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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register if I don’t have a GitHub account?

Using Gitlab, BitBucket, SVN, or another SCM? Don’t have a GitHub account but need access to the team’s release notes?

Unfortunately, we don’t support those solutions yet. We’re prioritizing what to support next so if you’d like us to support a different code hosting platform or have team members who don’t have GitHub accounts but want to use Next Release please contact us and let us know.

How do I notify customers of changes to my application?

There are a variety of ways you can notify your customers of changes to your application. How you use Next Release to notify them will depend on which customers you want to notify and how you engage with them.

What is Application Release Orchestration?

Hopefully not another three letter acronym we all have to learn ?.  Application Release Orchestration is a subcategory of Developer Operations focused on helping development teams eliminate the hassle of releasing software. Our mission is to make each one of your releases a success, and that starts with removing the time consuming & tedious aspects every release requires. For example versioning your release and generating release notes for it that can be used to communicate to others what’s changed.

How do I reset my password?

All of our account management is done through GitHub, so to reset your password (which will also result in resetting your GitHub password) use the GitHub Password Reset.

Can I register if I don’t have a GitHub account?

Unfortunately, not yet. We’re prioritizing what to support next so if you’d like us to support a different code hosting platform or have team members who don’t have GitHub accounts but want to get into the Next Release application please contact us and let us know.

How do I search for my past release notes?

To search and sort through your release notes, go to your dashboard and click the icon.  From there you can filter down which release notes you want to see or search. At the bottom of the dropdown there’s a text field where you can type in words you’d like to search for.

How do I export my release notes?

To export your release notes, first go to your dashboard. You can export all of your release notes or a subset of them by first applying a filter or search as shown in “How do I search for my past release notes?”. Once you’re ready to export the release notes click the   icon and select what format you’d like to export your notes to. If there is a format that you’d like which we don’t already support, let us know and we’ll help you get your notes out in that format.

Can I import releases I’ve already made for my project?

Yes, we’ll help you import all of your previous releases so that you can search and track all of your releases in a single location.

Is there a way to generate a changelog for everything we have so far or does it only work on new pull requests?

We can generate a changelog for everything you’ve done so far or only track new pull requests. If you’ve created a GitHub Release for each of your releases our importing functionality can:

  • Pull in all your existing pull requests and lump them into a massive release note
  • Create release notes for each individual release you already have
  • Only pull in the release info itself and only track new pull requests. 

If you haven’t created a GitHub Release for each of your releases and track releases differently, just let us know and we’ll work with you to get them imported in one of the above ways.

Since historical release structuring varies from customer to customer, we white glove the import for you. You just need to give us the go-ahead, and we’ll notify you when the import has been completed.

What exactly does the import do? Is this going to modify releases?

We do not modify the releases you already have in GitHub when we import them. We read in the existing releases you have in GitHub and store them for historical tracking & search. For example, if your repository has 150 previous releases, we’ll read in all 150 previous releases you have, and then start generating versions & release notes from where you left off. None of the existing releases will be modified in any way. We’ll then take care of synchronizing future releases, meaning that each time a release is created with Next Release, we’ll tag it and mark it as a GitHub Release using the GitHub API. 

If you’re more comfortable tagging your own releases, it’s possible to disable that feature.