Hindsight might be 2020 but looking back, a lot of cool new features rolled out in 2019. From new collaboration and organizational powers to fresh templates and handy integrations, it’s been quite the glow-up for Confluence Cloud.
Here’s a holiday gift from us to you–our favorite features of 2019.
Create and collaborate
Save time with the all-powerful slash command
With the slash (/) command, you can add elements to your pages with a keystroke including tables, images, dates, macros, emojis and more.
Tidy up your table columns
Extract more insights from your data. When viewing a page, you can organize table columns to better spot trends. Arrange items like status, date, teammates, links, and more in ascending or descending order using table headers.
Jump to headings with anchor links
Connect people to your most relevant headings with anchor links. Add a link to your heading by hovering over it, clicking on the link icon that appears, and copying a link to the heading. After sharing the link, anyone who clicks will be teleported to that section on your page.
Feast your eyes on full-width pages
Full-width flexibility is great for pages that are information-dense and keep your readers from having to dig to find information on the page. Showcase information on one complete screen and your teammates will never miss another crucial detail!
Make your content more memorable in Confluence by throwing in some extras with the media picker in Confluence Cloud. Add any file from Dropbox or Google Drive through the Confluence editor and access all of your files right from Confluence. If you really like spice, toss in a GIF from GIPHY.
The best part is that when you upload files to the media picker, those files will sync across all your pages in Confluence AND your Jira tickets, so you’ll never have to double-upload again.
Express yourself with improved comments
We introduced a new comments experience to help you better express ideas, have meaningful conversations, and keep information flowing.
Never forget a name with team mentions
With Teams in Confluence, you can keep track of groups of people like project teams, leadership groups, squads, and more. Mention Teams on a Confluence page or in comments to quickly add every person from the team without needing to remember who’s who.
Keep working on the go on mobile
With the new editing experience on mobile, you can add more sizzle to your pages with photos, videos, files, code snippets, panels and more using the + icon on your app. Tune up your content’s legibility and engagement when you use headings, bullets, colors, styling, and more.
Establish a new world order with drag n drop
Keeping Confluence pages all squared away in spaces can be challenging. With drag 'n' drop, you can continuously group pages by moving them around directly in the page tree.
Keep a neat space with contextual create
Add a child page under whatever page you like, directly from within the page tree. Hit the new + icon that pops up next to the page name in the page tree, and from your page will spring forth another one. Adding pages contextually lets you create them wherever you want them to live from the start.
Get back to recent pages with one click
Pick up right where you left off using recent drawer. Find information faster like recently visited pages and drafts from anywhere in Confluence. Use the blue global nav on the left or the keyboard shortcut G then R.
Find what you’re looking for fast
Search like a pro with a better advanced search experience. Find anything and everything in Confluence with loads of search filters and info-rich results.
Time saving templates
Kickstart your marketing and team goals with built-in templates
We know what it’s like to stare at a blank Confluence screen, wondering how to get going while your mind keeps answering procrastination’s siren call. With five built-in Confluence templates, we’ve laid the foundation for you! These handy templates cover marketing campaign planning, competitive analysis, customer interviews, a messaging house framework, and blog posts.
We also added goal-setting templates to Confluence. Inspired by Atlassian’s Team Playbook, these templates give teams one best-in-class format to set, track, and stay focused on objectives. These templates – Goals, Signals, and Measures, OKRs, and Project Poster – can be found in the “Create” module.
Let the Jira roadmap handle that
With the Jira roadmap macro, it’s easier than ever to embed the URL of your roadmap into any Confluence page and see it materialize for you. From there, the link is live and accessible to anyone who wants to see it. An executive needs to okay your roadmap? Leave Jira to the engineers and head over to Confluence by typing /Jira roadmap. This feature is available in next-gen projects in Jira Software.
Take the wheel with the Google Drive integration
Keep all your files in Confluence to create a single source of truth with the Google Drive integration. Skip the tab switching when you embed and edit Google docs, sheets, and slides in your Confluence pages. Adjust Google files' height and width and click the expand button to get a full-screen view.
Make sure you have the Google Drive integration installed on your instance, then take it for a test drive. You can find the app on the Atlassian Marketplace Google Drive for Confluence listing. Once installed, paste the Google Drive file (Docs, Sheets, Slides) link in Confluence OR type /Google, /Google Docs, /Google Sheets or /Google Slides OR go to + (Insert) menu in Confluence editor and click on "View more" to find Google Docs, Google Sheets or Google Slides.
That’s a wrap for 2019! We hope you have an excellent holiday season, and we’ll see you in the next decade.
Jessica TaylorAtlassian Team
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