Atlassian announces Confluence 1.1 – The Professional Wiki Gets Better

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Atlassian Software Systems announced the first major update to their knowledge management product, Confluence - the professional J2EE wiki. Confluence 1.1 is faster, more reliable, and packed with new features.

Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) June 17, 2004 – Today, Atlassian Software Systems announced the first major update to their knowledge management product, Confluence - the professional J2EE wiki. Confluence 1.1 is faster, more reliable, and packed with new features including vastly improved macro management, better attachment searching, attachment versioning, page locking, more robust PDF exports, superior administration capabilities and much more.

"Confluence 1.1, our first major update, leverages the tremendous feedback we've received from our customers without digressing from the essential and powerful simplicity of the wiki. Confluence 1.1 makes it even easier for teams to share information with each other and with the world", Mike Cannon-Brookes (Atlassian’s CEO and co-founder) said.

Wiki technology was established by Ward Cunningham in 1995 and has been continuing to gain traction in the collaboration and social networking market place. Confluence builds on these foundations adding sophistication and professional qualities customers come to expect from enterprise software. In fact, Confluence adds professional features rarely seen in wiki software such as flexible privilege-based security management, blogging, automated refactoring, exporting pages or entire spaces to HTML or PDF, a comprehensive remote API, easy "unpack and run" installation; all wrapped up in Atlassian’s "Legendary Service".

Confluence can now have multiple versions of the same file attached to a page - including an expandable history of different versions. Each attachment can also now be accompanied with a comment - useful for tracking the differences between attachment versions, as well as for informing users as to why they should be interested in a particular file. You can now also configure Confluence to store attachments in an external WebDAV server. More attachments types have now become searchable including Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets (Confluence already searches across attached Word, PDF and RTF documents, XML, HTML and any plain text file).

Providing flexibility to Confluence's core capabilities, Confluence's macros have improved dramatically with the release of Confluence 1.1. First off there is now a macro manager that makes managing and installing macros a simple process, as well as the addition of user macros which provide administrators with the ability to easily and quickly add simple formatting and layout macros. What is really interesting for the Confluence community is the addition of the custom macro toolkit which helps users build their own complex macros easily using Java.

Exporting has been improved with more reliable PDF exporting (regardless of markup errors) and the optional inclusion of page comments. A major innovation also comes in the ability to customize HTML export templates, making publishing contents of Confluence to a static website a simple process. Speaking of templates, templates used to display blog posts (both individually and in lists) can now be edited either globally, or on a per-space basis, in the same way as the site's main decorators are editable. In addition, the new attachment comments are also searchable.

Page locking has also been added in Confluence 1.1. If you want to prevent another user from editing, deleting or renaming a page, you can now lock it! You may want to do this because certain pages in an otherwise public space (for example, front pages, disclaimers or copyright notices) must remain un-edited, or just because you're working on the page and don't want anyone else to interfere just yet. Locking a page restricts editing to a single user (yourself), or members of a particular group. Anyone with the space administrative permission can of course override or delete a lock.

To provide some insight into the other improvements that can't make it into this release, take a look at this list of other improvements:

  •      You can resize the recent changes lists on the dashboard and space summary pages. This change is persisted in your user preferences.
  •      UI state (whether comments or attachments are open, size of recent changes lists) persists between sessions for registered users.
  •      The maximum attachment size can be configured from the General Configuration administration page.
  •      Going to http://yoursite.example.com/display now brings up a list of spaces instead of an error page.
  •      The display of the space summary page is significantly faster.
  •      Newly created users don't show up on the dashboard recent changes list unless they edit their profiles.
  •      The word "Confluence" has been moved to the end of page titles instead of the beginning, making them easier to distinguish in tabs and bookmarks.
  •      There are more ways to navigate to the "recent blog posts" page for a space.
  •      Removing a user is significantly faster.
  •      Improvements to linking
  •      Improvements to existing macros
  •      Improvements to the markup engine
  •      Headings in pages are automatically turned into anchors with the same name.
  •      Creating a space now creates an index page as well as a home-page.
  •      Reliability on Weblogic and Oracle has also been improved.
  •      Every page has a short URL at the top of its Page Information page - making it easier to send URLs for via email, instant message or IRC.

Thanks to our policy of a year's free upgrades, any current Confluence customer will be able to upgrade to 1.1 at no cost. Current customers or new users who wish to try out Confluence for 30 days can download either the standalone or WAR distributions from the Atlassian website: http://www.atlassian.com/c/PR-C/10340

Availability and Pricing:

Confluence 1.1 is available now via Atlassian's web site: http://www.atlassian.com/c/PR-C/10340. Confluence's fair and upfront perpetual licensing policy includes free upgrades and support for 12 months. Confluence is a J2EE application which runs on any platform.

About Atlassian:

Atlassian is an innovative Australian software company providing enterprise software solutions to the world's leading organizations. Our mission is to build a different kind of software company - one that listens to client needs, values innovation in development and solves customer problems with brilliant simplicity. Atlassian's commitment to legendary service provides consistent, high quality support for all our customers. Atlassian also publishes JIRA, the world leading issue tracker.

For further details or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Mike Cannon-Brookes

Director

ATLASSIAN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS PTY LTD

Ph: (61 2) 9261 0904

Mob: (61) (0) 414 884 583

E: mike@atlassian.com

http://www.atlassian.com/c/PR-C/10340

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