Atlassian kicked out Confluence 4 this week, the latest iteration of the company’s team collaboration software. The new features focus on quick content creation and a greatly improved editing experience.
Confluence has been doing well since its initial release in 2004, but now the company has set its sights on broadening platform use. In addition to doing away with the need for a bit of coding experience, a new interface makes the platform more accessible to people within existing organizations.
With a special focus on editing, Confluence 4 users can create and edit documents closer to how they would in a word processor. They may also utilize advanced features for a browser-based app, such as the ability to copy and paste images into a document.
"Confluence 4 offers an incredibly intuitive and powerful editing experience that changes the way teams create content and collaborate on projects online," boasted Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian CEO and co-founder."
Other key new features include:
- Unifying wiki markup and WYSIWYG for a more intuitive editing experience
- Auto-formatting and keyboard shortcuts for faster content creation
- Twitter-like @mentions connect users with content they should know about
- Auto-complete gives quick access to hundreds of macros to insert dynamic and rich content into pages and blogs
- Paste screenshots directly into the Web editor, drag-and-drop file attachments, embed videos, create advanced tables, etc.
Bonus: A new guided install wizard has been implemented for Confluence 4 on both Windows and Linux operating systems. And the "What's New" feature provides a guided tour to all users of the new features available.
Check it out in action here: