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JIRA 6 gets a UI makeover, mobile view

Elliot Bentley

New release of world-beating issue tracker focuses on faster, user-friendly interface.

Atlassian has never been a slouch when it came to the visual design of their software, but it has pushed even further with the latest release of flagship issue-tracker JIRA.

Now in its eleventh year, JIRA is reportedly used in more than 25,000 organizations. Version 6, released today, brings an updated (and, it is claimed, more efficient) UI and a smattering of minor functional changes.

Frequent users will likely appreciate the addition of a mobile view, a space-creating collapsible sidebar and a “new project” wizard that offers the choice between several common project types.

An Outlook-inspired “detail view”, meanwhile, allows a list of tasks to be docked to the left-hand side of the window, allowing users to quickly jump between tickets. Its streamlined interface, it is claimed, “will cut the time you’ll spend working with lists of issues by 50 percent”.

The new UI follows Atlassian’s design guidelines – written for both add-on developers and the company’s internal team – resulting in an interface more consistent with Atlassian’s other products. “Buttons, icons, menus, and typography” have all been updated, which the company says provides as “smoother experience”.

Smaller new features bring non-cosmetic improvements likely to please power users, including editable usernames and a “bulk watch” function – both of which topped a poll of desired features. Those using JIRA’s workflows can now import additional community-built workflows via the Atlassian Marketplace.

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