Confluence 5.2-m19 EAP Release Notes


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17 June 2013

Atlassian is delighted to present Confluence 5.2 milestone 19 (m19). This is the first public milestone release of Confluence 5.2.

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?

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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.

Highlights of this release


Changes in preparation for the ability to rename users

With Confluence 5.3, we plan to provide the ability to change usernames. This functionality is not yet complete and won't be fully delivered in 5.2, however 5.2 will include the underlying schema changes necessary to support the feature. As of 5.2-m19, users now have a new, unique, permanent key as well as the already-existing, unique, changeable username.

For plugin developers: There are a number of API changes, and your plugin will need to migrate its existing data to user keys instead of usernames. See our developer's guide to Preparing for Confluence 5.2, specifically Renamable Users in Confluence 5.2.

Lucene upgrade

With Confluence 5.2, we have upgraded the Lucene search library to version 4.3 as part of larger efforts to make search better and faster.

For plugin developers: If you have implemented the Extractor interface in your plugin, then this upgrade introduces breaking changes. To update your plugin. See How to fix broken Extractors.

Distraction-free editor

Choose the 'Hide Tools' option on your toolbar to put your editor into full-screen mode. Alternatively, press the shortcut key Ctrl+Shift+F (Windows and Mac). This will hide the Confluence header, page title, toolbar, and the options at the bottom of the editor pane. To restore the options, move your cursor to the top of the editing pane or press the shortcut key again. Note: The full-screen editing option is available in Firefox, Chrome and Safari. It is not supported in Internet Explorer.

A single, smarter way of adding JIRA issues

We have merged the 'Insert JIRA Issues' option with the JIRA Issues macro, giving you a single way of inserting and displaying JIRA issues in Confluence. With the new JIRA Issues macro, you can:

  • Display a table of JIRA issues on your page, based on the results of a search using JIRA Query Language (JQL).
    Table display columns can be customized.  
  • Display a table of JIRA issues on your page, using a JIRA URL.
  • Display a single issue from the JIRA site, or a subset of selected issues from your JIRA search results.
  • Display a count of issues from the JIRA site.
  • Create a new issue on the JIRA site and display that issue on your page.

Faster, cleaner search

The search interface is now simpler and faster:

  • Redesigned filters. We've redesigned the search filters so you can see which filters are in effect. We also moved them to the left side of the screen to make them easier to find.
  • Instant filters. When you click a page filter, it is instantly applied. You no longer need to click a 'filter' button.
  • No more page refresh. When refining your search term or applying a filter to search results, the page no longer does a full refresh. This significantly reduces the time it takes to get your refined search results.
  • Advanced search syntax. Choose the question mark on the right-hand side of the search box for help with advanced search syntax.
  • Improved phrase matching. If you enter more than one search term, Confluence will give a higher ranking to results where the terms appear close to each other in the matching content.

Functionality removed:

  • 'Did you mean': We have removed the functionality that offered alternative search terms, such as correcting a spelling mistake. This has improved search performance.
  • Labels browser: We have removed the panel that displayed related labels on the search results page.

It's also easier to find pages you've recently viewed. When you click into the search field your recently-viewed pages now automatically appear:


Macro improvements

We've made improvements to several macros:

  • You can now specify the maximum number of pages shown by the Content Report Table macro. If there are more pages to display, the macro shows a 'Find more results' link. See the documentation.
  • The Create From Template macro allows you to add a button to any page to create a new page from a template or blueprint. You can now specify a default title for all pages created using the button, and include variables such as the current date, space name or space key in the title. See the documentation.
  • The Attachments macro includes an inline preview and a 'Download All' option.

Improved discoverability of watching

The option to watch a page or space is now more discoverable. People will notice the 'Watch' option on every page and blog post.

We've also added a 'Watch' option to Confluence mobile, for watching a page.

Improvements to blueprints

We have made several improvements to Confluence blueprints:

  • Confluence automatically adds you as an attendee when you create a meeting notes page, and as a stakeholder when you create a product requirements page.
  • You can now easily restrict file lists when you create them.
  • Blueprint index pages are now editable.
  • You can now use blueprints in your favorite languages: French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
  • Administrators can now disable particular blueprints for the whole site. Go to Confluence Admin > Global Templates and choose Disable next to the blueprint you wish to disable.

Other improvements

  • Tired of typing in multiple names when sharing a page with your team? You can now share your pages with groups.
  • You can now delete your own comments, even if you do not have the 'Remove Comments' permission for the space. You cannot delete the comment if someone has already replied to it.
  • We've improved the visual design of HTML exports
  • The space directory now includes a link to information about each space. Even if you are not a space administrator, you can find out who the space administrators are. Choose the information icon next to the space.
    You will see the space details, including administrators.
  • A new dialog appears when you click the help icon  and choose 'About Confluence'. It shows information about your Confluence version and the licenses for various software libraries included in the Confluence distribution. Confluence add-on developers can include information in the dialog, using the new About Page Panel Module.



Giving feedback

We'd love your feedback so please:

  • Feel free to comment on this page with your feedback, or
  • Send us your comments via the 'Got Feedback' option in the header of your EAP Confluence site.

Upgrade notes

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

Last modified on May 27, 2016

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