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Summary & Highlights

Welcome to Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.1!

The Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.1 release contains many new features, improvements and a number of bugfixes.

We prepared a short summary of the most important changes, so you can keep track of them. To learn more about a specific topic, simply use the navigation to jump to that part of the release notes.





Linchpin User Profiles has got a great new addition – the Structural Charts! You are probably already familiar with Org Charts. Structural Charts work in a similar way, but allow you to display the structure of your whole company!

Furthermore, we added the possibility to upload CSV data for the cascade select profile field right in the field configuration dialog.

Another new feature is the synchronization report view. Administrators can find detailed information about LDAP sync results in this report now.


The live preview of your news' color configuration is a new feature of Linchpin Theme. See how your changes affect your news in real time and decide what your news should look like, comfortably directly from within the configuration, without the need to switch between tabs.

We also worked on the "Linchpin Teaser" macro. It now features a help text and it's more useful on dashboards with a multi-column layout.


Linchpin Enterprise News features a new filter, "spaces by categories", for the News Hub. You can also restrict the spaces available for subscriptions within the News Hub by categories. 

Furthermore, we changed the caching. We noticed that our last "improvement" sadly didn't work out like we wished it would, so we replaced those caches with better ones.


Linchpin Events also received a great new addition – full height background images for event cards! Make your events even more prominent by giving them a slight, modern look.

We also worked on the performance of the signup process, especially for events with large attendee lists, and updated the event calendar to a new technical foundation.






Important

When updating from a version before 2.0.1, or from versions 3.0.0 / 3.0.1, you might be affected by an issue that could cause the installation or the update of the Linchpin Intranet Suite to hang. Please follow the steps described in our knowledge base, prior to updating.





Onboarding

Whenever you added a module to the onboarding assistant, the module was named with its technical module key. We updated the app to display a more clear, descriptive name instead (for example: Profile picture upload instead of profile-picture-onboarding-module).


Improvements

  • We changed the display names of the modules used within the onboarding assistant to their descriptive names.
  • We added a tooltip containing the technical module key. To show the tooltip, hover your mouse over the module's name.




User Profiles

Welcome to the era of Structural Charts! This new feature resembles the Org Charts but can be used to display the whole structure of your company.


New features

  • Structural charts – The new structural charts allow you to display the whole structure of your company in a clear and compact view.
  • You can upload CSV data for cascading select fields directly in the field configuration dialog now.
  • Administrators can find detailed information about LDAP sync results in the new synchronization report view now.
  • Phone fields can write data back into your LDAP now.


Improvements

  • We optimized the search of text fields within the People Directory, allowing for exact searches and better search results.
  • We prevented an exception in logs when Linchpin User Profiles is being used together with "eazyBI Reports and Charts for Confluence".
  • We allow multiple value tags in XML syncs.
  • We improved the URL mode for profile pictures.


Bugfixes

  • We fixed display errors within the People Directory, related to the Confluence search returning duplicate users.
  • We fixed the handling of multiselect fields in LDAP syncs.
  • We fixed compatibility problems of the Content Responsibility macro with Linchpin Mobile.




Microblogging for Confluence

The Microblog received some bugfixing love.


Bugfixes

  • We fixed templating side effects which could cause lots of exceptions being written into the application logs.
  • We consider 0 to be a valid reply limit value in the timeline macro now (i.e. display no replies by default).




Navigation & Theming

Linchpin Theme received an update focusing on improvements. We added a live preview to the configuration of Linchpin Enterprise News colors! Now you can directly see how your news will look like while you configure the colors.


Improvements

  • We have improved the display of the "Linchpin Teaser" macros. They are more useful on multi-column dashboards now.
  • We added a help text to the "Linchpin Teaser" macro body to improve the user experience.
  • We improved the performance by enabling browser caching and optimizing the logo and header image.
  • We added a live preview for Linchpin Enterprise News colors within the configuration.


Bugfixes

  • We fixed UI issues within the theme configuration dialog.
  • We fixed a wrong cache behavior which occurred after using the wizard in Confluence >=7.10.
  • The "Linchpin Teaser" macro browser will display the selected URL again when you edit the macro.
  • We fixed an issue with wrong colors of labels within the theme configuration of spaces.
  • We fixed an issue related to colors of 4th level elements within the menu.
  • We fixed a bug related to height restrictions of the header background image.




News

We introduce a new filter for the Space Hub – "spaces by categories". Furthermore, we improved the caching, accommodated the "Web Feed" macro to suit the Confluence allowlist and fixed some bugs.

Please share your own feature ideas and help us prioritize other feature wishes: https://linchpin.canny.io/linchpin-enterprise-news


New features

  • Use the new "spaces by categories" News Hub filter to let your users filter news by spaces that have a given category.
  • Restrict the spaces available for subscription in the News Hub by categories.


Improvements

  • In version 2.12, we introduced large caches for news feed results. They were very ineffective and did more harm than good, so we replaced them by more granular caching.
  • The "Create news" button in the News Hub is only visible when you can create news.
  • The "Web Feed" macro in URL mode now only allows URLs that are in the Confluence allowlist (if it is activated).


Bugfixes

  • Anonymous users can submit news for approval (if permitted) now.
  • The "Spaces by category" macro doesn't eat dashes in space descriptions anymore.
  • News intro texts can now contain "<" and ">".




Events

In this release we add a background image for event cards. We also introduce the new event calendar. Furthermore, saving long video conference links works without a problem, now. 


New features

  • Event background images: You can now add a background image to your events to make them more appealing in the Event Hub and as "Event" macro in pages and blogposts. For more information, see https://seibert.biz/eventimages.


Improvements

  • Event Calendar: The Event Calendar has been updated to a new technical foundation to prepare it for future development.
  • Signup performance: Improved performance when signing up for an event that already has a couple of hundreds of participants registered.
  • You can now configure for the "Event List" macro whether the event categories should be displayed or not.


Bugfixes

  • This release fixes an issue where videoconference links for remote and hybrid events were not displayed in the microblog.
  • This release fixes an issue with the event calendar displaying events that did not match the filter criteria.
  • This release fixes an issue that resulted in full-day events not being visible in the event hub to users in some timezones.
  • This release fixes some more minor issues with the event calendar.
  • We fixed a bug that prevented Google Chrome from downloading participant lists of events whose title contained a comma.
  • We fixed a bug in which long video conference links were not saved correctly.




Launchpad

In this patch release, we address some bugs.


Bugfixes

  • Deleted apps no longer break the "Apps" macro.
  • An error flag is no longer displayed to anonymous users on the dashboard.




Mobile

This release features technical improvements to push notifications.


Improvements

  • With this release, we are preparing fundamental changes regarding the technical basis for sending mobile push notifications, which we will complete with a release of our mobile apps for iOS and Android later this year. 

    As soon as the final schedule for the transition is available we will inform all customers about any necessary steps in advance; In addition, we will also make all relevant information publicly available at http://seibert.biz/linchpinmobilepushnotifications.








Complete changelog

Here is a complete overview of all the changes, features, improvements and bugfixes we are releasing now with our Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.1.

Security

New features

  • Structural charts – The new structural charts allow you to display the whole structure of your company in a clear and compact view.
  • You can upload CSV data for cascading select fields directly in the field configuration dialog now.
  • Administrators can find detailed information about LDAP sync results in the new synchronization report view now.
  • Phone fields can write data back into your LDAP now.
  • Use the new "spaces by categories" News Hub filter to let your users filter news by spaces that have a given category.
  • Restrict the spaces available for subscription in the News Hub by categories.
  • Event background images: You can now add a background image to your events to make them more appealing in the Event Hub and as "Event" macro in pages and blogposts. For more information, see https://seibert.biz/eventimages.


Improvements

  • We changed the display names of the modules used within the onboarding assistant to their descriptive names.
  • We added a tooltip containing the technical module key. To show the tooltip, hover your mouse over the module's name.
  • We optimized the search of text fields within the People Directory, allowing for exact searches and better search results.
  • We prevented an exception in logs when Linchpin User Profiles is being used together with "eazyBI Reports and Charts for Confluence".
  • We allow multiple value tags in XML syncs.
  • We improved the URL mode for profile pictures.
  • We have improved the display of the "Linchpin Teaser" macros. They are more useful on multi-column dashboards now.
  • We added a help text to the "Linchpin Teaser" macro body to improve the user experience.
  • We improved the performance by enabling browser caching and optimizing the logo and header image.
  • We added a live preview for Linchpin Enterprise News colors within the configuration.
  • In version 2.12, we introduced large caches for news feed results. They were very ineffective and did more harm than good, so we replaced them by more granular caching.
  • The "Create news" button in the News Hub is only visible when you can create news.
  • The "Web Feed" macro in URL mode now only allows URLs that are in the Confluence allowlist (if it is activated).
  • Event Calendar: The Event Calendar has been updated to a new technical foundation to prepare it for future development.
  • Signup performance: Improved performance when signing up for an event that already has a couple of hundreds of participants registered.
  • You can now configure for the "Event List" macro whether the event categories should be displayed or not.
  • With this release, we are preparing fundamental changes regarding the technical basis for sending mobile push notifications, which we will complete with a release of our mobile apps for iOS and Android later this year. 

    As soon as the final schedule for the transition is available we will inform all customers about any necessary steps in advance; In addition, we will also make all relevant information publicly available at http://seibert.biz/linchpinmobilepushnotifications.


Bugfixes

  • We fixed display errors within the People Directory, related to the Confluence search returning duplicate users.
  • We fixed the handling of multiselect fields in LDAP syncs.
  • We fixed compatibility problems of the Content Responsibility macro with Linchpin Mobile.
  • We fixed templating side effects which could cause lots of exceptions being written into the application logs.
  • We consider 0 to be a valid reply limit value in the timeline macro now (i.e. display no replies by default).
  • We fixed UI issues within the theme configuration dialog.
  • We fixed a wrong cache behavior which occurred after using the wizard in Confluence >=7.10.
  • The "Linchpin Teaser" macro browser will display the selected URL again when you edit the macro.
  • We fixed an issue with wrong colors of labels within the theme configuration of spaces.
  • We fixed an issue related to colors of 4th level elements within the menu.
  • We fixed a bug related to height restrictions of the header background image.
  • Anonymous users can submit news for approval (if permitted) now.
  • The "Spaces by category" macro doesn't eat dashes in space descriptions anymore.
  • News intro texts can now contain "<" and ">".
  • This release fixes an issue where videoconference links for remote and hybrid events were not displayed in the microblog.
  • This release fixes an issue with the event calendar displaying events that did not match the filter criteria.
  • This release fixes an issue that resulted in full-day events not being visible in the event hub to users in some timezones.
  • This release fixes some more minor issues with the event calendar.
  • We fixed a bug that prevented Google Chrome from downloading participant lists of events whose title contained a comma.
  • We fixed a bug in which long video conference links were not saved correctly.
  • Deleted apps no longer break the "Apps" macro.
  • An error flag is no longer displayed to anonymous users on the dashboard.





Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.1.1

Version 4.1.1 of the Linchpin Intranet Suite is a patch release.

This patch releases addresses security issues within Linchpins email notifications and "Headline with menu" macro.

Security


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