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UMT Project Essentials 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

We’re thrilled to announce the public availability of UMT Project Essentials Service Pack 1! SP1 includes significant performance, scalability and usability fixes across the product and is distributed as one package than can be used for both for new installations and upgrades from UMT Project Essentials 2010, as well as a patch that can be installed on top of UMT Project Essentials 2012 RTM or newer. SP1 includes the applicable fixes addressed by UMT Project Essentials 2010 CUs, up to CU8.

Here’s a summary of some of the changes to the end user experience introduced with SP1:

  • New features
    • Financial Custom Fields provide the ability to add custom columns (numeric, cost, text etc.) to the financial grids. This feature can be leveraged to enable a number of new scenarios. Simple example: adding a Comments column
    • Added the ability to Import and Export UMT Project Essentials 2012 Settings (similar to the Project Server Playbooks solution). This can be used for migrating environments and change management, backup/restore, and configuration documentation
  • Usability
    • Added the ability to copy Cost Center Templates
    • Labels for out-of-the box fields such as Name, Type, Department can now be customized per Enterprise Project Type (EPT)
    • Added the ability to dynamically filter out levels in the financial structure using the View Ribbon option. Setting cost center level allocation percentages has been moved under the Allocations Ribbon option
    • New global setting for defining a custom label that will be displayed for yearly granularities when fiscal calendars are used. Example: using ‘FY’ as the label will result in ‘FY2012’ being displayed instead of the default ‘2012’
    • Added the ability to deactivate workflow approval notifications by using the SuppressTaskNotifications flag (“Do not send tasks notifications”)
    • Added the option to select/override workflow stage Approvers in the Project Settings web part (this functionality exists in UMT Project Essentials 2010).
  • Project Server integration
    • Fixed issues with distributions of cost values by months being different in Project Pro and UMT Project Essential
    • Values are now updated correctly when proposed resources should not be synchronized
  • API and extensibility
    • New public method: GranularityReadPeriodsList
    • New event – OnBeforeApproval. This event can be used for extending the StageEnter method to programmatically overwrite approvers
    • New public methods: GetNumberOfWorkingDays and GetAvailableTimelineTranslations
    • Added the GranularityReadPeriodsList method to the Granularity Service Reference
    • Re-added method for updating the financial timeline (this method exists in UMT Project Essentials 2010)
    • The Project Essentials Settings page (FinancialCenter.aspx) is now extensible to provide a central hub for platform customizations
  • Setup, deployment and licensing
    • The workflow visualization web part can now be used in the Project Site, in addition to the Workflow Status page
    • Data serialized in the cmQueuedItems and cmOperationLog tables is now compressed to significantly reduce database grow over time
    • The UMT Project Essentials 2012 installer can be launched in silent mode
    • Addressed issues with UMT Project Essentials 2012 provisioning when using SQL Server 2005
    • Addressed issues on importing license activation information
    • The exported license file now includes partial Product Key information