouping and status options
One of our key goals while creating CodeCollaborator 7.0 was to make the assessment of review status simple and direct. Authors and participants want quick answers to questions like, “How far has the review progressed?” or “Who do I need to email or poke to move the process forward?” Two new enhancements to the Review Summary screen make getting these answers simpler than ever.
- Participant grouping – In the participants section of the review summary, there is a new option to group participants by state or by role. Grouping by state is particularly useful. Now you can see more easily who is active, who is waiting, or who has approved.
- Per-review materials status – In version 7.0, the Review Materials section of the Review Summary page underwent a significant redesign. Depending on the number of participants and materials, displaying the entire matrix of reviewer status values and review materials could make the display difficult to navigate. With the limited screen real estate, it also necessitated that the page only display reviewer’s initials. The matrix was eliminated in favor of more concise status summary icons. However, as much as they liked the more efficient display, beta testers also wanted quick access to per-reviewer status. The solution: placing the cursor over the status icon or comment label displays a pop-up of the per-reviewer status with the user’s full name listed.
The SmartBear development team has enhanced performance in a number of critical areas. As a part of the user interface update, the Dashboard and Review Summary pages have been redesigned to load much faster – particularly for large reviews. In addition, the new SOAP APIs improve performance in the Eclipse plug-in.
Group or Participant Review Security
A new option that would be easy to overlook, but one for which we had a number of requests, is an option to grant access to reviews based on participant status or group membership. In previous versions, CodeCollaborator supported the more restrictive option of allowing access to reviews only if the user was a participant and a member of a group associated with the review.
This new security option covers more common cases. It allows you to more easily grant viewing access without having to make specific users observers.
As you take your 30 day trial of CodeCollaborator, please feel free to drop me a line and tell me what you think of these new features.
Looking forward to hearing from you…