Confluence 4.1-m5 EAP Release Notes

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.

Do not use in production

Development releases should not be used in production environments as they are not officially supported.

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.

Please note the following

  • Development releases are not safe. Development releases are snapshots of the ongoing Confluence development process. For that reason:
    • While we try to keep these releases stable, they have not undergone the same degree of testing as a full release.
    • Features in development releases may be incomplete, or may change or be removed before the next full release.
  • No upgrade path. Because development releases represent work in progress, we cannot provide a supported upgrade path between development releases, or from any development release to the eventual final release. Thus, it is possible that you will not be able to migrate any data you store in a Confluence development release to a future Confluence release.
  • Atlassian does not provide support for 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.

Upgrade Procedure

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.

Highlights of this Milestone


Image Effects

After inserting an image, you can now apply one of five effects to the image by clicking the new Effects button and choosing from one of the following:

  • Taped,
  • Instant Camera,
  • Curl Shadow,
  • Snapshot,
  • Drop Shadow.

(info) The images above are displayed using the 'Snapshot' Image Effect.


(No More) Page Title Character Restrictions

You can now use "special" characters such as : or @ or % in your page titles, as in the screenshot below. Various new features like this are now possible, thanks to the move to the new Confluence editor.

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  1. User avatar

    Jonas Lindström

    Maybe this is already on your roadmap, but I just want to make sure. (smile)

    Since you are improving the image editor anyway, could you consider adding image captions? They are really useful in many situations and simply adding the text outside of the image doesn't cut it. It's difficult to make it look like the text actually describes the image unless it is positions in a frame with the image.

    The way I see it, captions could be an additional attachment property. The comment property is currently associated with uploading a new version of an attachment, but the caption could be more of a permanent value that described the attachment.

    In the case of images, captions could be shown when the user requests it (an additional checkbox "show caption").

    Another potential image improvement would be automatic numbering of images. The number could be shown beside the caption. This could be another checkbox.

    This would make it even easier to make professional-looking documents with lots of images.

    [number] [caption]

    Example (with the only difference being that the caption is below the image):

    1. New image property dialog



    23 Nov 2011
    1. User avatar

      Anatoli Kazatchkov [Atlassian]

      Hi Jonas,

      Thanks for using our EAP and thanks a lot for giving us your feedback!  We indeed have 'image annotations' feature on our roadmap (not sure what version we'll actually deliver it in). The feature would be similar to skitch annotations but a little simpler since annotations will be done in a browser, once the image has been uploaded.

      23 Nov 2011
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        Jonas Lindström

        Hi Anatoli,

        Thanks for the reply. Can't wait to see the implementation. (smile)

        24 Nov 2011
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