Release Notes 3.2-m4 ("Milestone 4")


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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?

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.

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!


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

With great pride we bring to you the best milestone of this release cycle. We are now more or less feature-complete. There are a few usability issues which we still want to fix, and yes, there are still plenty of bugs. We didn't manage to bundle a few of our new great plugins yet, and have large chunks of code to review. That's why we didn't call this Beta yet, but named it M4

But overall, this is how 3.2 will get rolled out to customers. We want your feedback: Speak now or forever hold your peace. (smile)

Note to partners and translators: The preliminary translation diff files can be found as a subpage of this overview page: Translations for Confluence Releases

Engine Room

New REST Resources

  • Attachment Resource

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <attachment niceType="Image" version="1"
    comment="image of Sydney harbour"
    fileName="harbour.jpg" type="attachment" id="161">
       <lastModifiedDate date="2004-11-21T23:20:18-0600" friendly="Nov 21, 2004"/>
       <createdDate date="2004-11-21T23:20:18-0600" friendly="Nov 21, 2004"/>

    Some fields removed

More in-depth documentation coming soon.

Other News

  • Integrate auto-complete and Link Browser to use REST search and attachment resources
  • Bug Fixes


We are adding a new feature called Autocomplete to the Rich Text Editor, which currently only works in Firefox and (try your luck!) Safari. You can type "[" at the start of a line to display your browsing history and link to those pages, and if you keep typing you'll get recommendation for pages that match what you types. If you type "!" you'll see the attached images to the current page, and if you keep typing you'll be able to link to any image in your deployment.

This feature's goal is to make the RTE even faster than using wiki markup. Try it out and tell us what you think!

Note: May require a re-index of your system to show attachments

Known issues

  • CONF-18281 - doesn't work in IE yet
  • CONF-18584 - when both the RTE and outer frames are scrolled the dropdown location is incorrect
  • Plenty of small niggly bugs.

New Links Browser

The Links Browser is now feature complete and has been enabled as the default insert link button in the editor.

The breadcrumbs in the search panel of the dialog is new in this milestone. This is particularly helpful when editing existing links.

Know issues

  • CONF-18589 IE 6 caches responses for recently viewed and attachments tabs
  • CONF-18575 Pressing enter on the search field leaves the page in IE7
  • CONF-18455 After viewing a user profile, the recently viewed tab displays no pages

New Theme

Our new Fixed Width Theme (proper name still tba) now has

  • new fancy gradient
  • soothing blue color scheme
  • personal sidebar folds away neatly
    • we tried floating it over content, but people weren't so keen on that.
  • tidier grid than last milestone
  • comment threading now far more robust, comments RTE toolbar collapses or scrolls instead of truncating (this solution will be migrated to core code after trial use in fixed width - the problem can also happen in default)
  • key bugfixes: space admin screens and RTE spacing

Known issues

  • The header nav dropdowns don't line up with the bottom of the header yet
  • Personal info sidebar has some bugs to resolve after final design change (mainly: IE6 breaks, sidebar overlaps "navigate space" in some browsers)
  • Attachments page is getting truncated in some circumstances
  • Some RTE messages wrap poorly

Note for bug tracking: bugs that also occur in the default Confluence at 1024x768 are not theme bugs per se, even if they're being investigated at the same time.


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View these issues in Jira

Daniel's 20% project: Images in search results

If an image is found, it will be displayed in the search results. The main point here is that we've made it possible to write plugins to spice up search results. You could write custom display for any kind of attachment types, or even change what the regular pages look like.


Paul's 20% project: Finishing the page move dialog

We introduced a new page move dialog in Confluence 3.0 but the ability to change the order of pages fell out of scope. This has now been implemented and is accessed as shown -

And looks like -

Small (yet awesome) Improvements

Page History

Say Hi to the new and (largely) improved Page History navigation.

RTE Shortcuts Added

The following RTE shortcuts have been added, please try them out!

  • Ctrl+Shift+C Copy table row
  • Ctrl+Shift+X Cut table row
  • Ctrl+Shift+V Paste table row
  • Ctrl+Shift+B Bullet lists
  • Ctrl+Shift+N Numbered lists
  • Ctrl+Shift+F Full screen mode
  • Ctrl+Shift+S Strikethrough
  • Ctrl+Shift+T Insert Table
  • Ctrl+Shift+A Macro Browser

RTE Hints

At the bottom of the RTE, useful editor hints get displayed. This will help promote the new keyboard shortcuts and the autocomplete feature.

Last modified on Nov 8, 2016

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