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The University of Iowa Wiki Service (https://wiki.uiowa.edu/) was upgraded to Confluence version 6.6.5 on June 12th, 2018.  This version brings several enhancements and bug fixes, which are listed below.  The test instance of the Wiki was available for users who want to access information from wiki.uiowa.edu, any edits made in Wiki Test were not transferred to the main wiki system. 


New features:

For more information about these features, continue reading.


More European languages

You can now use Confluence in Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Slovak, Slovenian and Swedish.


Easier access to your drafts

Started working on a new page, but weren't quite ready to hit publish? We call these unpublished pages drafts, and up until now, getting back to them has been a bit of a challenge.

Now, you can find any draft that you've created or edited under Recently worked on in the dashboard. No more hunting through the drafts list in your profile, or leaving that browser tab open until you have time to go back and finish it off. 

Close the loop on unfinished work

All too often we start updating an existing page, but don't quite get around to publishing the changes. These changes then lay unfinished and forgotten. Not anymore, a handy unpublished changes lozenge now appears next to the page in your Recently worked on, and when viewing the page, to remind you about your unfinished work. 

Don't worry, only people who have contributed to the unpublished changes will see the lozenge. Your page viewers remain blissfully unaware that changes are in the works. 


Page history

The page history now shows both the avatar and name of the people who edited a version. 


Maximum editors limit

To prevent potential performance issues, the maximum number of people who can edit a page simultaneously is now limited to 12. This means that people can't enter the editor if there are already 12 other people editing the page, and will need to wait until someone leaves.


Attachment indexing improvements

When a file is uploaded in Confluence, its text is extracted and indexed so that people can search for the content of a file, not just the filename. This is a pretty memory hungry process, and has caused out of memory errors for some customers. 

This release has some big improvements to the safeguards that prevent out of memory errors in your site. Here are the basics:  

  • If your uploaded file is 100 MB or more, Confluence will skip extracting content, and just index the filename.
  • If your uploaded file is Word, Excel, PDF or text, Confluence will only extract content up to a specific limit.
  • If the text extracted from the file is more than 1 MB, it will be searchable, but won't show as an excerpt in search results.


Easier access to your work in progress

It's now even easier to get to your work in progress, so you can finish it and move on.

Access your recently worked on items from the profile menu (1), as well as from the dashboard (2). This will be particularly useful if your site uses a page as the homepage, instead of the dashboard. 

 


Copy page hierarchies

By popular demand, you can now copy a page and all its child pages in one easy process. This lets you duplicate existing content, kick off new projects with the perfect pro-forma page hierarchy, or take a snapshot of important pages - the possibilities are endless.

But that's not all, you can now also choose a location to copy to. No more copying a page and then manually moving it to another parent page or space. 

Whether you copy into the same space or a different space, we give you the tools you need to modify page titles on the fly and control what's included in your new pages. 

 

 

Delete page hierarchies

Need to clean up old content or quickly trash of all those copied hierarchies you can now make? Never fear, when deleting a page you now have the option to delete just the current page, or to delete the page and all its child pages. 

We'll warn you of any incoming links, but won't include links that are coming from pages that will also be deleted in the same batch, making it super easy to tidy up your incoming links before you delete. 



Detailed release notes from Confluence

Relevant changes are highlighted above, the links below contain more detailed changes from the Wiki's current version to 6.6.5.