Release Notes

Optimal Trace Server Release 5.1

October 15, 2008


Obtaining the Latest Release Notes
System Requirements
What's New
Technical Notes
Known Issues
Contacting Compuware Customer Support


Obtaining the Latest Release Notes  back to top

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System Requirements  back to top

Note: There is a known issue with MySQL version 5.0.37 with 5.0.42, which should be resolved for future MySQL releases.

What's New  back to top

Release 5.1


Optimal Trace 5.1 is a fully internationalized release. The product supports  American, EMEA, APAC, and other foreign markets. In the APAC market, Japanese, traditional and simplified Chinese, and Korean languages are supported along with English-speaking countries. Additionally, Optimal Trace is UTF-8 Unicode safe, which means user visible strings are ready for translation and runtime functionality supports non-English locales. The following exceptions to internationalization apply:

Vista Support

Optimal Trace offers support for Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. Optimal Trace does not support Basic or Home editions. Optimal Trace runs with Windows Vista's Virtualization Mode set to Off.

Oracle 11g Support

Optimal Trace now offers support for Oracle 11g release 1 ( If upgrading to this version of Oracle, manually migrate your database.

Support Custom Properties during DocGen

Optimal Trace has the ability to ignore custom property errors that arise during document generation. These errors occur when custom properties in the template level and the document level do not match. In previous releases, document generation stopped when it encountered errors. In this release, users have the option to ignore the errors in order to proceed with the documentation generation process. Users can then view the errors and trace their location to the corresponding table. An empty token appears in the document where the error occurred.

Column Width Retention

Optimal Trace retains column widths within both Simple and Structured requirements and between packages. Users can now easily navigate between requirements and packages assured that their width changes will remain intact.

Tree-View Report

Optimal Trace provides a new HTML report to its report lineup. The Tree View Report outputs your project with requirements and packages nested in a tree. The actors, glossary, notes, links, NFRs, and details are accessible through links on the left side of the report.

Additional Project Information when Opening a Project

The Project Name, Project Creator, Project Created On Date, and Project Last Modified Date display when opening a project. Users can sort these columns to ease their search for specific projects. Additionally, when hovering over a specific project, the project description displays.

Technical Notes  back to top

This section includes technical information that may affect how you use the product.

There are no technical notes for this release.

Known Issues  back to top

This section describes known issues related to the current release of Optimal Trace. 

Documentation Issues

The following are changes to the Optimal Trace Installation and Configuration guide:

In sections 10.2, 11.2, 12.2, the documentation mentions that the password for the OptimalTrace user is password.  The correct password is otpassword.

In section 11.2, one of the bullet points for the UTF Oracle settings lists AL32UTF8.  It should be UTF8.  The bullet point should read:

Control # Description

Searching the Repository on MSSQLServer seems very memory intensive: Searching data in MSSQLServer 2000 uses up a lot of memory and can cause MSSQLServer to crash.

Workaround: You can disable users searching the repository on MSSQLServer by setting the 'allowSQLServerReposSearch' to 'false' in Stop and restart the Optimal Trace Server for this setting to take effect.

Contacting Compuware Customer Support  back to top

Compuware Customer Support can assist you with all your technical problems, from installation to troubleshooting.

Before Contacting Customer Support

Prior to contacting customer support, gather the following information:



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Customer Support
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One Campus Martius
Detroit, MI 48226-5099


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