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Confluence 5.7: Inline Comments vs. Page Comments
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on February 25, 2015

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on February 25, 2015

Confluence 5.7: Inline Comments vs. Page Comments

Confluence 5.7 is the first release to boast inline comment functionality. The entire Confluence user community – including ourselves here at K15t Software – instantly fell in love with this new way to close the content feedback loop. But can inline comments be used for questions and feedback on public documentation sites? Or are comment threads below pages still the best way to interact? This key issue was recently discussed on the Atlassian Confluence documentation site. Here’s a wrap-up of that discussion https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Supported+Platforms?focusedCommentId=712639181#comment-712639181 – plus some best practices for using inline comments or choosing (threaded) page comments in Confluence 5.7.

Search and Replace in Confluence
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on January 29, 2015

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on January 29, 2015

Search and Replace in Confluence

When creating and updating documentation, it is often necessary to search for and replace text fragments. If, for example, a product name changes, authors need to update every single occurrence within their documentation. What if there was a way to automate this process? Atlassian Confluence’s built-in editor features a handy search-and-replace tool. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer a way to exchange strings on multiple pages, across spaces or throughout the entire collaboration platform – and it’s unlikely that such a feature will be added any time soon. Instead, Confluence’s product managers point us to the Atlassian Marketplace, where third-party developers can provide suitable add-ons. In this blog post, I’ll take a closer look at one solution – available for Confluence 5 and above – that will help you search and replace Confluence content like a pro.

Putting It On the Table - Managing Tabular Content in Confluence
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on January 15, 2015

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on January 15, 2015

Putting It On the Table - Managing Tabular Content in Confluence

In medieval times, merchants used an Exchequer table to perform calculations for taxes and goods – and tables have been considered the best way to compile and compare data ever since. Tables can display large volumes of structured information in a highly compact and logical way. And today, spreadsheets enable us to calculate and process data electronically. Technical communicators rely on tables and comparison matrices to provide their readers with value-added information. So when using Atlassian Confluence to manage and distribute documentation, they need to be able to create tabular data, too. But Confluence is a collaboration platform and wiki, and wasn’t specifically built to handle complex tables or manage spreadsheet calculations. So can it be used to build, manage, style and calculate tabular content with ease?    

What the FAQ?! - Collecting Frequently Asked Questions With Confluence (Including Four Pro Tips)
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on August 6, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on August 6, 2014

What the FAQ?! - Collecting Frequently Asked Questions With Confluence (Including Four Pro Tips)

Are you receiving the same questions over and over again? If so, it’s time to give your users and customers what they need – a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.   In this blog post, you’ll find some tips and examples that will help you create and manage your very own FAQ collection in Confluence.

Learn How to Develop Add-ons for Atlassian Software - And Meet The K15t Team
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on June 12, 2014

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on June 12, 2014

Learn How to Develop Add-ons for Atlassian Software - And Meet The K15t Team

Are you a Java plugin developer interested in creating add-ons for JIRA, Confluence or other Atlassian software? If so, join us on July 17 th for Java Forum Stuttgart http://www.java-forum-stuttgart.de/de/Home.html, in the heart of the city. At this event, K15t co-founder Tobias Anstett will give a talk on developing JIRA/Confluence add-ons using the Atlassian SDK http://www.java-forum-stuttgart.de/de/Abstracts+Slot+4.html#art527 (in German). This one-day conference is designed to give attendees a broad overview of the latest Java technology trends. The day will be filled with talks on Java development (with speakers from Google, IBM and Oracle). What’s more, there will be around 40 exhibitors from the Java space – including K15t Software.

Confluence as DMS - Part 2: Attachment check-in/check-out with Arsenale Lockpoint
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on April 8, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on April 8, 2014

Confluence as DMS - Part 2: Attachment check-in/check-out with Arsenale Lockpoint

In my previous blogpost https://www.k15t.com/blog/2014/03/confluence-as-dms-editing-attachments-directly-with-goedit, I explained how GoEdit can be used to turn Atlassian Confluence from a premium collaboration tool into an easy-to-use document management system. But there was still one issue to resolve: How can you prevent users from editing attachments concurrently? In this blog post, we will look at another useful add-on that solves this dilemma and integrates seamlessly with GoEdit.

Staying ahead of your bugs - quality metrics for developing Atlassian plugins with SonarQube
Christoffer Bromberg

Christoffer Bromberg on January 28, 2014

Christoffer Bromberg

Christoffer Bromberg on January 28, 2014

Staying ahead of your bugs - quality metrics for developing Atlassian plugins with SonarQube

If you're passionate about developing top-quality software, that passion could well take up most of your time. As a father of two, a basketball enthusiast and a hobby guitarist, I often found myself working on code when I would have liked to spend time on my other interests. Luckily, I discovered SonarQube, a tool that makes it easier for me to trust the code I’m developing or maintaining. SonarQube gives me insights that were previously hard to obtain. And that helps me to enjoy more leisure time. Maybe it can do the same for you.

Git tip: A quicker, smarter way to merge fixes with the master
Jens Rutschmann

Jens Rutschmann on January 22, 2014

Jens Rutschmann

Jens Rutschmann on January 22, 2014

Git tip: A quicker, smarter way to merge fixes with the master

Some bugs can be fixed in a matter of minutes. But correctly incorporating your fix into the VCS can take much longer – especially if you have multiple related projects and the bugfix requires minor changes to all of them. Here at K15t, this applies to our Scroll Exporters, for example. This blogpost will explain how you can speed up the process of merging your fixes with the master branch(es) of your projects.

Expando Macro for Confluence: Collapse and Expand Headings

We have just released the public beta of a new add-on from the "little, useful and free helpers" category: The Expando Macro. The Expando Macro makes headings clickable and expands or collapses the content that belongs to that heading, and it expands content based on a macro parameter or on the linked HTML anchor.

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