Faster. That’s the key goal behind the new design and features in enterprise collaboration vendor Atlassian’s version 5.0 of its team collaboration platform, Confluence.
The new Confluence release is part of Atlassian’s ongoing campaign against wasted time from too many emails and pointless meetings, as exemplified in an infographic released by the company last year. By decreasing wasted time and increasing ease-of-use, the intent is to boost user adoption and productivity.
Every Screen Redesigned
Jurgen Spangle, senior design manager at the company, said in a statement that the “new design language introduced in Confluence 5 aims to increase the speed, clarity and intuitiveness” with which users employ the software.
Atlassian’s products are oriented toward helping software teams work together. In addition to Confluence, the Sydney, Australia-based company’s offerings include Jira for project tracking, Stash for creating and managing repositories, Bitbucket for source code storage, GreenHopper for agile project management, Bonfire bug reporting and a variety of tools to ensure code quality.
The company said that every screen has been redesigned, with the intent of combining the ease-of-use of consumer software with the power of an enterprise product. Confluence’s key focus is to increase productivity and enterprise collaboration with meeting minutes, requirements, project plans and documentation all in one place, instead of being exchanged through email and shared drives.
The platform also offers nearly 500 free or paid add-ons, such as Atlassian’s Team Calendars or those from third-party developers, that are available in the Atlassian Marketplace.
Aside from paring seconds from common tasks, the new interface -- which the company said is the most extensive overhaul it has ever done on a product -- is intended to bring content and content tools to the surface more readily, with less effort from the user.
In version 5 of Confluence, users select templates for content creation.
New features include the ability to employ page templates to create and share different kinds of content. A vertical sidebar now presents related content without the need for a search, and administrators can add shortcuts to the sidebar so that users can navigate to relevant pages, content or tools.
Last fall, the company released version 4.3 of Confluence, adding personal task lists, a contextual task feature that placed activities within workflows, a mobile interface and a new all-in-one workspace.