Confluence 4.3-RC1 Release Notes

1 August 2012

With great pleasure, Atlassian presents Confluence 4.3 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). This EAP (early access program) release is a snapshot of our work in progress, primarily focused on allowing Confluence users to see the new features in advance. Feel free to comment on the page if you want to provide any feedback or ask any questions. EAP releases also give plugin developers an opportunity to test and fix their plugins in advance of an official release.

What's in this release?

Please see the new features of Confluence 4.3 described in the Confluence 4.3-Beta1 Release Notes. For plugin developers, please see our developer's guide to preparing for Confluence 4.3.

This release candidate is primarily a bug-fix release. These are the changes in Confluence 4.3 RC1:

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Development releases are not production ready. Development releases are snapshots of the ongoing Confluence development process. While we try to keep these releases stable, they have not undergone the same degree of testing as a full release, and could contain features that are 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 a final release. You may 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.

Changes in this release

Changes to drafts functionality

Confluence 4.3 offers the same draft-handling capabilities as Confluence 4.2, with one improvement: You can now have more than one draft of a new page or blog post in the same space. In earlier versions, you could have multiple drafts of existing pages, but only one new draft.

(You may have noticed that the beta release offered you the option to save a draft when creating or editing a page or blog post. This was a new, experimental way of handling drafts. After usability testing, we decided that this feature is not yet ready for release. For that reason, the ability to explicitly save drafts will not be in the final release of Confluence 4.3.)


Image zoom and table scrolling in Confluence mobile

Have you tried viewing Confluence 4.3 content on your iPhone, iPod touch or Android device?

  • You can now tap an image to zoom in, then pinch and expand the image using the standard mobile gestures.
  • When a page includes a wide table, you can tap and drag to scroll horizontally.

See the beta release notes for a full description of the new mobile interface in Confluence 4.3.


Mentions now available via the 'Insert' menu

In Confluence 4.0 we introduced @mentions, a handy way of mentioning someone in a page or comment. If you type '@' and someone's name, Confluence sends that person an email notification. Now we have added the user mention option to the editor's 'Insert' menu to help new users discover this useful feature.


Existing templates now migrated on upgrade

As you know from the beta release notes, Confluence 4.3 introduces a rich text editor for templates. When we released the beta, we had not yet included an upgrade task to migrate your existing templates from wiki markup to the new storage format required by the rich text editor. That upgrade task is now present in the RC1 release. This process is automatic, and you should not need to take any action. For more details about the upgrade process, see Migration of Templates from Wiki Markup to XHTML-Based Storage Format.


Other items of interest

  • Comment and edit alerts not in Confluence 4.3. The Confluence 4.3 Beta 1 release contained a feature that popped up a message when a new comment arrived or someone updated the page you were viewing. This feature is not in the final release of Confluence 4.3, as it needed more work to make it shippable.
  • Discoverable space administrators not in Confluence 4.3. The beta release included a feature that listed space administrators in the space directory and on the 'Advanced' tab of the space. This feature requires more performance tuning, and is not in the final release.

Upgrade notes

 These notes assist you in upgrading your test site to this EAP release.

  1. The JIRA Portlet macro is no longer supported.
    Gadgets replaced portlets in JIRA 4.0 and Confluence 3.1. We deprecated the use of JIRA portlets in Confluence 4.2 (see the Confluence 4.2 upgrade notes) and have removed the portlet code in Confluence 4.3. Pages that contain the macro will no longer display information drawn from JIRA. Instead, they will show an error reporting that the macro does not exist. To prevent this behavior, please upgrade to a version of JIRA that supports gadgets, and follow the instructions in How to migrate from JIRA Issues and JIRA portlets to gadgets.
  2. Active Objects is now bundled.
    Confluence 4.3 ships with the Active Objects plugin. If you have previously installed Active Objects into your Confluence 4.2 site, you will need to uninstall it before upgrading to Confluence 4.3. This is because user-installed plugins override bundled plugins.

Follow the usual upgrade instructions to upgrade your test site to this release.

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