12 March 2012

With great pleasure, Atlassian presents Confluence 4.2 Beta 1.

Confluence 4.0 Beta 1 is a snapshot of our work in progress, primarily focused on allowing Confluence users to see the new features in advance. This also provides Atlassian with useful feedback. Beta releases also give plugin developers an opportunity to test and fix their plugins in advance of an official release.

Highlights of Confluence 4.2 Beta 1:

Downloading Confluence 4.2 Beta 1


Please note the following

  • 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 can not 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.

Highlights of Confluence 4.2 Beta 1



Page Layouts

Page layouts offer a quick and easy way to add sections and columns to a page. Choose a predefined layout, add the content to each section, and you're done. It's a great way of creating a common page structure, so that readers know where to find the information on each page. Don't worry, the Section and Column macros are still available too.

A two-column page layout in edit mode




Has someone written a mind-blowingly cool post on Confluence? Click the Like button to them know. It's quick and easy to make their day! Confluence has like buttons on every page, blog post and comment. If enough people like your post, it will show on the dashboard's new popular tab. The information in your personalised summary email is based on the number of people in your network who have liked the content.

Likes on a page and on comments




Quick Comments

Showing people a picture of themselves is a great way to encourage them to say something! We want to encourage people to comment on Confluence pages and blog posts, so we have added an inviting empty comment, showing the user's avatar, at the bottom of the page. This replaces the rather uninviting Add Comment button in earlier versions. And here's what we are really proud of: When you click the box to write a comment, the full editor loads instantly. Boom! No page refresh required.

Invitation to add a comment




Popular Content on the Dashboard

Want to see what's trending? The new Popular tab on the dashboard shows the pages and blog posts that attracting most attention, based on the number of comments and likes.

New popular content tab on the dashboard



Personalised Summary Email

Confluence sends out a weekly summary of the news that interests you. Each email message is tailored according to the spaces you follow and your network. This is a great way of drawing people into the wiki discussions even if they are infrequent users of Confluence. You can opt in or out of the recommended updates summary via an option on the email settings page of your user profile.

Personalised summary of Confluence news and updates



Attachment Labels

You can now label attachments, just as you can label pages and blog posts. Using the Attachments macro, you can filter to show documents or other attachments with a specific label. The Content by Label macro also displays attachments (alongside pages, blog posts and spaces) with a given label.

Labels on attachments





Share Notifications Showing All People Notified

If someone shared a page with you, it's nice to know who else they shared it with. We introduced sharing of pages and blog posts in Confluence 3.5. Just click Share and follow the prompts. Confluence sends an email message to the people that you have specified. In this release, when someone shares a page with you, the email message shows the other people they shared it with too.

Other people sharing the page



Gadget Subscriptions

Confluence  4.2 includes Atlassian Gadgets 3.2, with gadget subscriptions. This means that you can quickly add all the gadgets from your JIRA, Bamboo, FishEye or Crucible site – or from another Confluence site – to your Confluence gadget directory, for easy addition to your Confluence pages. To subscribe to another site's gadgets, go to Confluence AdminExternal Gadgets and click the new Gadget Feeds tab.

Subscribing to another application's gadgets



Other Improvements

  • We have fixed the following bug: CONF-6246 - Getting issue details... STATUS
  • The permissions for personal spaces are now more in line with Confluence's philosophy of encouraging collaboration. When you create a personal space, the option that allows registered users to update content is selected by default. You will also be assigned as a watcher of your new personal space. 
  • Blog comments now include an 'author' lozenge to allow you to quickly scan a page for comments from the author.


Infrastructure Changes

Upgrade Notes

Upgrading from a previous version of Confluence

Follow the usual upgrade instructions to upgrade your test instance to this release. We strongly recommend that you back up your Confluence Home directory and your database before upgrading.

A big thank you to everyone who helps us ensure that Confluence keeps getting better and better!

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