Confluence in March - Blueprints and More


March 2013: Confluence 5.1 is coming to Atlassian OnDemand. This release introduces blueprints, a new way of defining templates. Read on to find more about blueprints and other features in this release.

Confluence blueprints, best practices out of the box

Blank pages are a thing of the past. Click 'Create' and choose a blueprint.

  • Create meeting notes, shared file lists, requirements documentation and more.
  • View blueprint pages and summary information on special index pages.
  • Customize blueprint templates to make each blueprint do exactly what you need.

Note that the blueprints do not currently support internationalization. This is on our short-term roadmap, as something we want to address soon. See our knowledge base article on this issue.

The possibilities are endless. This is just the beginning.

On this page:

Quick access to admin functions via search box

Start typing what you want to do into the Confluence search box. The matching administrative functions will appear with a cog icon at the top of the search results.

JIRA administrators accustomed to using to the 'GG' shortcut for opening the JIRA administration search dialog will also feel at home. Press 'G' twice on your keyboard to put your cursor in the search box, then continue typing the action you want.

Confluence administration and space administration options may appear in the search results. You will only see the options that you have permission to perform.

 

One new macro and many macro improvements

A new macro satisfies a popular request: you can now add a button to a page to create content based on a template. We're also continuing to make our existing macros look and work even better.

  • Create from Template macro
    New in Confluence 5.1! This macro displays a button on a page, linked to a specific template. When someone chooses the button, the macro opens the editor, ready to add a new page based on the given template.
  • Attachments macro
    This macro has been given a facelift. You can now expand each file in the list to view its labels and version history, and to view, edit or remove the attachment.  See this macro in action in the file list blueprint.
  • Page Properties Report macro
    This macro has new parameters. You can now specify spaces to show data from and the columns to include in the report. See this macro in action in the requirements blueprint.
  • PDF and PowerPoint View File macros 
    These macros have been updated to use HTML5 instead of Flash. This means your content loads faster and can be viewed on a wider range of devices. 
  • Status macro
    This macro has also received some love. The status lozenge is now thinner and allows you to choose between a solid or outline style. You can also change it's text from the property panel. We've even added blue to the range of colors!
     

More goodness

Autocomplete when restricting a page to a group

Do you love it when Confluence autocompletes the username when you are restricting a page? Now autocomplete is also available when you want to restrict a page to a group. 

Alt text and titles on images

You can now add title and 'alt' metadata directly via the image properties panel. Select an image and choose 'Properties'. Titles appear when you hover over an image or when viewing the full size image. Alternative (alt) text is available to screen readers and when an image cannot be shown. Border effects are now also available via the 'Properties' option.

Searching the Create dialog

Confluence 5.0 introduced the Create dialog. Now we've added a handy search field to help you find the template or blueprint
you need fast. Why scroll when you can search!

PDF export improvements

We have improved the way our PDF export handles images, making spaces with lots of images export more efficiently.

Workbox notifications

Notifications in your workbox will be automatically marked as 'read' if you have already viewed the page or blog post. Nice!

Instructional text in templates

You can now add instructional text to your templates. This text is only visible in the editor and disappears when the author of the page begins typing. You can find this handy feature under the new 'Templates' menu in the template editor, along with variables. See instructional text in action in the meeting notes and product requirements blueprints. 

Support for Internet Explorer 10

We now support Internet Explorer 10.

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