Throwback Thursday: What Confluence trick/tip/gadget do you like the best? #TBT

It's Thursday!
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In honor of Confluence Automation being released couple of weeks ago, today's post is about Confluence. Automation for Confluence is a very powerful feature available in Premium and Enterprise versions.I've dabbled in it a little and I think it will be a favorite feature of Confluence very quickly.
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Confluence was released in March of 2004. I think I started using it in 2011 or so. Probably what I like the best is the new presenter mode. I've never liked the "frame" Confluence pages are in, even though I do like Confluence. The presenter mode fixes that. Gives laser focus to your presentation / data. Love the QR code it provides. If you haven't tried it, check it out. I think you'll love it.
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So, what Confluence trick/tip/gadget do you like the best?
Let’s make it a great Thursday!
KGM

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Rudy Holtkamp
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Feb 09, 2023

I still miss the (easy) way of creating Confluence pages with Jira automation that has content of a Jira issue. You can create a confluence page based upon a template (e.g. make a retrospective page), but you can't fill it with data from that sprint.

Another example: customers fill in a form on the JSM portal, after the ticket has gone through the flow (e.g. a request has been approved) you want data from that form in a Confluence so it can be appended with other info.

So lot's of work to do...

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Hi @Kristján Geir Mathiesen

For me, the activity stream gadget is precious; once we work across different teams, it's like: a must! 😃😁!

Have a great day everyone!! ☀️🙏🏽

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Craig Nodwell
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Feb 09, 2023

For me it's the Server/DC ability to create custom macros.  Tying those custom macros into something like a Scriptrunner resource and being able to publish out those externals re: BitBucket/Jira.  One thing I find indispensable is the Code View add-on(plugin) being a geek this little feature to get to the source of the page and do live edits is beyond value.

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Brant Schroeder
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Feb 09, 2023

I really like page properties and the page property report.  Using these two macros together you can help team members identify important information and view and sort that information in a report. 

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Summer.Hogan
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Feb 09, 2023

I really like the integration with Jira where you can hop from Jira to Confluence in one click! I also like that when you mention a confluence article in Jira or vice versa it is tagged in the other asset! I also love the activity stream gadget! That keeps me updated on everything going on in Confluence. Overall, I love Confluence and think it is Atlassian's best product!

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Kian Stack Mumo Systems
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Feb 09, 2023

I agree with @Brant Schroeder. The page property & property report macros are excellent ways to help organize and group content! I also really like the excerpt and excerpt include macros!

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Dave Mathijs
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Feb 10, 2023

To put the cat among the pigeons:

I'm comparing Confluence to Notion right now and there is still room for improvement to keep up with "younger" cloud-based applications.

  • Confluence vs Notion according to Atlassian
  • Confluence vs Notion according to Notion

Benefits of Confluence

  • Integration with other Atlassian products
  • Extensive Marketplace app listing
  • Quick to learn, simpler to use

Disadvantages of Confluence

  • No database integration (out-of-the-box) ⚠️😢
  • Lack of flexibility (task organization in boards f.e.)
  • Feature parity between the web and mobile app
  • No custom community templates available (via the Marketplace)
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Andy Gladstone
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Feb 13, 2023

My favorite tips/tricks are:

  1. /// to put dates into documents
  2. Info Panel Macro (which now allows even more color choices)
  3. Divider Macro - helps break up sections of a page to make navigation more friendly
  4. Section Layouts

With Confluence the focus should always be on the reader's experience - what is the best way to allow for optimal consumption. Make your pages engaging, and readers will read!

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Amanda Barber
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Feb 13, 2023

I love being able to embed pages since I work across multiple teams. Sometimes I can get away with writing something once (and keeping it up-to-date in one place) while sharing it across teams! I also love embedding Jira filters to make dashboards that work for my needs.

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Fabio Racobaldo _Herzum_
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Feb 16, 2023

JIRA Issue macro is really useful in order to provide a real time report to my stakeholders. 

We use it in our weekly meeting in order to have an overview about the activity status.

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Kai Becker
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Feb 21, 2023

I loved the Assets (Insight) Gadget for Confluence DC and I'm heartbroken, that currently it does not exist for Confluence Cloud.
This opened up so many possibilities in providing users an easy way to view their assets.

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Sayed Bares [ServiceRocket]
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Jul 04, 2023 • edited

Combination of excerpt and excerpt include macro is definitely my favourite

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Ram Kumar Aravindakshan _Adaptavist_
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Oct 19, 2023

I'm not much of a Confluence user, but the feature I like is the ability to link Jira tickets when the Jira and Confluence instances are linked.

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