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  1. Save time compiling and emailing release notes from Jira using automation
    It's our pleasure to welcome Codebarrel's marketing all-rounder, John McKiernan as our guest blogger. Codebarrel is the company behind the ultra popular Jira app Automation for Jira. Automation, or as they call her at Codebarrel, Curly can simplify the life of Jira users in many ways. John dives into one of these areas and gives software teams a quick guide on how to use Automation for Jira and Better PDF Automation together to automate the exporting and emailing the release notes after every version release.
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  2. Better PDF Exporter for Jira 6.4.1 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to be compatible with recent Zephyr versions and to fix column configuration problems when exporting saved filters.
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  3. Better Excel Exporter for Jira 3.6.1 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to be compatible with recent Zephyr versions and to fix column configuration problems when exporting saved filters.
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  4. Webinar: How long until Confluence fills up with stale content?
    Launching a long awaited, new productivity tool can be such fun for all teams in an organization. Like introducing Confluence as the new content management and collaboration tool. Everyone joins in and uses it for whatever their use case is. Fast forward a few years, and the next thing they know is that it "somehow" filled up with outdated content that no-one manages anymore. On our webinar, we talk about how efficient content lifecycle rules can help you avoid this and keep your Confluence content always up-to-date and relevant.
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  5. Better Excel Automation for Jira 3.2.0 released: more convenient configuration for 'Send Excel' action
    Using multi-line text in 'To' and 'Email body' fields is now possible
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  6. Better PDF Automation for Jira 3.3.0 released: more convenient configuration for 'Send PDF' action
    Using multi-line text in 'To' and 'Email body' fields is now possible
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  7. Creating and managing high-converting sales quotes in Jira
    Please welcome Francis Martens as guest blogger to the Midori blog! Francis is the founder of iDalko, a platinum grade Atlassian Solution Partner. iDalko is also the developer of Table Grid Editor, the popular Jira app which brings the advantages of spreadsheets to Jira issues. In his blog post, Francis lets us in on the secrets of creating compelling sales quotes using Jira plus a combination of two best selling apps, Table Grid Editor and Better PDF Exporter. If you are managing quotes, bills or invoices in Jira, it's a must-read!
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  8. Better Content Archiving for Confluence 8.1.0 released: data privacy (for GDPR)
    This release introduces global configuration options to hide the identity of the last viewer and last updater persons. This was a very popular feature request among users in the European Union region, especially in Germany. Also, this version introduces a slightly changed, more intuitive app name.
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  9. Better Excel Automation for Jira 3.1.0 released: new name, cosmetics
    This version introduces a slightly changed app name which is more intuitive and is more consistent with our other exporter and automation apps.
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  10. Better PDF Automation for Jira 3.2.0 released: new name, cosmetics
    This version introduces a slightly changed app name which is more intuitive and is more consistent with our other exporter and automation apps.
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  11. Webinar recap and Q&A: Create custom Excel reports from Jira issues
    Thank you all who joined us live in our "How to create custom Excel reports from Jira issues in no time" webinar on September 12. If you couldn't make it, no worries! You can find here a quick recap and the video recording of presentation, plus the questions that were answered in the Q&A section.
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  12. Better Excel Exporter for Jira 3.6.0 released: better support for Jira Service Desk fields, support for Development fields, limit for concurrent renderings
    This version comes with better support for the Jira Service Desk fields, new support for the Development custom field type and more robust export for "non-officially-supported" custom fields. And, most visibly, the app got a more intuitive name!
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  13. Better PDF Exporter for Jira 6.4.0 released: automatic fonts, QR codes and barcodes, limit for concurrent renderings
    This version brings an important improvement for the users using non-English (non-Latin) characters. In nutshell, nearly any glyph (character symbol) in nearly any language spoken in the world now works out of the box! 6.4.0 also comes with support for QR codes and barcodes and with various smaller improvements. Plus, most visibly, the app got a new name!
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  14. Archiving Plugin for Confluence 8.0.0 released: Archiving Plugin is a Data Center approved app!
    At Atlassian Summit 2018 in Barcelona, Atlassian announced a major review on its Data Center program and introduced new criteria for the new class of "Data Center approved apps". Read on to learn how this Archiving Plugin release was tested against the revised availability requirements.
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  15. Tracking page views on Scroll Viewport managed sites with Archiving Plugin
    Scroll Viewport is a popular Confuence app from K15t. It is used to turn Confluence content into professional, neat, and yet simple websites. By following the guidance in K15t's new knowledge base article, you can implement Archiving Plugin's page view tracking mechanism also for Scroll Viewport managed web pages.
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  16. Webinar: Creating Excel reports from Jira doesn't have to be a mess
    Most teams use Microsoft Excel and Jira simultaneously in their daily work to share or transfer Jira information via Excel spreadsheets or create custom reports from issues. If your team is not an exception, you know that when it comes to Excel reports, having an app that only so-so exports Jira data to Excel is just not acceptable. Catch our webinar about Better Excel Plugin, and learn how to integrate Jira with Excel without pulling your hair out.
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  17. 5 commit rules you should learn from the developers at Philips
    Philips is one of the world's most recognizable brands, manufacturing products from home appliances to medical devices. As their products interact with people all the time (often in critical times in hospitals), being transparent and compliant in their software development processes is absolutely imperative. Yakov Yukhnovetsky, DevOps engineer at Philips tells us how they maintain a disciplined code commit practice that helps them stay always compliant and still move fast.
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  18. Archiving Plugin helps you stop the Confluence chaos in 3 easy steps
    Confluence has proven to be a leader in its category, but if hundreds or thousands use it in an organization, the experience starts to depend on their attitude a lot. If Confluence drives you mad now and again with the growing amount of outdated content, then you are at the right place. Read this blog post about what you can do to keep Confluence free from stale and outdated content.
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  19. Webinar recap and Q&A: Export custom PDF documents from Jira issues and dashboards
    We wanted to thank all of you who joined us in our "Export custom PDF documents from Jira issues and dashboards in zero time" webinar on July 25. If you couldn't make it, or the news of the webinar skipped your attention (impossible to imagine!), no worries! You can find here a quick recap and the video recording of presentation, plus the questions that were answered in the Q&A section.
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  20. PDF View Plugin 6.3.0 released: compatibility release
    This version is a compatibility release for the Jira 7.11 line.
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  21. All Midori Jira apps are compatible with Jira 7.11.0
    The latest Jira version has been released. We ran our compatibility tests and here is a summary of what you need to know.
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  22. Better Excel Plugin 3.5.0 released: compatibility release
    This version is a compatibility release for the Jira 7.11 line.
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  23. Webinar: The no-sweat method for generating PDF documents from Jira
    While using Jira in your daily work, you must often face the fact that some information needs to be exported from it. That's because your team members, business partners or customers expect you to generate standard documents from data stored in Jira. Join us for a webinar on creating custom PDF documents from Jira issues and dashboards, and be an even more productive team player!
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  24. Commit Policy Plugin for Bitbucket 3.0.1 released: major performance improvements for super-large Bitbucket repositories
    This version is coming with major (100x!) performance improvements around verifying pushes to super-large Bitbucket repositories.
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  25. Commit Policy Plugin for Jira 3.0.2 released: major performance improvements for super-large Git repositories
    This version is coming with major (100x!) performance improvements around verifying pushes to super-large Git repositories.
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  26. Archiving Plugin 7.5.0 released: compatibility release
    This version is a compatibility release for Confluence 6.10.
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  27. Better Excel Plugin 3.4.2 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to fix the visibility of the Export drop-down menu in Jira Software boards and Jira Service queues.
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  28. Commit Policy Plugin for Jira 3.0.1 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to fix a Subversion hook script defect in Python 3 environments.
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  29. PDF View Plugin 6.2.1 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to fix the visibility of the Export drop-down menu in Jira Software boards and Jira Service queues.
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  30. Digital marketing agency harmonizes Jira and Excel reporting with Better Excel Plugin
    Jana, a project manager at Carussel had to start her day an hour early every time she had to compile a project status report from Jira. Since they decided to standardize on Jira, and still keep Excel as the #1 reporting tool in the company, they needed a way to harmonize Jira and Excel for business reporting. We sat down with Jana and Ferenc from Carussel to learn why they decided to use Better Excel Plugin for business reports (besides saving time for Jana, obviously).
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  31. Commit Policy Plugin for Bitbucket 3.0.0 released: compatibility for Commit Policy Plugin for Jira 3.0.0
    This release introduces tag verification, branch verification, new configuration options, plus a ton of improvements. The new features are introduced by the compatibility with Commit Policy Plugin for Jira 3.0.0 (also released today). Make sure you read both announcements.
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  32. Commit Policy Plugin for Jira 3.0.0 released: tag verification, branch verification, new conditions, new configuration options
    This release is the most feature-packed one since the first publicy available version. It introduces new conditions to verify branches and tags, new options to refine your policies, plus numerous improvements. An absolute must-have release!
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  33. How to archive Jira issues on Jira Server and Data Center
    Native project archiving arrives to Jira Software 7.10 Data Center, which is great for Data Center users, but customers using Jira Server would need archiving options for just the same reasons. The good news is that regardless of which deployment options you are using, there are still a number ways to declutter Jira and free up some performance capacity. Read on to get some help understanding your Jira archiving options.
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  34. All Midori Jira apps are compatible with Jira 7.10.0
    The latest Jira version has been released. We ran our compatibility tests and here is a summary of what you need to know.
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  35. Mission-critical battery manufacturer fulfills software requirements with Commit Policy Plugin
    In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered the grounding of the entire Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The newly released aircraft was involved in five battery fire related incidents in five days. The report by the National Transportation Safety Board blamed engineers, but also the FAA for failing to require proper tests. It's the type of incident industry participants are trying to avoid by following rigorous rules also in their software development processes. Kalen Brown, Electrical and Computer Engineer at EaglePicher, a leading battery manufacturer shared how they are using Commit Policy Plugin for staying compliant with industry regulations.
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  36. Creating complete and accurate records for FDA inspections from Jira
    Life in regulated industries is a bit more difficult than elsewhere. Authorities are not joking around when it comes to product submissions of pharma companies, audit of quality processes, or CAPAs (Corrective And Preventive Actions). Radbee is an Atlassian + Midori Solution Partner, specializing in helping medtech, pharma and biotech companies navigate the waters of industry compliance. In this guest post, Rina Nir from Radbee explains how PDF View Plugin can be used to create FDA-proof PDF exports from Jira data.
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  37. Archiving Plugin 7.4.0 is compatible with Confluence 6.9.0
    The latest Confluence minor version has been released. We ran our compatibility tests and here is a summary of what you need to know.
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  38. Better Excel Plugin, the swiss knife of Jira to Excel reporting
    Microsoft Excel is the de-facto reporting tool for many businesses, including the largest enterprises, and for a good reason. Also, as Jira gains more and more popularity among organisations of all sizes, so grows the group of professionals who need to export data from Jira to Excel. If you consider yourself one of these professionals, you are at the right place. In this post you will learn why Better Excel Plugin is everything you need to effectively use Jira and Excel for business reporting.
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  39. Excel Automation Plugin 3.0.2 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to deliver a single, but important bugfix for the action configuration interface.
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  40. PDF Automation Plugin 3.1.1 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to deliver a single, but important bugfix for the action configuration interface.
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  41. Better Excel Plugin 3.4.1 released: maintenance release
    This version is a maintenance release to deliver a bugfixes on the "sum values" field in the pivot templates of certain Excel templates.
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  42. Commit Policy Plugin for Bitbucket 2.2.0 released: support for merge checks, support for project-level settings
    This release allows verifying pull requests against commit policies by introducing a new merge check type to Bitbucket. If the pull request violates the policy, bang: merging is disallowed. Consequently, you will get the same level of consistency for commits merged by pull requests as for commits pushed to the repository! Also, the support for project-level hooks and project-level merge checks introduced in this release may significantly reduce administration efforts.
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  43. How nFeed and PDF View Plugin can create seamless purchase orders
    A purchase order, or a PO is a critical document in the life of any company north of mid-size. It's that magical (electronic) document, that you (and the good people in Procurement) absolutely need (justified and approved) to spend the company's money on stuff. In this guest post by Valiantys, you can see how you can capture data from different systems, pull everything together in Jira and compose a PO seamlessly, practically with one click. No more incorrectly copied item numbers, wrong prices or misspelled addresses!
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  44. Commit Policy Plugin for Bitbucket 2.1.0 released: support for multiple Jira instances, integration with Power Editor
    This release allows managing commit policies in multiple(!) Bitbucket-linked Jira instances to give superb flexibility in enterprise environments. Also, it seamlessly integrates with Mohami's popular Power Editor for Bitbucket app, allowing lighting-fast, yet policy-compliant changes via the Bitbucket web interface.
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  45. NNG drives Confluence content health with Archiving Plugin
    NNG is one of those shiny start-up success stories you can read about on Techcrunch all the time. Only NNG is not a start-up now, but one of the key navigation software companies in the world, providing embedded navigation and entertainment solutions for 7 of the 10 largest auto manufacturers. As they grew fast over the years, so did their Confluence. Tamas Baglyas, Application Tech Lead at NNG tells how they managed to keep their Confluence content always accurate and help colleagues be responsible for the content they create.
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  46. Git 50/72: the rule of well formed Git commit messages
    Easy-to-understand commit messages in version control systems are important to maintain a clear project history. Who will remember after six months what a two-word message (e.g.: Fixed bugs) meant? Similarly, a novel about the solution and the shining talents of the developer doesn't help understanding the original intent either. The 50/72 rule is about balancing and sharing the right amount of information in commit messages to build a clean code history. Using it in your team is not wishful thinking: learn how you can take advantage of it in a quick and painless way.
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  47. 2 simple steps to improve your asset management game with Jira and Insight
    Jira is gaining more and more popularity also as an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system. To realize this, a few powerful apps need to be set up and be connected to Jira, so it really has a chance on the field of Asset Management systems. We are now sharing what you need to have a top-performing Asset Management and reporting system built on Jira.
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  48. 5 ways to speed up code reviews with Git, Mercurial and Subversion
    Code reviews and code commit best practices under Git, Mercurial (and Subversion to some extent) are ever-green and controversial topics in the DevOps community. In this blog post we make the case for a well-thought out code change practice and try to prove that if it's done right and supported with the right apps, then following the best practice is not only easy, but it improves your practices as a developer. Read this blog post and feel the change, regardless which side of the code review are you.
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  49. Moving to Confluence Data Center is a job half-done
    If you are using Confluence on a daily basis and your team is growing, you are bound to have painful Confluence content management problems. There are cold, hard facts in this article to back this statement up. Why, have you ever heard anyone, resposible for Confluence content say: "Shoot, I started cleaning up our Confluence too early!" See? There is a reason for that. Read further to learn more on how the combination of Confluence Data Center and proper Content Lifecycle Management can help you avoid or solve your growing team's content accuracy problems in Confluence. You can thank us later.
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  50. PDF View Plugin 6.2.0 released: support for Tempo period- and user filters, Tempo pre-loading, improved support for saved filters in automations
    This release brings valuable improvements to the popular Tempo to PDF timesheet and invoice export feature. It also improves the support for saved filters in automation actions via PDF Automation Plugin 3.1.0 (released the previous day).
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  51. PDF Automation Plugin 3.1.0 released: support for saved filters, new model variables
    This release improves the support for saved filters in automation actions. Please note that from this version PDF Automation Plugin requires Jira 7.0.11 or newer.
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  52. How to make Jira the single source for business reports with nFeed
    Enterprise operations can't really be blamed for having so many intertwined systems. It's just the nature of it. HR can't be forced to work in the same system as Finance, or IT to also use a database maintained by Marketing. But anyone can be blamed for not knowing that nFeed can connect and synch up these systems (or any third party database) right in Jira. Learn why Better Excel Plugin and nFeed are a perfect combination for business reports.
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  53. Better Excel Plugin 3.4.0 released: support for Tempo period- and user filters, tempo pre-loading, support for Time to SLA
    This release brings valuable improvements to the popular Tempo to Excel export feature. It also introduces a new integration with the Time to SLA app. (Plus, as always, there are improvements here and there.)
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  54. Midori apps are compatible with Jira 7.8.0
    The latest Jira minor version was just released. We ran all our products through the compatibility tests. Here is everything you need to know.
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  55. 4 major flaws in managing your intranet content in Confluence
    Using Confluence can be a daunting task sometimes, especially when hundreds are creating content each day. We all know that Confluence has some industry leading advanteges and features, then how come that sometimes just finding relevant information ("I had it last month right here, where did it go??") seems a heroic act. Take a breath and read our guide on how to bring back the confidence and joy into working with Confluence content.
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  56. Midori blog launched!
    The time has finally come: the Midori blog is officially launched today! OK, what is the point? Why should you read yet another blog?
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