5 New Confluence Apps to Work Better Together – First Quarter 2020

May 8, 2020
#Confluence
9 min

Atlassian vendors are doing their best to enhance our Confluence experience with new apps. We are checking what’s new on the Atlassian Marketplace every three months. This time we prepared a batch of fresh Confluence solutions that will help your team work better together.

Here is our list of the most interesting apps released between January 1st and March 31st:

Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Metadata for Confluence Cloud

Metadata for Confluence Cloud is a nifty add-on for Atlassian users who miss some Server features in Confluence Cloud. This app allows you to organize and manage your content with the help of custom fields and macros. If you have a lot of Confluence pages, you can easily classify them and create page reports. You just need to configure metadata fields to keep track of your pages.

metadata in Confluence

Your colleagues will use the predefined page structure.

You can also use built-in macros if you want to display the metadata on your page, or you need to aggregate data from different pages. You can either show the metadata on a page or view a summary of multiple pages.

This solution will help your team not to get lost among thousands of Confluence pages.

Pricing: The Metadata for Confluence Cloud app pricing for Confluence Cloud starts at $10/mo for 20 users and ends at $1,535/mo for 5,000 users.

Image search for Confluence

It can be challenging to find some information in Confluence. And it seems almost impossible to find an image. Image search for Confluence comes to the rescue. The best thing is that you can search for both images and thumbnails.

This app adds the Image tab to the search, and you just need to start typing the name of the file you are searching for. Moreover, you will have a preview of all images that match your search query, and you can filter the results by space, creator, and date.

This way, you can find the required Confluence page because search results are linked to the pages your images are attached to.

Use this app to make your Confluence search smarter.

PricingThe pricing for Image search for Confluence Server starts from $75 for 25 users and ends at $4,200 for the unlimited number of users. 

Group Ambassadors for Confluence

Confluence administrators can delegate group management to the users they choose with the help of the Group Ambassadors for Confluence app. This way, the nominated group ambassadors can manage Confluence groups without administrative privileges.

Group ambassadors become group managers and can browse their current groups as members, rapidly add and remove users. However, administrators can restrict browsing in some groups ambassadors can see. These privileges can be granted and revoked easily. Administrators can check the list of current ambassadors in a blink of an eye.

This app is also available for Jira. Administrators can focus on their tasks, delegating group management to their colleagues.

PricingThe pricing for Group Ambassadors for Confluence Server starts from $140 for 25 users and ends at $8,000 for the unlimited number of users. The pricing for this app for Data Center starts from $1,250/year for 500 users.

Team Decision for Confluence

Today, we use a lot of messengers and tools to communicate with our teammates. We need to discuss so many things about our work and team-building activities and, of course, make crucial decisions.

Team Decision for Confluence is a handy solution that you can use for voting, gathering your team’s opinions right in Confluence. This app allows you to create simple polls right of different types:

  • Proposal
  • Check
  • Poll
  • Dot Vote
  • Score Poll
  • Time Poll
  • Ranked Choice

Decision for Confluence

The great thing is that detailed results of any poll are available in Confluence that helps you make decisions together with your teammates faster and smarter. You can rapidly review and respond to these decisions.

This app helps you avoid multiple emails and nerve-racking meeting when you need to find common ground with your team.

Pricing: The Team Decision for Confluence app pricing for Cloud starts at $10/mo for 20 users and ends at $570/mo for 5,000 users.

HTML include macro for Confluence Cloud

HTML include macro for Confluence Cloud allows you to include and embed different types of HTML content right into your Confluence pages. With the help of this app, you can add custom HTML and Javascript code to your pages.

Moreover, you can create content with videos, various forms, and surveys.

This simple app helps you create informative, useful content in Confluence.

Pricing: The HTML include macro for Confluence Cloud app pricing for Cloud starts at $10/mo for 20 users and ends at $570/mo for 5,000 users.

These were five of the new Confluence apps released in the first quarter of 2020. If you missed our previous list, check out apps that will help you power up your Confluence.

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5 New Jira Apps to Stay Focused – Fourth Quarter 2019

March 5, 2020
#Jira
10 min

We’ve prepared our brand new selection of useful apps for Atlassian Jira. We know that it can be easy to get lost among hundreds of apps Atlassian vendors release every quarter. That is why we do our best to compile our list of the most interesting freshly-released solutions.

This time we prepared Jira apps that allow you to stay focused on your tasks. So make sure you read our blog post till the end to find the one that works for you best. Here is the list of our favorites:

Let’s learn how you can benefit from using them.

DarkTheme

Working with the text-based interface with a white background can be a challenging task. DarkTheme is a free app for Jira Server that makes the interface easier on the eyes saving the eyesight of Jira users. Every user can smoothly switch between regular and dark backgrounds.

The dark theme is available for dashboards, issues, Kanban and Scrum boards.

jira dark theme

This app spares your eyes the strain with eye-friendly dark gray and black colors while you are working on your Jira tasks.

Pricing: The DarkTheme app for Jira Server is free to use.

Find attachments for Jira Cloud

With Find attachments for Jira Cloud, you can locate any file in your Jira project within a few seconds. This app lets you search attachments by file format, file name, and uploader. Just like that, even if you have thousands of files in your Jira issues, the required one is always a click away.

All you need is to select Find Attachments on the sidebar of your project and enter the search query. Moreover, this app lists all the attachments within the Jira project including the file details, such as size, author, media type, creation date, issue key, and issue status. You can instantly transition to the issue with the required attachment from the list with search results.

 

When it comes to searching files in Jira issues, this solution can simplify your routine tasks and help your team keep track of their work.

Pricing: The Find attachments for Jira Cloud app pricing per user falls within $0.5-0.7 range depending on the license tie.

Clerk — Billing & Invoicing for Jira

With ticket system and time tracking already in place, built-in invoicing in Jira sounds like a nice idea. Clerk — Billing & Invoicing for Jira is the apt app for you if you need the capability to create invoices based on the information from Jira. You can use information from Jira worklogs to create invoices including the time your employees enter manually to make sure that all team time is invoiced.

This app also helps you get an overview of the total revenue and the total debt of each client. You can analyze information identifying your most profitable customers and clients who need your help to reduce debts. You can easily find projects that are not invoiced.

bolling in jira

Another thing you will appreciate about this app is that it provides you with detailed cash flow analytics.

You can opt for this app to avoid double logging of the time by several team members when using third-party solutions for invoicing together with Jira.

Pricing: The Clerk — Billing & Invoicing for Jira app pricing for Jira Cloud starts at $40/mo for 20 users and ends at $5,175/mo for 5,000 users.

Comment Custom Fields for Jira

Comment Custom Fields for Jira is an app that provides your Jira issues with 15 additional custom fields with comment information. Sync your current issue comments to capture their original state after installation and you are good to go.

This solution allows you to keep track of your issues filtering comments the way you want. It enhances JQL queries helping users perform complex JQL searches with minimal efforts. For example, you can easily find the top discussed issues during a certain period of time, find the issues without comments, and more. Moreover, you can use the custom fields in reports.

You can also take advantage of Jira Service Desk visibility filter swiftly filtering comments depending on your needs.

This solution allows you to have the required information always at hand.

Pricing: The Comment Custom Fields for Jira app pricing for Jira Cloud starts at $12/mo for 20 users and ends at $847.5/mo for 5,000 users.

Color Workflow Actions

Color Workflow Actions associates different colors with workflow actions for better differentiation of action buttons in the Jira issue view. You can easily change colors or add your own colors using the advanced color tool.

Using the app is pretty easy. You just need to set schemes for your workflows.

color workflow in jira

Power up your Jira workflows with different colors that match the actions in easily understood meaning.

Pricing: The Color Workflow Actions pricing for Jira Server starts from $25 for 25 users and ends at $3,000 for 10,000+ users.

Never too many apps, right?

This was our selection of the most useful Jira apps released by Atlassian vendors between October 1 and December 31. Give them a fair trial to check if they meet your needs. We think that they can help you save time and simplify your routine work.

If you missed our previous article in this blog post series, check out five Jira apps that let you work efficiently.

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5 New Apps to Supercharge Your Bitbucket – Third Quarter 2019

December 24, 2019
#Bitbucket
9 min

Last week, we shared our favorite Jira apps released in the third quarter of this year. This week, we are back with a new list of the most useful apps for Bitbucket released between April and June 2019. We’ve picked solutions that will help you enhance your Bitbucket experience.

The great news is that four Bitbucket apps from our list are free to use. So let’s take a closer look at them and their capabilities.

Review submodule changes with ease

This app may help those who are using the workflow of Git submodules. Users can view modifications to the submodules in the Diff tab as two commit hashes. They do not see the changes made to the submodule. Submodule Changes for Bitbucket is an app that helps collaborators effortlessly find modified files and perform PR review leaving comments and suggestions in pull requests.

Now you can watch the Blame view and see the changes committed to a submodule in the Diff tab as if they’re committed to the parental repository.

Try this app to simplify your workflow and reduce mistakes because it allows you to rapidly check Git submodule updates.

Pricing: The Submodule Changes for Bitbucket app is free to use.

Assign reviewer groups automatically

Assign Reviewer Groups allows teams to evenly distribute the workload among project members. You can automatically set up groups of reviewers to make sure that some developers don’t become swamped with reviews.

This app allows you to randomize users on each pull request using hot commands. You can also use this solution when only one member of the reviewers’ group needs to approve the PR, but the PR creator does not need to know who exactly will do the review.

With this add-on, you do not need to decide who to include each time for your PR review. Moreover, you can choose how many reviewers to add from each group.

Pricing: Assign Reviewer Groups is a free app.

Live code collaboration in IDE

TeamHub is an app for Bitbucket Cloud that takes your collaboration on code to the next level helping all contributors to work in real-time without merge conflicts. You can quickly get a live view of what your colleagues are working on.

What’s great about this app is that you can rapidly check who is online and what they are working on at the moment, which means that you will get access to working copies for the repositories that you only have access to. You will get a notification in case you make a conflicting change.

This app allows you to take advantage of collaborative editing making your cursor visible in the editor of your teammates.

Pricing: The TeamHub app is free to use.

Detailed license view

Centralized license visibility is a simple and straightforward tool that lets you monitor the actual license usage across all of your Atlassian products. This app requires the installation of Crowd 3.5 Data Center because you will need to connect your Atlassian Server or Data Center products with Crowd to get license usage data.

Now you can evaluate the actual license needs for your company because this solution helps you find inactive users or users who rarely log in to your Atlassian products.

This is a useful solution for Atlassian administrators because it helps them get a bird’s-eye view of license usage in their Atlassian environment. The information they get allows them to easily export and analyze their license data.

Pricing: Centralized license visibility is a free app.

Bitbucket security enhancement

BitLeaks — Secrets Leak Security prevents secret information leaks (API and Cryptographic keys leaks) into source code repositories. This app detects attempts to push multiple cryptographic keys & secret tokens and by default rejects any commits that contain sensitive information.

Use this app to avoid data/information leaks via Git repositories. This solution can be of great support both to newbies and experienced developers.

Pricing: The pricing of BitLeaks — Secrets Leak Security starts from $79 for 25 users and ends at $3,499 for 2,000 users.

Boost your Bitbucket experience

This was our list of fresh Bitbucket apps released in the last couple of months. Give them a try and share your feedback with us! Tell us more about the apps you like. Feel free to comment below.

Did you miss one of our previous editions? If yes, check out our selection of Bitbucket apps released in the second quarter.

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5 New Jira Apps to Work Efficiently – Third Quarter 2019

December 19, 2019
#Jira
10 min

It is easy to get lost when browsing through the Atlassian Marketplace and searching for Jira apps. That is why we prepare a list of new Jira apps for you every quarter. This time our list includes the following solutions:

So let’s get started and see the capabilities these apps offer to Jira users who want to improve team productivity and efficiency.

Epic Roadmap for Jira Software

Epic Roadmap for Jira Software helps your team work in sync. It provides you with a bunch of nifty features that are essential for product managers who use Jira Server and need the roadmap function to visualize and manage their Epics.

This easy-to-understand app allows you to get a better understanding of what your team is working on. You can easily filter the bars by status, move and resize them on the timeline to fit your needs. You can check and define the time range for the display of the timeline items choosing weeks, months, or quarters.

Using this app, you can see the big picture and effectively plan your future tasks.

Pricing: The pricing for Epic Roadmap for Jira Server starts from $50 for 25 users and ends at $1,000 for 10,000+ users.

Delete Bulk Attachments for Jira

By default, Jira lets you delete one attachment at a time. But what if you have more than 100 files you need to remove from your Jira issue? You can use the Delete Bulk Attachments for Jira app that will help you to mass delete attachments in a flash.

You can effortlessly remove attachments that are no longer relevant to your work, select multiple files at once and delete them without numerous confirmations.

Moreover, if you are looking for a more powerful solution for document management in Jira, you can try Smart Attachments for Jira. It provides you with a bunch of nifty features that are essential for users who need to manage files in Jira efficiently. It provides you with categorization of attachments in issues, project storage for keeping important documents and assets, a neat set of bulk operations, and a comprehensive revision management system.

Pricing: Delete Bulk Attachments for Jira Server is free to use.

Read Receipts for Jira Service Desk

Read Receipts for Jira Service Desk is a handy app that allows you to understand if people are getting the messages you send. With the help of this app, you can check if and when your last reply was read by the customer. You can enable this app per project.

You can tag unread tickets and apply other automations with the help of this solution.

This app increases the productivity of your agents and helps your team decrease ticket resolution time.

Pricing: The Read Receipts for Jira Service Desk app pricing for Jira Cloud starts at $3/mo for 20 users and ends at $4,675/mo for 5,000 users.

Simple notifications for Jira

The Simple notifications for Jira app helps you keep track of all issue changes when you are on any Jira page. The best thing about this app is that each user can enable or disable the display of automatic notifications.

Jira administrators can rapidly send messages with any HTML to users or user groups. Moreover, they can send notifications that will close only after clicking.

Give this app a shot and see in practice how it automates your work in Jira.

Pricing: Simple notifications for Jira Server is a free app.

CSS Portal Styler for Jira Service Desk

CSS Portal Styler for Jira Service Desk is an app that helps administrators to modify the existing customer portals effortlessly. Jira Service Desk provides no marking for mandatory fields. It only shows optional fields.

This app allows you to easily change the customer portals CSS upon load of the request type.

This solution is of great help for agents and customers who use Jira Software because they got used to the mandatory fields are marked by a red asterisk.

Pricing: CSS Portal Styler for Jira Service Desk starts from $20 for 25 users and ends at $750 for 5,000+ users.

These are the most interesting apps released in the third quarter that can make you more productive in the long run. You can also check our selection of Jira apps released between April 1st and June 30th in 2019.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this blog post below. Tell us more about your favorite Jira apps.

5 New Confluence Apps to Refine Confluence Experience – Third Quarter 2019

December 13, 2019
#Confluence
9 min

As we do every quarter, we present you with the five new Confluence apps we like most. We have created this list to help you discover apps that will increase your productivity at work.

So let’s discuss each app in more detail and see some examples of how you can benefit from using these solutions.

New meeting experience for Confluence

Meetical Meetings for Confluence helps you sync your events in calendars with your Confluence pages. You can easily prepare and hold meetings, so your team always knows what’s next. So how does it work?

Confluence page will be created based on your event in Google Calendar and the link to the event will be automatically added to the event description. If you decide to change anything, this information will be automatically updated in Confluence. This app allows you to track the attendance status of your colleagues right in Confluence.

This app groups recurring meetings and creates a parent report page keeping you up-to-date with all important events. This means that the overview of all your meetings is always at hand in Confluence. You just need to click the Meetings tab on the Confluence menu.

Use this solution to effortlessly schedule meetings with your teammates.

Pricing: Meetical Meetings for Confluence Server is free to use.

Version control for Confluence templates

Page Templates Change History Control provides Confluence with a version control feature for templates. Now you can monitor and control changes of page templates in any Confluence space and Global page templates.

You can access the required information on a space level in the Space tools menu to have a detailed overview of page template history. You can also access the Global Templates History tab in the administration menu. In both cases, you will see the list of available templates. You can see the history of changes for each template in more detail: view the body of any template version, restore any version, or delete it.

This app allows you to quickly get information about users who made changes, check when they did it, and view additional information.

Pricing: The pricing for Page Templates Change History Control Server starts from $15 for 25 users and ends at $500 for the unlimited number of users.

Multi-level navigation in Confluence

Navigator for Confluence allows you to populate the Confluence header with useful links to your top-visited or work-related sites. You can create a multi-level structure and rapidly group the required links.

After installation of this app, visit the administration page to configure it properly. You can add as many items to the menu as you need; in this case, parent tabs are not clickable.

Pricing: The pricing for Navigator for Confluence Server starts from $95 for 25 users and ends at $1,770 for the unlimited number of users.

Powerful search for Confluence

iFinder Universal Search for Confluence takes the search capability of Confluence to the next level. With this app, you will find the content you are looking for because it doesn’t just search within Confluence. You can connect various tools you are using internally (like file shares, Jira, SharePoint, Office 365, and more)  to Confluence. In this case, the app will also search within these applications.

The app indexes Confluence spaces, pages, blog posts, comments and attachments including their access rights for later full-text search. Users can only access information in accordance with their user roles and rights.

iFinder provides users with a powerful searchbar that autocorrects and autocompletes your quires. This app allows you to view and informative list with your search results with highlights, useful filters, search tabs.

You can use this solution to power up your Confluence and make your search experience more pleasant.

Pricing: The pricing for iFinder Universal Search for Confluence for Data Center starts from $4,000/year for 500 users.

Highlights for your Confluence pages

vSearchHighlighter is a simple tool that highlights the word you are searching for within the page. This app provides users with a simpler and more powerful search experience in Confluence. When you search for something in Confluence, you need to choose the required Confluence page in the search results and the app highlights every occurrence of the search term within the page.

It can be useful when you need to edit a long page in Confluence, you can easily find specific terms.

This app enhances your search experience when you need to find any information in Confluence.

Pricing: The pricing for vSearchHighlighter Server starts from $57 for 25 users and ends at $1,062 for the unlimited number of users.

We hope that you will find all these solutions useful for your team and reveal their potential for getting work done most productively and effectively.

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3 New Bitbucket Apps to Increase Your Productivity – Q2 2019

September 6, 2019
#Bitbucket#How To
6 min

In this blog post, we will help you kit out your Bitbucket with three new apps released in the second quarter of 2019. So if you want to check out some new interesting solutions on the Marketplace, we’ve got you covered. Needless to say, these apps will not only help you be productive but will also enhance your overall Bitbucket experience.

Here is our selection of some of the new add-ons appeared between April 1st and June 30th:

Let’s check how your team can benefit from using these solutions.

Confluence Hooks for Bitbucket

All software development products require some related documentation. If you are using Atlassian products for your software development, you need to check the Confluence Hooks for Bitbucket app. This useful app helps you link two processes: software development in Bitbucket and development of related technical documentation in Confluence.

Now you can make sure that your software documentation is created and discussed before you make any code changes. This app allows you to identify Confluence pages by a CQL rule checking any page properties base on the Page Properties macro.

You can define certain rules in Confluence for special use cases. If the app fails to find the related documentation in Confluence, users will see an error message and can get a hint how they can solve the problem. If a rule could not be successfully evaluated, the app prevents pushes or merges.

Now you can easily link two processes of software development mapping the workflow between Confluence and Bitbucket.

Pricing: Confluence Hooks for Bitbucket is free to use.

Advanced Admin Suite for Bitbucket

Advanced Admin Suite for Bitbucket is a powerful tool that can make Bitbucket administrator’s life easy. This app allows administrators to perform bulk operations both on projects and repositories.

Bitbucket administrators can easily detect inactive and empty projects without repositories. They can search repositories and projects by name, permissions, activity and hooks and swiftly change settings for them.

Administrators can easily perform activation of hooks for multiple repositories and change of access keys using this app. And all these and many more operations are available in five easy steps.

This solution saves Bitbucket administrators time completing their everyday tasks and helps them do more in less time.

Pricing: The pricing of Advanced Admin Suite for Bitbucket starts from $25 for 25 users and ends at $2,000 for 2,000 users.

Pull Request Review for Bitbucket

Pull Request Review for Bitbucket is a free plugin that provides Bitbucket users with an informative dashboard showing pull request statuses. Users can quickly change the status of their pull requests moving the cards on the dashboard from one column to another.

This app allows you to visualize the workflow of your pull requests. You just need to move your pull request to the In review status, when you start reviewing it. Pull requests get a special badge after approval. After PR is merged the card will be moved to the Done status automatically.

This way users can get an overview of all pull requests and effectively work with them with the help of this dashboard moving them to the proper status. You can use this neat solution to get a detailed overview of your PRs.

Pricing: The Pull Request Review for Bitbucket app is free to use.

 

So, if you want to improve your Bitbucket experience, give a shot to these new Bitbucket apps. Share your feedback with us in the comments below.

Missed last quarter’s edition of the most interesting Bitbucket solutions? Check out the apps in our previous blog post.

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