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Version History

Version Date Notes
4.1.0 26/02/2019 Compatibility with Jira 8. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download for Server / Download for Data Center
4.0.0 14/12/2018 Support for the new Data Center Approved Apps program. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download for Server / Download for Data Center
3.2.0 08/10/2018 Support for multi-line input controls in "Send Excel" action. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.1.0 19/09/2018 New name. Cosmetics. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.0.2 07/05/2018 Maintenance release. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.0.1 28/06/2017 Maintenance release. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.0.0 22/06/2017 Support for Automation Lite for Jira 3.0.0 and Automation for Jira 3.0.0. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
2.1.0 03/03/2017 Support for saved filters. New model variables. Correct MIME for XLS and XLSM. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
2.0.0 29/02/2016 New action: "Attach Excel". Support for Data Center. More robust installation. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
1.2.0 26/11/2015 Compatibility release for Jira 7. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
1.0.0 28/11/2014 First stable version. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download

Release Notes

4.1.0

This release is simply a compatibility release which updates the app for Jira 8.

Upgrading from 4.0.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

4.0.0

As you probably know, Better Excel Automation already supports Jira Data Center deployments (i.e. clustered Jira). To be precise, those are supported since app version 2.0.0 (released in Feb 2016).

In 2018, Atlassian re-launched its Data Center program and introduced new criteria for "Data Center readiness". This version is the official release for the revised Data Center Ready program.

Better Excel Automation is a Data Center approved app!

The followings have been done to comply with the revised development and testing requirements:

  1. This version has been verified against the Atlassian's official Data Center technical checklist, which would identify potential non-cluster-safe parts in the app. All points are met.
  2. This version has been tested in our internal AWS infrastructure which is using "c4.xlarge" type standard EC2 instances to host the Jira nodes. The testing confirmed that the app works correctly and consistently in clusters with 1, 2, 4 and 8 nodes (and anything in-between).
  3. This version has been successfully tested with UPM 3.0, the new generation of the Universal Plugin Manager.
Upgrading from 3.2.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

3.2.0

This version utilizes multi-line input controls recently introduced to Atlassian UI kit.

Improvements
  • Previous app versions only provided single-line input controls for the "To" and "Email body" fields of "Send Excel" action. Now resizable multi-line controls are available.
Upgrading from 3.1.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

3.1.0

Bye-bye "Excel Automation Plugin for Jira"! Hello "Better Excel Automation for Jira"!

In addition to some cosmetic changes, with this version we made a slight adjustment in the app's name due to the following reasons:

  • The new name is better aligned with the app's name which it automates ("Better Excel Exporter for Jira", also renamed recently).
  • The term "plugin" was replaced by Atlassian first with "add-on" and then with "app". We decided to get rid of this completely.

You may still see the old name popping up here and there, until we roll out the change everywhere. Thanks for the patience!

Upgrading from 3.0.2

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

3.0.2

This version is a simple maintenance release.

Bugfixes
  • Fixed: Action configuration interface is displayed as a key-value pair editor with modern Automation or Automation Lite versions.
Upgrading from 3.0.1

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

3.0.1

This version is a simple maintenance release.

Bugfixes
  • Fixed: When passing an empty issue list, XlsApi writes a warning to the log.
Upgrading from 3.0.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

3.0.0

Code Barrel took over the old Automation Plugin for Jira from Atlassian in March 2017 and renamed it to Automation Lite for Jira. Its latest release 3.0.0 is built from their next generation codebase, which is the same codebase that is the foundation of Code Barrel's paid automation app called Automation for Jira.

Support for both Automation Lite for Jira and Automation for Jira

Better Excel Automation for Jira supports both the old Automation Lite codebase and the new one, but you must be careful about the versions.

  • If you use Automation Lite for Jira 3.0.0 or newer: use Better Excel Automation for Jira 3.0.0 (upgrade to this release!)
  • If you use Automation for Jira 3.0.0 or newer: use Better Excel Automation for Jira 3.0.0 (upgrade to this release!)
  • If you use Automation Lite for Jira pre-3.0.0: use Better Excel Automation for Jira 2.1.0 (do *not* upgrade to this release!)
Bugfixes
  • Fixed: Emails created by the "Send Excel" action are sent even if emailing is disabled globally.
Upgrading from 2.1.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

2.1.0

Support for the column configuration of saved filters

Starting from this version, JQL Filter Trigger based automation rules with a JQL like "filter = 10100" or "filter = 'Pending Quotes'" automatically use the column configuration of the referenced saved filter. It was a very popular feature request that we delivered in this release.

To support this mechanism, automation action configuration parameters support new template variables and the Excel renderer receives new model variables. These newly introduced variables are related to the enclosing automation rule.

Note that it also requires Better Excel Exporter 2.4.0+.

Improvements
  • "Save Excel" action automatically creates the missing parent directories for the Excel file (if necessary).
Bugfixes
  • Fixed: "Attach Excel" creates issue attachments with the XLSX MIME type even if the template is XLSM or XLS.
  • Fixed: "Send Excel" creates email attachments with the XLSX MIME type even if the template is XLSM or XLS.
Notable changes
Upgrading from 2.0.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

2.0.0

New action: "Attach Excel"

This new automation action allows generating Excel spreadsheets periodically or by triggered by issue events (created, updated, transitioned, work logged, etc.) and then attaching the resulted file to a Jira issue. The target issue can be the one which triggered the automation, or another one selected by a JQL query!

Support for Data Center

This release fully supports Jira Data Center, enabling automation in clustered Jira deployments.

More robust installation

Previous app versions may have had class-loading issues right after installation or version update. This release comes with rewamped OSGi dependency management, to prevent those issues.

Upgrading from 1.2.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

1.2.0

This is a compatibility release for Jira 7, also maintaining compatibility with the Jira 6 line.

Upgrading from 1.0.0

Just update your app using UPM (the app manager built in to Jira).

1.0.0

Just some days after releasing the stable version of Better Excel Exporter for Jira, the automation solution that integrates it to your business workflows is finally available!