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Review Board Power Pack trial licenses are now available

Last week, we announced the release of the Review Board Power Pack, an add-on product for Review Board that provides PDF document review, GitHub Enterprise integration, and scalability improvements.

Starting today, we've made it easy to try it out. Simply fill out the form and a 30 day trial license will be sent to your e-mail address. You can then follow the instructions for installing Power Pack.

We'd love to hear your feedback. We're working on some exciting new features for Power Pack that we know our users will love. We'll talk about those more in the coming months.

Review Board 2.0 beta 2 released

This week has been full of great releases, but we're not done yet. Today, we're excited to announce Review Board 2.0 beta 2!

This long-awaited beta is almost a major release by itself. Let's check out the highlights:

  • New look-and-feel for review requests, review UIs, and the login/registration pages.
  • Ability to review any text files, just like diffs, complete with syntax highlighting and multi-line commenting.
  • Bulk closing for review requests on the dashboard.
  • Enhanced Markdown file review.
  • Rewrote search support, making it very easy to install. No more PyLucene!
  • Security checklist to help catch some common security vulnerabilities.
  • A new rb-site management command for compressing your database up to 50%.
  • Whole lot of new extension features and API additions.
  • Performance improvements.
  • Several bug fixes.

That's just the summary. The release notes cover all the exciting changes in this release. We think you're going to like it.

We have one very important note for upgrading. We always say this, but back up your database! This release uses a whole new mechanism for automated database migrations, and it's possible there are still bugs to work out. If you do have a problem, please contact us and let us know.

Review Board Power Pack General Availability

We're pleased to announce general availability of the Review Board Power Pack. The Review Board Power Pack is a set of advanced features to help you get even more out of your peer review system.

PDF Review

Source code is only one part of the software development process. PRDs, design proposals, end-user technical documentation, and patent disclosures are just a few of the numerous documents that get written, discussed, and edited along the way.

The document review extension brings the same powerful, lightweight review process to PDF files that developers have enjoyed for their source code. Documents are displayed right in the browser without a need for any plug-ins or extra software to be installed.

PDF Review

GitHub Enterprise Integration

For companies that use GitHub Enterprise to manage their source code behind the firewall, the Review Board Power Pack adds support for these repositories.

Configuration is simple: just tell Review Board the URL of your GitHub Enterprise server, and then link an account with a username and password.

Scale Up Your Installation

Most Review Board installations work fine running on a single server, but some very large installations with many thousands of users may require additional hardware for speed or fault tolerance.

The Review Board Power Pack includes facilities for storing auxiliary data like SSH keys in the database rather than on the front-end server's filesystem, which allows you to add capacity by spinning up additional servers as needed.

Getting The Power Pack

The Review Board Power Pack is licensed under a subscription model. The price per user is $8.33/month. If you'd like to arrange a trial of the Review Board Power Pack, or if you have any questions, get in touch at support@beanbaginc.com.

Review Board 1.7.21 released

Review Board 1.7.21 is out, with support for GitLab and Unfuddle, optimizations to diff generation, and several bug fixes.

GitLab is a self-hosted, open source alternative to GitHub that has grown popular recently. It had previously been difficult for people to get GitLab working with Review Board, but now it should be as easy as any other service.

Unfuddle is a Git and Subversion hosting service with an emphasis on project management and task tracking. Review Board now supports adding repositories on Unfuddle for either Git or Subversion.

Diff render time for large diffs should be a lot faster. Really large diffs that could take up to a minute to render now only take seconds. This is due to an optimization made to our diff algorithm. If you see any breakages as a result of this change, please let us know.

We also have additional API support for filtering lists of repositories, bug fixes for Beanstalk integration, and many other improvements.

See the release notes for the rest of the changes.

RBTools 0.5.5 released (updated)

Update January 14, 2014 at 7:40PM PST We put out a 0.5.5 release. We were missing a change for the Subversion repository name fixes in 0.5.4, and had a minor option we decided to backport to post-review. This came out very shortly after 0.5.4 was released.

RBTools 0.5.4 is out, with a handful of fixes for rbt patch, Subversion, and more.

rbt patch, one of our new tools introduced in 0.5.3, has had several bug fixes for Unicode commit messages and for applying commits under Git. There's also a compatibility fix that will be required for the upcoming Review Board 2.0 beta 2 release (stay tuned!).

We fixed an issue with looking up repositories using Subversion. When setting REPOSITORY = to a name instead of a URL in .reviewboardrc), rbt post would fail. rbt post would unintentionally pass this name to the svn commands, assuming it was a URL. This should no longer happen.

Those of you using rbt post with Git may have noticed that --revision-range no longer accepted arguments in the form of revision1:revision2 on RBTools 0.5.3. We're working on some major improvements for specifying revisions for the 0.6 release, and unfortunately some of this work prematurely landed. We've restored compatibility.

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

RBTools 0.5.3 is released

Happy New Year, everyone! We have a great RBTools release for you, with some new features and a whole lot of bug fixes.

rbt post has a new -u option that attempts to update an existing review request, instead of posting a new one. Previously, unless using Perforce, you would have to pass -r with a review request ID in order to update an existing review request. Now, when using -u, RBTools will look up possible matches and present them, confirming the update. We think this will be a major time-saver.

A new rbt setup-repo command makes setting up your repository much easier. Instead of writing a new .reviewboardrc file by hand, just run rbt setup-repo. It will prompt for the Review Board server, then attempt to automatically match up repository name, and then write the configuration file for you.

rbt patch has a new --print option for printing the patch instead of applying it, and --commit to apply and commit with the author's name and review request's description. --commit currently only works on Git.

rbt diff doesn't crash anymore! Huzzah!

Along with this, we have fixes and improvements for using third-party commands, Git, Bazaar, Mercurial, and Subversion.

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

Review Board 1.7.20 released

Review Board 1.7.20 is out. It's primarily a small bug fix release, fixing a couple crashes, reducing constraints on usernames, and fixing the annoyance with JSON fields in the administration UI.

It's a small release, but as always, we recommend it. The JSON fixes in the administration UI alone should solve a lot of issues people have been hitting.

See the release notes for more information.

Review Board 1.7.19 released

Review Board 1.7.19 is out, with some bug fixes and support for GitHub's two-factor authentication.

In recent days, there's been a large number of attempts to compromise accounts on GitHub. By activating two-factor authentication, you can better protect your account.

Review Board was lacking support for their two-factor authentication, which was a problem when linking an account for a repository for the first time. The workaround was to temporarily disable two-factor authentication, but that's no longer necessary. When linking an account with two-factor auth for the first time, GitHub will send you an access code, which Review Board will prompt you for.

If you have already linked a GitHub account, you won't have to do anything more. We use revokable OAuth tokens when talking to GitHub using a linked account, which is separate from your auth credentials.

Along with this, there's a page caching improvement for review request pages, some usability fixes, and other bug fixes.

See the release notes for more information.

Review Board 2.0 beta 1 released

Just over 11 months ago, we released Review Board 1.7, which was a major evolution to the product. It introduced features like the extensions, a new administration UI, file attachment reviews and thumbnails, an issue summary table, and quite a lot of UI polish.

It was a pretty good release, but we’re announcing something better. Review Board 2.0 is coming.

We’ve released the first beta today, and would like to encourage people to give it a try. (Please do not try with a production install or database, though.)

Here’s some of the highlights for this release.

  • Create review requests from existing commits

    The “New Review Request” page has been completely redesigned. On supported repositories and hosting services, a list of branches and their commits will be shown. Each commit can be quickly put up for review with just a single click. If your team commits changes to a branch for review, this will help tremendously.

  • Markdown in text fields

    All text fields (Description, Testing Done, comments, reviews) now accept Markdown. This makes it really easy to show off sample source code (with syntax highlighting!) right in comments, or to express things with bullet points, add links, add emphasis, or to just in general structure your review requests or reviews better.

    This won’t have any negative impact on any of your existing review requests or reviews, or your commit messages (when posting with rbt post or post-review). Only newly entered text will appear in Markdown.

  • All new diff file index

    When viewing a diff, you’ll now get a much better idea of the complexity of the changes before you even look at code. The files are now each shown with a complexity graph, which is a little ring showing the relative number of inserts, deletes, and replaces, with the thickness of the ring indicating how much of the file has changed.

    Along with this, little color-coded dots are shown for every chunk, linking to the matching chunk. It also shows whether the file was renamed (and what its old name was), and whether it’s a newly introduced file or a deleted file.

    In our testing, we’ve found this very useful to help gauge how complex a change is before even digging into the change itself.

  • More intuitive revision selector

    Our old revision selector was a hold-over from the early days. Not very nice to work with, and it took too long to switch revisions.

    The new one is much more intuitive, and works as a slider. Simply drag the handles to the revision you want, or the revisions for an interdiff, and the diff will immediately load below. It’s fast and simple.

  • Less messy interdiffs

    Interdiffs are fantastic, but can become a mess if there have been other changes to a file between revisions that aren’t related to the change going up for review. Update your tree, post another change, view an interdiff, and you’ll see junk.

    No more. Interdiffs will, with few exceptions, only show what’s actually in your changes, making them more reliable than ever.

  • Smarter moved code detection

    When moving code around a file, the diff viewer now does a better job both finding and showing blocks of code that have moved. They now appear as groups of moved lines, instead of a bunch of individually moved lines. It’s also better at not showing trivial moves.

  • More polished, faster UI

    We’ve applied a lot more polish to the UI. The diff viewer, for instance, is a lot cleaner-looking. Many of the icons have been redone, and Retina versions have been created, so those of you on a MacBook Pro with a Retina display, you’re in for a treat.

  • More powerful extensions

    Extension developers have a few new abilities to help in their creations. We’ve made it easy to package and test with static media files, right out of the box. We’ve also begun adding JavaScript-side extensions and hooks, which will make it easier in time to tie into more of the UI and operations in the browser.

  • Better performance

    We’ve done a lot of work to reduce the amount of HTTP requests when accessing Review Board, to reduce reloads of pages (such as when publishing a reply or changing diff revisions), and reducing database queries throughout.

  • And much more…

    A faster-loading Review dialog, better Git diff support, Markdown file review, file attachment thumbnails on comments, and many bug fixes.

We’re really excited about this release. It’s going to be amazing. This isn’t even all we’re doing for the release. By the time we ship 2.0, we expect to have support for image diffs and for extension-provided binary file diffs in the diff viewer. We’re working on a better layout for review requests. More extension support.

So give it a shot (on a test server!) and let us know how it goes!

For installation instructions and a full list of changes (with screenshots), see the release notes.

Review Board 1.7.18 released

Unfortunately, yesterday's otherwise fantastic 1.7.17 release had a packaging snag that broke many installs. It's one we've seen before, and was due to a third-party tool we were using for building our JavaScript bundles, which has had a couple broken releases.

The new 1.7.18 release switches to using UglifyJS for JavaScript minification. This build should restore your installs to perfect working order.

Release notes are available.

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