Confluence 5.9.1-EAP05112015V2 Release Notes

4 November 2015

We're pleased to present Confluence 5.9.1-EAP05112015V2. This release is a snapshot of our work in progress, primarily focused on allowing Confluence users to see the new features in advance. Beta releases also give add-on developers an opportunity to test and fix their add-ons in advance of an official 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

A better way to restrict pages

We've made it easier to restrict who can edit and view your pages in Confluence.

The new padlock icon    at the top of the page gets you straight into the restrictions dialog (you can still get there using  > Restrictions, but why click twice?).

There's three options:

  • No restrictions - keep the page open to everyone (hint: use this for a quick way to remove existing restrictions). 
  • Editing restricted - limit who can edit a page, but keep it open for everyone to view.
  • Viewing and editing restricted - set exactly who can view, and who can edit. It's is the most flexible option. 

Here's how it looks:


The padlock icon at the top of the page changes when a page is restricted  , or when it's inheriting view restrictions from another page  . We'll also give you a warning in the restrictions dialog when your page is affected by restrictions on other pages.

One-click create for blank pages

We love our Confluence templates, and think they're really handy, but we also know that many pages start out blank. To save you time when creating blank pages, we're taking the process from 3 steps down to 1 with our new 'quick create' option. Instead of a single create button in the header, you'll now see two options: Create (blank page) and Create from template.

Page templates and other content types are just as easy to access as they were before. Just choose the Create from template   option in the header.

Say goodbye to unknown attachment fails

When you copy content from the editor and paste it into another page we'll re-attach any images for you, automatically. You'll be seeing a lot less of the dreaded "unknown attachment" error.

To notify, or not to notify

The Notify watchers checkbox now remembers your choice on a per page basis. So if you've chosen not to notify watchers on a particular page, it'll be unchecked next time you edit that page again.

More control over page excerpts

The Children Display and Content by Label macros both have an option to show a small excerpt of the content of the page in the list. In this release we've made those excerpts much more awesome. 

You can now choose between:

  • Simple excerpt – This is the current excerpt, that shows a single line of text from the Excerpt macro on each page. If there's no Excerpt macro, this option will show nothing. 
  • Rich content – This option shows formatted text, images and even some macros. If there's an excerpt macro on the page, it'll use the contents of that macro, or if there's no Excerpt macro it'll use whatever's at the top of the page. 

Give it a try – add a Children Display or Content by Label macro to your page, and turn on the rich content excerpt.

Knowledge for everyone, including your service desk customers

If you use JIRA Service Desk, you can now allow all active users and customers to view knowledge base articles in Confluence without granting them a Confluence license or enabling anonymous access to your site. This new setting is enabled via JIRA Service Desk, but can be turned off in Confluence at any time (globally or for specific spaces).

In most cases, these unlicensed users will view pages through the JIRA Service Desk customer portal or help center; however, they can also follow a link to a Confluence page and then navigate to other pages in the same space.

Unlicensed users do not have permission to:

  • Like, comment or edit content.
  • See the dashboard, user profiles, the people directory, or the space directory.
  • Search all of Confluence.

Allowing all active users and customers to view a space with the new JIRA Service Desk setting overrides all other space permissions. Due to the way Confluence inherits permissions, this means that any logged in Confluence user will also be able to see the space, regardless of their group membership.

Currently, this is only available if you integrate Confluence 5.9 with JIRA Service Desk Cloud. Keep an eye on the JIRA Service Desk release notes to find out when it is available for JIRA Service Desk Server.

Status updates removal

In our quest to simplify your Confluence experience, we're removing the Status Updates feature in Confluence 5.9. This includes the ability to:

  • update your status
  • see other people's status via their profile or the User Status List macro.

If you think you might be using the User Status List macro on any pages in your site you might want to remove them. After the upgrade these macros will show as 'unknown macro'.

 

  How to search for pages that use this macro...

This search will return all pages that contain a User Status List macro (hint: copy the text below into the search field in Confluence).

macroName:status-list

Infrastructure changes

We've made some pretty significant changes that'll impact plugin developers. If you're one of them, check out the preparing for Confluence 5.9 page for more information.

Upgrade notes

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

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