Optimal Trace Professional 5.3 Release Notes

September 11, 2009

1. Obtaining the Latest Release Notes

For the most recent updates to the Release Notes, go to SupportLine, the Micro Focus Customer Support Web site, at http://supportline.microfocus.com/. The first time you access SupportLine, you are required to register and obtain a password. After logging in to SupportLine, access the latest Release Notes for your product.

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2. System Requirements

  • Pentium 4-class processor equivalent or higher

  • 256 MB RAM (minimum), 512 MB or higher (recommended)

  • 150 MB of available hard disk space

Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 7

  • Microsoft Windows Vista

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003

  • Microsoft Windows XP

Other Software
  • Adobe Reader 5.0 or later for Help files

Software Compatibility

  • Microsoft Word 2000, 2003, 2007

    Note: Support for Word 2000 will be dropped in the next release of Optimal Trace.
  • Microsoft Project 2000, 2002

  • Enterprise Architect 6.5

  • VMWare Workstation 6.5.2

  • Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 with service pack 2005.04

  • Citrix Client 8.0, 9.0, 9.15, or 9.23

Note: Optimal Trace does not support Citrix Client 9.20 since there are known issues with running Java applications.
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3. What's New

Micro Focus Acquires Compuware Quality Solutions Products

On June 1, 2009, Micro Focus purchased Quality Solutions products from Compuware Corporation. Newbury, England-based Micro Focus provides enterprise application management and modernization solutions. Compuware and Micro Focus will continue to collaborate to ensure that customers receive uninterrupted service and obtain the full value of both companies' product capabilities.

For this release, the default installation path has changed from <INSTALL_DIR>:\Program Files\Compuware\Optimal Trace to <INSTALL_DIR>:\Program Files\Micro Focus\Optimal Trace. Correspondingly, the Start menu paths also have changed to reflect the move from Compuware to Micro Focus. If you have installed with a customized path, you will not experience any changes to the installation directory after upgrading. There are additional considerations for local projects and custom user data. For more information, see Default Location for Local Projects. Additionally, refer to the "Upgrading Optimal Trace" topic in the Optimal Trace Installation Guide.

Optimal Trace will continue to use Compuware's Distributed License Manager. For more information, see Optimal Trace and Compuware's Distributed License Management Utility 4.3.

For the most recent product updates and information, go to SupportLine, the Micro Focus customer care Web site. You can find the new contact information posted on SupportLine in an updated Release Notes for each product and in future product release documentation.

Support for Windows 7

Optimal Trace installs on 32-bit versions of the Windows 7 operating system. To install Optimal Trace on Windows 7, you must be logged in using the built-in Administrator Account.

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4. Technical Notes

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

Optimal Trace Professional Documentation

The Optimal Trace Professional Help, which is installed with the product, contains Optimal Trace Enterprise edition usage instructions for features such as using project templates and project baselines, managing remote projects in a database, and collaborating with team members. These features are not supported in the Optimal Trace Professional edition.

Optimal Trace and Compuware's Distributed License Management Utility 4.3

For this release, Optimal Trace will continue to install Compuware's Distributed License Management (DLM) Utility 4.3. In a future release of Optimal Trace, DLM will be replaced with the Micro Focus licensing utility.

To access the utility, click StartProgramsCompuwareDistributed License Management. From this utility, you can install and configure Optimal Trace licenses.

Default Location for Local Projects

In the previous release of Optimal Trace, local projects were saved by default in the following location:

<INSTALL_DIR>:\Documents and Settings\<USER_DIR>\My Documents\Compuware\Optimal Trace Enterprise\5.2\EN

In this release of Optimal Trace, the default location for local projects has changed to the following location:

<INSTALL_DIR>:\Documents and Settings\<USER_DIR>\My Documents\Micro Focus\Optimal Trace Enterprise\5.3\EN

You may continue to access previously created local projects in the old default location or copy them to the new default location.

Document Generation Performance Tips

When generating documentation for very large projects, the generation performance can be dramatically improved (up to 50% with standard MS Office configurations) by adjusting the priority settings for Optimal Trace and Microsoft Word within the Windows task manager. Locate the Optimal Trace and Word processes, called Optimal Trace and Winword respectively. To adjust the priority, right click on each process and choose Set Priority. Set the priority to high for each process.

Setting the priorities to high will prevent other running applications from getting CPU time and you are effectively prevented from interacting with your machine until generation is finished. When generation is complete, be sure to reset the priorities back to normal.

Installing Microsoft Word 2007

When installing Microsoft Word 2007, you must also install the following Microsoft Office 2007 installation option: Visual Basic for Applications. This option is located under Office Shared Features on the Installation Options tab of the Microsoft Office 2007 installation wizard.

Document Generation Security Settings

To generate requirements documents from Optimal Trace, you must configure the appropriate security settings in Microsoft Word. For more information, refer to the configuring Microsoft Word security settings topics in the Optimal Trace Help.

Document Generation WinWord Processes

In many cases where issues are encountered, these can be traced back to rogue Word processes that have not been shut down. Ensure that all such processes are shut down prior to document generation. To see how many 'WinWord' processes you have currently running look at the 'Processes' tab in the Task Manager. For each process right click on it and hit the 'End Process' option.

Failed Word Document Updates

In cases where updates to word documents are failing, this can be isolated to a setting in word associated with background saves. If you see problems, try un-checking this option in Word. For example, to do this in Word 2003 go to the Tools>>Options menu and select the 'save' tab, then uncheck the 'Allow Background Saves' setting. For other versions of Word, refer to the Word help within the Microsoft product.

Decreasing Document Size

One way to decrease the size of a document is to remove all the hidden Optimal Trace text. Note that when you do this, you will no longer be able to update or reverse that documents, and re-generating the document will result in all the hidden text being re-inserted. To remove all hidden text in a document, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the top of the document, and select the Edit/Replace menu option.

  2. Click More.

  3. Click Format/Font. The Find Font dialog box appears.

  4. Click Hidden once, turning it from grey to black.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Click Replace All.

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5. Known Issues

This section describes known issues that may affect how you use the product.

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Inconsistent error message when cancelling word document generation and Word may crash

Depending on when you interrupt the document generation process, you may receive a COM exception returned from Microsoft Word and Word may crash.

Workaround: Ignore the exception from Microsoft Word, Optimal Trace continues as normal. You may additionally need to stop the winword.exe process in Task Manager.


Document generation and form protected style template

When using a Microsoft form document as a style template for a document generation profile, Optimal Trace will not generate the document if the form is protected..

Workaround: Do not protect the style template form before generating.


Links don't work in generated document

If generating a form-based profile (e.g. Default Form), links in the document (e.g. Table of Contents, hyperlinks, etc) do not work.

Workaround: This is a known feature of Word forms. These links will not work if the document is protected. To allow working links, do not protect the form. Deselect the Protect Form toolbar button.


Incorrect macro security settings in Word can lead to application error

If generating a document from Optimal Trace and an exception occurs, ensure that the security settings in Word are set to Low.

Workaround: In Word, ensure that the macro security option is set to Low. For example, in Word 2003, choose Tools>Macro>Security Settings. The Security Settings dialog box appears. Ensure that the option is set to Low.


Change History changes do not get included as part of a document update

Optimal Trace was designed to not include any Change History additions as part of a document update if that profile has a Change History element.

Workaround: Generate either a standalone Change History document or re-generate your document from scratch to see all the Change History entries.


Out of Memory Errors while generating HTML or Image Maps from large Projects

Generating Image Maps from large Projects is very memory intensive. If you repeatedly generate the 'Full Project' HTML Report with a large Project you will eventually get an Out of Memory Error. The same can happen if you repeatedly 'Save Image' for a very large Project.

Workaround: Try and limit generating HTML for large Projects or Image Saving to once per Optimal Trace session. If you do get an Out of Memory error, restart Optimal Trace and re-try generating HTML or Save Image once again.


Orphaned Branch or Refinement in the Requirements Map

In certain rare situations a line representing a Branch or Refinement may get duplicated resulting in an orphaned line remaining on the graph. This line has no connection to any Requirements or Steps and as such will not result in any errors or corruption of projects, but may prove an annoyance.

Workaround: You need to open a new window (Window -> New Window) and close the original window and continue as normal.


Cannot add form fields to non-form document profiles

If you attempt to add form fields to a non-form document profile, Optimal Trace may not be able to reverse or update the profile.

Workaround: Avoid using form fields in non-form based profiles. It's perfectly ok to add custom fields to form based profiles, but just don't mix the two.


Table of contents page numbers can be incorrect

After updating or reversing a document, you may notice that the page numbers in the table of contents to not correlate correctly to the document content.

Workaround: This behavior seems to be related to the large amount of hidden text that Optimal Trace documents contain. Removing all the hidden text can help here (but you will no longer be able to update or reverse the document). See the Document Generation: General Tips section below for details on how to remove all the hidden text in a document.


Document Generation will fail if you use 'xxxxx' as a Requirement name

'xxxxx' is a reserved word used internally by Optimal Trace document generation, and if you use it as a Requirement name in your Project, document generation will fail.

Workaround: Avoid using 'xxxxx' as a Requirement name.


Type of images generated during Report generation

It should be noted that the style of images generated during Report generation (using the 'Default HTML' report for example) all depend on what 'graph display option' is selected in the application.

Workaround: You can vary the images by right clicking on the Requirement Map and changing the Package display style.


'Hide Steps' option can cause instability when moving Steps

Under certain circumstances, using the 'Hide Steps' Requirement option along with moving Steps can cause Optimal Trace to crash.

Workaround: try and avoid using the 'Hide Step' Requirement options.


Using the Change History in a Report

By default, the Project Change History is not passed to the Velocity Report generation engine. This is for performance reasons.

Workaround: to use the Change History from a new Report, change the 'passChangeHistoryToReportGenTemplates=No' setting in 'Default.properties' (located in the Optimal Trace installation directory) to 'passChangeHistoryToReportGenTemplates=Yes'.


Problems with 'Create Reserved Area' menu option in Word

To begin with, it's recommended to display hidden text before using this feature (Optimal Trace->Toggle Hidden Tags). This is because the caret may not be at the correct position, even though it looks fine without the hidden text on screen. What can happen, for instance, is that the Reserved Area gets inserted into the middle of another XML tag, which destroys the document's structure.

Workaround: In any event, most of the time Reserved Areas are unnecessary, as it is possible to insert text as-is into almost all areas of the document without needing any "wrapping". Reserved areas are mainly needed for the characters '<' ,'&', or similar input that would interfere with the document's XML structure. The best approach is:

  1. Turn on hidden text.

  2. Insert your new content as-is, at the correct caret position.

  3. Save and close the document.

  4. Try reversing the document into the corresponding Optimal Trace project. If any XML parse errors are flagged, click on the error location '...' button and wrap the offending text in a Reserved section. This will presumably be the new content you have just entered.

  5. If no errors were reported by the import process, then everything should be fine. You can either cancel or continue the merge process, as you like.


Problems with 'Replace IDs and Names' menu option in Word

Indiscriminate use of this feature can cause problems and leave the document in an invalid state, so use it with caution.

Workaround: In any event, most of the time Reserved Areas are unnecessary, as it is possible to insert text as-is into almost all areas of the document without needing any "wrapping". Reserved areas are mainly needed for the characters '<' ,'&', or similar input that would interfere with the document's XML structure. The best approach is:

Workaround: The following is recommended:

  1. Make a backup of the document before doing any advanced editing along these lines.

  2. Turn on hidden text.

  3. Carefully select the area that needs updating. Make sure that any ID strings (usually at the start of a section) that you wish to update are included in the selection.

  4. . It will help to clarify exactly what 'Replace IDs and Names' does. It updates the IDs and names of any objects it detects in it's selection. However it does not update the IDs of other objects that these objects refer to. So for instance, if you copy and paste a refinement, then selected the newly pasted area and click 'Replace IDs and Names', this new refinement will receive a fresh name and ID. However, it's source StepId and destination Requirement ID will not be updated. Therefore there will be 2 refinements starting from the same step and refining to the same Requirement, which is illegal. This will show up as an error when this document is reversed into Optimal Trace. In this and similar situations, further manual editing of the document is necessary after 'Replace IDs and Names' has been run.

  5. Replace IDs and Names also corrects the Step Position numbers on any Step tables it finds. This is a convenience for the user as manually fixing Step Position numbers can be time-consuming.


Problems with 'Duplicate current row' menu option in Word

This menu item will duplicate the current row the caret is positioned on (e.g. a Step in a Scenario Table). You cannot use this feature to add a new step to an empty table, there must be one already there for it to copy. The duplicated item will get a fresh name and ID, and if it's a Step, any affected Step position numbers will be updated. However it will not update any other properties of the duplicated object, so sometimes further manual editing is necessary.


  1. Turn on hidden text and navigate to a branch table (which is hidden by default).

  2. Place the caret on a particular branch and select 'Duplicate Current Row'.

  3. Select 'Toggle Hidden Tags' again as this macro turns off hidden text.

  4. The new branch will have a new name and ID, but the IDs of it's source and destination Steps will remain the same. Therefore you now have 2 branches coming from the same Step and branching to the same Step, which is illegal. This will show up as an error when the document is reversed.

  5. The new branch will have to manually edited to correctly contain whatever sourceID and DestinationID are required.


Problems with manually setting tags to hidden in Word

If a document is being manually edited and the editing involves changing hidden text to visible text, or vice-versa, problems can occur. A typical problem is that even though only one word was changed from non-hidden to hidden, a large amount of the document surrounding that word automatically gets changed to hidden text as well. Including important Optimal Trace data such as the ActorList, for instance. Then, when the editing is finished and 'Optimal Trace->Toggle Hidden Tags' is selected, the ActorList will appear to have disappeared, as it is now rendered in hidden text.

The reverse problem can also happen, where a quantity of previously invisible content suddenly appears. Word is trying to automatically update the underlying style in that paragraph, rather than just update the selected text.

Workaround: Firstly, the document should always be backed up before commencing manual edits, as there are many traps like this. To get rid of the immediate bad formatting, click undo until the document has reverted to it's state before the hidden-text edit had started. Now click Format->Style (or Format->Styles and Formatting depending on your version of Word). Now select the Style type of the text you were editing. Usually 'Body Text', 'Hidden', or 'Normal' but it could be any of the other types as well. The style type of the selected text appears in the Formatting toolbar, which can be turned on under Tools->Customize->Toolbars. When the correct style type has been selected, click 'Modify...' and deselect the 'Automatically Update' checkbox. Now it should be possible to change the text from hidden to non-hidden in safety. This problem typically occurs when some of the hidden XML tags in a generated document have been accidentally damaged, and the user is fixing the errors manually.


Problem with validating a Skeleton Document that is already open

If your editing a Skeleton Document in Word, and you validate it in Optimal Trace (from the Document Settings screen), you risk losing work as Word does not let you save and continue properly.

Workaround: avoid validating a Skeleton Document and editing it at the same time.


Project Elements appear in different order in Merge

Under certain conditions, the Project child elements will appear in a different order in the From and To Merge Projects.

Workaround: There is no workaround; the appearance order does not effect the underlying functionality.


Print Preview for Optimal Trace Documents shows hidden text

Workaround: In Word, ensure that Hidden Text is unchecked. For example, in Word 2003 go to Tools>Options>Print to view the setting. For other versions of Word, refer to the Word help within the Microsoft product.


Canceling some actions in Optimal Trace does not release locks

If you do something in a dialog in Optimal Trace (e.g. move a Requirement) and then cancel the action, the objects in question will still remain locked by Optimal Trace.

Workaround: Save your project to release the locks.


Document Generation Custom Property restrictions
  1. Custom Properties have to be contained in a table, they are bound to tables.

  2. Custom Properties are either row-or column based and again this is statically bound. You can't change your Step Custom Properties from column type to row type by editing the skeleton doc, for instance.

  3. Custom Property Template details (name, Id etc) have to appear before the corresponding Custom Properties in the skeleton doc. So you can't put your Custom Property name on the right of a row (if it's row-based), it has to appear to the left.


Document Generation Profiles cannot contain the same Element data twice

E.g. in a Document Profile, you cannot have a Requirement 'Description' repeated twice anywhere in the profile.

Workaround: there is no workaround for this.


Document Generation cannot reverse '...' values:

'...' is a reserved word of sorts in reversing a document, any valid values of '...' will cause invalid conflicts in the Merge Tool.

Workaround: try avoiding using the value '...' in your data.


Can't Auto-Generate a document if any Project Element has more than 13 Custom Properties

If you attempt to generate a document, where a Project Element has more than 13 Custom Properties, you will receive the following error message from Word: "Internal error: Error code: 0x800403e8 Error description: Unable to automatically add and format Custom Property..."

Workaround: This is a Word restriction, however it is possible to create a Custom Profile with more than 13 fields.


No locally locked icons when pasting/redoing

No locally locked icons appear in Optimal Trace in certain situations, e.g. if you undo a Requirement delete, or if you paste a Requirement.

Workaround: there is no workaround.


Uninstall fully removes URI registry keys

If you uninstall Optimal Trace, it fully cleans up the windows registry. However, if you have a previous installation of Optimal Trace (or an installation of Optimal Trace Professional), the URI's will stop working. This is because the newer uninstall would of removed the 'Optimal Trace' URI setting.

Workaround: To re-register the 'Optimal Trace' URI setting in the registry, it is necessary to re-install the older version of Optimal Trace.


Cannot split Custom Properties in Document Generation

Note that you cannot split up Custom Properties in a generated document, i.e. you can't have property values spread across different tables.

Workaround: There is no workaround for this, it is by design.


Upgrading MySQL from MySQL 4.1 -> MySQL5.0

If your Optimal Trace repository uses MySQL 4.1 and you wish to upgrade to MySQL5.0, you cannot do so directly by just upgrading MySQL alone, as the Optimal Trace schema will not migrate ok.

Workaround: Do the following: Take all your Optimal Trace Repository projects off-line while the Optimal Trace Repository is using MySQL 4.1. Stop the Optimal Trace Server. Install MySQL5.0. Install a new Optimal Trace database in MySQL5.0 using the MySQL install scripts provided (see Server Help file for more details). Change your Optimal Trace Server settings to point to the new database (and restart the Optimal Trace Server). Upload your off-line projects back into the repository.


Document Import on Citrix/Terminal Server

When Optimal Trace is installed onto a Citrix Server, the doc import component will only work for the User who performed the installation. This is because the install process can only register the Doc Import dll for the current user. It has no way of knowing about all the other users, who will connect to the Citrix machine in future.

Workaround: Each of these users must log onto the Citrix Server as themselves. Then they must follow the instructions provided in Optimal Trace Help section 3.2, to manually register the dll. The next time they connect to Citrix (logged in as themselves) and run OT, the Doc Import component should be working OK.


Spell Check does not check Custom Property Templates

Spell Check will only check Custom Property Templates (i.e. the Custom Property Names, Definition, Default Value, etc) of a Package if that Package is not shared and there exists an element in that Package that has contains those custom properties.

Workaround: If you find this happening, create an element in the parent Package which is not being shared, and run Spell Check again. This will correct all sub Packages which are sharing with the parent Package.


Error message appears when opening Optimal Trace

When opening Optimal Trace, the following error message appears: Error in Java launcher. Error occurred while calling main method in java class <com/steeltrace/tools/pelican/PelicanApp>. This problem exists in the Korean and Japanese OS.

Workaround: Elevate user privileges to Administrator. Right-click either the cmd.exe when running via the command prompt or the setup.exe of the media browser to change privileges.


Out of memory error

This error may occur when opening large projects from the client, starting the server, or when performing administrative functions.

Workaround: Increase the default heap size option (-Xmx500M) in the appropriate configuration file. File locations for each configuration file are as follows:


<INSTALL_DIR>\Program Files\Micro Focus\Optimal Trace\Optimal Trace Enterprise Edition\Optimal Trace Enterprise.lap

<INSTALL_DIR>\Program Files\Micro Focus\Optimal Trace\Optimal Trace Enterprise Edition\Optimal Trace Professional.lap


<INSTALL_DIR>\Program Files\Micro Focus\Optimal Trace\Optimal Trace Server Edition\ Optimal Trace Server.lap


<INSTALL_DIR>\Program Files\Micro Focus\Optimal Trace\Optimal Trace Enterprise Edition\Optimal Trace Admin Tool.lap

The amount of increase in the heap size is dependent on your environment's memory capacity.

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6. Getting Help

If ever you have any problems or you would like additional technical information or advice, there are several sources. In some countries, product support from Micro Focus may be available only to customers who have maintenance agreements.

If you obtained this product directly from Micro Focus, contact us as described below. If you obtained it from another source, such as an authorized distributor, contact them for help first. If they are unable to help, contact us as described below.

However you contact us, please try to include the information below, if you have it. The more information you can give, the better Product Support can help you. But if you don't know all the answers, or you think some are irrelevant to your problem, please give whatever information you have.

  • The name, release (version), and build number of the product.

  • Installation information, including installed options, whether the product uses local or network databases, whether it is installed in the default directories, whether it is a standalone or network installation, and whether it is a client or server installation.

  • Environment information, such as the operating system and release on which the product is installed, memory, hardware/network specifications, and the names and releases of other applications that were running.

  • The location of the problem in the product software, and the actions taken before the problem occurred.

  • The exact product error message, if any.

  • The exact application, licensing, or operating system error messages, if any.

  • Your Micro Focus client, office, or site number, if available.


Our web site gives up-to-date details of contact numbers and addresses. To connect, enter www.microfocus.com in your browser to go to the Micro Focus home page, or go to http://supportline.microfocus.com.