Over the last few months we’ve made several tweaks to Zoho Projects, especially in the BugTracker module, to enhance your experience. Here is an overview of these improvements.

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Screen-grabber

The screen-grabber lets you take quick snapshots of what you see on screen and make posts using these. A built-in draw tool lets you highlight what is important and blackout what you don’t want to be seen. The screen-grabber first appeared in the smart add screen located on top of the project feed. This was well received, so we started adding it to more places in Projects we felt were appropriate. Screens can now be grabbed while creating tasks, submitting bugs, making forum posts, posting comments, and attaching files. Can you find more?

We’ve also added a crop feature to the draw tool.

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Screen-grabber button and draw tool

Color codes for SLA

Our SLA supports four levels of escalations. We’ve made them easier to distinguish by introducing color codes for each that are listed as a column with the other bug detail fields. They let you quickly identify which level each bug is in. The color coded buttons on the left margin also let you view bugs based on their escalation level. We have also added these levels in the filters on the top of the page.

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SLA color codes in the left-margin, bug-view column, and filter

Affected Milestones and Release Milestones

Each bug in BugTracker could have an associated milestone. If the bug was identified in a feature that was developed in one milestone, but was fixed as an update that was part of another milestone, then which milestone would that bug be associated with? To resolve this ambiguity we have replaced the field ‘Associated milestone,’ with two new fields: ‘Affected milestone,’ where the bug originated and ‘Release milestone’ where it was resolved. And that should make the association abundantly clear!

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Affected and release milestone fields in the bug detail view

Affected and release milestone fields in the bug detail view

Reorder Bug Fields

All the fields associated with a bug such as assignee, severity, and due date are shown in the same order wherever they appear: in the add bug form, in the list view, in the bug detail view, in the filters and so on. But this order is not etched in stone. It is floating in the cloud after all, so you should be allowed to change it should you feel the need to. We’re giving you the power to rearrange them with the new field reordering view.

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Reorder bug field view

Task Enhancements

We have a bunch of improvements to mention here. Firstly, tasks get a new rich text field for description. Secondly, they can be set to recur indefinitely. For example, you could assign a team member the task of creating a weekly report every Friday. You can now see such indefinitely recurring tasks in the calendar, resource utilization charts, and Gantt charts. Next, the project name and color codes depicting the task priorities are also shown in the Gantt chart. Lastly, while printing the Gantt charts or exporting them to a pdf, you can hide the task owner names and dates. The secret ingredient to your project success need not escape to the outside word!

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Recurring tasks in calendar Gantt chart and resource utilisation chart

Recurring tasks in calendar Gantt chart and resource utilisation chart

And that’s not all folks!

Our designers have reorganized some buttons and added shortcuts to make things clearer and simpler. And our engineers have done geeky stuff to make the UI faster. A detailed list of our updates is available at our ‘What’s new’ page. We encourage you to explore all modules and let us know your feedback.

 

 

  1. Greg Duche

    Great! New features!
    But wait.. there is plenty of small annoying bugs in Zoho that I’d like you to take care of before this…

    • Hari Narayanan

      Thanks for the feedback Greg. Our support team will contact you reg the bugs and we’ll get working on them right on!

  2. Calvin McKenzie

    Thank you for the update. We are relatively new to using Zoho Project and Zoho Bug Tracking. We are using Forum Post and Bug Tracking heavily, but not Tasks. I have looked and cannot find a place that describes best practices for using Zoho Project for mid to large project management. For example, some questions I am trying to answer include; how do we best document/show the baseline dates?, how many sub-tasks are too many?, best way to use Milestones given Zoho Milestones are not the same as PIM milestones?, how best to use tasks and sub-tasks given sub-tasks begin and end dates are not confined within the tasks begin and end dates, etc?

    • Hari Narayanan

      Thanks Calvin, you have some interesting questions here. We are working on both video and text content on using Projects better, stay tuned!

    • Ayoosh J.

      Interesting observation there, Calvin !

      Isn’t it logical that the date range for Sub-Tasks should be automatically constrained within the Task’s date range? Or would it become too complicated given the seemingly infinite level of hierarchy possible here?

      • Hari Narayanan

        Hi Ayoosh,
        This is a valid point, we will be addressing it in a forthcoming update.