Confluence 3.1 Beta 1 Release Notes
Confluence 3.1 Beta 1 is a public development release ("Beta") leading up to the official release of Confluence 3.1, which we aim to ship in Q4/2009.
Confluence versions marked "Milestone", "Beta" or "Release Candidate" (RC) are development releases, which are preliminary releases leading up to the official release of a major Confluence version. They are a snapshot of our work in progress and provide an advance preview of new features to our customers and the general public. Confluence plugin developers can also use development releases to test and fix their plugins in advance of an official release.
The main distinction between a beta and a milestone release is that milestone releases typically acquire new features with each subsequent milestone version, whereas beta releases are predominantly feature-complete. Beta releases still undergo bug fixing and occasionally, existing features may be enhanced or added in subsequent beta versions. Release candidates are close to being ready for final release, but may still undergo changes before the final release.
For all production use and testing of Confluence, please use the latest official release.
Who should try this out?
With development releases, the Confluence development team aims to provide plugin developers with an opportunity to see the latest changes in the code.
Furthermore, if you are a Confluence customer who is eager to see the new features and provide us with feedback on our upcoming major release, we encourage you to try out our development releases.
Each development release has passed all our automated tests, has undergone some performance testing and has been used for one week on our official internal Confluence server. Furthermore, most of the solved issues have been reviewed.
Be aware that our development releases are still undergoing final performance and compatibility testing for databases and application servers. Hence, we recommend that you use development releases on installations with small (as opposed to full production-level) user bases.
If you wish to upgrade your existing Confluence installation with this version, ensure you have created a separate copy of your current Confluence production installation first and using that copy, follow the normal upgrade instructions to upgrade it to this development release. If you have also implemented customised site- or space-specific layouts, you will need to re-implement them after the upgrade. Otherwise, some of the new features in Confluence (or possibly existing features) may not function correctly.
All development releases are available from Development Releases on the Atlassian website.
There are several bugs outstanding which will be resolved before the official release. Some bugs you are most likely to come across are:
- Page Preview — When editing a page or blog post and you click the 'Preview' tab, only the first section of content is shown. You will not be able to scroll down to view the remaining content on a page.
- Widget Connector Icon — The current icon has not yet been finalised and will change before the official release of Confluence 3.1.
- Quick Navigation Aid — The Quick Navigation Aid does not work in Internet Explorer 6.0.
Refer to our JIRA site for a list of Confluence 3.1-specific bugs.
Highlights of Confluence 3.1
Highlights of this Release:
Gadgets are small objects that offer dynamic content and functionality which may be served by any OpenSocial-compliant web application, such as JIRA 4.0+, the same or another Confluence installation, or non-Atlassian applications such as iGoogle and Gmail.
- Confluence supports the use of gadgets in pages and blog posts, which are accessible through the macro browser.
- Confluence can also serve its own gadgets, for use in any other OpenSocial-compliant web application including the same or another Confluence installation. Two such gadgets are bundled with Confluence:
- Activity Stream — This gadget shows a list of recent activities that have occurred on the Confluence server, such as the addition of new pages, blog posts or comments, content edits, status updates and so on.
- Quick Navigation Aid — This gadget provides heading and content search capabilities on a Confluence server.
Inserting a JIRA Gadget onto a Confluence Page
Office 2007 Support
Confluence now provides full support for Office 2007 files, allowing you to view and edit content from Microsoft Word 2007 (
.dotx), PowerPoint 2007 (
.potx) and Excel 2007 (
- Along with existing Microsoft Office versions, Confluence now fully indexes Microsoft Office 2007 files and their content can be searched by Confluence.
- Office files can be edited directly from any page's or blog post's list of attachments.
- Using Confluence's Office connector macros, you can insert Word, PowerPoint or Excel 2007 files directly into your Confluence page.
New 'Move Page' Feature
Confluence introduces a new page moving feature, that easily allows you to move the page you are currently viewing, adding or editing to another page elsewhere in the same or another space of your Confluence site. This feature is available through a new 'page move' dialog box, which provides the following flexible methods for moving pages:
- Known Location – Allows you to type the name of a space and within that space, the 'parent' page under which to move your page.
- Search – Allows you to search for a 'parent' page (within a selected space or set of spaces) under which to move your page.
- Recently Viewed – Allows you to select one of your recently viewed pages to be the 'parent' of your page to be moved.
- Browse – Allows you to select a space and page (within the tree of pages in the space) that will be the 'parent' of your page to be moved.
For more information, refer to Move and Reorder Pages.
New Image Browser
A new 'Image Browser' has been introduced to replace the old 'Insert Image' dialog box. The image browser provides a less-cluttered and enhanced interface that allows you to:
- Hover over any image in the browser and expand the image (to preview it in detail) by clicking its 'magnifying glass' icon in the lower-right corner, before inserting it onto a page.
- Add a link to an image elsewhere on the web via the image's URL.
Confluence's drafts features have been improved, such that you can now view any of your unsaved draft changes before deciding to resume editing them. This nifty feature comes in handy, particularly when other people have made subsequent changes to a page or blog post in your drafts list and you need to merge changes or resolve a conflict.
New Page Restrictions Dialog Box
Confluence's page restrictions feature has been incorporated into a convenient and accessible dialog box that is now easier to use than before.
- The page restrictions dialog box can be accessed from the padlock icon or the 'Tools'
->'Restrictions' menu item on any Confluence page. From this dialog box, you can view all viewing and editing restrictions associated with the page you are viewing. You no longer need to view the page's associated 'Info' page in order to view these restrictions.
- It is no longer necessary for a page to be in edit mode in order to modify its page restrictions. You can edit all page restrictions from this dialog box.
- The page restrictions dialog box is still accessible when when a page is in edit mode.
New Rich Text Editor Insert Menu
Confluence's rich text editor now combines a number of its commonly used editing features into a new convenient 'Insert' menu.
- The Horizontal line, Insert Symbol and Insert Emoticon Toolbar icons have been moved into the new insert menu.
- The functionality to insert images, links or attachments into a page can now also be accessed from this menu.
- The macro browser, as well as a number of commonly-used macros are conveniently accessible from this menu too.
Other Editor Enhancements
Macro Browser Smart Fields
When using the, an 'auto-complete' feature is now provided on any parameters that require the entry of a single item, such as a page title, username or space key. This greatly facilitates the customisation of macros and minimises the need to know the exact item names in advance.
Edit Mode Exit Notification
Whenever you add or edit a page, comment or blog post and then click onto another Confluence feature that navigates away from your unsaved content, a message box appears, warning that your content will be saved as a draft (if it is a page) or lost (if a comment). This allows you to cancel out of this action if it was accidental.
Other small enhancements and improvements to Confluence include:
- Support for Internet Explorer 8 — Confluence 3.1 now fully supports Internet Explorer 8, released around mid-2009.
- Support for OAuth — With the introduction of gadgets (above) in this release, Confluence 3.1 now allows you to establish OAuth relationships with other web applications such as JIRA 4.0+, iGoogle, Gmail etc., thereby allowing them to share resources via gadgets.
- New 'Link to this page' feature — If you wish to link to a Confluence page from any other location on the web, use the convenient 'Link to this Page' feature (available from any page's or blog post's 'Tools' menu). Upon selecting this feature, the 'Link to this Page' dialog box opens, from which you can copy three versions of the link to embed elsewhere:
- Link – Standard URL which should work from any other accessible location on the web.
- Tiny Link – A reduced-length version of the 'Link', which can be used in text fields of limited length, such as tweets or Confluence Status Updates
- Wiki Markup – A wiki markup version of the link, which can be used in any other location within your Confluence site.
- 'More' links on activity streams — 'More' links have been added to various activity streams throughout the Confluence interface, including the profile sidebar, a user's profile page and via the recently updated macro. Clicking on a 'More' link expands the list of results, providing a convenient means of accessing progressively more distant user activities.
- New Log In and Log Out screens.
- In an aim to minimise confusion, 'News Items' are now consistently called 'Blog Posts' throughout the Confluence interface and a list of blog posts is collectively referred to as a 'Blog'.
- Other minor interface improvements.
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