A new way to write blog posts Edited

Hello,

I’m a product manager with Confluence Cloud and I wanted to let the Community know of some exciting improvements to how you create and edit in Confluence. 

We're rolling these changes out gradually, so for now you'll only see them when creating a new blog post. This should appear on your site in the coming weeks, if it hasn't already.

image2018-4-28_10-36-48.png

Some highlights:

  • Improved typography, to provide a more readable line length. No more w i d e text on large monitors.
  • We've added some great new image controls, so you can now easily wrap text around images to the left or right, or even go wide with banner images.
  • Add 🌶to your page with emoji. Hundreds available, but you can even upload your own.
  • Have a bunch of text in markdown? Just paste it on the page and it'll automatically convert to rich text.
  • Need to include code? Code is now available in the plus menu. We'll even detect code on paste, and create a code block for you.

We've also focused - importantly - on increasing reliability, stability, and speed.

We'll be continuing to roll out further improvements, but there's enough great stuff that we wanted to start getting it into your hands. Our documentation has more details about exciting things to come as well as a list of changes that have already been made. 

There are a few notable things missing that we're working on, including:

  • Pasting links to Confluence pages don't auto set the title
  • Text alignment and indentation 
  • Multi-column layouts
  • Setting your image size in pixels

We'd love to know what you think! Click the "Feedback" link in the bottom right corner of the editor.

9 comments

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion May 15, 2018

@Avinoam Zelenko - the images are broken

Thanks, Thomas! I just fixed it. Please let me know if it's working now!

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion May 16, 2018

@Avinoam Zelenko - yes, I can see the pictures now, thank you.

@Avinoam Zelenko How do I use HTML markup in the new release ? 

Hi @Harneet Kochar! HTML markup isn't available as part of Confluence Cloud at this time. Perhaps the code macro may help in what you are looking to achieve.

@Avinoam Zelenko Any particular reason why we removed HTML markup ? We use it for all sorts of formatting (Different fonts, font sizes, alignment etc.) 

Hi there, a couple of questions about the new blog post format. The new posts are now being centered in the page, leaving a lot of white space on the sides, especially on the left of the page. Is there a way to format the blog so it occupies the entire page and all the information can display better. Capture.JPG

Hi @Sonia Viteri and thanks for asking this great question!

As you've noticed and pointed out we are optimizing for better readability and predictability of content which also has some additional benefits such as:

• Your line length won't change when you're viewing content regardless of if the sidebar is expanded or collapsed.
• Your text won't reflow when inline comments are visible or hidden.
• It encourages pages to have a more predictable experience on mobile as well.

With that being said - Tables, macros, and images all have in-context menus that let you make them display as wide or full-width.

Thanks for the explanation @Avinoam Zelenko, now to my second question, before I was able to easily change the size of an image by simply selecting on the image and defining the size, now that options do not seem possible anymore, can you tell me how you can manually change the size of the image while in Confluence.?

Another great question @Sonia Viteri.

At the end of the above post I tried to point out that there are a few notable things missing that we're working on, including:

  • Pasting links to Confluence pages don't auto set the title
  • Text alignment and indentation 
  • Multi-column layouts
  • Setting your image size in pixels

So, at this time you can't set the exact size like you used to. However, in the meantime you can change the images layout to either be fixed, wide or full width or inline to the right or left of your text.

Thanks for the feedback, I did not pay too much attention to the initial post, but now I did :)  Looking forward to seeing the new updates.. 

Great work! but there is something I am missing a lot in the new editing tools. Despite the new way of preconfigured panels for info, warning,etc. is ver helpful for writing some technical documentation in final format, I am missing the plain {panel} behaviour in the new /panel widget. I was using {panel} as a container to paste large content with images, and keep separate from the next block or my own annotations. The new panels do not allow pasting content with images. The panel ends above the first image and the image and rest of pasted content is rendered outside the panel. I can achieve the same block effect adding a single cell of a table but in the new editor inserting only one cell means, insert a table and remove two columns and two rows one by one. It is too much distraction compared with the simple {panel} typing on the old editor. 

Is it possible to have a simple /panel as before? and one that you can edit the title as well?

Thanks for the feedback @Pablo Marin-Garcia! Have you tried perhaps using the Horizontal Rule for that purpose? You can add by either going to the + menu in the main toolbar or by simply typing in "/horizontal" and it will come up.

I recently learnt about the great "Decision" macro but cannot seem to figure out when it is available and when not... (see link below)

Is this perhaps caused by the roll-out of these editor changes?

As a product owner/project manager, not being able to capture (also small) decisions is quite a impediment.

 

P.S. Also asked on the community but no answer there: Some pages do not have the "Decision" macro available?

Ahmad Danial Atlassian Team Sep 10, 2018

Hi again, Jeroen!

I just want to let you know that I have responded to the question that you have in Some pages do not have the "Decision" macro available?. Feel free to ask me any further questions if you have. Thanks.

Thanks! Found it. If I understand correctly, that somewhere in the not to distant future, I can make use of Action and Decision macros in all pages in Confluence, that would be great news!

My main question is: besides showing something differently on the page, what does the decision macro do? Can you create an overview of all decisions like you could with the decision log before?

Further on Dieter's question - are there any plans to integrate this with the Decision Log?

Hi,

I'm trying to make our macro compatible with the new editor. Can you point me to a migration tutorial. We want to be ready when this editor is generalized.

Thanks

Can anyone help me. 

Currently, our macro editor is broken in the new editor (the case with many famous plugins also) and once the new editor is applied to other pages types we will be in a bad situation with many angry customers.

Hi,

Will this powerful editor be available for other pages than blogs?

Hi @Victor Debone!

Yes, we're rolling out the new editing experience gradually and it should become available for more page types in the upcoming months. It's currently available for most blogs and meeting notes.

how do I get the text to alight to the left? why is it in the centre? 

I really wish the blog post editor was the same editor for the rest of confluence. It is an inconsistent experience and blocks the ability to write blog posts on the mobile client!

Comment

Log in or Sign up to comment
Community showcase
Published Oct 09, 2018 in Confluence

Introducing Praecipio Consulting, an Atlassian Solution Partner

Hey there Community!  My name is Vannya Vallejo, the Channel Communication Specialist at Atlassian and I want to help Atlassian users like you learn about our Solution Partners and how they c...

407 views 0 9
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you