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Version History

Version Date Notes
4.1.0 25/02/2019 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
3.3.0 05/10/2018 Support for multi-line input controls in "Send PDF" action. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.2.0 17/09/2018 New name. Cosmetics. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.1.1 07/05/2018 Maintenance release. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.1.0 08/03/2018 Support for saved filters. New model variables. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.0.3 28/06/2017 Maintenance release. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.0.1 19/06/2017 Maintenance release. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
3.0.0 11/06/2017 ​Support for Automation Lite for Jira 3.0.0 and Automation for Jira 3.0.0. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
2.1.0 29/02/2016 More robust installation. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
2.0.0 24/02/2016 New action: "Attach PDF". Support for Data Center. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
1.2.0 26/11/2015 Compatibility release for Jira 7. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
1.1.1 29/01/2015 Maintenance version. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
1.1.0 11/11/2014 New action: "Save PDF". Support for custom fields in action parameters. Release Notes & Upgrade Guide Download
1.0.0 05/05/2014 Initial public release. 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 PDF 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 PDF 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 3.3.0

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

3.3.0

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 PDF" action. Now resizable multi-line controls are available.
Upgrading from 3.2.0

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

3.2.0

Bye-bye "PDF Automation Plugin for Jira"! Hello "Better PDF 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 PDF 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 3.1.1

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

3.1.1

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 3.1.0

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

3.1.0

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 PDF renderer receives new model variables. These newly introduced variables are related to the enclosing automation rule.

Please note that from this version Better PDF Automation requires Jira 7.0.11 or newer. Although we examined every options, we had to drop the compatibility with older Jira versions to be able to implement the improvements in this release. (For older Jira versions, you can continue using the older Better PDF Automation versions.)

Upgrading from 3.0.3

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

3.0.3

This version is a simple maintenance release.

Bugfixes
  • Fixed: When passing an empty issue list, PdfApi writes a warning to the log.
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: I can't switch between two actions of the same type added to the same rule.
  • Fixed: Emails created by the "Send PDF" action are sent even if emailing is disabled globally.
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

This Better PDF Automation release supports both the old codebase and the new one, therefore it is compatible with the old Automation Lite versions (until 2.x), the new Automation Lite versions (from 3.0.0) and the new Automation versions (from 3.0.0).

Or in other words: Better PDF Automation is compatible with all automation app editions!

Improvements
  • "Save PDF" action automatically creates the missing parent directories for the Excel file (if necessary).
Notable changes
Upgrading from 2.1.0

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

2.1.0

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 2.0.0

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

2.0.0

New action: "Attach PDF"

This new automation action allows generating PDF documents 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.

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 1.1.1

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

1.1.1

In previous app versions, when multiple email addresses were used as target for the "Send PDF" action, the email's body text was repeated unwantedly. This is now fixed.

Upgrading from 1.1.0

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

1.1.0

New action: "Save PDF" to the file system

The new action called Save PDF allows you to generate PDF documents from your Jira issues, and save those to the file system. It offers a simple and pragmatic solution to several data integration-, publishing- or backup use cases.

Support for custom fields in all action parameters

In addition to the standard fields of issues (like Status or Assignee, for example), you can now also access the custom fields in all template action parameters. For example, you can display custom field values in the body text of the emails, or generate PDF file names by including custom field values.

Upgrading from 1.0.0

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

1.0.0

Better PDF Automation for Jira allows generating and emailing PDF documents from Jira data, integrating Better PDF Exporter for Jira with Automation for Jira. IMPORTANT: both must be installed before this app can be enabled!

All trigger types are supported:

  • Periodic execution with the CRON trigger
  • Execution when some event happens to issues (created, resolved, closed, transitioned, commented, etc.)

"Send PDF" action is configurable:

  • PDF template to use
  • PDF title
  • Target email addresses
  • Email subject
  • Email body text

Make your processes more efficient by sending Support Ticket exports to your customers, Project Status Reports to executives, Gantt Charts for project stakeholders, Release Notes documents to product owners, and so on.