Scroll Viewport 2.0 - Simplified User Interface and Powerful New Features
When we first released Scroll Viewport on the Atlassian Marketplace in 2013, we claimed it was the best way to publish from Confluence to the web.
Since then, we’ve learned a great deal from numerous website projects – and as a result, we’ve reconsidered the whole concept and spent many hours working on developments. Now, we’re proud to present Scroll Viewport 2.0 – a Confluence add-on that's a framework for delivering Confluence content even simpler and faster to the web.
Separating Editing from Viewing
The Scroll Viewport add-on for Confluence is a framework that makes it easy to use Confluence as a content management system for websites, intranets, documentation sites, and more.
However, Scroll Viewport is not a Confluence theme, and does not replace the system’s user interface. Instead, it pursues a CMS-like approach; Scroll Viewport separates editing in the Confluence UI from viewing the content in style. It provides a completely new way to access pages and blogposts in Confluence.
Scroll Viewport achieves this separation using ‘viewports’. Each viewport has a unique URL where content is displayed in its styled format (on the left of the following image), but authors can still access Confluence to edit content as before (right).
Use Cases for the Scroll Viewport Framework
New Features in Scroll Viewport 2.0
Under the hood, Scroll Viewport 2.0 provides numerous innovations that underpin its framework design – and make it easier than ever to build outstanding Confluence-based websites. We’ve also greatly enhanced the UIs – and added a range of cool features.
Configure Viewports within a Space
We have completely reworked the interface you’ll use to set up viewports for a space. The configuration page can now be found within the Confluence space, and space admins are now able to set up its viewport(s). What’s more, you can now switch themes with a single click.
Permission Restrictions for the Confluence User Interface
So, you’ve created the perfect viewport for your content – but now you want to make sure that only your authors can access the Confluence UI. No problem: Scroll Viewport 2.0 allows you to restrict Confluence access to certain user groups only. And everyone else will check out the content from the viewport.
URL Naming Options
This release enhances the URL generation process, including the handling of special characters in page titles. You can now choose between two URL naming options. By default, Scroll Viewport will generate URLs that contain the full path to a page (hierarchical path naming):
The new flat URL naming system enables you to define shorter viewport URLs that only contain the title of the current page:
More Features, Improvements and Fixes to Discover
Check out the full release notes to see all the new and updated features in the latest release of Scroll Viewport. And by the way – the add-on is also available for the brand-new Atlassian Confluence version 5.7.