GForge How-To: Navigating GForge

Hello and welcome to our first article in a new series called “GForge How-Tos” where we share short, compact tips on getting the most out of GForge. Whether you are using GForge in our Cloud or on-premises we are confident you will find new ideas for getting the most out of GForge.

This week we want to cover how you get around in GForge using either the Mega-menu or by using the Project menu.

Mega-menu

The GForge Mega-menu is the primary way for navigating everything GForge has to offer. The mega-menu is context sensitive which means users will only see projects and features you have access to. Additionally the mega-menu will also give project and site administrators access to their specialized administrative features.

The mega-menu

For the impatient, here’s a quick video we did on navigating your projects in GForge.

Project Menu

Once inside a project, you will have access to the GForge Project Menu which is a subset of the mega-menu that allows you to quickly access different features within the current project. Don’t worry, the mega-menu is always there in case you need to navigate away from the current project.

Now, whether you are using the mega-menu or the project menu, there are some icons you should become familiar with since doing so means you will be able to quickly switch between the features within your project:

This icon is for your Project Homepage. Choose this option to view your project homepage which, by default, includes the name, description and team of your project along with some additional summary information.
This icon links you to your source code. If you’re not in Git, it will say CVS or SVN, depending on your specific version control system. This page provides information about accessing your repository , integrating into your commits, and general info about your repository. 
The Standup allows you to browse team members and see exactly what they’re up to, according to their To-Do list. Each person can drag-and-drop between what they want to do and what they’re doing, and everyone else can view this. Finally, you can see what each person has committed and changed lately. 
Sprints are a very useful tool for your team to create and follow through on their plans. Each team member commits to complete certain tickets within a set time, and GForge keeps track of it all.
Releases is where you can manage and publish all of your project’s releases. There is a list of all releases and you can see basic information about each release and package.
Your project’s Builds page allows you to keep track of your CICD pipeline in Jenkins.
The Wiki is great for publishing anything you want your customers or team members to know. All wiki pages are fully versioned and can be locked or monitored by users.
In Docs, you can view a list of documents for each folder in the project. You can also open and download any unlocked document in the project, create new folders within the project, upload new files (as independent files, whole folders or even ZIP files), download whole folders, and monitor the project documents. 
On your Discussions page, you can participate in all the forums and chat rooms attached to your project.
This is a Tracker page. Of course, you may have multiple trackers; they will all have this icon in the Project Menu. You can hover over the icon to see the name of each tracker. The tracker page is the central location of all tickets in a tracker. You can view, add, and delete tickets within the tracker, as well as edit tickets you have access to
Assuming you have proper access, Tracker Admin page allows you to quickly administer trackers. This is where you can add, delete or change existing trackers including the defining of custom fields and workflows.
My Reports gives you the ability to see all your projects from a distance. Here you can create and share reports about the tickets in the projects you have access to.
This symbol is for the Teams page, which is available for project admins. There, you can view and filter a list of all team members, manage requests to join the project, and invite new team members to your project.
This is the Project Admin page, where you can administer all aspects of your project.

As you can see, we’ve given you a couple of ways to quickly access all the great features GForge has to offer. If you have questions or feedback on how we can improve navigation drop us a note. Also, stay tuned because next week our second How-To installment will take a deeper dive into the features available within the mega-menu.

GForge 21.0 Released!

We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of GForge 21.0. This is largely a feature release with a number of bug fixes sprinkled in..

Highlights in GForge 21.0

  • Tickets: You can now create and update tickets using a CVS.
  • Tickets: Go to any ticket you have access to using the # in the search bar (e.g #1234)
  • Tickets: When saving a ticket, all validation errors are shown in a modal window.
  • Tracker: You can create reports that filter using keywords, tags and submitter.
  • Documents: You can now upload entire folders (drag-n-drop supported)
  • My Reports: We made major improvements to the scalability and speed when running large reports.
  • Releases: We added a new Downloads report. GForge was already tracking the download data so this will work for all existing projects.
  • Git/SVN/CVS: You can now share links directly to files in the GForge interface (authentication/authorization checks are performed).
  • Git/SVN/CVS: You can now require a commit message without having to require a ticket number.
  • LDAP: We now ship a script that will disable GForge accounts for users no longer in LDAP.
  • We have published the “Tour” button content for any pages that had no content.

The 21.0 ChangeLog will help you understand the changes you can expect.

Just a reminder for customers still running GForge Advanced Server (v6.4.5 and prior) we have officially dropped support as of October of 2020. We will still answer any support questions about older releases but we will not be providing any future code updates or patches. Please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation on the planning and upgrade paths.

Check back soon as we’ll be sharing our plans for the rest of 2021!

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GForge 20.2 Released!

We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of GForge 20.2. This is largely a bug fix release with a handful of new features.

Highlights in GForge 20.2

  • Large File Uploads – GForge now implements chunked uploading which allows you to upload files in up to gigabytes in size, if desired. This has been implemented anywhere file uploads are allowed but specifically for Docs, attachments to tickets, releases and for importing SVN dump files. (Note: there are a few settings you must set to achieve this).
  • Docs – You can now upload and an extract a zip. This is great for moving a large number of files.
  • French Translation – 20.2 now support French in addition to English and Spanish.
  • Organizations – There have been a large number of improvements to organizations. Key changes include:
    • Organization homepage gets a facelift which includes showing all the projects in the org and GForge shows how many users in your organization and the disk usage across all projects.
    • You can create a project from the organization homepage which ensures the project is properly related to the org.
  • WYSIWYG – Now uses local storage to help prevent loss of edits.
  • PostgreSQL 13 – GForge now support PostgreSQL 13. The upgrade process will give you the option of making the switch or staying with PostgreSQL 9.
  • DevOps – A number of important improvements to the GForge environment have been made to improve overall availability. These changes will be transparent to you but if you contact us we’d be happy to share them.

The 20.2 ChangeLog will help you understand the changes you can expect.

Just a reminder for customers still running GForge Advanced Server (v6.4.5 and prior) we have officially dropped support as of October of 2020. We will still answer any support questions about older releases but we will not be providing any future code updates or patches. Please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation on the planning and upgrade paths.

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GForge 20.1 Released!

GForge 20.1 Released!

We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of GForge 20.1. This is largely a bug fix release with a handful of new features.

Highlights in GForge 20.1

  • CloudForge Migration – With CloudForge shutting down on October 1st, you can now import CloudForge/TeamForge projects into next.gforge.com.
  • Thumbnail Generation – Office documents, PDFs and image files will have thumbnail images generated in tickets and in the document manager.
  • Workflow Locking – You can now lock tickets as part of a workflow transition.
  • Wiki Locks – You can now lock wiki pages.
  • Ticket Comments – You can now edit or delete your own comments on tickets.
  • WYSIWYG – Editor now elegantly handles content pasted from other sources (PDFs, websites, etc).
  • CVS – GForgeNext has added support for CVS to compliment the existing support for Subversion (SVN) and Git.

The 20.1 ChangeLog will help you understand the changes you can expect.

Just a reminder for customers still running GForge Advanced Server (v6.4.5 and prior) we are planning on officially dropping support in October of 2020. Please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation on the planning and upgrade paths.

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GForge 2020 Released!

GForge 2020 Released!

We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of GForge 2020 (aka 20.0). This is a large feature release and also includes a number of bug fixes.

Highlights in GForge 2020

Zoom Integration – You can now create Zoom meetings and invite project team members to the meeting right from GForge (SaaS only).

oAuth Support – You can now log-in to GForge using your Google account (additional oAuth providers will be coming).

Auto Tagging – When users push commits, GForge will now automatically tag the user, project and ticket with any technologies identified in the commit (e.g. Java, XML, JavaScript).

Code Search – GForge now indexes Git and SVN repositories allowing you to search your codebase right from GForge.

Git LFS – GForge now supports Large File Storage (LFS) for Git repositories.

DKIM Support – For on-premises customers, GForge now supports DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) which adds additional email security and SPAM protection.

The 2020 ChangeLog will help you understand the changes you can expect.

Just a reminder for customers still running GForge Advanced Server (v6.4.5 and prior) we are planning on officially dropping support in October of 2020. Please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation on the planning and upgrade paths.

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GForge joins other tool makers in offering wares for free to help companies collaborate during the Coronavirus

NOTE: This article was originally published Computerworld

Major collaboration and video conferencing software vendors are now offering products to users for free in response to the spread of the coronavirus. 

Concerns about the COVID-19 virus have led to a worldwide boom in remote working, as organizations encourage or require employees to stay home and cities, states and even some countries go on lockdown. 

While many companies have seen their stock prices take a battering due to disruption caused by the virus, some software vendors that enable remote work, such as videoconferencing software provider Zoom, have seen their share value climb dramatically.

Read more…

How GForge can keep the coronavirus threat from killing businesses

NOTE: This post was originally published on Engineering 360, An IEEE GlobalSpec publication. View the original article here.

GForge is helping businesses adapt to the coronavirus threat by making it easier to use a collaboration platform

For organizations new to using collaboration platforms or new to GForge, the company is offering GForge in both software as a service (SaaS) or on-premises formats for free for up to 12 months. GForge can be installed on-premise in one minute, or users can get started instantly using the SaaS platform.

Both options provide:

  • A messaging system to help facilitate online meetings
  • Ways to plan, distribute and track teamwork
  • Document sharing and knowledge management
  • Team collaboration tools like integrated chat, notifications and email support

To support the teams that are suddenly transitioning to remote work, GForge is also offering the following on a complimentary basis:

  • Ability to identify the best hosting options for an organization.
  • Ability to configure GForge to conform to the processes of an organization.
  • One free online training session for users.
  • One free online training session for administrators.
  • Weekly reviews to ensure that teams are getting the most out of GForge.

GForge is used globally by large and small organizations, and most of its features can be used by any kind of team looking to put an affordable solution in place. To contact the author of this article, email engineering360editors@ieeeglobalspec.com

Big Changes Ahead for GForge in 2020

Big Changes Ahead for GForge in 2020

With 2020 well underway we are hard at work on a bunch of new features that will take your collaboration to the next level. Before we cover what’s in store, be sure to checkout a recap of the “Top 8 GForge Features from 2019” 

OAuth Support – Not only will GForge support OAuth, over time we will include support services like Google, ADFS and GitHub.

Conferencing Support – GForge will be looking to add support to conferencing solutions like Zoom.us and WebEx allowing you to launch meetings right from within GForge.

Auto Tagging – There’s a lot of information in a commit. In 2020 GForge will harvest information from commits to provide better analytics. For example, a commit including Java, Javascript and SQL changes will add tags with those technologies to both the project and the author. Similarly, GForge will tag individual tickets in the same manner.

Git Improvements – GForge will be adding Git Large File Support (LFS) this year allowing individual files of up to 2GB to be included as part of pushes.

GitHub Migration – GForge will allow you to import projects from GitHub into GForge which will migrate the Git repository and GitHub Issues.

Workflow Improvements – GForge will add webhook support to ticket workflows allowing for deeper integration. Additionally GForge will include support to lock tickets as part of the existing workflows.

Document Thumbnails – Anywhere you add documents in GForge including tickets, Docman, etc GForge will generate thumbnail images you can preview before deciding if you want to download them.

Survey of 2020 Features

Top 8 GForge Features in 2019

Top 8 GForge Features in 2019

It’s the end of February and while we are hard at work adding new collaboration features to GForge for 2020, this seems like a good time to quickly reflect on what was accomplished in 2019. To help set the stage here’s some raw numbers for you!

  • In total we added 138 new features to GForge.
  • 255 bugs were squashed
  • We pushed over 1100 commits

What’s missing in those numbers are the key accomplishments from 2019 so let’s take a moment to cover the top 8 features from last year!

  1. Dark Mode!
Screenshot of GForge in “Dark Mode”

We admit, while Dark Mode adds little in the way of true business value, those who use Dark Mode in other applications and spend a lot of time in GForge will appreciate this.

2. Sprint Retrospectives

Add a Retrospective to closed sprints.

When closing sprints in GForge you can now add a retrospective to document what went well, where problems arose and you can begin identifying the steps needed to make improvements going forward.

3. Automated Release Notes

Import Release Notes with the Click of a Button

When you close a release you can import a table of all closed tickets in the release and then edit the Release Notes before publishing them.

4. Service Desk

GForge Service Desk in Action.

We added the ability for you to add user groups to your projects. In addition to making access control easier, this means you can now use GForge as a Service Desk solution complete with email integration.

Other Key Features

In addition to the highlights above, there are a few other features from 2019 worth noting.

  • Authentication Improvements – Last year GForge added SSO support along with the ability for GForge admins to moderate new user accounts even when using LDAP or SSO.
  • Offline Installations – Need to collaborate on projects inside a protected network without outbound internet access? GForge now supports offline installs and upgrades.
  • Portfolio Management – You can now organize all your GForge projects to match your organizational structure. Not only does this improve analytics, now when you assign users to organizational units they will only have access to private projects within their organization (public projects are still accessible).
  • Subversion (SVN) Improvements – GForge now allows you to restrict access to specific paths in your SVN repository on a role-by-role basis. We also added code review support for projects using SVN.

As excited as we are about what we’ve accomplished in 2019, 2020 will bring a lot more collaboration features to the table. Whet your appetite by reading the “Big Changes Ahead for GForge in 2020”.

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GForge v19.2 Released!

GForge's new Dark ModeWe’re happy to announce the immediate availability of GForge v19.2. This release includes three dozen new features and a number of bug fixes.

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Highlights in GForge v19.2

Dark Mode – GForge is joining the Dark Mode fray!

Project Groups – Project leads can now create groups of users and assign them a project role. Prior to this release only GForge admins could create groups.

Service Desk – With the addition of Project Groups, GForge can now be used to provide service desk functionality.

Improved Analytics – We’ve been listening and now we delivered. GForge now includes better analytics for better managing your projects and overall project portfolio.

Automated Release Notes – This version of GForge provides improved release management. Now when you complete a release you can, with the click of a button, generate release notes.

Better Navigation – While we’ve received a lot of positive feedback on getting around in GForge, we’ve answered calls to improve navigation.

The v19.2 ChangeLog will help you understand the changes you can expect.

Just a reminder for customers still running GForge Advanced Server (v6.4.5 and prior) we are planning on officially dropping support in October of 2020. Please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation on the planning and upgrade paths.

Download GForge v19.2 Now!