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What's your favorite Confluence App?

Bridget Community Manager Apr 15, 2021

Hey admins! 

We know that Apps can make your (Confluence) world go round. 

You can browse some of the new Confluence Cloud apps in this 2020 Spring Roundup post.

What app can't you live without, and why? 

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@Bridget - my old standbys, both Adaptavist* apps:

  • Content Formatting Macros - when the built-in content macros aren't enough
  • ScriptRunner - sometimes you need a little magic in your wiki!

* No one there paid me to write this recommendation. 😅

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Bridget Community Manager Apr 19, 2021

Nice @Dave Liao ! Thanks for sharing. #Adaptavistinfluencer 🤣

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Dave Liao Community Leader Apr 19, 2021

I'm surprised #adaptavistinfluencer doesn't yield any Google results 😂

Unlike Dave, it's part of my job to market Adaptavist, but even if I wasn't, I'd be all-over "content formatting macros" - that app was installed everywhere I went well before I joined Adaptavist.

Outside Adaptavist, I'm was/am very fond of Latex and Graphviz apps, and although I wouldn't say "can't live without", Comala workflows and Scroll versions are very very good at what they do and a lot of people I've worked with need them.

I also have a soft spot for Themebuilder, as it got me job once.  

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Dave Liao Community Leader Apr 19, 2021

Right? Aside from the Confluence instance I learned on (many many many companies ago), I've only encountered one Confluence instance that didn't have Content Formatting installed. I was super surprised.

Wow, LaTeX, I haven't touched that for years... I do know there are folks that love having math equations in their wiki pages. 👨‍🔬👩‍🔬➕

I think my love of the latex (no, I don't like mixed-caps words, they slow my reading) macro is because I've spent a lot of my career working with people who need a lot of real mathematics - universities, engineers and financial places.

Seriously, if you're doing anything useful mathematically, you need a system that has no problem with rendering Euler's identity without having to take screenshots or requiring the human to have to type (phonetically) "e to the pie eye plus one equals zero".

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Similar to @Nic Brough _Adaptavist_  it is part of my role to promote Adaptavist. One thing folks might not be aware of is that Adaptavist have just launched new documentation sites for the Apps. 

See https://docs.adaptavist.com/cfm4cc/latest for the Content Formatting Macros for Confluence Cloud. 

Also a brand new macro was released recently which provides a the ability to add cards to a confluence page. https://docs.adaptavist.com/cfm4cc/latest/macros/card. 

 

But other notable callouts from me are Gliffy/Draw.io for any diagramming needs and multiExcerpt for allowing content to be reused. 

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Dave Liao Community Leader Apr 19, 2021

Ooh, forgot about diagramming!

Lucidchart has done a lot of heavy lifting for me, especially in places where I need to support clients with needlessly detailed/pretty landing pages. 😊

I feel like everyone wants an org chart on their team page.

Mykenna Cepek Community Leader Apr 26, 2021

I'd highly recommend Draw.io.

I recently compared Draw.io and Lucidchart:

  • Comparable functionality
  • Identical icon sets
  • Comparable template sets (despite what the Lucidchart PR says about Draw.io)
  • Import functionality that was over 95% accurate in my testing
  • Draw.io feels more "native" in Jira and Confluence
  • Lucidchart costs almost 10x what Draw.io costs

This is an end-user perspective, I have no stake in either product.

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