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Hi, my name is Owen. I'm the product manager on the Media team here at Atlassian.
If you've been using the new Confluence editor you may have seen the option to edit files with the Companion app is no longer available.
We're not actively updating the Companion app in Confluence Cloud, however, the option to use it is still available… if you know how to find it.
Note: Due to a recent security issue the Companion app no longer works on Internet Explorer, Edge or Safari. So this guidance will be for users of Chrome and Firefox.
This post talks through how you can still access the Companion app and I'll also talk about alternatives you have for replacing files and collaborating.
It's worth first noting that any pages you created in the old editor will stay in the old editor. So you'll still be able to preview files on a page and then edit them directly with Companion app.
Also if you're using the attachments macro in the new editor you can still preview the file then edit with Companion app. Also on the new editor you can still find the Companion app when editing a file via the attachments page.
You can still use the aforementioned attachments macro to replace files and upload new versions of a document.
You can replace the file on the attachments page, delete and re-upload the file, or drag and drop the file on the page.
Note: When replacing a file, so long as the filename is the same, any of the above options hook into Confluence’s versioning system.
In the future we'll be bringing in options to replace a file directly from the Media Viewer and from the editor itself.
You can also use the slash command to embed Google Drive files. For example when editing a page type “/” then ‘sheets' and you can embed a Google Sheets file. If team members have been granted access to edit the file on Google Drive they can edit the file in real time with you on the Confluence page. If not they get a 'read only’ view. By opening the embedded Sheets file full screen you can access formatting and formula options. Again you can edit these in real time with your colleagues.
We're working on an Office 365 for Business integration, so soon you'll also be able to edit Excel files via Confluence. Later this year we'll be bringing sorting and filtering options to our native editor's tables.
As mentioned above Companion app is still available via workarounds on Cloud, but we do believe the new options highlighted above will give teams a much deeper and enriched collaboration experience.
If you'd like to discuss any of the above please feel free to leave a comment and I can reach out and arrange a time to talk.