Confluence 6.0 Release Notes

2 November 2016
We're pleased to present Confluence 6.0.
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Collaborative editing has arrived

The feature you've all been waiting for has arrived - collaborative editing! See who's editing the page with you, and watch their changes in real time. Changes are automatically saved and synced so there's no need to ever manually save. Your only decision is when to publish the changes. 

 

Working together in the editor

Whether you're in the same room, or on a different continent, speed up the draft and review processes by working together in real time.

You don't need to sacrifice the power of the Confluence editor either – all your layouts, macros and favorite features are available. 

Subtle cursors show who is in the editor with you, and what they're doing. 

 

 

Publish when you're ready

One of the things that sets Confluence apart from other real-time editors is the separation between viewing a page and editing a page.

Your audience can continue to read your page, without seeing your edits in real time. This is super important if you're working on policies, procedures or documentation pages.

Once you and your team are done editing, you can:

  • publish (or update if the page has previously been published) to make everyone's changes visible
  • close the editor and keep everyone's work to finish later
  • close the editor and discard everyone's changes. 

We make it very clear if you're about to discard changes made by other people! 

 

 

Resume unfinished work

Work on a page for just a few minutes or several days. We'll save your changes until you're ready to publish. 

Hit Edit any time to resume your work. Any unpublished changes from you or your team will be ready and waiting for you. If you created the page, and it has never been published, you can head to Profile > Drafts to resume working on it. 

 

What's under the hood?

Collaborative editing is made possible by the magic of Synchrony. When you install Confluence, Synchrony will be configured to run as a separate process on your server. 

Head to  > General Configuration > Collaborative editing to administer collaborative editing for your site. System administrators can:

  • Monitor and restart Synchrony.
  • Change the editing mode to 'limited' to protect people's unpublished work if you need to troubleshoot Synchrony issues.
  • Turn off collaborative editing in your site. 

 


Massive wins for big page hierarchies

When Confluence becomes mission critical in your organization, you need to be able to manage lots of pages. To help with this we've added some great new ways for you to work with page hierarchies. 

 

Copy page hierarchies

By popular demand, you can now copy a page and all its child pages in one easy process. This lets you duplicate existing content, kick off new projects with the perfect pro-forma page hierarchy, or take a snapshot of important pages - the possibilities are endless.

But that's not all, you can now also choose a location to copy to. No more copying a page and then manually moving it to another parent page or space. 

Whether you copy into the same space or a different space, we give you the tools you need to modify page titles on the fly and control what's included in your new pages. 

 

 

Delete page hierarchies

Need to clean up old content or quickly trash of all those copied hierarchies you can now make? Never fear, when deleting a page you now have the option to delete just the current page, or to delete the page and all its child pages. 

We'll warn you of any incoming links, but won't include links that are coming from pages that will also be deleted in the same batch, making it super easy to tidy up your incoming links before you delete. 



Details, details, details...

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. Here's a handful of small improvements in Confluence 6.0 that we know will have a positive impact on your team. 

 

Color your epics

The JIRA issues macro now displays your epics in glorious technicolor. It's a small thing, but we know it'll brighten your day (and your pages). 

 

Simpler release notes

Okay, it's not exactly a Confluence 6.0 feature, but we're making a small change to the way we publish release notes. From now on, you can head to one page (this one!) for all the information about Confluence 6.0.x releases.

As we release bug fixes over the next weeks and months, they'll appear on this page. This means fewer pages for you to trawl through when deciding to upgrade.

 

Infrastructure changes 

Confluence 6.0 has significant changes under the hood. Check out the preparing for Confluence 6.0 page for more information.

 


Resolved issues

For full details of bugs fixed and suggestions resolved, head to JIRA.

Suggestions we've implemented in 6.0.1

Bugs fixed in 6.0.1

 

 

Issues resolved in 6.0.2

Released 27 November 2016

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T Key Summary Status
Suggestion CONF-45273 Remove the healthcheck for the synchrony-proxy webapp when Confluence is started up and monitor the proxy's running status Resolved
Suggestion CONF-45272 Use HTTP and localhost as the scheme and hostname when checking the proxy webapp's running state Resolved
Suggestion CONF-45083 Allow JVM args to be passed to Synchrony. Resolved
Bug CONF-45264 isSynchronyProxyRunning fails with javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException Resolved
Bug CONF-45201 Invalid AppID is generated when upgrading from 5.10.x to 6.0.x Released to Server
Bug CONF-45042 Synchrony AppID error - Invalid AppID format Released to Server
Bug CONF-45374 Shared draft is retained after switching collab editing off then back on again Released to Server
Bug CONF-45352 Hidden content of Page Properties macro is available in search when you user have read permissions Resolved
Bug CONF-45100 Copy/pasting a line resulted in </br> between text and macros Resolved
Bug CONF-45080 Cannot copy an old version of a page Released to Server
Bug CONF-45054 The editor stops loading the page after an hour or two because the JDBC connection is expired Resolved
Bug CONF-41425 Confluence Sidebar is blank and Space Tools is missing on some instances Resolved
Bug CONF-45271 With the the system property synchrony.proxy.enabled is set (to true), the proxy won't be enabled after a Tomcat restart until we restart Synchrony Resolved
Bug CONF-44257 Cannot delete spaces which were imported from Cloud Resolved
Bug CONF-44226 Oracle Security Patched DB Driver Not Working Released to Server
Bug CONF-44094 "Update published page" dialog overlaps the Update button on Windows browsers Resolved
Bug CONF-43776 Confluence mobile version serves up login screen even when the anonymous access is enabled Released to Server
Bug CONF-42981 JIRA Issue Macro is repeated when adding 2 JIRA Issue Macro from the same issue key Released to Server
Bug CONF-42929 Database Constraint Checker has mismatched definitions for expected non-nullable Released to Server
Bug CONF-41721 AO sequences are missing in XML Backups created using the Oracle JDBC driver 12.1.0.2 Resolved
Bug CONF-39871 JIRA Issues Macro not loading in heading of table Resolved
Bug CONF-39368 Excessive Log messages insufficient free space available after evicting expired cache entries Released to Server
Bug CONF-35730 Caching problems can cause the option to create JIRA Issue from highlighting text to become missing Released to Server
Bug CONF-34994 Mentions broken after space xml Import Released to Server
Bug CONF-34326 Slow load speed for page using Page Properties Macro report Released to Server
Bug CONF-34141 Page Properties Report Macro fails to show all Page Properties in the same page with matching keys Released to Server
Bug CONF-31404 Orphaned entries in the OS_PROPERTYENTRY table cause failure in space import Released to Server
Bug CONF-15549 "Non-atomic" warning messages on Windows when updating confluence.cfg.xml Released to Server
Bug CONF-45652 user lister - user log in listener does not stay enabled after restart Resolved
Bug CONF-40122 Rebuilding indexes from scratch causes error Released to Server
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Issues resolved in 6.0.3

Released on 19 December 2016

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T Key Summary Status
Suggestion CONF-45460 Increase timeout for user signup emails. Released to Server
Bug CONF-45573 Space export options imply attachments are not included Resolved
Bug CONF-45572 NPS view sample survey on the admin panel is broken Resolved
Bug CONF-45557 Update jdbc.postgresql.driver.version to 9.4.1212 Released to Server
Bug CONF-45484 Confluence Health Check Plugin is reporting any 5.8 version is approaching End of Life. Please plan to upgrade Confluence within {1} days Resolved
Bug CONF-45337 JIRA Issues macro doesn't render urls and pictures if user language is other from English Released to Server
Bug CONF-45182 Vertical spacing removed on preview or publish after certain user operations Resolved
Bug CONF-45081 Blank page on edit after collaborative editing switched off and on again Resolved
Bug CONF-43363 File Conversion Service causes OutOfMemoryError Released to Server
Bug CONF-45574 "Continue and overwrite existing data" set up option doesn't work when datasource option is selected Released to Server
Bug CONF-45485 Page properties report shows JIRA project doesn't exist or you don't have permission to view it. Released to Server
Bug CONF-45391 Upgrade Confluence distribution to use Tomcat 8.0.39 Released to Server
Bug CONF-45296 If the scheme in your JDBC URL contains uppercase alphabets Synchrony won't start due to NPE Released to Server
Bug CONF-45090 Firefox occasionally displays the 'connecting...' message, even though synchrony is connected via xhr fallback Released to Server
Bug CONF-41010 Table index "c_status_idx" on CONTENT.content_status can cause slow search index rebuilding Released to Server
Bug CONF-24320 Links and web images with URLs containing certain non-alphanumeric characters fail to save Released to Server
Bug CONF-45420 Upgrade Hipchat plugin from 7.8.22 to 7.8.29 Resolved
Bug CONF-45084 The files preview shows up underneath the show changes dialog when a picture is clicked on Released to Server
Bug CONF-43952 "Not Permitted" error on page refresh using Collab Editing Released to Server
Bug CONF-34390 Long tables are cut off on PDF Export Released to Server
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Issues resolved in 6.0.4

Released on 16 January 2017

 


Get ready to upgrade

Before you upgrade, check out the Upgrade Notes for important changes in this release, then follow the usual upgrade instructions to upgrade your site.

 


Credits

Our wonderful customers - we (heart) you guys!

You play an important role in making Confluence better. Thanks to everyone who participated in interviews with us, made suggestions, voted, and reported bugs !

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