In 14.4 release Visual Studio integration has seen a lot of improvement. The focus of the changes was improving usability, discoverability and modernizing the look.
Redesigned Dimensions Explorer
We’ve made significant investment into updating the look and usability of Dimensions Explorer, previously known as Serena Explorer. It’s a single place where you can read current solution state, access views and operations. It eliminates ambiguity and clearly displays current solution context.
Often used as a starting point to begin work, Dimensions Explorer provides hints and informs about next steps:
Themes are available in Visual Studio 2012 and newer, and Visual Studio integration views now react to theme changes on the fly.
Integrated Peer Review Process
With Dimensions CM Pulse, peer review process is very easy. It is a powerful tool to review changes, make comments, view code annotations and collaborate. It is accessible from Visual Studio Integration with Reviews panel. You can switch between different display modes and work with reviews inside the IDE.
Doing code review:
Ever wanted to view repository structure? Easy to do with Repository Browser view. Navigate folders, view file content, and see who made the changes.
Better Requests View
Completely redesigned Requests view displays requests in a usable, easy to find way. Three view selectors allow switching between display modes. Type text in the search field to narrow down the list of requests. Search works for any of the visible columns. Its look and feel is consistent with Reviews panel, and it’s very easy to use.
Go from a request to a review:
Support for .dmignore files
New deliver wizard now supports specification of ignore rules via .dmignore files. Use context menu command to edit rules.