November 8th, 2021 by inflectra
The upcoming release of our Spira platform includes a major overhaul of the rich text editor we use throughout the application. The new editor improves the user experience and features of the text editor, letting users more easily add and view links, create checklists, highlight text, and strike-through text. In addition, it opens the door for adding popular, requested features for adding artifact #tags and @mentions.
In addition, the built-in diagram tools get even more powerful with additional shapes and options. You can now make diagrams that group individual shapes together to form Kanban board diagrams and swim lane diagrams.
Since version 5.0 of Spira, we have been using the powerful CKEDITOR text editor for all of the rich text editing options within Spira. However we have been using version 4.0 of CKEDITOR for most of the pages in Spira. Eagle-eyed users may have noticed that we were using a newer version in the Requirements Document view. We were beta-testing newer versions of CKEDITOR on that page, and now we can proudly announce that from version 6.13 (and onwards) we will be using the newer version of CKEDITOR throughout the Spira platform:
The new editor provides additional features and enhancements over the old editor, including:
Finally, the editor also fixes some known annoyances with the old editor:
In Spira version 6.11 we introduced the new built-in diagram editor that let customers create their own flowcharts, mind-maps, organization charts and other diagrams directly inside Spira.
As part of the upcoming 6.13 release, we have enhanced this diagram editor to include two new features:
The new Group option lets you create expandable / collapsible groups that contain diagram / flowchart shapes:
The new swim lane diagram option lets you create horizontal, vertical or mixed row/column boards. For example, a typical horizontal swim lane diagram might look like:
You can create similar diagrams with vertical swim lanes for use in Kanban diagrams, and for ultimate flexibility you can also create a combined row/column diagram layout:
These new diagram layout / grouping options add more power to the content editing features in Spira.