What´s New in Visure Requirements 4.6


Overview of enhancements

The enhancements within Visure Requirements 4.6 focus on four primary areas:

These are complemented by other innovations, many of which were developed at user requests and in collaboration with them to meet their own immediate needs, but which are now available to everyone with this latest release. In addition there are over 20 relevant bug fixes that are documented in the Release Notes  that resolve many of the main outstanding issues.
Accompanying this release there will be a new documentation set comprising a New Installation Guide  which has been rewritten and containing more details and screenshots, and a User Guide updated with all improvements implemented since Visure Requirements 4.5. A New Tutorial is an easy to follow guide through the most performed activities in the simplified workflow, from the perspective of the end users. The tutorial is role based, and can greatly reduce the learning curve for users of Visure Requirements.

 

Repository Administration Features 

Virtualization

  • To make Visure Requirements available to all users in your corporate organization, Visure Requirements 4.6 has been certified to run under Citrix XenApp.  With a Citrix XenApp environment, your IT department can quickly meet the demands for increased computing capacity, which makes it easier for your software to grow as your business grows.
  • Citrix XenApp is a remote access publishing platform that allows users to connect to their business applications, available from XenApp servers located in central locations (as Data Centers). Application virtualization can be used together with Desktop virtualization solutions (VMWare, Citrix)
  • More info at www.citrix.com/products/xenapp

 

Improved installation process

  • All of the information required to successfully install all Visure Requirements components are now included in the Installation Guide, simplifying the deployment out to end users by administrators.

 

Improved integration with LDAP

  • Visure Requirements 4.6 includes some changes in order to allow different LDAP domains setup.

 

Security

Certified with Oracle Advanced Security

  • Data communication encryption: ORACLE Advanced Security module allows configuring a secure connectivity between driver and database, preventing unauthorized access to the data travelling through the network.
  • Database encryption: The ORACLE database Enterprise Edition allows activating the Transparent Data Encryption, which basically encrypts the data in the database. Users can copy the Oracle files, but not access the information, unless they have the encryption administration password. This enables Visure Requirements to be used in deployments that require high levels of security.

Download white paper on Visure Requirements and Oracle Security

 

Item Descriptions Encryption

  • A new option "Use encrypted Descriptions" is now available. When this option is activated, Visure Requirements encrypts the item's descriptions and in the data base the descriptions will be stored in an encrypted format, so that users accessing the data base directly (not using Visure Requirements) will not be able to read the descriptions. If the "Use encrypted descriptions" option is activated it cannot be modified later.
  • Only Visure Requirements will be able to decrypt the descriptions. Not even the database administrator will be able to decrypt this information. This enables Visure Requirements to be used in deployments that require high levels of security.

Note: Some functions in Visure Requirements (text filter in descriptions, description tooltip in the traceability matrix) will not be available in repositories where the Use encrypted descriptions option is active.

 

Performance 

  • There are number of performance improvements that have been implemented for new repositories at the database level which are applicable to SQL-Server based deployments.
  • Typical improvements in performance include 30% gains in opening a project; 25% gains in different time-consuming operations (multiple checkout, refresh, etc.), and up to 50% gains when activating certain tabs.

 

Project Administration 

Increased flexibility for predetermined views management

  • User Groups sharing views, can now be configured to have different predetermined views. This increases the flexibility of predetermined views configuration, and may simplify views management in some scenarios.Different Predetermined views can now be defined for each user group. If the user belongs to the Administrators group, the tool shows a dialog to select the user groups for which the view will become available.

 

Define corporate extensions access by User Group

  • Project administrators ca now define which extensions available in the corporate  ad local paths will be visible for each user group. By default all extensions in the corporate path are available for all groups; but administrators can disable  them individually for a specific user group. Users in this group will not be able to use the disabled extensions.

 

Enhancements and Usability Improvements  

Improved Copy & Paste

  • The new improved copy & paste functionality allows the user to perform many operations in an easy way. Through copy & paste the user can now create new items easier and faster as copies of existing ones, and later refining them. Can also copy complete selections of items while retaining hierarchies structures, either on the same view, or across views. While easy to use, the functionality also allows the user to fine-tune the process, to cover more complex needs.

 

Smart check-in

  • If the user checks in an item that has not been modified since the last check-out (including attributes and relationships), then no new version will be created. The final result is the same as using the Undo check-out version: the item will be in checked-in state and with the same version number it had before the last check-out. Any change on the associated blocks or domains, element attributes or its relationship will update the modification date. As a result, the number of unnecessary versions created for unchanged items will be significantly reduced from now on.

 

Smart hierarchy restore

  • When restoring deleted elements, there are options to enable the restore of their hierarchy relationships. The delete items screen now shows the user that created the element; the user that deleted the element and the date the element was deleted.

 

  • If the Restore Hierarchy option is checked, we have the following possibilities:
    • If an element that was a child of another one still existing in the project is restored, the hierarchical link will be restored.
    • If an element that was parent of other orphan elements still existing in the project is restored, the hierarchical link will be restored. If the child elements have another parent, the hierarchy will not be restored.
    • If several elements having hierarchical links between them are deleted and all of them are restored at the same time, the hierarchy will be restored.

 

Collapse and Expand Tree

  • Two new features have also been added to the Hierarchy panel to easily collapse and expand the whole tree:

 

Add an OLE object to the description from existing file

  • A new option on Description Insert menu will allow the user to add an OLE object from an existing file. This will be particularly useful for those users that access Visure Requirements through Terminal Server that are unable to drag and drop OLE objects into Descriptions.

 

"Move" items using the menu or shortcut keys

  • In addition to already existing Drag&Drop move items functionality, you can now move items through menu options by selecting the items you would like to move, selecting "Start Move", selecting where you would like to move them to, and selecting "Finish Move". Both these menu options also have shortcut keys associated, for faster access. This improvement becomes important when you need to move several items (selected by CTRL or SHIFT keys) in a large scrolling document when mistakes can be made if doing this with a mouse.

 

Version tab redesign

  • The Version tab has been redesigned to make effective use of the space so that information is better presented to the user. A new column "Last Modification Date" also appears in the versions tab as well as the Creation Date enabling users to see when the item was last amended.

 

Support for Unicode characters in attribute values

  • It is now possible to write Unicode sequences in text and enumerated attributes; they will be correctly rendered in the grid with the appropiate Unicode character. The Unicode sequences must have the following formats:
    • Hexadecimal version: &#x[Hex Value]; Example: Ω will appear as the capital Greek letter Omega (Ω).
    • Decimal version: &#[ Decimal Value]; Example: λ will appear as the small Greek letter lambda (λ).
    • Unicode values can be acquired from the windows Char Map tool.

 Note  : Unicode characters will only be rendered in the grid.

 

Color configuration

  • To provide greater clarity of elements and provide assistance for color- deficient users, they may select the colors for text and background of elements displayed on screen. This is available in the option Settings>Items color. Different colors can be selected for elements checked-out by any user, elements checked-out by the current user and elements currently selected.

 

Deeper hierarchies in document views

  • The default configuration options for the document view are now set for up to thirty hierarchical levels of blocks and items.