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I’d like to announce the latest version of the new Dynamic Task List 2 plugin for Confluence. This release features over 30 new features, enhancements and bug fixes. You can find more details here, but here is a quick overview:

  • Much more robust handling of task names: improved support for all character sets and for wiki markup, such as links, in task names.
  • Permissions to modify a tasklist now match the permissions of the page the tasklist is on
  • Issues with task lists not working in IE 6 & 7 were fixed
  • User and group pickers for assigning users were added

UI Enhancements

In addition to the new features and bug fixes, the dynamic task list also got some UI attention. In particular, look for these improvements:

  • The gray border and background was lightened up to make the task lists not stand out as much from Confluence
  • New icons were added for all the sort options and an icon for the task priority was added to the main task line so users will no longer have to expand the task information to see task priorities
  • When dragging task items to reorder them there is now a visual que to the user about where the task will land
  • The way users work with task priorities also got an update, changing to a much clearer set of radio buttons.

Upgrading from original {dynamictasklist} and {tasklist}

The Dynamic Task List 2 is meant to completely replace the original {tasklist} and {dynamictasklist} macros. For anyone that had problems upgrading to Dynamic Task List 2 2.0, all reported issues have been fixed and others found and resolved as well. The upgrade process itself happens much more intuitively now. Instead of upgrading when a user first views a page that has one of the old versions of the macro on it, this new version of the plugin will only upgrade when a user manipulates the dynamic task list. Also, due to the improved task name handling, this version of the macro supports all the task names that previous versions did.

Let us know what you think!

In short, if you’re using Confluence 2.5 or above, there should be no reason not to upgrade and pending feedback from the community this new Dynamic Task List will be bundled with the next major release of Confluence. So install it, try it out, and most importantly, let us know what you think!

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