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.
Collaborator 13.3 is the latest release from the dev collaboration team at SmartBear. This new version includes improvements to document review, our Azure DevOps integration and allows end-users to add new repositories to the managed repository lists for GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket and Azure DevOps.
Improved Document Scrolling
We continue to focus on improving document review performance. In this release, we have introduced page caching to improve the loads times as users transition from one page to the next. The cache now contains the current, previous and next pages. Reading through the document and going to the next page will feel more natural.
Assign Multiple Reviewers
With Collaborator 13.3, review Authors can now quickly select and assign multiple people to specific participant roles. This improvement will reduce review setup time for Author’s and allows reviews to be configured more easily.
Azure DevOps Reviewers
Many teams like to assign reviewers in Azure DevOps to a pull request. Collaborator now adds reviewers associated with the pull request directly to the Collaborator review. This allows reviews to be created and assigned more quickly and with less effort by the Author.
Allow Users to Add New Repositories
Prior to Collaborator 13.3, administrators had to add all new repositories to Collaborator. Administrators can now provide access to individual users to access the remote system configurations. This allows individual users the ability to add new repositories to be monitored by Collaborator.
To learn more about Collaborator 13.3, please check out the links below.
Collaborator 13.4 is the latest release from the dev collaboration team at SmartBear. This new version has many great usability improvements including in-app notifications, user @mentions, version info in comments, and a collapsible chat panel in the diff viewer.
The Collaborator toolbar now features a notification icon to inform users if they have been mentioned in a comment or if new repositories have been added to one of the tracked remote repository servers.
It is now possible @mention another Collaborator user while creating a comment or defect. This makes it easy to notify them via email as well as through the in-app notification feature that a comment has been left for them on a review.
Comment Version Info
In Collaborator 13.4, version information is now added next to the date/time stamp. This makes it easy to identify and select the version that a comment or defect is associated with as users are reading comments.
Collapsible Chat Panel
Users now have the ability to individually collapse the Header or Chat panel in the diff viewer. Additionally, there is a new ‘Focus’ icon in the upper right-hand corner of the diff viewer that allows both panels to be collapsed simultaneously. The new collapse features make it easier to focus the entire browser window on the actual file diff.
To learn more about Collaborator 13.4, please check out the links below.