Confluence is at its most basic another wiki clone, but its a nice looking, easily editted one at that. After a few minutes using it though you realise why its going to blow all other Wiki’s out of the water, with features like:
– arbitrary page hierarchies
– exports (of whatever selection of pages you want) to pdf and html
– separated ‘spaces’ for topic consolidation and security
– rss feeds for various events
But then after a few minutes more you suddenly get the ‘wow factor’ when you start using its dynamic macros – inlining things like
– search output, child page lists, etc.
– abitrary RSS feeds
– Jira issue reports
Its not perfect yet, but for a 1.0 release it has a very ambitious feature set so I’ll let them off. Things that could be better:
– RSS and blogging features need some work – these are powerful things, but really they could be better (e.g. blogging in a context smaller than a space, better (or maybe more obvious to use) RSS outputs)
– Usability is good, but it still takes a while to get going as a new user. Jira’s got better on this front, so I expect later versions of Confluence will be easier for newbies too.
We’re using it already for CruiseControl.NET – check out our space here.