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This session was held on 7/12/2012 as part of the Library Tech Boot Camp, a series of courses for library staff.  It offers a tour of some of the new features in Confluence 4 and introduces time-saving tips for everyday wiki use.  For complete documentation of new features, see the release notes for Confluence 4.0 and Confluence 4.1.

Itinerary:

Dashboard


  1. Favorite Spaces and Pages now at top of spaces list
    • Set up favorite spaces and pages for easy access
  2. Not all global spaces shown – you have to click 'View All', then filter
    • If looking for a certain space, might be easier to type name into search box
  3. You can also create a network of other users
    • Mouse over user name and click Follow

 

 

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New Editor


  1. No more separate wiki markup mode
    • Enter markup into editor to be converted on-the-fly (Autoformatting), or go to Insert > Wiki Markup to enter a block of markup
    • Once markup is converted to rich text, there's no way to go back to markup or view underlying markup
    • Some macros (table-plus is a good example) remain unconverted inside a 'Wiki Markup' block macro
  2. Some features have moved/changed
    • Macro Browser button is now Insert > Other Macros
    • Preview button now at bottom right, along with Save and Cancel
    • Table features (add row, remove row, etc.) now in a context-sensitive toolbar that appears when you're editing a table
    • No more right-click context menu (its features have been integrated into editing toolbar)
  3. Some new features
    • A Find/Replace button (binoculars) at top right
    • A Help button (question mark) at top right
    • Left/center/right align text
    • Table: Merge/split table cells, highlight multiple rows/columns, cut/paste/copy table rows

 


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Autocomplete


  • Links: [ 
  • Macros: {
  • Images: ! 
  • Users: @

 

 

Documentation:

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Your Profile/Settings Menu


  • Disable Autocomplete or Autoformatting: Settings > Editor
  • Disable Autowatch: Settings > Email
  • Update profile picture: Profile > Picture
  • List all your favorite spaces & pages: Favorites
  • List all pages & spaces you're 'watching': Watches
  • List all drafts: Drafts

 

 

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Macros


  1. Insert new macro
    • Use Autocomplete or go to Insert menu and select macro name or Other Macros
  2. Edit existing macro
    • Click on the macro placeholder and click Edit button
  3. Some new macros:
    • Expand
    • Status
    • Profile Picture
    • Space Attachments

 

 

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Images & Multimedia


  • Link from image
  • Set custom image size
  • Add effects to image
  • Autoconvert pasted URLs of multimedia content like YouTube, Google Maps, etc.

 

 

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Other


  • Compare page versions now in rich text
  • Use any character in page titles
  • Page editing and email notifications now compatible with mobile devices

 

 

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