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27 March 2013

Highlights of Confluence 5.1

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Video introducing blueprints



Introducing blueprints

Blank pages are a thing of the past. Choose 'Create' and select a blueprint.

  • Create meeting notes, shared file lists, requirements documentation and more.
  • View blueprint pages and summary information on special index pages.
  • Customise blueprint templates to make each blueprint do exactly what you need.
  • Get more blueprints in the Atlassian Marketplace.

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

This is just the beginning. Read on to find out about our first three blueprints.



Meeting Notes blueprint

The Meeting Notes blueprint helps you to plan your meetings and share notes and actions with your team.

 


Choose 'Create' > 'Meeting Notes' and let the blueprint take over. It supplies the date and page title, and provides instructional text prompting you to enter attendees, agenda items and more. Use tasks and @mentions to keep track of attendees and action items.

See all your meeting notes in one place on the Meeting Notes index page. It's easy to find – the blueprint automatically creates a shortcut on your sidebar.



File List blueprint

Use the File List blueprint to create lists of files to share with your team. It's great for organising documents, images and presentations.

 


Choose 'Create' > 'File List' and then start dropping files onto the page. It's that easy.

The File List page uses the Attachments macro to list all your files. You can preview inline, view the history and much more.

Add as many File List pages as you need, and see them all in one place on the File List index. The shortcut is on your sidebar.



Product Requirements blueprint

The Product Requirements blueprint helps you to define, scope and track requirements for your product or feature.

 


Choose 'Create' > 'Product Requirements'. The blueprint will prompt you for information about your product or feature.

The Product Requirements blueprint uses the powerful Page Properties and Page Properties Report macros. To see the status, key contacts and other relevant details of each requirement at a glance, click the Product Requirements shortcut on the sidebar.

The best part? The blueprint's template is customisable. Define the information you want to record and display, and make the blueprint work for you.



New template features

We've added some great new features to Confluence's page templates. These improvements are available in user-created templates as well as the new blueprints.

Customisable blueprints

An important part of a blueprint is the template. You can update the template, just like any other Confluence template. This means you can adapt the content of the blueprint pages to suit your specific needs in a space or across your whole site. For example, you might update the Meeting Notes blueprint to include a heading for apologies. More...

Instructional text in templates

Do you need to tell authors how to use a template, and what to put where? 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. Find this handy feature under the new 'Templates' menu in the template editor, along with variables.  

Create from Template macro

This new macro satisfies a popular request: you can now add a button to a page, prompting people to create content based on a specific template. When someone chooses the button, the macro opens the editor, ready to add a new page with content from the given template. More...

Template descriptions

Administrators can now edit the description of user-created space and site templates. Template descriptions appear in the 'Create' dialog and are useful for explaining the purpose of a template.



HTML5 viewers for PDF and PowerPoint files

The PDF and PowerPoint View File macros macros now use HTML5 instead of Flash. This means your content loads faster and can be viewed on a wider range of devices. 

See the new viewer in action in this meeting notes page.



Page Properties Report macro

If you've never used these macros before, you don't know what you're missing. The Page Properties Report macro presents a tabulated summary of metadata that has been embedded on Confluence pages via the Page Properties macro.

In this release, we have added new parameters to the Page Properties Report macro. You can now specify the spaces to show data from, and the columns to include in the report. See this macro in action in the Product Requirements blueprint.



Improved macros

We're continuing to make our existing macros look and work even better.

Attachments macro

This macro has been given a facelift. You can now expand each file in the list to:

  • Preview the attachment inline, without leaving the page.
  • See the attachment's labels and version history.
  • Edit or remove the attachment.

See this macro in action in the File List blueprint.

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. We've added blue to the range of colours.
 



More goodness

Image titles and alt text

You can now add an image title and alternative (alt) text 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. Alt text is available to screen readers and when an image cannot be shown. Border effects now also appear in the 'Properties' option.

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.

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. Why scroll when you can search!

PDF export improvements

We have improved the way our PDF export handles images, making spaces with many 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!

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.

Type 'GG' to get there even faster: Press 'G' twice on your keyboard to put your cursor in the search box, then continue typing the action you want. If you use JIRA, you will recognise the 'GG' combination because the same shortcut opens the JIRA administration search dialog.

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



Infrastructure changes and API improvements

These are points of interest to plugin and add-on developers. For a full description of these changes, please see our guide to preparing for Confluence 5.1.

Blueprints for developers

Calling all add-on developers! We have some excellent resources to help you create your own blueprints:

Extending the image properties dialog

Confluence 5.1 introduces a new pluggable image properties dialog. If you are building an add-on that extends an image (such as an image map, image manipulation, and so on) you should consider using the image properties dialog. See Extending the Image Properties Dialog.

Labels tidied up

We have simplified and improved the labels code, and added some REST resources:

  • We have deleted two Velocity (vm) files. Please adjust any plugins that use them:
    • label-listitems.vm – This provided a for-each loop over another template. You should be able to get the same functionality from labels-list.vm.
    • labels-dialog.vm – We now use the Soy version of this template.
  • Labels now follow the ADG/AUI Labels guidelines. Your plugin should use these guidelines too, so that it automatically inherits AUI changes in future releases.

Support for Internet Explorer 10

We now support Internet Explorer 10. See Supported Platforms.

The Confluence 5.1 team

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Development

Adrien Ragot
Agnes Ro
Alexander Dickson
Alice Wang
Anatoli Kazatchkov
Ángel Eduardo García Hernández
Anna Katrina Dominguez
Chris Kiehl
Craig Petchell
Dave Loeng
David Richard
David Rizzuto
David Taylor
Don Willis
Edith Tom
Esther Asenjo Reyes
Fabian Kraemer
Ivan Loire
Jesper Särnesjö
Joe Xie
Jonathan Raoult
Julien Michel Hoarau
Kenny MacLeod
Matthew Erickson
Niraj Bhawnani
Olli Nevalainen
Paul Curren
Peggy Kuo
Richard Atkins
Ryan Ackley
Sam Tardif
Steve Haffenden
Steven Lancashire
Ted Piotrowski
Wesley Walser
William Archinal
Xavier Sanchez Taixe

Architecture
Charles Miller

Plugin updates

David Chui
Kai Chong
Ong Kang Leng
Philip Cher

Management

Product management
Bill Arconati
John Masson
Sherif Mansour

Product marketing management
Ryan Anderson
Terrence Caldwell
Matthew Hodges

Development manager
Matt Ryall

Support

Sydney support
Michael Seager
Denise Unterwurzacher
David Mason
Lachlan Dally

Amsterdam support
Alex Conde
John Inder
Peter Koczan
Ruchi Tandon
Theodore Tzidamis
Yilin Mo

Brazil support
Alyson Reis
Guilherme Heck
Rodrigo Adami
Bruna Griebeler
Luiz Carlos Junior
Giuliano de Campos
Bernardo Acevedo
William Zanchet

Kuala Lumpur support
Joachim Ooi
Septa Cahyadiputra
Foogie Sim
Hanis Suhailah
Rian Josua Masikome
Amalia Sanusi

San Francisco support
Adam Laskowski
Tim Wong
Robert Chang
Ryan Goodwin
Andrew Campbell
Daniel Borcherding

Service Enablement
Renan Battaglin

Cross-product team

Design
Henry Tapia
Valter Fatia

Quality assistance  
Joey Corea
Mark Hrynczak
Glenn Martin

Technical writing  
Sarah Maddox
Rachel Robins

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16 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Excellent!

  2. Awesome work on this release, guys! (smile) This is why I really love Atlassian's products. They are always awesome. (big grin)

  3. Good release!  Like the focus on page properties, I think those are very powerful is people use them right.  And starting to warm up to Templates.

    Minor note: the colors of the info, note, warning, etc macros are very faint... I like their new style, but I think their backgrounds should be a tad "darker" so they stand out a bit more. Additionally the table lines are very faint as well... Confluence is beginning to look very washed out.

    1. Hi David. I have forwarded your feedback to our design team. Please keep it coming!

  4. Anonymous

    Very nice Release Notes template, is this template part of the 5.1 Documentation Theme? We have a local copy of Confluence.

    1. Hi Anonymous, 

      Glad you like the layout! This release notes page is not based on a template. The layout was achieved using Section and Column macros. We have also applied some custom CSS to this whole space which changes the fonts, sizing and spacing etc, which we might be able to make available as a plugin at some point.  

      Rachel

  5. Anonymous

    Thanks, can you make the macros and CSS available so that we can make our release notes similar?

    1. The macros used are basic confluence macros. You can find out about using the Section and Column macros on this page - Working with Page Layouts and Columns and Sections. As I mentioned, we may make the CSS available as a plugin in future.  

  6. This page is really beautiful. What program did you use to edit the screen shots so that you get the magnifying glass effect? That's just flat-out cool.

    Thanks!

  7. Anonymous

    Rachel Robins [Atlassian Technical Writer] Very nice layout - please publish the css as a plugin soon. Is there a release date for the plugin? Thank you Thomas

    1. Hi Thomas, there is no date for the plugin as yet, but a modified version of the CSS can now be found here: https://bitbucket.org/atlassian/atlassian-documentation-stylesheet

      Some things to note: 
      • this CSS is unsupported and will not be maintained. It may break with any future releases.  
      • the CSS is applied to each space individually
      • applying custom CSS is not available to OnDemand customers.
      There are instructions on how to apply custom CSS to a space here - Styling Confluence with CSS.
      Hope this helps get you started. Rachel
  8. Rachel Robins [Atlassian Technical Writer] Any update on my question about the program you're using to get the magnifying glass screenshots? I can imagine doing it a lot of ways, but assume you have a more elegant solution than what I've come up with so far.

    1. Hey Rase McCray - We use Keynote to make this type of screenshot.

      Here's a video that shows how we do it:

      You can download the keynote template here.

      Hope this helps!

      1. That was very cool and it was definitely more elegant than my solution. Thanks so, so much!! Y'all rock.