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Author: Alexia Ravera

Manuscript is now FogBugz

FogBugz is back … actually, we never left.  We’ve rebranded back to our origins. We began 2018 as Manuscript and we wrapped-up the year as FogBugz!

FogBugz was born in 2000, created by the legendary Joel Spolsky, following a very simple and effective philosophy: “Listen to your customers, not your competitors.” The idea was for it to be an off-the-shelf company, so FogBugz didn’t work with customized offers, rather, listen to our customers in order to build a product that works for everyone. Every time there was an interesting feature to develop, we’d put more effort into it, and build it in a way that would fit all our customers.

That’s how Fogbugz was created; a tool born from real needs and feedback from people that were using it. FogBugz became the first issue tracking tool in the market, and other competitors started to appear, trying to copy what we built.

FogBugz continued to grow, becoming everything a dev team needs to start managing a project effectively, without complicated workflows getting in the way. As customers shared more needs with us, we created Kiln, the version control tool … exactly what developers were asking for: a place to keep track of any part of their code, making it available to branch, merge, clone, push, or pull.

In November 2017, FogCreek, the company that created Fogbugz, decided to change the name of the product, and called it Manuscript, giving it a new website and changing the branding of the product.

We acquired the app in August, 2018, with big plans of giving it a new face, and improving what is already a very effective tool. Even with the new name, Manuscript kept having the spirit of Fogbugz, and was well known by that name. That’s why we decided to change the name back, to return it to it’s true essence.

FogBugz is back!

How To Keep Track Of Cases In Multiple Projects At Once?

Life is complicated and we all accept it. While we tend to categorize the different aspects of our lives, in reality, things rarely fit neatly inside the little boxes we carve out for them.

Our work life is another major compartment and when it comes to planning, it’d be nice if a single project captured all the details we might need to organize work for a project or product and across teams, but often that’s not possible

This meant at times, working with the Iteration Planner and Kanban boards in FogBugz could be kind of awkward. What if you maintain multiple products and each one has its own project? You’d want the “Planner” to show both at the same time, but it couldn’t. Or, what if several teams had multiple projects relating to a single product? You couldn’t plan without affecting the other teams.

Well, such things are not a problem anymore! With the cross-project planning capabilities in Iteration Planner and Kanban, you can keep track of cases in multiple projects at once.

That means you can view all cases relating to a product on one board, even if they’re in separate projects. And multiple teams can plan things without disrupting or being interrupted by others.

Here’s how it works

Site admins can create a new planner and associate it with one or more projects. Each planner may contain any global milestones and any per-project milestones for its projects. You can also optionally filter by project or area, and filtering down to multiple projects is allowed too.

For existing customers, each of their single-project planners migrated to the new versions. If you would like to add additional projects to a planner, view that planner and click “Edit Planner Settings” in the top-right, then “Add Another Project”, select additional projects and click “Save”. With that done, you can add milestones from those projects and any global milestones, and the filter columns shown will include cases from your selected list of projects.

If you use our Kanban board, the project selections for your planner also apply to each milestone when you click through to the Kanban view.

Take a look at our help site for more details. If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch!