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In our blog you will not only find the latest updates from Caelor but also exciting use cases and customer references. At the same time, we take you into the Atlassian Cloud and reveal the latest updates and many exciting tips & tricks.

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Meet us at Atlassian Team '22

The ultimate teamwork event, Atlassian Team '22, is getting closer and we're excited to share a few more details with you. We are already counting down the days and can't wait to connect with all the like-minded people from the Atlassian ecosystem and gain new input for our further growth and app development. Currently, our preparations are in full swing and our team is already incredibly thrilled to provide you with exciting presentations and exclusive insights.

Where you can meet us

You want to discuss ideas with us, you have questions or topics around our products or Atlassian that you would like to elaborate on and you are interested in the potential of Atlassian app extensions and our services?

Then you are more than welcome to come and visit us at our booth! We look forward to personally welcoming you, helping you out, and having informative conversations with you!

As marked on the map, you will find us in hall D at booth 53.

What else is on the schedule?

In addition to the interaction and information that we will have on hand for you at the booth, visitors of the In Person Event will also have the opportunity to take part on our Interactive Session "How to create appealing Confluence pages". Furthermore, we are part of another info session of Seibert Media where we will be talking about "Project Management in Jira with Custom Field Suite" and "Make Jira and Confluence more fun and engaging"

We are looking forward to every participant and a great exchange of ideas within the session.

Whether you're an Atlassian customer, partner, or interested party, we're eager to have conversations and embrace Atlassian Team '22 as an opportunity to get innovative ideas that will help us all grow as Atlassian enthusiasts.

Follow us on LinkedIn for more information about Atlassian Team '22 and our products. If you have any questions feel free to contact us!

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By Luisa Diederichson: 3 minutes read

Cards & Panels is now Content Viz!
App Update

Cards & Panels is now Content Viz!

Cards & Panels has been one of the leading Confluence Cloud Apps in the field of content visualization for over a year now. Not only the wide portfolio of features based on user feedback has increased enormously, but also the number of users. We have now taken this growth as an opportunity to make the app's value more comprehensible, to improve the user experience and, most importantly, to continue integrating innovative features.

We are now excited to announce that we have successfully completed the realization of the new concept and Cards & Panels has become Content Viz! We are more than happy with the overall result and look forward to providing you with many new features and possibilities within the app. Content Viz continues to stand now more than ever for effortless, stunning visualizations that capture your audience's attention.

What’s new?

With the rollout of the dynamic Content Card macro that enabled you to group and highlight different content types such as blogs, pages, people or spaces, Content Viz offers a unique app functionality on the Atlassian Marketplace. Due to high demand, we extracted the dynamic cards and integrated them into the macro for content cards: Content Viz. Based on valuable user feedback, the content card macro has been completely redesigned.

Cards

Each content type can be displayed in at least two views now. For example, the Blog posts content type is great if you want to present a curated collection of Confluence blog posts. It comes with the News Grid view that is designed to drive more user engagement with your company announcements, new team member introductions, point-in-time project updates or change management communications.

The List view promotes the visibility of your blog posts without taking too much space. You will find similar approaches for the other content types.

Dashboard with ContentViz

What else can you expect?

With the relaunch of the brand we are also focussing more und use-case driven development. We know for a fact that a lot of you are using the Card view of the People content type for putting a face to the name on team and project pages or to understand how teams are structured in your organization. To help you better in this process we are going to launch an Org Chart view. We expect to deliver the new view in March, 2022.Other than that our UX team is working on helpful views of more dynamic nature: activity streams, popular pages based on activity, attachments, etc.

Content Viz will receive also further updates to improve stability, performance and functionality. If you need help or want to suggest a feature, you can submit your suggestion in our service desk. If you want to have a product demo and discuss features you can book a free slot in our calendar.

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Dea Spiljaric

3 minutes read

Atlassian Update: Forge is now available for Jira Service Management
Atlassian Update

Atlassian Update: Forge is now available for Jira Service Management

Atlassian has announced that Jira Service Management extension points are now available for Forge! This enhancement has a special impact on our app development, as we now have more extensive options to develop apps in Forge and further extend existing ones that can customize Jira Service Management.

Background on the update

The extension of Forge is to be rolled out to the entire Atlassian product portfolio in the near future. With the addition of Jira Service Management extension points, Atlassian is a big step closer to this goal.

For app developers, this transformation plays a very central role. With the latest release, developers who want to extend and customize Jira Service Management can now build on Forge, our next-generation cloud app development platform, to deliver new projects.

Impact in terms of Caelor applications

When Forge was introduced, it offered several new features. Since Forge was developed as a FaaS (Function as a Service), the entire development and integration process changed. Applications now no longer reside in an iframe, but are exported as functions and called on demand.

With the addition of Forge on JSM, there is now much more potential for us within some of our current applications. For example, it is now possible to add a field from the Custom Field Suite into a Jira Service Management project. This means that we can add, for example, the number of comments of any other calculated field this way. In addition, we also have new APIs and functions that allow us to either revise old (connect) applications or create new ones.

Another great new feature is the new extensibility points where we can insert our app UI. Atlassian has added the following modules as extensible:

  • queuePage, portalRequestDetail, portalRequestDetailPanel, organizationPanel, portalHeader, portalFooter, portalSubheader, andportalProfile

The new modules allow us to now create pure service desk extensions such as custom UI company branding or additional display data for customers or agents.

If you have any questions or need more information about the update or our apps feel free to contact us via Service Desk.

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Dea Spiljaric

3 minutes read

We added new features to the Custom Field Suite
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We added new features to the Custom Field Suite

We developed Custom Field Suite in response to the needs of our customers, the everyday Jira users - more visual, eye-catching custom fields. Custom Field Suite provides the most common custom field types to take the UX to another level and customize Jira for different use cases.

The first app release had six custom fields in the suite: MoSCoW prioritization, Calculated fields, T-Shirt sizing, Progress Bar, Issue Ratings and Select Picker. We focused on these custom fields for better prioritization and easier progress tracking. Star ratings, progress as a filled-in line, estimating with a T-shirt size, you name it!

New Custom Fields

To streamline business processes and further enhance the user experience, we have added the following powerful custom field types to the new app version:

  • Multilevel Select Picker
  • Traffic Lights
  • Currency
  • Min/Max
  • Decimal Number

Multilevel Select Picker

While the standard Jira cascading field has only two levels, the Multilevel Select Picker allows you to create a cascading select field with an unlimited number of levels. Your Jira users will have a better experience with the Multilevel Select Picker available on every screen in Jira. Multilevel Select Picker is a great custom field for reporting. It definitely makes daily work more effective as you can select an option instead of writing it into a query every time.

Traffic Lights

Ready, Set, Go! Or in Jira language: To Do, In progress, Done! We have found that traffic lights send a signal that can also indicate the progress of a Jira issue. To keep with the more visual, eye-catching custom fields that our customers need, we created Traffic Lights custom field that lets you track the status of important issues attributes. Make it easier for your Jira users to keep track of work by adding red, yellow or green lights to mark progress.

Currency

In this release, we also focused a bit more on the numbers that might be beneficial for your team to see within an issue. The first of these custom fields is the Currency (Price). This custom field allows you to display a price that is automatically converted to a decimal number (two decimal places) and add your currency.

Decimal number

Continuing with the numbers, we also developed a Decimal Number custom field. It gives you the option to display numbered fields as decimal numbers. If you can't count all the zeros or just wants to have a clear overview of the issue, this is just what you need. For example, if you write 1000000, this will automatically be transferred to 1,000,00.00. Before creating the Decimal Number custom field, you can decide whether you want to have one, two or three decimal places.

Min/Max

The last custom field in this release is the Min/Max Range. This custom field allows you to define the range of values for the custom field type number. Have in mind that your Jira administrator is the one who creates and configures the custom field, and is also the one who sets the actual minimum and maximum value. Any number outside will be marked as “out of the defined range”.

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Luisa Diederichs

5 minutes read

Caelor is sponsor of the Atlassian Team '22

Caelor is sponsor of the Atlassian Team '22

For us as a growing company in the Atlassian App Extensions business, it is extremely exciting to be part of the ultimate event for Atlassian ecosystem enthusiasts. We think it’s a great opportunity to gather inspiration for new innovations through face-to-face interaction.

Caelor at Team'22

The Atlassian Team '22 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Venetian Resort & Sands Expo from April 5 - April 7, 2022. At the same time a virtual version of the event will be held to cover all opportunities to the best extent possible.
The exact topics and content will be announced by Atlassian in February.

If you want to learn more about the future of IT and are passionate about Atlassian products, save the date and visit us at our booth!
We sincerely hope that the current planning regarding the pandemic will remain, and a personal event will take place. But due to the constant changes in the restrictions, no one can guarantee this at the moment. Therefore, we keep our fingers crossed that the pandemic will not have too much impact on the event and hope to enjoy the face-to-face exchange with you!
Since all precautionary measures must be strictly adhered in case of the face-to-face event, a person limit will apply and consequently only a limited number of tickets will be available to all participants.

For further updates regarding the event, we will keep you posted on our LinkedIn channel.
Be part of an unforgettable experience and stay tuned!

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Luisa Diederichs

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MacroSuite for Confluence

MacroSuite for Confluence

The descriptive creation of Confluence pages is becoming a relevant topic as more effective features are developed. It becomes increasingly important to provide the reader with the required information in a way that it can be processed as quickly as possible.

As we aim to help shape the growth of demands, we have further developed the app extension MacroSuite based on feedback from experienced Confluence users. MacroSuite now has new formatting macros for Confluence Cloud, giving you the ability to create more interesting and engaging content.

The power of creating more attractive content with MacroSuite

Within the use of MacroSuite your pages can be even more interesting and creative now. Any information absorbed through visualisation is remembered more clearly. Text has its place, but there is also always room for visuals. MacroSuite offers the user significant added value within the following factors in the areas of information presentation and processing in everyday work with Confluence:

Clear page structure

A clear structure of content is essential, not only in terms of content but also in terms of outer appearance. The macro Pagebreak was developed to provide better orientation for the reader. The macro enables the management of page beginnings and creates more flexibility with this feature when it comes to exporting documents and content control. In addition, the page divider can be used to separate different topics using different divider types and colours.

Another solution that can be used to document complex content clearly is the integration of Tabs. The macro uses different tabs to save space on a page and present information in a bundled and structured way. Within the creation, the user has the possibility to create tabs with different symbols or images and to choose between different tab types.

If the content of a page concerns several departments or individuals, there is another beneficial option to address content directly to the users/user groups concerned. With the macro Hide Content, information that is not relevant for certain persons can be hidden by the author. Within the administration, information can therefore be set as visible or invisible for the persons concerned. This function provides the reader with enormous efficiency, as he does not have to search for the relevant part of the information himself.

To make the information provided even more detailed and valuable, it is always an advantage to include sources or additional information. In doing so, you should not extend too far and keep the core message in focus. To provide the reader with more extensive content, it is possible to add more detailed information and give the reader the choice of viewing it. The new macro Footnotes and Tooltips is particularly useful for this. Footnotes allow you to easily add additional information in the form of comments without distracting the reader from the main text. Tooltip, on the other hand, is a message that is only displayed when the user hovers the mouse over an interface element such as an icon or clicks on it. The deposited short messages lead to certain actions or contain additional explanations.

Integrated time management

A typical working day often consists of completing time-limited tasks or projects. To ensure that the processing of an extensive list of to-dos does not get out of control and you can manage your tasks creatively and without stress, you need very good organisation and orderly time management. In order to remind not only yourself of priorities and upcoming deadlines, but also everyone involved in the project, the macro Due Date and Time was developed, which allows you to integrate due dates directly into the Confluence page. The special thing about it is that it is even easier to see which status of prioritisation has been reached by means of a colour concept (e.g.: in time frame= green, today= blue, overdue = red).

The updated functions of the Countdown timer should also be mentioned at this point. The timer can also be integrated into Confluence content and has different countdown types. Thanks to the different display variants and a range of colour and alignment options, you can optimally adapt the countdown to existing content. Another advantage is that all time zones are supported within the macro.

Ensure that you and your colleagues don't miss anything by integrating the action elements listed above on your Confluence page.

Modern design elements

A well-structured Confluence page should not only contain uniform text, but should also be enhanced with visual and interactive elements. There has been more than just the possibility of integrating simple images, but the reader can discover themselves within the image carousel and by clicking on the corresponding image slider, which images appear interesting to them. Since the last update, the image carousel macro offers the user favoured features such as the automatic running of the carousel, improvements in the image selection and a thumbnail navigation. In order to actively involve the reader in the transmission of information, functions such as the integration of buttons are often used. By placing a button in or at the end of a text, the user can, for example, enter more detailed information or web links on the topic, thus offering the reader the option of more extensive input. In this respect, there is now an improved link selection within the macro as well as the possibility to determine both the width and the colour border of the button. In addition, there are different button types to choose from (text, icon or a combination of both).

Stay productive and engaged with MacroSuite

MacroSuite already has a number of useful features that contribute to easier and more productive communication. There are also no limits to the creative scope within the design of Confluence pages. Nevertheless, new and individual needs arise again and again during regular use, which are the basis for us to constantly improve the app. We are always open to your feedback and possible integration suggestions and look forward to contributing to an even more effective content presentation with the further development of MacroSuite. Contact us for more information.

Donwload MacroSuite now

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Luisa Diederichs

5 minutes read

Cards & Panels for Confluence

Cards & Panels for Confluence

Structuring a Confluence page in an organised way and highlighting important information in a way the reader can see at a glance which content is relevant to them is challenging. To overcome this challenge as quickly and effectively as possible, Cards & Panels is the best solution. The Atlassian app extension allows you to structure, format and make content more readable on Confluence with extensive features. Using the app offers a number of benefits, that make it easy to creatively and cleary present information.

Why it is effectable to structure Confluence pages with Cards & Panels

The Atlassian App extension was developed to facilitate the daily work of Confluence users. Accordingly, the following factors were taken into account in the development, which make the app accessible to absolutely everyone:

Simplicity of use

A big advantage is that Cards & Panels is very easy to configure and the user does not need any training to get started. Due to the self-explanatory structure of the app and the simple installation on the instance, which has to be done by the administrator, the user can start using it instantly and prepare content with a number of macros.

Comfortable adding of macros

Once the app is fully installed, any user can access all the available macros through the Confluence Editor. An even faster access can be provided simply by using the slash character and the name of the macro (example: "/card"). As soon as you enter the first letter, a list of suggestions is displayed from which you can select the desired element.

Flexibility in design creation

The arrangement and structure of documentation can be done individually and just as you like. Once a card or panel has been filled with content and saved, it is possible to make changes and add updates at any time. Within the card macro, you can choose between the card types Basic, Content and Templates to determine the appropriate layout and decide how many cards you want to place next to each other. By default, three cards are always displayed in a three-column layout. Content and Basic Cards can be also arranged in different column layouts (1,2,3,4). Once the basic layout has been set, you have extensive design options. From the selection of many different icons and images to linking and color representations, there are no limits for the user.

 

 

To link cards, you can easily browse the Confluence area for pages and select the one you need. Selecting a direct link is also possible. Initially, the most recently viewed pages are also displayed as suggestions.

The panel macro also offers a lot of creative freedom. The title and the corresponding selected symbol can be aligned differently and highlighted in different colors. In addition, the macro offers a choice of different frame styles. e.g. dashed or bold. The text color and frame lines themselves can also be adjusted in color as desired.

Another very useful feature is the recently integrated support for tables and images, which now also displays texts within panels more clearly.

Variety of filter options

In addition to adding People, Spaces or Pages manually, you can apply dynamic filters to the Cards. This means that you can enter a user group and the cards will be created automatically with links to the respective group members. Pages can also be filtered by labels or spaces. For example, if new pages are created which match the specified criteria, they will be automatically displayed without having to re-edit the macro.

Who does the app provide an elementary benefit for

The use of Cards & Panels is basically a good choice for any Confluence user who has the goal of communicating important information quickly and effectively. The app offers a good platform for international companies in which communication is predominantly digital. Since Cards & Panels receives regular updates to improve stability, performance and functionality, the app will always grow with the developments of Confluence and the use can thus be extended to any department of a company. Our developers receive constant feedback from experienced Confluence users and continuously implement helpful solutions to provide users with the best possible content preparation. The features offer sufficient flexibility that Cards & Panels can also cover any future area of use on Confluence and you can constantly add and optimize your pages. If you need more information or want to suggest a feature, you are welcome to contact us via service desk.

 

Download Cards & Panels now in the Atlassian Marketplace!

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Luisa Diederichs

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