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QPR ProcessGuide 8.0

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 8.0 release of QPR ProcessGuide


Improved User Interface

Ribbon-based fluent user interface for QPR ProcessGuide Designer
New Property Explorer, providing direct read/write access to model element properties


Improved look and feel to flowcharts

Graphics device interface replaced with GDI+
Possibility to set line style for flows and elements
Possibility to set element backgrounds as gradients, hatch patterns, textures, and set transparency


Improved process modeling capabilities

QPR ProcessGuide elements now are provided with a unique symbol value
Possibility to fork and join flows
Possibility to auto number modeling elements using a new Auto Numbering Wizard
Addition of “Replace With” functionality
Possibility to add all element types to custom hierarchy views that provide direct read/write access to element attributes
Possibility to define process model interfaces
Introduction of process model version management


Standards support

Support for BPMN 1.1 template and example models for BPMN 1.1
Support for BPEL exports for BPMN 1.1
QPR ProcessGuide XPDL import script


Documentation and Add-ons

QPR ProcessGuide Training Guide refactoring to be more exercise-based.



QPR ProcessGuide 7.6

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 7.6 release of QPR ProcessGuide


BPMN and BPEL Support

Full support for the BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) standard. Support for both the core set and the complete set of business process diagram elements incl. e.g. events, gateways, artifacts, pools lanes and extended sub-processes.
Possibility to export BPMN process models to BPEL4WS (Business Process Execution Language for Web Services) and execute the process/workflow in the process automation tools or workflow engines like QPR WorkFlow.
Full support for the BPMN terminology and its data model.
Included ready-for-use BPMN modeling template.


Easier and Faster Process Modeling

New modeling tool palette which provides quick access to all modeling elements as well as possibilities for grouping them.
New “auto-hide” and “show” functionality, which makes the modeling tool palette and model hierarchy available upon demand and thus provides maximum design space for modelers.
Create element stencils with pre-defined attribute values.


More Versatile and Flexible Process Modeling

Easy creation of multiple model views for different audiences by controlling the visibility of model element types, notes and annotations for more effective process communication.
More flexibility in the element attributes. New custom attribute types like selection list, conditional attributes. Possibility to organize attributes hierarchically and combine them into attribute sets.


Improved Collaboration with Customizable Actions

Tailor the comments, action plans, risks etc to fit the information needs of Your organization
Add your own data fields, tailor the field options, and use the terminology your organization is familiar with.


Windows Vista Compatibility

QPR ProcessGuide is Certified for Microsoft Windows Vista™. Easy process modeling will thus be available for you also in the future.



QPR ProcessGuide 7.5

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 7.5 release of QPR ProcessGuide


Revitalized User Experience and Ease of Use

New colorful look & feel with full support for XP skins. Process modeling has never been this enjoyable!
New menu structure helping You feel at home from the first minute You start using QPR ProcessGuide.
Customizable, docking and floating toolbars for fast access to Your favorite tools.

Improved Compliancy Management and Follow Up

Model risks and controls explicitly for an efficient and communicative SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) implementation.
Live follow-up on key compliancy metrics and indicators directly in Your process models.
Advanced relationship modeling with many-to-many and automatic two-way relations between all modeling objects.
Powerful compliancy reporting and analysis. Analyze and report risks, controls and actions taken directly through the QPR Collaborations Portal.

Publish and Distribute Your Process Models with Microsoft Word

Ready to run MS Word export of all process model content for easy printing, distribution, and archiving of process models.
Create customized process management publications using the QPR API and Microsoft Office applications. Combine process maps and process model information into one document, publish it, or send it by email.



QPR ProcessGuide 7.4

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 7.4 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


Multilingual Process Modeling

Create and publish QPR ProcessGuide models in multiple parallel languages. The model content can be translated to multiple languages within the modeling tool. QPR Portal users automatically see the process models in their own language.


More Versatile Process Notation

Free selection of fields shown in the flow chart symbols. E.g. process step and process flow symbols can now be set to show any modeling information
Show Custom Attributes in flow chart symbols. All information collected in custom attributes can now be visualized on the flow chart.


Flexible Process Analysis

Configurable tabular analysis view allows users to analyze process model information directly in the QPR Portal. The user can configure the information shown and set sorting and filtering criteria.



QPR ProcessGuide 7.3

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 7.3 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


Collaborative Process Modeling

Multiple users can edit and modify the same process model simultaneously both online and offline. Take full control of the process management information using exclusive editing and model check-in & check-out. Changes are automatically merged to the information on the server.


Faster and Easier Process Drawing

Automatic drawing tools for aligning and distributing process steps evenly as well as aligning and distributing process flows.
Keyboard shortcuts for moving, copying, and snapping to grid.
Automatic routing of flows improved to better take into account user-induced changes in the flow routing.
Intelligent Copy-Paste of process elements helping to position elements and instantiate stores and subprocesses.


Easy Access

Single sign-on. QPR ProcessGuide D-Client and Portal users are authenticated directly by the operating system so that the software does not ask the user for the username and password if the user is already authenticated to the Windows Domain.


Customized Management Publications with QPR API

Automatic creation of customized process management publications using the QPR API and Microsoft Office applications. Combine process maps and process model information into one document, publish it, or send it by email.



QPR ProcessGuide 7.2

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 7.2 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


More Efficient Collaboration and Personalization        

Risk management. Let your organization collaboratively identify your business risks as well as define mitigation actions and manage risks systematically.
Redesigned What's New view. A new way for users to stay up to date with the changing performance management information as well as the ongoing discussions.
Redesigned My Responsibilities view. All your scorecards, processes, measures, action plans and discussion openings in one easy to access view.
Automatic login of users. Access the information of the QPR Collaboration Portal without a separate login.
Enhanced Alerts to Process Owners and Developers. Alert email messages are now sent to Process Owners, Developer users and to model feedback address when new actions are created in QPR Collaboration Portal.        


More Powerful Process Modeling        

New flow types and styles allow better customization of the flow chart layout. Curved and straight flows in addition to traditional elbow flows enable users to get exactly the kind of flow chart they want to. Also the start and end styles of the flows can be customized.
Launch Development Client directly from Web. Model properties are visible for all users in QPR Collaboration Portal and the QPR ProcessGuide Development Client may be directly started from the Web to modify the corresponding Process model.
Enhanced ScoreCard linking. It is now possible to use the color of the linked measure as the background color of the process step in the QPR Collaboration Portal. The ScoreCard link is also active by default.


Improved Strategy Mapping With QPR ProcessGuide        

QPR ProcessGuide strategy maps view option lets users access strategy maps created with QPR ProcessGuide directly from the Strategy Maps section of the QPR Collaboration Portal.
Graphical improvements in cause and effect relationships. Curved flows and new node types let you create visually more attractive strategy maps with QPR ProcessGuide        


Automatic Integration and Model Operations

General Script API interface. Create your own script modules to automatically extract, transform and load information from and to QPR ProcessGuide. Automatically build models from information obtained from third party systems.
Specific Script and XML interfaces available. QPR ProcessGuide has been integrated with multiple 3rd party systems in actual customer projects. Contact QPR and/or your local reseller to find out how to succeed in integration projects.


Improved Maintenance Efficiency        

Common QPR Configuration Manager lets you manage the configuration and settings of all QPR software components with one centralized configuration tool.
Database test utility. This utility lets system administrators automatically validate database configuration and ensure system reliability.        


...and Many Other Improvements        



QPR ProcessGuide 7.1

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 7.1 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


More Powerful Action Management        

Cross referencing of Actions. The possibility to cross reference actions enable organizations to link their actions to all the relevant measure as well as create action programs which combine actions from many different scorecards.
Linking Actions to Processes and initial process steps creates a new concrete way to execute strategic initiatives.        


Improved Control over Bookmarks and Portal Customizations        

Bookmark Management enables easy publishing and administration of the most commonly used views to large amounts of users.
Customization stylesheet containing all the graphical customization made to the QPR Portal in one easy to manage style definition file.        


Easier Printing and Improved Base Model Usage        

Print mode for Briefing Booklets. Print an entire briefing booklet in one go by utilizing the print mode of Briefing booklets.
Base models can now be edited without locking the child models and vice versa, enabling more efficient modeling without delays..


Easier Installation, Product Activation and Maintenance        

New installation sets enabling installation of a system solution with one easy to configure installation. Installing a QPR system has never been easier.
New product activation options. QPR now fully supports pay per use activations.
Common QPR database. All QPR Software components now use one centralized database. This means, easy installation and easy maintenance. One centralized transfer tool provides a fast and easy way transfer data from one database to another.


...and Many Other Improvements        

Direct link to QPR UserNet. Utilize all the QPR documentation, and QPR knowledgebase directly from the QPR Portal with one mouse click.

Editing commands such as Paste are more easily available in ProcessGuide views.



QPR ProcessGuide 7.0

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 7.0 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


New Web Client

New layout of Web Client provides a completely new, easier-to-use appearance.
Briefing booklets provide a more effective change communication or periodic reporting . Pick up the relevant web views into a single booklet and distribute it to selected users either via e-mail or web!
Discussion & Initiatives provide a completely new way for feedback and action planning. Web users can comment proposed processes, as well as provide feedback with attached documents. Also improvement initiatives can be communicated through the Web Client.


Better Integration with QPR ScoreCard

Drill-down between ProcessGuide and ScoreCard.  A powerful business management suite can be achieved when linking QPR ProcessGuide with QPR ScoreCard.  This allows drill-down to both directions between ScoreCard measures and process steps in ProcessGuide in the Web Client. Also measure indicators can be shown directly in flow charts.


Improved Flow Charting

Vertical modeling of organization items is available as a new modeling direction. This makes it easier to browse the models in the Web Client. Also horizontal modeling is still available. Different process levels can use different modeling directions.
Another enhancement is the possibility of defining the placement of texts in modeling elements, flows and checkpoints. Custom color settings are now saved for later reuse and it is also possible to pre-define a custom color set for a process model.
It is now possible to show the owners of processes directly in flow charts.


Improved Modeling Capabilities

Template usage is improved with the possibility of defining a default template and   by including all the possible data into the template. This way e.g. company logos, default organization items etc. can be distributed via templates.


Additional Improvements

Better Web layout customization possibilities: Zoom sizes for the Web flow charts can now be defined in pixels as well as percentages. It is also possible to define separate web publishing settings for each process step and flow type.
Better process analysis possibilities:  Processing time is now saved in simulation, allowing a "bottle-neck" analysis. A new subprocess calculation method (Multiply all) is also available.
Basic graphical properties such as size, location, and color are now supported in XML import, making it easier to import models from other process management tools.



QPR ProcessGuide 6.5

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 6.5 release of QPR ProcessGuide:



A major improvement in ProcessGuide 6.5 is the ability to easily localize ProcessGuide to different languages. This allows localization even to Eastern languages that use a multi-byte character set (Chinese, for example). Users can select the language that is used and QPR partners will be able to provide them with localized help files as well.


New Architecture:

QPR ProcessGuide Application Server introduced. The Server is used as a database/model cache handling the database and model management, replacing the previous 2-tier architecture with a 3-tier client/server architecture.


New Information Linking Features:

Information Item improvements:

bullet3  Asking for missing parameters when opening information items.

bullet3  Automatic or manual refreshing of embedded information items.

bullet3  Possibility to add embedded or linked information items by drag-and-dropping.


Improved Modeling Capabilities

Possibility to show also the source and destination process levels for flows.


Additional Enhancements:


Improved text formatting possibilities:

bullet3  Possibility to add linefeeds (blank lines) and tabulators into the name of a model object, allowing you to make the appearance of your flow charts to fully meet your requirements.

Improved change tracking.

Clarified user management.



QPR ProcessGuide 6.0

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 6.0 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


New Modeling Possibilities:

For large scale usage, Base models and External models.

Freely definable flow types, which provide the possibility to hide flows that connect different process levels.

Manage horizontal space in flow charts with checkpoints.

Custom Attributes provide flexible support for different modeling purposes and notations.


Powerful New Integration Tools:

XML Export.

XML Import.

Information Item Improvements:

bullet3  Better linking to other applications by using model data as a parameter.

bullet3  Embed external documents inside a model.


Web Publishing Improvements:

Web Page Export replaces Web Link of earlier QPR ProcessGuide versions.

Customizable web pages:

bullet3  All model information can now be selected to show on the web.

bullet3  Zoom sizes, frame settings, and link definitions can all be customized.

bullet3  Flow chart images can now be in PNG format as well.

bullet3  Web Layouts: Use any of the default web layouts (Frames, No Frames, Basic), or create your own!


Java is no longer needed in web browsers with dynamic web publishing.


Additional Enhancements:

Search for certain text from the entire model.

Database usage improvements, check out/in allows fluent off-line editing for database models.

Easy database administration.

Selectable security level for file models (users and user rights in use, password protection or no protection at all).

Improved measure calculation and analysis possibilities.



QPR ProcessGuide 5.2

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 5.2 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


User Management System and QPR Portal 1.1 Support

QPR ProcessGuide 5.2 is integrated with the new QPR Portal version 1.1 and the QPR User Management System. QPR Portal 1.1 uses User Management System for authenticating ProcessGuide users.


Microsoft Access Database Support

In addition to SQL Server (versions 7.0 and SQL 2000) and Oracle databases (versions 8.0 and 8.0i) that are supported by previous versions of QPR ProcessGuide, Microsoft Access 97 and 2000 databases are now supported by QPR ProcessGuide 5.2.


Model Replacing

With ProcessGuide 5.2 an existing database model can be overwritten (replaced) by an updated model. Should the existing model be available after replacing, it can be archived and marked as an old model.


Public URL Syntax

ProcessGuide 5.2 modelers can generate URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) to views generated by ProcessGuide Web Client (ie. ProcessGuide Plugin).


When attempting to view the requested page, the user is authenticated. If the login is successful, the requested page is opened instantly. If the login fails, the user is redirected to a login page and the page is shown after a successful login.



QPR ProcessGuide 5.1

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 5.1 release of QPR ProcessGuide:


New Fully Customizable QPR Portal

The QPR Portal allows users to bookmark and organize their important web links and ProcessGuide web views. Users can be connected to certain modeling elements and as a result have these elements appear in their "My Elements" page of the QPR Portal.


Expanded User Administration Possibilities

QPR ProcessGuide 5.1 also introduces three new User Administration options: importing your Windows NT users into ProcessGuide, creating and editing user groups, and copying users and user groups.



QPR ProcessGuide 5.0

The following new features and improvements were included in the version 5.0 release of QPR ProcessGuide:





The default user id and password for login have been changed in this new version.




New Dynamic Web Publishing...

ProcessGuide's web publishing component has been completely redesigned to provide dynamic process data and to use a scalable architecture that paves the way for future enhancements. However, the old Web Link remains available in the program as an easy alternative method of exporting ProcessGuide models as HTML pages).


Dynamic Web Publishing

The new web client allows access to the process models stored in a database or in files dynamically using a normal web browser. The web client allows the utilization of process models without the need for an often complicated web publishing process.


Improved Layout

Web client views are designed according to a standard QPR web layout and thus enables seamless web publishing, as well as combining information (e.g. from QPR ScoreCard).


Web Security

Users log into ProcessGuide when starting to use the web client. The user rights set for different users in a process model also apply to viewing that model using the web client.


Web Application Server

The key element of the new web publishing architecture is the QPR Web Application Server, which monitors changes to published models and serves web requests with up-to-date data.


The old Web Link remains as an easy alternative method for exporting ProcessGuide models as HTML pages. For details about setting up and administering the new web publishing system, see the QPR ProcessGuide Administrator's Guide.



More Improvements...

Process Hierarchy & Flow Chart Browser

The Flow Chart View now contains two new features to make your process modeling easier and quicker. Included in the new left frame of the Flow Chart view is the Process Hierarchy, which displays the process levels in a hierarchical form, and the Flow Chart Browser, which allows you to select the current viewing area on the flow chart easily.


A Process Step can Cover Organization Items in Flow Charts

A process step can now cover several organization items. In the process model, it belongs to the topmost organization item.


Organization Items

Organization items have replaced organization units from previous versions of ProcessGuide . In addition, the type of an organization item can also be defined.


Possibility to Save Analysis Views

The settings of analysis views can now be saved for later use. To save and open analysis views, click the corresponding buttons on the Analysis view toolbar.


Easier Moving Between Different States of Flow Charts and Analysis Views

To return to a previous viewing state (e.g. a different zoom in flow chart), click the "Back" button on the main toolbar. The "Forward" button works in the same way.

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