Confluence 5.8 Release Notes

2 June 2015


Highlights of Confluence 5.8 

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Closing the file collaboration loop

In Confluence 5.7 we brought you a brand new files experience that supported nearly all the stages of the collaboration cycle – upload, comment, edit, and resolve. Now we add a final piece, giving you powerful ways to present your work to your team. 

Present your hard work

You've uploaded your file, resolved the comments from your team, and it's finally time to present your work. Don't download the file; head to the preview and choose Start presentation to show off your work in glorious full screen. New controls and keyboard shortcuts make it easy to navigate to the next slide or page in your file, or jump seamlessly to the next file on the page. 

It doesn't matter whether you're presenting a series of individual design mockups, a PDF of your project plan, or a PowerPoint of your end of year financials – there's no need to leave Confluence or have the native application installed. If you can preview it, you can present it. 


Recover files from the trash

Uploading and collaborating on files has never been easier, but what happens when it's time to delete a file and you accidentally delete the wrong one? Nothing! Deleted files now go straight to the trash, where a space administrator can restore them, just like pages. Head to Space Tools > Content Tools > Trash.

Preview or download from the attachments macro

It's good to have choices, like the choice to preview or download from the attachments macro. There's now a separate preview button in the attachments macro that you can use to preview the file or you can just click the file name to download it.

Huge wins for massive tables

If you create tables with lots of rows, things like manually numbering rows can be a real drag. Now you can add a numbering column, which automagically numbers all the rows in your table. It's great for those mammoth tables of requirements or project tasks. You can see the numbering column in action in the Requirements blueprint.

What about viewing a big table? Table header rows now stick to the top when you're viewing a page, making those really long tables easier to read. (There's a few exceptions, such as when your table is inside a page layout or another table - check out the documentation for more details). 

As a bonus, we've also added cut, copy and paste buttons for columns. Yey.

Supercharge your reporting

The Content by Label and Page Properties Report macros are great for keeping track of your team's work, but sometimes it'd be great to get more granular with the search.

In 5.8 these macros get a brand new experience that lets you build your own query, just by adding fields. It's super flexible, and will allow you to focus in on just the pages you want to display. The macros use Confluence Query Language (CQL), which we hope to bring to more places in Confluence soon. 

Content by Label macro 

The Content by Label macro is great for displaying a dynamic list of related pages. Now, using CQL, you have even more control over the pages to display. Only include pages in a particular page tree, containing specific text in the title or page, or that have a specific combination of labels.

Here's a simple example that returns pages with the label 'meeting-notes' in any space, that mention people in my team. 

Page Properties Report macro

We know many of you want to report on multiple labels, or only include pages under a specific parent page. With CQL, now you can.

Here's an example that'll return only pages with the labels 'project' and 'current' in this space, which are direct children of the page 'New projects FY 2015'.

As you can see, the possibilities are almost endless (or at least our engineers say they are).

Building your own macro?

Check out our code with the Page Properties Report and the Content By Label macros if you want to include some CQL-added superpowers to your macro!

Small improvements with a big impact

Notify watchers remembers your preference

The editor will now remember your last selection for the Notify watchers checkbox. Less clicks, more win. 

Plan your roadmap by week or month

You can now choose to display your roadmaps in weeks or months in the Roadmap Planner macro.

Better handling of replies to inline comments

We've made several improvements to inline comments, including collapsing replies to an inline comment where there are lots of them.

Helping your new people get started 

In this release we've added a cool onboarding experience for brand new users. When someone logs in for the first time they'll be shown a quick video about Confluence and asked to upload a profile picture. We'll have your new people collaborating in no time. 

Data Center improvements

We've added the ability for a node to recover the index from an existing node when joining the cluster. This is useful when adding a brand new node, or if a node has been shut down for more than a few days (longer than the journal service is able to catch up).

Infrastructure changes and API improvements

Notable administration or infrastructure changes in this release: 

  • This release includes an upgrade to Applinks 4.3.4.

For more changes that will affect plugin developers, please see Preparing for Confluence 5.8.

Credits

Our wonderful customers - we (heart) you guys!

You play an important role in making Confluence better. Thank you to everyone who participated in interviews with us, made suggestions, voted and reported bugs on our issue tracker !

Tell us what you think

We love hearing from you, so we've added a question over at Answers for you to tell us how you're enjoying Confluence 5.8

The Confluence 5.8 team

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Development

Alice Wang
Ángel Eduardo García Hernández
Brendan McNamara
Dave Loeng
David Ma
David Richard
David Rizzuto
David Taylor
Denise Unterwurzacher
Duy Quoc Tran
Duy Truong Luong
Edith Tom
Eduardo Garcia
Elliot Pahl
Frederik Granna
Giang Vo Truong
Hao Trung Ho
Hoang Nguyen
Haymo Meran
Hieu Ta
Huy Tuong Nguyen
Ian Grunert
Isabelle Flores
Ivan Loire
James McArthur
Joe Xie
Jonah Turnquist
Julien Michel Hoarau
Kate West-Walker
Kenny MacLeod
Khanh Ma
Khoa Pham
Ky Pham
Lap Tran
Leonardo Borges
Maciej Zasada
Maksym Fedoryshyn
Mark Assad
Mark Chaimungkalanont
Matthew Erickson
Matthew Jensen
Michael Oates
Minh Tang
Minh Tran 
Mitermayer Reis
Nam Ho Xuan
Nguyen Dang
Nhan Dang
Nhi Nguyen
Nick Clarke
Niraj Bhawnani
Oliver Burn
Olli Nevalainen
Petro Semeniuk
Phong Quoc Le
Phong Hong Nguyen
Platon Serbin
Quan Phan
Quang Ho
Raymond Su
Richard Atkins
Sam Howie
Sam Tardiff
Sami Jaatinen
Shaun Esther
Simon Tan
Steve Haffenden
Steven Lancashire
Tam Tran Minh
Ted Piotrowski
Thinh Quang Hua
Thuan Nguyen
Tin Vuu
Tobias Steiner
Truong Vu
Tue Tri Dang
Tung Thanh Dang
Vito Cassi
Vu Truong Vo
Xavier Sanchez Taixe

Management

Product management 

Wendell Keuneman
Henk Kleynhans

JK Thng
Sherif Mansour
Spenser Norrish
Stephanie Arnaud

Product marketing management 
Kendra Kissane
John Wetenhall
Ryan Anderson
Terrence Caldwell

Development management 
Matt Ryall
Ben Mackie
Chris Kiehl
Ky Pham 
Mat Lawrence

Cross-product team

Design 
Henry Tapia
Brenda Castro
Dung Dang Quoc (Mos)
Igor Micov  
Valter Fatia 

Quality assistance   
Mark Hrynczak
Glenn Martin
Hai Nguyen
Jonas Soderstrom
Phuc Thi Minh Nguyen
Son Lien Hoang
Dee Pabst

Technical writing      
Rachel Robins
Giles Brunning 

Support

Sydney support 
Michael Seager
Lachlan Dally
Dave Norton

Amsterdam support 
Alexander Goudsmit
Yilin Mo
Alex Conde
Miranda Rawson 

Brazil support 
Jorge Dias
Rodrigo Adami
Guilherme Nedel
Giuliano de Campos
William Zanchet
Deividi Luvison
Eduardo Mallmann
Renato Rudnicki

Japan support
Adam Laskowski
Seiji Morita 

Kuala Lumpur support 
Immanuel Siagian
Foogie Sim
Septa Cahyadiputra
Jing Hwa Cheok
Patrice Samuel Rompas
Wayne Wong
Suren Raj
Der Lun Ooi
Kok Yan Yong
Monique Khairuliana 
Hossein Toussi 
Saleh Parsa  

 USA support 
Rick Bal
Robert Chang
Brian Tom
Ann Worley
Tin Nguyen
Brian Boyle
Stephen Brannen 

Service enablement 
Matthew Saxby

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