Last week my colleague Matt wrote a piece explaining the history of macros, and how they have evolved over time. He showed how they were powerful ways to add content to your wiki but historically out-of-reach to the average user. Today, we want to shed some light on exactly how much has changed since day one and how easy Confluence 3.0 makes it for mere mortals to use macros.
As the video below shows, no longer do users need to concern themselves with typing inside of curly brackets and figuring out what parameters need to be set. All that’s needed is an idea of what content you’d like to show and Confluence takes care of the rest. Matt showed you the old way of doing things. This video shows how much simpler it is today in Confluence 3.0.

The evolution of macros is, in a way, a reflection of Atlassian’s own growth as a company. Atlassian has evolved from a highly technical team, mainly of developers, to a diverse range of departments. Teams such as Marketing, Customer Service, and Talent that did not exist before are now essential parts of Atlassian. Like many business users, our non-technical departments are thrilled to be able to embed task lists, charts, RSS feeds and other dynamic content into their wiki pages.
The future is bright for the Macro Browser. Plugins 2.0 and Atlassian Plugin Exchange set the foundation for building and discovering new plugins, while the Macro Browser makes the magic accessible to all users.
What are you doing still reading this post? Download Confluence 3.0 and see for yourself already!

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