Polarion 2012 SR2 – New and Noteworthy

By walekJ

The Polarion R&D team has released an update for all Polarion products: Polarion 2012 Service Release 2 (SR2).

This Service Release delivers ongoing bug-fixes, usability and other improvements, plus some new features and significant enhancements, including a new improved graphical Query Builder, easy Work Item linking, and new Test Run planning options.

This is a free update for customers with a current maintenance subscription. You can download the update distribution at

This page is a “log” of the new and noteworthy changes/features in Polarion 2012 SR2. A list of issues addressed in this release is provided in the Resolved Work Items file.

Test Run Planning

You can now plan Test Runs by manually selecting the test cases. (Polarion ALM and Polarion QA only)
Select test cases manually for test run

Plan test cases manually

Note: please be aware that the action “Select test cases” is available only to Test Runs created from Test Run
templates having planning type: Manual, By Query on Create, From LiveDoc on Create.

Makes it easy to link items together, no matter where they are: in a LiveDoc, the Work Items Table, or in the Work Item detail. Simply click a Work Item’s quick-link icon in one browser window, go to another window, select the target there – and the link is established.

Easy linking

Graphical Query Builder

You no longer need to type queries in Polarion query language (although you still can if you really want to). Nor do you need to open a separate Query Builder dialog to build queries visually. Now you can specify the search criteria quickly and easily just with few clicks directly in the various Work Item views, as well as dialogs in which you query for Work Items.
Improved query builder

Note: In a Service Release, we don’t want to change the way people are trained to work with our products. Therefore, this feature is disabled by default in the SR2 update. However, because we follow an agile process this feature is in fact finished, tested and documented. You can enable it after updating to SR2 by adding the following property to the system properties file com.polarion.ui.useQueryBubblePanel=true.

In new installations of SR2, the feature is enabled by default.

Search entire portal easily

Press Shift+Enter to search the entire portal when searching in left Navigation panel. (Pressing just Enter searches just the current project, as before.)

Easy searching of entire Portal

Quickly Hide and Restore Navigation

You can easily hide the left side navigator panel with single click. (A click on the left edge of the screen restores it.)

Quickly hide the Navigation panel

“Create Work Item” menu contains all Work Item types

The Create Work item menu button now lists all the configured Work Item types, including the two types shown as icons on the toolbar.

Create menu now includes all Work Item types

“Compact” UI Mode

For those of you who prefer a more compact UI style with less white space around the content, there is now an option to display the UI in “Compact” mode:

Option for Compact=

Text Wrap in Work Items table

Sometimes you need to read more than just the beginning of a title, description or other text fields in the Work Items table. If so, you can enable text wrap, and the table row height adjusts to display all the content.
Text Wrap option
Simply right-click the table header and select Wrap Text on the menu to toggle text wrapping on or off.

Tile Work Item table and detail panes horizontally

If you use a widescreen monitor you might like this option to view the panes side-by-side .
Tile work item panes

Document History includes Baselines

Baselines are displayed in a Document’s history view so you can easily compare the Document between baselines. Baselines that were added to the revisions list, and in which the Document was not changed in revision, are now identified by use of Italic font style.
Document history with Basline reflected

Graphical Admin for Language Configuration

We added a graphical interface to make configuring support for different languages easier.
GUI for configuring languages

Easy adding of rows to tables in rich-text

We added a quick action to make it convenient to add a new row to a table contained in a rich-text field.
Easier adding rows to tables in work item rich text

When the hyperlinks point to a Subversion resource, it allows users to open Polarion’s Repository Browser instead of opening the native SVN repository.

Technical Improvements

The following items are of a more technical nature:

Support for Firefox 15

The Service Release fixes several issues caused by backward compatibility problems with Firefox 15.

{includeForm} improves over #includeMacros

You can now use the {includeForm} macro in wiki pages and the included macros are loaded immediately. No need to use #includeMacros any longer. This prevents an issue with the macros not loading after server start-up.

Connect to SQL Layer with ODBC

It is now possible to connect to Polarion’s SQL layer both with JDBC and ODBC drivers. For the ODBC connection you can use the Postgres SQL ODBC drivers. You should configure the Postgress server port via property com.polarion.platform.sql.pgPort. See the SDK documentation for details.

Improved styling of exported PDF documents

The formatting styles applied to Polarion LiveDocs and Wiki pages exported to PDF have been improved so the results look better.
Improved PDF styling

Linked Work Items export to PDF

Linked work items are nicely rendered when a LiveDoc is exported into PDF:

Exported PDF Work Items

TestWebService is fully documented

The SDK Web Services documentation now describes the test management features exposed by TestWebService to the full extent.

Deleting project also removes access file settings

When you delete a project, the project-specific settings are also deleted from the Subversion repository’s access control file (“access file”).

This is an important improvement, because when the settings were kept, as previously, Polarion would not allow you to create a new project in the same location.

Enhancements for non-Latin Alphabets

This Service Release incorporates a number of improvements for people using languages with non-Latin based alphabets.

Site Searching

Searching by entering Japanese or Chinese characters does not automatically start the search action.

Commenting in Documents

The comment marker in a Polarion LiveDoc is placed just after the selected Japanese, Chinese or any other non-Latin character. However, your administrator must configure Polarion to enable this behavior by adding the following property to the system properties file polarion.propertiescom.polarion.placeCommentsDirectly=true

History Compare

The Service Release adds support for Document comparison with languages that do not separate words by spaces. (Applies not only for Documents, but also for Work Items, notifications, baselines, etc.) However, your administrator must configure Polarion to enable this behavior by adding the following property to the system properties file com.polarion.customWordSpacingCharacters=u3000u3001u3002uff08uff09uff0cuff0euff61uff64,.

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