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Yay, we are back!
After 3.0 came out, we spent some time in bugfix-mode, then we had a 20% week, 2 devspeed weeks, and the last week was mainly spent planning the next release. So that's why there has not been much visible progress recently lately. Development on core 3.1 features has started, but in this milestone we mainly ship all the bugfixes we did for 3.0.1, some small improvements, and three 20% projects.
New Webstart Installer
We are trying something new. While we will provide the downloadable files too, we encourage you to try our webstart based evaluation installer. Visit http://webstart.atlassian.com/confluence-3.1-m1-r2/confluence.jnlp for a snappy installation experience.
New Native Mac Installer
When you go to the download section, you will notice a new DMG file. This contains our new native experimental Mac installer. Give it a try and tell us what you think. Instructions coming soon!
And here are all the cool features in M1 you will get.
Interactive "Get more"
Recently updated macros are now interactive. You will get a little "More" link to load new updates dynamically within the page. This small but awesome feature can also be found on your network page, and in the space's recent update tab. It doesn't screenshot too well, so try it out for yourself. Anyway here is what the macro looks like:
And here is what the network tab looks like:
- We feel that the link is a bit small and can be mistaken for a normal link. Especially on the static pages (network, updates in space) it makes sense to make the button much larger and more prominent. We will work with Design to find a solution
- The link also needs to go into the profile page (so you can see more updates on everyone's stream), and into the status tab. Dave will add that soon
This is a Dave Loeng 20% production
Draft diffs and visibility
Always wondered what your old drafts were about? Or when a draft is being saved, what part of that huge document you're editing has actually changed? Well, now you can, thanks to DraftDiffs.
View the diff right from the edit page:
View what your old drafts are about from the drafts overview page:
Which takes you to this screen:
This is a Brian Nguyen 20% production
Edit loss warning
Whenever you are in edit mode and decide to leave the page or close it, you will now get a warning popup. This is especially useful when writing comments (no drafts...) and for technically challenged people who don't understand drafts in the first place. As raised in the JIRA issue, we may have to provide a setting to disable these warnings (it can be a bit annoying if you like to change your mind often), so watch CONF-16075 for updates. The idea has been raised that we may only want this feature for comments when no drafts are being saved. We will dogfood this over the next few weeks, and see how we like it or not.
This is just an experiment, probably not shipping as a default for 3.1, but worth a look. Do you like it?
More options to search for by time
We added two more options to filter by time: Last 6 months, Last year, Last 2 years, and fixed the calculation for today/yesterday by making it work by 24h instead of what the server thinks is midnight. 48h obviously encompasses the last 24 hours two, which was akward in the old system, where yesterday would really just mean yesterday, but not today.
Plugin points in the editor
We were approached by a developer who wants to write a spellchecker plugin for Confluence, so Agnes volunteered to pluginpointinize the editor. You won't see anything right now, but it will make many plugin authors happy. Read the documentation for how to write plugins for the editor.
This is an Agnes Ro 20% production
"Link to this page" Dialog
In order to make Tiny Links more accessible, we added a new Menu option which opens a new dialog, which shows the three ways to link to a page. Full URL, TinyURL, and Wiki Link. Probably the Full URL is not as important, but the dialog looked a bit unbalanced, and it makes it clearer that both URL's are equivalent.
Selecting the menu opens up this dialog, with the Tiny Link conveniently selected.
We didn't rename Tiny Links to Permalinks, as has been suggested. What do you think, should we?
This is the final Chris Broadfoot 20% production.