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SubSpace Navigation for Confluence 3.0 has arrived

Today marks an important milestone in the history of Communardo Products: our oldest (active) add-on in the Atlassian Marketplace gets fresh paint in form of a major update. In this blog post I'll walk you through the most important changes and show how they might impact your Confluence instance.

SubSpace Navigation for Confluence

Today marks an important mile­stone in the history of Communardo Products: our oldest (active) add-on in the Atlassian Marketplace gets fresh paint in form of a major update. In this blog post I'll walk you through the most important chan­ges and show how they might impact your Confluence instance.

First of all, please allow me to give you a quick recap of the history of this pro­duct in order to show its impor­t­ance for Communardo Products:

subspace-history

Now as you can see there's quite some heri­tage atta­ched to the add-on so let's take a look into what is new…

Now what's new in SubSpace Navigation for Confluence 3.0?

You may have noti­ced that the add-on recei­ved a new name and a fresh loo­king logo. Besides those opti­cal chan­ges, the whole pro­duct has been rebuild from scratch. This leads to a broad variety of chan­ges and I'm going to high­light the most important ones below.

Look and feel, User Experience

subspace-edit-navigation-highlight-2Starting all over again gave us the oppor­tu­nity to rebuild the UI in order to bet­ter align with the design of Confluence. This affects both the end user ele­ments as well as the admi­nis­tra­tion inter­face. Besides this, we also intro­du­ced a lot of usa­bi­lity improvements.

CQL

By using the CQL option in the navi­ga­tion, power­ful per­so­na­liz­a­tion is pos­si­ble. Please refer to the full docu­men­ta­tion and find a few examp­les below:

  • List recently crea­ted pages for the cur­rent log­ged in user:
    contributor = currentUser() AND type IN("page", "blogpost") ORDER BY created DESC
  • List the favou­trite pages and blog­posts of the cur­rent log­ged in user:
    favourite = currentUser()

Theming

Absolutely right! You can theme the navi­ga­tion just like you would paint a wall of your house. Well at least it is as simple. The only tool you need is the add-on CUTE for Confluence.

Having CUTE enab­led, you will instantly find a new (yet still not acti­va­ted) theme that is avail­able wit­hin your Confluence: just head to the over­view page for all your CUTE exten­si­ons in the Confluence Administration.

If you are already using the CUTE add-on, the exten­si­ons should be pre­sent right now. It's that easy!

If you are using CUTE prior to ver­sion 1.4 (which is sche­du­led for later this year) you may need to eit­her deac­ti­vate and acti­vate CUTE in the Universal Plugin Manager or restart your Confluence in order to see the pro­vi­ded CUTE Extension.

Of course the bund­led CUTE Extension can be modi­fied to your liking, or you can sim­ply create an own theme for your navi­ga­tion wit­hin CUTE.

subspace-navigation-for-confluence-with-cute

Other Changes

The add-on is now Data Center com­pa­ti­ble. We recei­ved reports from some cus­to­mers that SubSpace 2.x worked quite well in Data Center envi­ron­ments but this was never con­fir­med by our QA or Dev Departments. Not anymore 😉
Starting with ver­sion 3.0, the add-on will also be cove­red by our regu­lar sup­port. To learn more about what is inclu­ded in our pro­duct sup­port please have a look into our sup­port por­tal. In addi­tion to that both per­for­mance and secu­rity issues could be resolved.

For a full list of chan­ges refer to the offi­cial pro­duct docu­men­ta­tion.

Architectural Changes

The decision to start all over with the add-on was mainly inspi­red by the under­ly­ing archi­tec­ture that was a bit dated. With SubSpace being our oldest add-on it is no sur­prise that mista­kes of the past were quite limi­t­ing in future deve­lo­p­ment. This is where some of the secu­rity rela­ted issues were ori­gi­na­ting in.

If you are using a pre­vious ver­sion of SubSpace the exis­ting struc­ture and navi­ga­tion will be migra­ted auto­ma­ti­cally. So bes­i­des a fresh new look not­hing should change for your end users.

As part the over­haul, we also made the decision to exclude the SubSpace macros for now. We have been in active con­tact with many cus­to­mers and the over­all feed­back was that navi­ga­tion is the pri­mary use case they are addres­sing the pro­duct right now. If the need ari­ses we might re-introduce macros for the add-on. So if you are really mis­sing this, please do not hesi­tate to con­tact our sup­port – we may even find a work­around for spe­ci­fic issues.

A word about the Pricing

Starting with ver­sion 3.0 SubSpace Navigation for Confluence will be released under a com­mer­cial license accom­pa­nied by com­mer­cial pri­cing. This was not an easy decision to be made on our side though we felt this is the best what could hap­pen to the add-on. The change in pri­cing will allow us to ensure fur­ther inven­ti­ons in the add-on as well as pro­vi­ding the sup­port many of you know already from our other Atlassian add-ons.

To make the tran­si­tion easier for you we are offe­ring a 100% vou­cher to all exis­ting cus­to­mers of the SubSpace Plugin until the End of January 2017. In order to receive your vou­cher, please con­tact our sup­port team.

Most cus­to­mers were not aware of this: all pre­vious ver­si­ons of SubSpace were in fact Open Source and are as such still avail­able for down­load via the Atlassian Marketplace. You can also down­load the source code directly in our Support Portal.

Final words

As you can see we as Communardo Products are pretty exci­ted about the new release! Actually we can't await your feed­back on the new fea­tures of the add-on. If you like what you see can of course always add a review at the Atlassian Marketplace so other can bene­fit from your experience.

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27. September 2016

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