It's amazing they claimed they are practicing Agile which focuses on Customer concerns more, but then they remove the Panel macro (that is used by many people) with no consultation to their customers before removing it. Very impressive!!!
Support team said, that "Panel macro has been removed as part of our plan of making new editor better and lighter."...
Atlassian is removing desired and good working features to make lighter and poor editor. It's called downgrade. With new editor they removed many nice features.
And their are many documentation, which are outdated.
Also quite disappointed by this news. The Panel macro was an excellent way to visually-group information on the pages—I made use of it extensively on my pages at my previous company (which is running an older version of Confluence hosted on their own servers). Now I can't do this at my new company using the Cloud version of Confluence. I'd like to know what alternatives Atlassian has in mind for this.
2 issues - one - why claim something is still there when it is clearly not!
And secondly why remove something so fundamental without offering anything suitable as an alternative? The internal design discussions must have been interesting when discussing the removal of macros:
"We need to remove macros to make the editor more light weight"
"OK - how many people are using them?"
"Thousands of users across many thousands of pages"
"What shall we replace them with?"
"Cool - lets do it!"
Really awful to completely break the editing experience like this and then make your users "vote" for "features" so existing pages/templates work properly.
It's even worse because everyone has to upgrade in the next months because work on the old editor seems to have stopped. Bugs are just accumulating there and it will eventually be so broken that you'll have no choice but to use the new editor.
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