April 2012

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This month:

Page layouts; Quick comments; Attachment labels; Like pages and comments; Invite users by emails and URLs; Autowatch issues; Rapid Board enhancements in GreenHopper; Bonfire upgrade; and more.


23 April 2012

GreenHopper upgrade


Invite Users

If you're faced with the task of creating multiple users in your Atlassian OnDemand instance, you'll be happy to know that Atlassian OnDemand now includes the new Invite Users feature. This feature lets you email invitations that allow people to sign up to your Atlassian OnDemand instance. You just need a list of email addresses and a single click of a button.

Please note, this feature is not available to customers with Confluence OnDemand only, nor customers with Google Apps enabled for their instances.

'Autowatch' issues you create or comment on

A JIRA user who either creates a new issue or comments on an existing issue, will automatically become a watcher of that issue.

This feature applies to all new and existing users that have JIRA access.

JIRA users can easily disable this feature through their user profile by choosing Disabled for their Autowatch option when editing the Preferences section of their user profile.

Notify on my actions now disabled by default

By default, any new JIRA users will no longer be automatically notified of their own actions.

JIRA users can change this option through their user profile by choosing Notify me for their My Changes option when editing the Preferences section of their user profile.

Other improvements

Automatically suggested project keys

When creating a new project, the Add a new project dialog box now suggests a project Key based on the Name you specify.


Better performance when mentioning users on issues

You should now see significant performance improvements when mentioning other JIRA users in an issue's Description or Comment field.

Change to configuring announcement banners

If you are configuring an announcement banner, please note that we changed the formatting functionality of the Announcement field from HTML to wiki markup. Help on wiki markup syntax is provided by clicking the question mark icon under the Announcement field.

16 April 2012

Confluence OnDemand – new features

Recommended content by email

Confluence sends out a daily or weekly summary of the top news that is relevant to you. This is a great way of drawing people into the wiki discussions even if they are infrequent users of Confluence. The report shows the most popular content in the wiki, based on the number of likes and comments, and recently-created pages or blog posts. Confluence gives a higher ranking to activity by people in your network or in your favorite spaces.  A link in the email message allows you to choose daily or weekly notifications, or to turn the notification off.  

The Recommended Updates notification is turned off by default in Confluence OnDemand.

To turn this notification on:

  • If your site has Confluence only, choose Browse > Confluence Admin. Click Recommended Updates Email in the left-hand panel.
  • If you site has multiple applications, go to your_username > Administration > Wiki > Configuration > Recommended Updates Email.


Page layouts

Page layouts offer a quick and easy way to add sections and columns to a page. Choose a predefined layout, add the content to each section, and you're done. It's a great way of creating a common page structure, so that readers know where to find the information on each page. Don't worry, the Section and Column macros are still available too.

A two-column page layout in edit mode. (It's all laid out in the documentation.)


Has someone written a mind-bogglingly clever post on Confluence? Did you laugh out loud at someone's comment? Click Like to them know. Confluence has like buttons on every page, blog post and comment. If enough people like the post, it will show up on the dashboard's new 'Popular' tab and in the 'Recommended Updates' summary sent by email.


Quick comments

Showing people a picture of themselves is a great way to encourage them to say something! We have added an enticingly empty comment at the bottom of every page, with the user's profile picture. This replaces the rather uninviting Add Comment button in earlier versions of Confluence. And here's what we are really proud of: When you click the box to write a comment, the full editor loads instantly. No page refresh required. Pow!



Popular content on the dashboard

The new 'Popular' tab on the dashboard shows the pages, blog posts and comments that are attracting most attention, based on the number of comments and likes they have received. The items are listed in order of popularity, with the most popular at the top. Activity that involves people in your network ranks higher than activity not involving your network, and the most recent activity ranks higher than earlier activity.

New popular content tab on the dashboard. (Try our trendy topic.)

Labels on attachments

You can now label attachments, just as you can label pages and blog posts.

  • Using the Gallery macro, you can display a selection of images on your page filtered by label.
  • The Attachments macro and the Space Attachments macro can show documents or other attachments with a specific label.
  • The Content by Label macro also displays attachments (alongside pages, blog posts and spaces) with a given label, and you can filter by content type to show only attachments.

Labels on attachments. (Become attached to our documentation.)


Other improvements

  • Author lozenge on blog post comments:
    You will see an 'author' lozenge on blog comments, making it easy to scan a post for comments from the author. The author lozenge appears only on blog posts, and only for the original creator of the post.
  • Share notifications showing all people notified:
    When someone shares a page with you, the email message shows the other people they shared it with too.

  • Mouse-free macros, links and images:
    This is one for wiki markup fans! Now you can add macros, links and images by wiki markup alone. Type the macro, including its parameters and the closing curly bracket. Add a link, such as an anchor link, and end it with a square bracket. Insert an image or other embedded object, enclosed between exclamation marks. As soon as you close the macro, link, or embedded image, Confluence will convert it to rich text format and add it to the page. See the video.

  • Fixed images in Word exports:
    We have fixed this bug: CONF-6246 - Getting issue details... STATUS

  • Personal spaces more open:
    The permissions for personal spaces are now more in line with Confluence's philosophy of encouraging collaboration. When you create your personal space, the option that allows registered users to update content is selected by default. You will also be assigned as a watcher of your new personal space. Existing settings remain unchanged on upgrade. 

2 April 2012

GreenHopper upgrade

Bonfire upgrade

Bonfire has been upgraded to 2.0.1. Please use the following links to view the features and fixes: Bonfire 2.0.1 Release Notes and Bonfire 2.0 Release Notes.

Confluence-only OnDemand sites — new features and changes

This section applies to Atlassian OnDemand customers whose sites run Confluence OnDemand only.

Inviting people to sign up via a URL

You can now invite people to sign up by sending them a URL. You can also choose between public and private signup modes, and decide whether you want a notification each time someone signs up. See the documentation.

Screenshot: Inviting users and setting the signup mode.


Notification of signups enabled now

By default, Confluence now sends an email notification to all Confluence administrators whenever someone signs up to the Confluence site, either by clicking the 'Sign Up' link or by clicking the invitation URL sent by an administrator. The notification is enabled by default.

You may want to disable the notification after this week's Confluence upgrade, especially if you allow public signup and are expecting a large number of signups.

To disable the notification:

The email notification includes a link to change notification settings. Alternatively, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Users on the dashboard.
    Or take the longer route: Choose Browse > Confluence Admin. Click UsersAdd User.
  2. Remove the tick from Notify administrators when users sign up.

JIRA OnDemand — new features

Further Administration user interface improvements

Continuing on with improvements to the Administration User Interface (UI), further improvements have been implemented into the Administration UI, with a redesign of the pages for administering issue types, including a more streamlined configuration process for adding field configurations and screens.

The original 'sub-tab' for adding issue type schemes has been converted to a full tab on the left of the Administration UI and the form for adding an issue type scheme is now a dialog box, which is easily accessed by clicking the Add Issue Type Scheme button at the top-right of the Issue Type Scheme page.

Whenever you add a field configuration (+ scheme) or a screen, screen scheme or issue type screen scheme, you will be taken directly to the pages for configuring any of these newly created entities, thereby saving you the need to locate such an entity in a list and click its Configure link. This is especially useful for customers with highly configured JIRA OnDemand sites that contain extensive lists of these entities.

Performance Improvement

The following performance issue has been fixed. Searches that retrieve many thousands of issues are performed more rapidly.



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