Release Notes 3.0-m8 ("Milestone 8")

Milestone release advisory

For testing use only

Do not use this release to upgrade your production systems.

This release is a public development release ('milestone') leading up to the next Confluence major release. Development releases are a snapshot of our work in progress, allowing our customers and especially plugin developers to see what we're up to.

Who should upgrade?

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In supplying milestone releases, our aim is to provide plugin developers with an opportunity to see the latest changes in the code.

Each milestone release has passed all our automatic tests and has been used for one week on our official internal Confluence server. Most of the issues solved have been reviewed too, and all of our milestone releases even have been performance tested for a while.

However, since our milestones releases are timeboxed (that is, they are released every two weeks, no matter how far we have come implementing features and bugfixes) there is always a chance that we have new known bugs that are scheduled to be fixed in the next milestone, or completely new bugs unknown even to us.

Additionally, we have not completed our performance testing and compatibility testing for all supported databases and user management systems. So, for example, a milestone release may behave well on a small installation but show severe problems when subjected to many users.

Upgrade Procedure

Follow the normal upgrade instructions to upgrade your test instance to this release. We strongly recommend that you backup your Confluence home directory and database before upgrading!

Downloads

All development releases are available from the development releases page on the Atlassian website.

Summary

The Confluence team is excited to bring you our latest milestone release: Confluence 3.0-m8, "Milestone 8". This release includes a huge amount of improvements to the community features, additional performance improvements and many bug fixes.

Community

Be sure to check out the great improvements in Confluence's new community features:

  • Improved Activity list on Profile Page - The user status list has been moved to its own tab and the new Recently Updated Macro has been put in its place.  It's also been given a face lift and fits nicely into the profile page.  Facebook eat your heart out.
  • Status list moved to seperate tab with pagination - The user status list now has a proper location, it's own tab.  This tab is the central place where you manage and view your historical status updates.  Links to delete old status updates will be found on this tab.
  • Each status item has its own page so you can link to a status - You can now create links to old status objects allowing for historical references as each status can be displayed on its own page.
  • Personal space sidebar has been updated to include an activity list and your follower information - The personal space sidebar is coming along nicely and looks great with the new recently updated macro and the follow information.
  • Adding a follower on your Favorite People tab (or using the hover) will refresh the page and update the list immediately - We changed how the follower information was looked up as to not use the lucene index and hooked into the hover so most changes on this page will trigger a refresh and the updates will be seen immediately!  No more wondering if your new follower actually worked
  • Those extra fields on your User Profile page are now run through the wiki renderer allowing links and simple formating

Macro Browser

The macro browser team spent the past two weeks working behind the scenes on placeholders for the rich text editor. Unfortunately, this change is too complex and risky to get into 3.0, so we have just a few small improvements in the macro browser this milestone:

  • More parameters and documentation are available for macros in the macro browser. We now have 100% of the bundled macros with documented parameters, and will be just fine-tuning the documentation for the remainder of the release.
  • The Office Connector {viewfile} macro shows up in the macro browser as separate macros for Word, Excel, PDF and Powerpoint documents.

PDF Export

Balsamiq Mockups and several other complex macros now export to PDF correctly (CONF-14792).

(star) Why don't you try out the new PDF export right now? On any page, go to Tools, Export as PDF.

Engine Room

The Engine Room team implemented several important performance improvements for this milestone. Specifically:

  • Searching should be faster and not blocked by index updates every minute. This should also make the dashboard and macros that use the search index slightly faster. CONF-7749CONF-14803
  • Image attachments embedded in a page are now cached by your web browser. This should make pages with lots of images faster to load and reduce the load on the server. CONF-8034 
  • Upgraded the WebDAV plugin to 2.0-beta2. This plugin has been released to the community for a while now, to very positive response. It should be more compatible with more clients now, though there is still some special configuration needed for Windows Clients. Read the documentation about client-configuration in order to test it.

20% Projects

Administrators can now customize the size of Confluence's caches from the web interface. Previously, you needed to edit an XML file and restart Confluence whenever you wanted to adjust the caches. This addresses one of the most popular supportability feature requests in the Confluence JIRA project, with 34 votes: CONF-12836.

Bugs Fixed

Several macros which were broken in M7 are now fixed: {flowchart}, {rsvp} and {pagetree}. CONF-14615CONF-14829, CONF-14581

The Gliffy plugin and Beanshell macros now work with Confluence 3.0; previously customization was required to get them to work properly with our latest development versions.

Below is a complete list of issues resolved in Confluence 3.0-m8.

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T Key Summary Assignee Reporter P Status Resolution Created Updated Due
Sub-task CONF-15102 Allow macro Body Text label to be overridden and add a description David Taylor David Taylor Medium Resolved Fixed Apr 06, 2009 Apr 28, 2016

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