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Milestone release advisory

For testing use only

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Do not use this release to upgrade your production systems.

For all production use and evaluation of Confluence, please use the latest official release.

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?

Please note the following

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  • Development releases are not safe. Development releases are snapshots of the ongoing Confluence development process. For that reason:
    • While we try to keep these releases stable, they have not undergone the same degree of testing as a full release.
    • Features in development releases may be 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 the eventual final release. Thus, it is possible that you will 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!

Downloads

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
    Request: https://confluence.example.com/rest/prototype/1/attachment/161
    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

Autocomplete

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 colour 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.

Bugfixes

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T Key Summary Assignee Reporter P Status Resolution Created Updated Due
Bug CONF-18489 The Download All as zip is using the wrong mime type Andrew Lynch [Atlassian] Brad Baker [Atlassian] Major Resolved Fixed Feb 04, 2010 Feb 17, 2010
Bug CONF-18397 Error message for invalid space labels is incorrectly encoded Ryan Thomas [Atlassian] Mark Hrynczak [Atlassian] Minor Resolved Fixed Jan 28, 2010 Mar 11, 2010
Bug CONF-18218 LDAP users with uppercase usernames cannot add favourites Xu-Heng Tjhin [Atlassian] Gurleen Anand [Atlassian] Critical Resolved Fixed Jan 12, 2010 Mar 25, 2010
Bug CONF-18195 Impossible to select a user using mouse from an autocomplete dropdown box in a search filter "Who" Xu-Heng Tjhin [Atlassian] Vincent Chang Minor Resolved Fixed Jan 08, 2010 Mar 27, 2010
Bug CONF-16629 Uploading large fonts for PDF export fails with XSRF error Ryan Thomas [Atlassian] Igor Minar Major Resolved Won't Fix Aug 12, 2009 Feb 18, 2010
Bug CONF-16578 When Confluence license is invalid in confluence.cfg.xml, Confluence fails with "Upgrade failed" in the browser Ryan Thomas [Atlassian] Roy Hartono [Atlassian] Minor Resolved Fixed Aug 06, 2009 Mar 27, 2010
Bug CONF-16058 CreateRssFeedAction doesn't handle multiple RSS types in request nicely Ryan Thomas [Atlassian] David Taylor [Atlassian] Major Resolved Fixed Jun 09, 2009 Mar 27, 2010
Bug CONF-15317 Edit User Groups unreadable in Firefox Brian Nguyen [Atlassian] Maleko Taylor [Atlassian] Major Resolved Fixed Apr 23, 2009 Mar 10, 2010
Bug CONF-15180 Class Cast Exception being thrown when error encountered during mail queue flushing Brian Nguyen [Atlassian] Tim Wong [Atlassian] Minor Resolved Fixed Apr 13, 2009 Aug 27, 2010
Bug CONF-13763 Moving attachments may silently fail to move the actual file Ryan Thomas [Atlassian] Chris Kiehl [Atlassian] Critical Resolved Fixed Nov 18, 2008 Apr 21, 2010
Bug CONF-7473 Confluence uses the server's locale for dates and not the default language Xu-Heng Tjhin [Atlassian] Agnes Ro [Atlassian] Major Resolved Fixed Dec 19, 2006 Feb 24, 2010

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.

A tutorial for how to write your own renderer is located over at the Confluence Dev space

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.

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4 Comments

  1. Please implement the auto-complete in the wiki markup editor also. Thank you.

    1. Actually, we're adding all these cool features so we can get rid of wiki markup. In fact, we're working hard on replacing wiki markup with XHTML already, it will still take a few months though. The goal is to become much more robust (e.g. no roundtripping bugs anymore) while retaining the speed of wiki markup. Features like autocomplete will leave you thinking "why did I ever think wiki markup was fast, this is so much better" :-)

      1. Per - that is great to hear, sounds like a significant undertaking! And if that is in fact the way you are going, I am stoked to see it. Looking forward to it.

      2. Sounds very interesting!
        Though, I'd like to be able to use wiki markup, as an option.