Product History 2019

Jan 2019: Modern Requirements4DevOps (aka MR4TFS) v2019

General features

 Microsoft Azure DevOps: Now Modern Requirements4DevOps (aka MR4TFS) is supporting Microsoft Azure DevOps server with all the current functionality.

 Modern Requirements Brand Change: To keep Modern Requirements branding in line with Microsoft brand, Modern Requirements4TFS has been rebranded as Modern Requirements4DevOps.

 Auto-Save: Diagram, mockup and use case file(s) will be saved automatically in the system on establishing the link between work item and shape/page.


General enhancements

 Performance Optimization: Performance is optimized for tab switching.

 Bug Fixes


Admin Panel

 Email SMTP Settings: Users can now configure the default e-mail server settings from the “General” tab of Admin Panel.

 Review Management Rules Configuration: Users can now specify the default rules to be appeared on review request window from “Review” tab of Admin Panel.

 Services: A new tab “Services” is introduced in the admin panel of Modern Requirements4DevOps (aka MR4TFS) for MR Services. This can be configured from the “Settings” found in the Services tab in the Admin panel.

 Email Monitor: Users can now manage their Email Monitor configurations from “Email Monitor”, a sub-hub of Services tab in Admin panel.


 Sections Configuration: This section is moved to “General” tab from “Review” & “Baseline” tabs.

 Work item display fields: This section is moved to “General” tab from “Review” & “Baseline” tabs.

 Work item display fields for Comparison: This section is moved to “General” tab from “Review” & “Baseline” tabs.

 Bug Fixes


SmartDocs features

 Word Import (Preview): Users can now import existing Word Documents into Smart Docs. Imported content will take the form of a Work item, stored directly in the database. Items can also be mapped as fields of Work Items according to the rules set by the importer. Based on those rules, the MR system will differentiate between general document information and the content to be recognized as Work items.

 Clone Work item(s): Users can now copy smart docs work items and create a new versioned file with the copied work items. Users can either copy all work item fields or just the smart docs fields.

 Rollback Work item(s): Users can now rollback all work items in a smart doc file to some previous state.

 Right Panel Support: Users can now easily drag and drop single or multiple work items from the right panel to the smart Docs grid. This panel can be invoked using the “Insert” option from the toolbar.

 Insert New or Existing Diagram: Users can include various UML diagrams in Smart Docs either by creating a new diagram or inserting an existing diagram from the Diagram module.

 Save as Word: Users can save the Smart Docs file into Microsoft Word format using the “Save as Word” option. This icon appears on the toolbar in the Document tab and the Compare tab.

 Save as PDF: Users can save a Smart Doc as a PDF using the “Save as PDF” option. This icon appears on the toolbar in the Document tab and the Compare tab.

 Multi field Support: Users can configure one or more fields of a work item to appear within their Smart Doc. Using their Meta template designer, users can configure how other Work Item fields appear in their Smart Doc.

 Work Item Type Column: Users can show/hide the “Work item type” column in Smart Docs grid by using the “Type” toggle button at the toolbar.

 Work Item Count: Users can view the total number of work items that exist in a Smart Docs file.

 My Meta Templates Folder: User-defined Meta templates created from Smart Docs designer will be saved in “My Meta Templates” folder. Users can use these templates when creating a Smart Docs file.

 Smart Editor Field tabs: Rich text fields which have data in it will show a “Tick” mark in the field tab.


 Smart Docs Template Designer: Now CRUD operations are provided at left panel toolbar for templates, few options are added at center panel toolbar for work item nodes such as Delete, copy, paste etc. Right panel is also enhanced with options like “Ghost link” and “Multi-Fields” at work item level including “Numbering” option for general settings.

 Re-arrangement of toolbar options: The toolbar options are re-arranged allowing the users with an ease of finding similar options grouped together.

 Renaming of Show Description field: Show Description field has now been renamed to “Document View” and will be shown as ‘Title and Description’ in Smart Docs grid.

 Smart Editor Fields tab: In Smart Editor, field tab labels will be displayed with the label of work item field instead of the field name.

 Bug Fixes


Review Management features

 Smart Docs tab: Users can now view all reviews in the form of a document under Smart Docs view tab. Users can also accept/reject any review work item and can perform all other tasks related to review management within the Document tab.

 Compare Reviews: Users can now compare a review to any of its versions or to the current version.

 Email Notifications: Review initiator will receive the notification email upon work item rejection, or even when a Stakeholder marks the review as completed. Also, initiator can easily send reminder email to notify reviewers and approvers who are yet to provide the feedback. Review stakeholders will receive the updates through email notification when another Stakeholder takes action to their suggested feedback.


 Review Audit Report: Users can now have the Reviewer details in the report along with the Approver details. Additionally, all approver’s responses will be provided with detailed information such as any Review action taken, comments added or work items linked to it, updated or deleted.

 Reply-to Review initiator: On replying to any review email by any stakeholder, an email will automatically be sent to review initiator.

 Provide comment on work item rejection: In a review where the rule “Ask user for password on approval” is applied and the approver rejects a work item without providing the comment, a notification message “Please enter your comments” would appear on the screen before asking approver for authentication i.e. username & password.

 Bug Fixes


Smart Report feature

 Rename Smart Part: Users can now rename any existing smart part through Rename option available in Smart Designer.

 Delete Smart Part: Users can now delete any existing smart part that is no longer required by the user.

 Linked Work item(s): Users can now create a report with linked work items in different formats such as comma separated, table or multiline format.

 Test Case Steps Attachments: Users can now view attachments column under the steps field for test case work item. Users can also “Preview” all attachments right below by setting its value in the config popup.

 Test Case Shared Steps: Users can now also view shared steps, along with its embedded sub-steps, in the same field by setting the value in the config popup.

 Save as HTML: Users can now save any generated smart report file in HTML form.


 Smart Report Designer UI: Users can now view updated Smart report designer UI along with all the folders and its associated files at the left panel.

 Bug Fixes


Trace Analysis feature

 Test Results traceability matrix: Users can now map test case results based on Configuration on horizontal traceability matrix. Users can also view accumulated status of the test case results such as pass, fail etc. easily on the grid.

 Bug Fixes


Smart Note feature

 Attach File: Users can add a file as an attachment as well as insert Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF documents to the page.

 Bug Fixes


Use case feature

 Manually arrange use case diagram objects: Users can now reorganize the use case diagram manually and position the shapes and connectors as per their choice.

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Embedded/VSTS version

 Bug Fixes


MR Services feature

 User Interface: Users can configure Azure DevOps Server Collections from UI provided in Admin section.

MR Services enhancements

 Updated location of MR Services config files: Now user defined config files would not be affected and they would be placed in public folder.

 Bug Fixes

Email Monitor feature

 User Interface: Users can configure Email Monitor from UI provided in Admin section.

 Notification Email: In case of any processed or unprocessed email, a notification email is sent to all the recipients with the original message in the body along with the created work item ID.

Email Monitor enhancements

 Collection based email registration: Now monitor emails are registered on collection level instead of server based. Now users can configure separately for all Azure DevOps Server collections.

 Bug Fixes