The week of March 7th updates

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Jeff Haynie
Jeff Haynie

We made some big updates this week to Japetus. Pretty much all parts of the system were worked on this week - the backend processing, the web app, the desktop and the API server. Here's a few of the major updates:

Ability to re-order backlog issues

You can now drag and drop to re-order the rank of issues in the backlog when your issues are ordered by Rank.

Backlog Reorder!

Ability to negate issue filters

In addition to clicking a filter on the issue sidebar to build one or more filters, you can now simply choose negate to inverse the filter:

Filter Negate!

Ability to filter by closed age

We added the ability to filter by closed age. You can now click on the closed age filter to filter issues closed in the last N days.

Closed Filter!

Desktop external Links open in system browser

One of our early users pointed out that opening an external Link from the desktop app caused it to navigate to the page in a new native window instead of using the external system browser. We taught the native app not to do that anymore. Problem solved!

Desktop Auto Update

The desktop app will now automatically download new releases in the background and tell you when the new update is ready. We added a "Check For Updates" in the appliction menu if you want to check for updates manually.

We also added an ability to logout from the desktop app from the application menu.

Desktop Menu!

Desktop Focus

On Mac, the app will now automatically show grayscaled window when the app is not in focus, like other Mac native apps.

Desktop Unfocused!

Keyboard Shortcuts

We've tried to add keyboard shortcuts in the app for logical actions. We moved the keyboard shortcut hint for navigating a issue list to the bottom and allow you to hide it once you've learned the shortcuts.

Keyboard Menu!

Board Columns

We've added the ability to turn on or off columns in the board view. You can now click the gear icon to get a drop down menu for configuring the columns.

Board Columns!

What's Next?

The upcoming changes we're working on this week are:

  • Onboard more people from the waitlist and try and slay more user onboarding and app bugs
  • Reworking the "Issues" and "Backlog" screens to combine into a new screen for managing issues
  • Finishing our internal prototype for "My Notes" concept
  • Adding video support for comments and descriptions
  • Bulk actions for issues - move, delete, archive, etc.

If you'd like to try it out, please join our waiting list. Also, we'd love for you to join our new Discord community and tell us what you'd like to see in Japetus.

Thank you to all our early adopters patience and feedback!