JetBrains, a maker of development tools intended to enhance productivity such as IntelliJ IDEA, on May 26 announced the release of YouTrack 2.0, a more customizable version of its bug and issue tracking system.
YouTrack offers time savings for both bug submitters and development teams, according to JetBrains, which said rapid issue reporting is complemented by native-language-like search queries and batch operations on multiple issues from the command window.
In its second major release, YouTrack 2.0 adds custom issue attributes that JetBrains said help development teams easily adapt the bug tracker to their specific needs and migrate existing projects from other issue trackers. YouTrack 2.0 also "introduces flexible access control by letting you strengthen permissions for individual issues that might contain nonpublic data," without limiting access to the whole project, the company said. Yet, YouTrack remains focused on being "an intelligent, keyboard-centric and easy-to-use issue tracker, packing the majority of its functionality in just two controls: a search box and command window," Jura Gorohovksy of JetBrains wrote on the YouTrack Issue Tracker blog May 26.
"Someone once said that a product is well designed when you use it without thinking about what makes it so good," YouTrack Team Lead Vadim Gurov said in a statement. "That's our goal in making YouTrack, too. If you want to spend less time on reporting and processing bugs, YouTrack is probably for you. And with the latest security and customization enhancements, it not only improves your performance but also fully adapts to your team's needs."
JetBrains said YouTrack 2.0 users can: "Create and manage custom attributes, and adjust their visibility; perform batch operations programmatically with [the] YouTrack REST API; tune visibility for individual issues that might contain nonpublic data; submit issues from any Web page-without even opening YouTrack, via the Create Issue bookmarklet; utilize extended JetBrains TeamCity integration; [and] import existing projects from JIRA 4.1."
Gorohovksy added to this list that users can also "find and filter issues faster, thanks to enhanced query-based search syntax, auto-completion and highlighting; ... [and] handle issues more intuitively, in a redesigned user interface."
YouTrack 2.0 is available in three editions. The first is the Starter Edition, which the company said is is "the best fit for small teams." This edition is limited to 10 projects and 10 user accounts. It doesn't support LDAP authentication and is priced at $149. The Professional Edition is targeted at midsize teams. It is limited to 20 projects and 20 user accounts. It does not support LDAP authentication and is priced at $300. The final edition is the Enterprise Edition, which the company said provides everything a large team needs, including full functionality for any number of projects and users. The Enterprise Edition is priced at $1,200.
All editions come with one year of free technical support and upgrades. JetBrains also has announced a summer offer of 25 percent off on all of the above product editions.