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Dec 06

BigPicture versions. How to read them? What does ‘ver. 8.1.10’ mean?

BigPicture versions, upgrading software, stepping upWhat information does the version number of BigPicture carry? Say, BigPicture ver. 7.5 or 8.1.13 – what does the first, second, and third number in the sequence mean? Is each consecutive version available from Atlassian Marketplace equally ‘good’? How to upgrade to a higher version and is it always free?

And how updating BigPicture for Jira Server and Data Center is different than updating BP for Jira Cloud?

How to locate BigPicture’s latest version?

The most reliable way to check the number of the latest BigPicture version is to visit the ‘Version history’ tab on Atlassian Marketplace.

How to navigate to the tab? BigPicture’s Atlassian Marketplace website > Versions tab > Resources section > See all X versions

Now, looking into the ‘Version history’ tab, why are the history of Server and Data Center versions available, and the Cloud’s version history is not? This is because those on the Server and Data Center hostings are themselves responsible for updating their BigPicture instances. How about Jira Cloud users? It’s us who update their BigPicture, so they don’t need to care about versioning.

Why does your UPM occasionally show you not the latest version of BigPicture?

Sure, the Universal Plugin Manager of your Jira Server/Data Center has the convenient ‘Update’ button, but the UPM will only notify you of the BigPicture versions compatible with your Jira instance. Therefore, if you have some older Jira version, then the UPM might actually hide the newest version of BigPicture from you.

What does BigPicture ver. X.Y.Z stand for?

The X.Y.Z format stands for:
X – product line, new components have been added, etc.
Y – new feature(s) have been added
Z – bug fixes, minor improvements, including the speed-related ones.
Examples: BigPicture 8.1.4, BigGantt 8.0.3.

Should I always immediately update BigPicture? Or can I wait a week or a month?

You might have heard to keep your BigPicture and BigGantt up to date. Yes, it’s better to have BigPicture 8.1 than BigPicture 7 when it comes to speed and functionalities, but here is a catch. If you’re particularly sensitive about software reliability and performance, keep in mind that the higher the ‘Z’ value, the more stable a version tends to be. For instance, 8.0.5 is likely fine-tuned compared to 8.0.0. This is because X and Y represent new features and the third one stands for bug fixes and minor improvements, including the performance improvements that relate to the previously added features. Two weeks from a major release it’s usually late enough for the majority of the performance issues to have been fixed.

So if you are a Jira admin for a large organization with hundreds of BigPicture users and you are on, say, BigPicture 8.1.6, and you’ve noticed BigPicture 8.2.0, and even more so 9.0.0 available from Atlassian Marketplace, plan to spend more time in your test environment.

Version 8, or 8.2, or 8.2.4. One, two, or three numbers?

BigPicture 8 – used for marketing purposes; for relatively permanent content, such as blog posts or YouTube videos.

BigPicture 8.2 – used for feature releases, check the Live Feed, to catch on the concept behind the two-number versions.

BigPicture 8.2.4 – used when contacting BigPicture support or upgrading to the latest version.

How to update BigPicture from, say, version 7 to 8.2?

Updates are seamless and trouble-free for nearly all users. If you’re on Jira Server or Data Center, simply use the UPM, or Universal Plugin Manager, in your Jira:

Jira administration > Manage apps > BigPicture > Press ‘Update’ button

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BigPicture requires an update from version 8.1.5 to 8.1.6.


Alternatively, you can download BigPicture’s latest version jar file from Atlassian Marketplace and upload it to your server.
If you use Jira Cloud, we care about upgrading your BigPicture environment, and, with a few exceptions, you always have the newest version of BigPicture provided.

Is the upgrade free of charge? Yes, for most users. Let’s look at various scenarios:

  • if you’re on Jira Cloud the upgrade is always free.
  • if you’re on Jira Server or DataCenter:
    • and you purchased BigPicture up to one year ago – the upgrade is also free,
    • for those who obtained their Server/Data Center licenses prior to a year ago, the upgrade is also free if they have renewed
    • if you haven’t renewed maintenance for your BigPicture Server license you can upgrade at 50% of the current purchase price of BigPicture.


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With his automotive background Marcin goes beyond the 'Jira + software development' standard. He likes simple, up-to-five-sentence answers to complex questions.