SYDNEY & SAN FRANCISCO (BUSINESS WIRE) — Atlassian, a developer of collaboration and development software tools, today announced the release of Confluence 3.1, the latest version of its powerful enterprise wiki that enables business users to collaborate in a secure online environment. Version 3.1 introduces support for OpenSocial gadgets, drag-and-drop file attachments, support for Office 2007 and various usability enhancements to help enterprise users create and share content online.
“With Confluence 3.1, you can add any OpenSocial gadget to your Confluence page, including gadgets from our other products like Jira, Fisheye, Crucible and Bamboo,” said Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian co-founder and CEO. “It’s also a powerful framework for letting you share and consume information from third-party systems.” There are thousands of OpenSocial gadgets already available on the web, including gadgets to access and display information from Outlook, Salesforce.com, Google Apps and more.
OpenSocial Gadgets can be added inside Confluence pages and blogs. In addition, Confluence serves up its own gadgets for use in other Atlassian products or other OpenSocial-compliant gadget containers. Confluence 3.1 ships with two pre-configured gadgets: Confluence Activity Stream, which displays a list of recent updates from your Confluence site, and Quick Navigation, which provides Confluence search capabilities and suggests results as you type. These gadgets can be embedded into any OpenSocial container like Jira or Gmail so you can see Confluence activity or search Confluence from directly inside these systems.
New Drag and Drop with Office 2007 and Images
The latest release also features the ability to drag and drop documents and images right from a user’s desktop onto a Confluence page. This allows Confluence 3.1 to function much like a desktop application, reducing the learning curve and making the file sharing process simple, easy and efficient. Full Office 2007 support also provides users the ability to view attached Office 2007 documents, such as PowerPoint presentations (.pptx) and Excel spreadsheets (.xlsx), right inside a wiki page.
Other features and upgrades in Confluence 3.1 include:
- A new image browser that utilizes Confluence’s new drag-and-drop capabilities and makes embedding images into pages and blog posts simple and easy.
- A new ‘move page’ feature that streamlines the page organization process by easily allowing users to make a page the ‘child’ of another page.
- More convenient and easily accessible page restriction options that allow users to establish fine-grain permissions on each individual page for added confidence and security.
- New draft comparison features that ensure up-to-the-minute preservation of document changes.
“Once considered the domain of developers and software engineers, enterprise wikis have demonstrated tremendous potential to improve collaboration throughout all areas of the business,” said Audra Eng, vice president of product management with Atlassian. “The new features and usability improvements in Confluence 3.1 make it more appealing to a wider audience of users, especially those familiar with Microsoft’s Windows and Office environments.”
Atlassian’s affordable pricing options make the powerful features of Confluence 3.1 accessible to startups and small-business teams. A perpetual license is available starting at just $10 for 10 users with proceeds from the 10-for-$10 package going to Room to Read, a global nonprofit that helps young women in impoverished regions learn to read.
Atlassian is a private, global software company that helps technical and corporate teams collaborate and build better products and solutions for their customers. Our mission is simple: delight customers with our products and our service, value innovation in development and our business operation, and solve customer problems with brilliant simplicity. Founded in 2002 by university classmates Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, Atlassian now boasts more than 15,000 customers and 188 employees. Atlassian is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with global offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam, and the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.atlassian.com.