Hello, Gerrit users! This is the first in a series of newsletters that we‘ll send out each quarter to update you on the UX related stuff that we have been working on in Gerrit. We’ll also discuss features and changes that you can expect to see in the near future.
The presentation of labels was updated to make better use of space, and address issues such as this bug. All labels now appear in two sections, Required labels and Other labels. This design solves two UX issues:
You now have more tools to compare images. The new image diffing plugin adds new modes that make it easier to quickly locate small differences between similar images.
This was actually added in April during the Lund Hackathon. It can be enabled via the Settings menu.
The new metadata design horizontally arranges some of the metadata information about a change just below the change title. This frees up vertical space from the left section on the UI, which reduces the scrolling needed to get to the file list. The left section of the change is now dedicated to data about people and votes.
Have you ever drafted comments in Gerrit, but lost track of them before publishing? This design makes unpublished drafts more discoverable, more convenient to publish, and easier to navigate.
We're taking them out of the Reply dialog and placing them at a more prominent location on the UI. This decouples the Start review action for WIP changes with the Publish drafts. The design also enables users to easily jump from one draft comment to another from the file view using the Draft comments panel.
Informed by bug reports like this one, the redesign adds:
Bugs? Feedback? File it here!