What’s New in the Jama Connect 8.49 Standard Release

By Emily posted 22 days ago


The Jama Connect 8.49 Spring Standard Release is here, now available for download.  To catch you up on what’s included, you’ll find a few highlights below.  For the full list of capabilities and resolved issues, check out the Release Notes.   



This release introduces a new Baseline search feature, making it easier to find the baselines, folders or sources you’re looking for.  You can now:  

  • Search for baselines, folders, or sources and the results will be highlighted  
  • Drag and drop search results and everything will still remain highlighted  
  • Refresh the tree to clear the highlighting  Learn more.  

We’ve also updated the way you manage your Baselines, to provide greater efficiency and flexibility for the way you need to setup projects.  You can now:   

  • Create, edit, and delete folders for your baselines  
  • Drag and drop baseline sources and folders moving them from one location in the tree to another or reorder them as needed    
  • Rename Baseline sources to match the needs of your projects, naming sources is now completely customizable   Learn more   

This release also brings more clarity to Baseline organization by: 

  • Streamlining the way to add new Baselines as well as updating the language around Baselines (i.e. ‘Baseline name’ is now ‘Baseline’).  Learn more 
  • Distinguishing baseline sources from folders. "Source folders" are now called "sources," and have a green, barrel-shaped icon to distinguish them and their unique behavior from folders. Additionally, baseline “Folders” are now called baseline “Sources” to prevent confusion from folders in the Explorer Tree.   
  • Seeing when a baseline name changes. Previously, when a baseline name was edited, it would update all activities with the new name, making it hard to track name changes in the activity stream.  
  • Restoring baselines if you deleted one unintentionally or later changed your mind. Baselines can either be restored on an individual level or from the main baseline source, making it easier to pick and choose exactly which baselines you want restored.     

Lastly, baselines now have a unique ID associated with them, providing an easier way to directly access them. IDs are created automatically with new baselines and cannot be edited.    Learn more 


Review Center 

We also made several enhancements in Review Center this release, with the addition of a new Filter and Find experience for reviewers.  A new filter panel helps moderators easily see where reviews might be potentially held up in progress.  In addition to the existing Activity filters, you can now filter items in a review by version, author, or status.   

You can also select multiple filters to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for, then search within those settings to drill down further.  Don’t worry about losing your filters if you navigate to different areas of the review workspace, your filter selection will be saved when you navigate back to the review.    

The TOC/Search tab that was part of the filter panel is now called Find. Now when you search for something and select it, the item becomes outlined in blue making it easier to find in the review. Previously, highlights only appeared briefly making it difficult to track the results.  Learn More 

You’ll also find a new header experience in Review Center, moving some of the functionality from the TOC/Search panel on the left to the main header, giving you better clarity into the role and status of the review.  Learn more 

We’ve also replaced our highlighting library to allow for more flexibility in future development. A few changes you may notice immediately:    

  • When highlighting is disabled, you can no longer highlight content in the review reading view.  Previously when you made highlights they would disappear after saving a comment.    
  • When highlighting is enabled, the reviewer can see highlights specific to the revision that is selected in the review header.   Learn more 

There are also new electronic signature capabilities with this release, customers using SSO/SAML now have the ability to electronically sign reviews and Baselines, with a new signature modal streamlining signature information into one view.    You can also no longer delete a review with an electronic signature involved, especially important in formal reviews.   Learn More 

The stats page sees a few updates in this release including: 

  • A Participant Progress detailing who’s involved with a review and Item Progress tab that shows new information about items included in the review Learn More 
  • new bar chart that displays items that have been approved, rejected, or have not yet been reviewed.   
  • A “Review Activity” table, which allows you to keep tabs on major review activities such as when reviews are created, new versions are published, who revised or signed a review, and when a review is finally approved. Learn more  

Lastly, you can now export your reviews! Export reviews in Word or PDF formats to show stakeholders how decisions were made in an easy to read format.  Exports include a title page, participants section, items included in the review, and all comments associated. Learn more  

API Version Sunset Announcement 

8.49 marks the release of a sunset period for the REST endpoint ‘latest.’ Some key things to know:    

  • With this release, no new features or bug fixes will be released to /latest (though we will still correct breaking change behavior.)  
  • Beginning 05/22/2020 (this date may vary slightly), all tools connected to /latest are at risk of version removal and service outage.   
  • Be sure to read this Community poston the sunset to learn everything you need to know.   


Updates from Customer Feedback 

Lastly, 8.49 brings several new updates based on Customer Feedback such as: 

  • The addition of type ahead search for single and multi-select fields in Single-Item view.  This makes it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for and save time searching through long lists of options.   Learn more  
  • We’ve updated how you can refresh the Explorer Tree, now when you hit refresh the Explorer Tree maintains the architecture of where you last left off, saving you time and headache to find the information you need.   
  • We’ve also made an improvement to usability in the Explorer Tree — previously when you hovered over items in the explorer tree you would see the item type, it now displays the entire name of the item for easier identification.   Learn more  
  • Over inTest Management, we’ve created more visibility for Test Case IDs in the test execution table, placing the Test Case ID in front of the name, making it easier to reference as you run test cycles.   Learn more 
  • You can also now add images to the results column when you are executing test runs, making it easier to see results if they are visual.  Learn more 
  • You can now export to PDF in Jama Connect. Now, anywhere you can export to Word you can also export to PDF formats. You can select the option directly from the export menu as well as select any office template and select PDF.