ProjectBench - Friendly Project Management
So... hmm... projectbench, eh? What is it? Can you eat it?
Depends. Do you want fries with it?
projectbench is an issue, bug, and incident tracker with a mild flavor of project management.
It is based on Stuart Wigley's excellent workbench
and has improved issue tracking features and some project management enhancements.
projectbench came into being as at the time I found no equivalent app that what flexible, powerful and easy to use. Check out projectbench's Features and see how how projectbench stacks up against similar applications.
And it gets even better. projectbench is 100.00% free. And even better, it is Open Source under GPL. And even betterer (hey, it worked for Dumb & Dumberer!) - it'll cost you $0.00 to run it, as all software requirements are Open Source: PHP and MySQL.
2004-11-18: Version 0.4
Version 0.4 brings such goodies as:
- Improvements to the Printable list of documents. Now it's a combo (less space on the screen) and it supports two extra options: Text - Comma Separated (CSV) and XML Format.
- You're gonna like this one I promise: on the Edit Issue page, the Description and the Resolution fields are now collapsable/expandable. What that means to you is that if you have a really long description or a long resolution, you can click on the image to the right of each field and toggle the display. Even more the fields are now capable of displaying richer markup.
- Fixed several issues related to the Module field not getting saved when creating an issue and to the settings of the Edit Issue page not getting saved either.
2004-11-12: Version 0.3
Zero-point-three brings a few interface changes but for those keeping an eye on the code there's good news. Read below to see why.
- All pages have now been switched to templates, which should make the UI more consistent and easier to change
- Improved user authentication means if you check the
Remember my ID on this computeron the login screen, you won't have to log on again for about 2 weeks.
- Also improved is the Guest access. In previous version, when an unauthenticated user attempted
to directly access a page, projectbench would automatically assume that user is guest and behave
as such. That has hurt people that bookmarked
http://server/projectbench/as they had to log out and then log in with their respective user names. Now everybody has to pass by the login screen, even guest users (except for the persistent logins).
- Guest access can be turned off with a simple configuration change. Look into
$CFG->allow_guestand set it to
- projectbench now can remember some the values from the previous created issue. Really helps when you're working on a single project to have the project, version, etc prefilled as you create a new issue. Head on ober to My Settings and select Remember values from previous new entry. This only affects new issues.
2004-10-12: Version 0.2
This new version of projectbench contains fixes and new exciting features, such as:
- Multiple custom defined filters for View Issues (save your filters and apply them with ease)
- Confirmation of issue creation/update (with ID and link back)
- Multiple options for what to do after saving an issue (three options: Go to View Issues, Add New, Stay in Edit Mode)
- Issue navigation on all single issue screens (Previous and Next options)
- Shortcut keys for common options (
Alt+N- New Issue,
Alt+V- View Issues,
Alt+F- Search issues,
Alt+#- issue #,
Alt+[- Previous issue,
Alt+]- Next Issue)
- Dynamic setting of some issue fields (e.g. prompting to set the Fixed on date when the issue's Status is set to Closed, etc)
- Tracks current row in View Issues (easier to follow some of the right columns)
- More of a bug fix, but setting a project manager for in the Project Administration section automatically adds that person to the list of users with access to the project.
- Not as visible but equally important, projectbench is switching little by little to using templates. This will make future changes easier to implement because of code/presentation separation.
2004-07-27: Version 0.1
projectbench is based on workbench,
originally created by Stuart Wigley (Thanks, Stuart!).
All portions created by Stuart Wigley are Copyright (C) 2001 Stuart Wigley (stuartwigley yahoo.co.uk).
Other portions are Copyright (C) 2003-2004 Philip Mateescu (philipmateescuATgmailDOTcom)
projectbench is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
projectbench is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.