Yesterday, December 3rd, Atlassian released Confluence 5.4. The main highlight of this new minor release is better integration with JIRA and JIRA Agile. JIRA, in combination with JIRA Agile and Confluence, now offers you full traceability of your Scrum process.
Here it is, the blog post I promised about the coolest new add-ons released during Atlassian Summit 2013. To be clear, these are the add-ons I personally found most interesting and also had time to look into.
They are either entirely new add-ons or they offer significant new features for the existing ones. Continue reading →
Today was the big day for Atlassian Summit 2013 with the opening keynote where all the big announcements were made. Co-founders and co-ceo’s Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes traditionally open the summit and this year they had yet again cool stuff to announce. Here is a brief overview of the all new things announced. More in-depth analysis of all the new stuff is coming over the next couple of days.
It has only been 1,5 months and Atlassian already released their next major version of Confluence. Confluence 5.1 is centered around page templates, which are known as ‘blueprints’ inside the application.
In previous versions of Confluence there were two types of content; pages and blogposts. When you created a new page or blogpost you started out with a blank page. With blueprints you don’t start with a blank page anymore. Instead you pick a type of page you want to create and you get a template for you page for free! Some blueprints even have a wizard where you have to fill in some information which will be used in the blueprint itself. You can of course still start with a blank page if you want.
In software development, it’s pretty normal to stage your deliverables from your Development environment to Test to Acceptation en finally to Production (DTAP). On it’s way to production your software meets different data sets, hopefully improving in quality and relevancy. Continue reading →
About this post: This guest blog was written by Brigitte Meijer, Information Analyst & Requirements Engineer at BmIT. She is a valued collaborator of ours who we regularly hire for consultancy. We have asked her to share her views on our recently released plugin, the XSD Viewer for Confluence. This is what she wrote:
We are currently developing webservices and an ebMS interface for a customer. This involves making a lot of XSD’s…
Previously we wrote the functional and technical documentation for these interfaces in MS Word, made tables explaining the elements by hand and used a development tool to create schematic images. This was a lotof work and it was very difficult to keep the XSD and the documentation in sync.
Documenting an XML Schema Definition (XSD) can be a tiring process. You first load a file in an XSD viewing tool like XMLSpy, you then make screenshots of the areas of the definition you want to display and finally, you paste them into your documentation. Of course you have to repeat the entire process whenever the file changes in any way.
Avisi prides itself on being a cutting edge development organization so we felt strongly we needed to find a solution to this problem. Since we use Confluence as our documentation platform we chose to build a Confluence plugin: the XSD Viewer for Confluence.
Atlassian is aligning its licensing scheme for Confluence with the one for Jira. Jira Enterprise was introduced February 2012, adding support for large enterprises to the standard Jira offering. Now Confluence is also available in an enterprise license, adding 24×7 personalized support and more to Confluence. This new offering will change the pricing of Confluence drastically. So now is the time to upgrade your Confluence license to have another year of support and updates for legacy prices!