One of the attractions of using Confluence to create reports is the ability to enter some of the content quickly by selecting items from drop down lists. This technique has been the key ways that one of our clients has been able to reduce the time they need to write reports from 1.5 days to 2.5 hours.
Although version 4 of Confluence has been out for a few months now, it’s only in the last couple of weeks that the plug-in for creating these drop down lists has been updated to be compatible with the new version.
So, does it work?
We’ve found the drop down lists worked in version 4 when we created new pages from scratch. However, the drop down lists didn’t work on reports originally created in Version 3 of Confluence. We did find out what was causing the problem, and the fix is to re-enter the drop down options in your lists. If you’re migrating content from version 3 to version 4, you’ll need to bear this in mind.
The drop down lists work well in Firefox and Chrome, but they looked slightly odd in Internet Explorer.
To use the drop down lists, you now click on a new button called “Edit Content” that’s at the top of the page – a more intuitive way than before.