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Confluence 2.10 - Just in Time for the Holidays

12.10.2008
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Wondering what to give your colleagues at this year's holiday party? Well, Atlassian has the answer to your gift-giving woes...Confluence 2.10. You'll be a hit at the office until at least next June if you pop this baby on one of those hungry dual-core HP machines everybody sits their eggnog on. Let's face it, the coffee mugs and bottles of $10 wine are way too predictable. Here are five reasons Confluence 2.10 is this season's must-have holiday gift:

1. The New Widget Connector: sexier than the red stapler
Watch the marketing department's eyes light up when they see how easy it is to embed Flickr slideshows into web pages with the new Widget Connector. They can now share Google Docs, SlideShare presentations, YouTube videos and even Twitter updates effortlessly with colleagues and teammates. And that's just the beginning. The Widget Connector supports over 15 popular sites so marketing will never run out of interesting web content to add to their Confluence pages. Compare that to a shiny red stapler you need to reload every day.

2. Improved Search and Discovery: sweeter than a tin of mints
Even Accounting will be a buzzing after they see all the Search and Discovery goodies inside Confluence 2.10, including:

  • Finding their content faster with Quick Navigation which dynamically suggests search results as they type into the Confluence search box.
  • Not having to worry about mistyped search terms anymore since 'Did you mean' automatically suggests corrections.
  • Searching Confluence from the luxury of their built-in browser search box with OpenSearch.
  • And to top it all off, the redesigned search results page is easier than ever to read - and much better to look at than a box of Altoids.

3. Custom Space Styles: more fun than a Wii Fit
Sure the developers want a Wii Fit for the lunch room, but dazzle them with the new custom space styles in Confluence 2.10 instead. They'll be jazzed that they can now use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) - the standard way to style web pages - to give every single Confluence space its own unique look-and-feel. They can tweak the header, footer and even buttons. 10 reps of CSS is better than a fake pushup on a white plastic pad.

4. 250 bugs fixed and 720 votes satisfied: tastier than a Starbucks gift card
This is one the entire office can enjoy, from the receptionist to the CEO. Confluence 2.10 fixes hundreds of pet peeve bugs (and a couple biggies). They whole company will know you care when they see:

  • The Rich Text Editor: Now with Safari support and improved table editing;
  • JIRA Issues Macro: With faster load times and lots of GUI drag-and-drop goodness; and
  • User/Group management page: With a new user picker and easier group editing.

5. It's Free (if you already own Confluence)
Perhaps the best thing about giving your Office a Confluence 2.10 upgrade is that it's FREE. As long as you're current on your maintenance, you get all these goodies without paying an extra dime. Of course no one needs to know that (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). You'll come out looking like a hero for the price of zero.

Learn More
With all the new features in Confluence 2.10, you're certain to become SOMEONE'S favorite. To learn more about Confluence 2.10 check out the video below or see our What's New page. You can download Confluence 2.10 here

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Sebastian Otaegui replied on Wed, 2008/12/10 - 3:02pm

I must say that regardless the new confluence is really nice, they really screwed up by forcing you to use a the new layout in contra position to the classic theme.

In short I am an atlassian customer and that awful new theme is preventing me from upgrading in fact I upgraded just to be forced to downgrade because no one of my users liked that new theme and the classic theme that is available as a plugin download in the plugin repository the classic theme breaks some stuff (like the recently modified "portlet" in the main page.

 

I still could not open a ticket with atlassian though.

Adnan Spare replied on Wed, 2008/12/10 - 7:09pm in response to: Sebastian Otaegui

Sorry to hear that you're not enjoying the new look for Confluence. We've been putting a lot of effort behind simplifying the interface and finessing the look and feel so that people can concentrate on getting their work done. We've had an excellent response from a lot of users but we know that with any changes that we make we can't make everyone happy.

We will be working further on the user interface and I'm really interested in hearing what you aren't liking about the new Confluence look.

Also, there are no problems that I could see with opening a ticket with support.atlassian.com or jira.atlassian.com. Please get in touch with our support (confluence-support at atlassian.com) if you are still having problems and they'll be happy to help.

Adnan Chowdhury
Confluence Product Manager

Alex Girchenko replied on Wed, 2008/12/10 - 10:25pm in response to: Sebastian Otaegui

Hey, I can feel your pain!

I'm using Confluence as my personal dev wiki and ADORE it. Ver. 2.5.7 I mean. Couldn't force myself to use the new look (doesn't seem solid and sexy at all) and the classic theme was (is?) pretty broken in 2.5.8+. Opened a ticket on that, though atlassian guys said it's a problem on my side. Doesn't really matter as 2.5.7 is more than enough.

Sebastian Otaegui replied on Wed, 2008/12/10 - 11:36pm in response to: Adnan Spare

[quote=adnan.spare@gmail.com]

Sorry to hear that you're not enjoying the new look for Confluence. We've been putting a lot of effort behind simplifying the interface and finessing the look and feel so that people can concentrate on getting their work done. We've had an excellent response from a lot of users but we know that with any changes that we make we can't make everyone happy.

We will be working further on the user interface and I'm really interested in hearing what you aren't liking about the new Confluence look.

Also, there are no problems that I could see with opening a ticket with support.atlassian.com or jira.atlassian.com. Please get in touch with our support (confluence-support at atlassian.com) if you are still having problems and they'll be happy to help.

Adnan Chowdhury
Confluence Product Manager

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Sorry if I sounded like bashing confluence, we all love confluence (with its limitations and all) at my company. But this last release was a big disappointment.

This is the support issue I opened: CSP-26601.

If you want you can call me to the phone I put as a contact in the support issue to talk about what we dont quite finish to like.

This is the reply from support:

[quote=atlassian-support]Hey Sebastian.

Unfortunately we have deprecated the Classic theme (we announced this during 2.9 http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Confluence+2.9+Upgrade+Notes) and there will be no further development for it.

Considering your situation there isn't really anything we can do to help. If you must absolutely stay with the Classic theme, then you will have to remain on Confluence 2.9.

 

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Sebastian Otaegui replied on Wed, 2008/12/10 - 11:37pm

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Sebastian Otaegui replied on Wed, 2008/12/10 - 11:37pm

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