Collaborator 13.1 is the latest release from the dev collaboration team at SmartBear. This new version primarily focuses on improved performance. There are also a few other helpful enhancements that are worth checking out – the ability to edit/delete comments and split chat messages, to name a few.
End users have always been able to redact comments in Collaborator. However, there has never been a way to edit or delete a comment. Collaborator 13.1 now supports editing and deleting. It is important to note that this feature will need to be enabled by an administrator. This ensures that those organizations that need an unmodified record can continue to operate has they always have and those organizations that want more flexibility can have it by enabling this new feature.
Documents for newly created reviews will now be converted more quickly. As an end user you will be able to immediately see the files in the diff viewer and see the conversion counter increment as the file is processed. Our team tested against 33 sample files and the average processing time is now 2x faster than previous versions of Collaborator.
Database Query Reductions
Improvements were realized by caching metadata that allowed for the decrease in queries to the database. The reduction in queries will improve overall Collaborator server performance.
Document Conversion Information
Prior to Collaborator 13, if a page in the document could not be converted, Collaborator would indicate the there was a problem with the entire document. Now, if there is an issue, just the page that fails to convert will show an error in the diff viewer and the rest of the document will be processed. Please note that the failed page my impact Collaborator’s ability to accurately diff the document.
Split Chat Messages
On the Review Summary screen, Collaborator displayed all chat messages as part of a single thread. This meant that both user and system messages were combined in one long discourse. Now, chat messages are broken out into three tabs. This allows users to focus on the types of messages they are most interested in.
To learn more about Collaborator 13.1, please check out the links below.
Collaborator 13.2 is the latest release from the dev collaboration team at SmartBear. This new version includes some UI modifications as well as performance improvements and Microsoft Office plugins.
Configurable Home Screen
As a user you can now modify the fields that are displayed on the Collaborator Home screen. You have the ability to include Review Custom Fields as well as other predefined Collaborator fields, such as your Role, the review Phase or Last Activity.
With Collaborator 13.2 we have improved file retrieving times for Collaborator’s pull request integrations with Azure DevOps, GitHub, Bitbucket and GitLab. In addition to improving performance for pull requests, there has also been an improvement for document review page load times inside the Diff Viewer.
The Collaborator plugin for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel makes it easy to create or update reviews with just a few clicks. When using the plugin, there is no need to save the file and upload it manually to Collaborator.
Previous versions of Collaborator forced users to expand the defect details in order for it to be Marked Fixed, Edited or Deleted. Now, these options are available on the Defect toolbar. This change will make it easier and quicker for users to modify the defects current settings.
To learn more about Collaborator 13.2, please check out the links below.