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The University of Iowa Wiki Service (https://wiki.uiowa.edu/) was will be upgraded to Confluence version 6.6.5 13 on June 12th10th, 20182019.   This version addresses security vulnerabilities, and brings several enhancements and bug fixes, which are listed below.   The test instance of the Wiki was will be available for users who want to access information from wiki.uiowa.edu, any . Any edits made in Wiki Test were not (https://test-wiki.its.uiowa.edu) will not be transferred to the main wiki system.uiowa.edu. 

New features:

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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 We call these unpublished pages drafts, and up until now, getting back to them has been a bit of a challenge.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. 

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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 Not anymore, a handy unpublished changes lozenge now appears next to the page in your Recently worked on, and when viewing the page, to remind you about your unfinished work. 

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Don't worry, only people who have contributed to the unpublished changes will see the lozenge.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. 


Mention people

Type @ and we'll suggest the people you've mentioned previously first. Keep typing and we'll continue to suggest matching people. Here's some examples to illustrate the improvements. 

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Visual Improvements to page content

A refreshed look and feel to Confluence. This work is based on the new Atlassian designand includes things like updated colors, typography, and icons, including:

  • status macro
  • date lozenges
  • user mention lozenges
  • emoticons
  • tasks

More control over editing

A new ellipsis (Image Added) menu gives you the option to:

  • preview the page
  • view all changes since the page was last published
  • revert back to the last published version
  • delete the page, if it has never been published.

When you click the Close button, we'll no longer ask you whether you want to keep or discard changes, as this was confusing for many people. Now, the changes are always kept. 

You can always go to Image Added > Revert to last published version if you do want to discard changes.

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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:  

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

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Better search

Here's some of the highlights:

  • Hyphens in file names no longer break search! Now you can search for "all-the-things.png" and find them too.
  • Accents and special characters will now be ignored in search results. For example, searching "Senegal" will also return "Sénégal".
  • Spaces with titles that contain underscores now appear correctly when you filter the space directory by part of the space name. For example, entering "predictions" in the filter will now happily return the space titled World_cup_predictions_2018.
  • You can now specify Arabic or Persian as your indexing language. Changing the indexing language can improve search results if the majority of your content is in these languages.

Some of these fixes will only apply to newly created or edited content, or until you reindex your site.


Easy file editing

  • Confluence already lets you upload a wide range of files to share and discuss with your team. We’ve now made it easier to make changes to your files without the hassle of downloading and uploading multiple times.

    You can now edit any file attached to a Confluence page using a desktop application, then save the file back to Confluence in a few clicks. And it’s not just available for Microsoft Office documents; it works for Photoshop files, Keynote presentations — any attached file with a compatible application installed on your computer.

    This feature replaces the Edit in Office function, which had some tricky limitations. It was restricted to Microsoft Office documents and only worked if you had the right browser, operating system and app combo running.

    Read more in our guide to editing files

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PDF export improvements

If you regularly need to create PDFs of your content, you'll be pleased to know that we've resolved a bunch of PDF export bugs, and made several visual improvements to our PDFs.  Some highlights:

  • Tables better match their Confluence counterparts, no longer filling the whole width, or forcing the columns to be equal width. 
  • Headings have been refreshed, with more consistent sizing. 
  • Ugly ducklings like the recently worked on, status, and tip macros now display more consistently. 
  • Each Confluence page starts on a new PDF page, making your documents easier to read. 
  • Long words and strings now wrap correctly. 

We've kept the styling of the PDF plain and simple, giving you the perfect blank canvas to add your own style and flair, via the PDF stylesheet.  



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.