• Paying It Forward

    24 December 2020
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    2020 is a year of many firsts. The first time we cannot work in office and have to work from home.  The first time lockdowns are enforced in many cities worldwide at the same time. The first time Atlassian announced the end of support for their server products.

    It has been a long journey for Akeles. We launched our 1st paid app – Attachment Checker for Jira plugin on Atlassian Marketplace in 2013. Fast forward 7 years later, we now have 26 apps listed on Atlassian Marketplace with thousands of users. 

    This could not have been possible without the support from the Atlassian community and our customers all these years. 

    While we are fortunate that we do not have to downsize, we understand that this year has been difficult for many others. We read news that charities worldwide are also facing challenges with reduced donations this year.  

    So this Christmas, we are doing something extra to express our gratitude to those who had helped us. In addition to our annual donations, we are going to #PayItForward and spread the spirt of kindness.

    For each server app, we are giving away 50 licenses for FREE…

    S/NName of AppFor
    1Attachment Checker for ConfluenceConfluence
    2Attachment Checker for JiraJira
    3Canned Search GadgetJira
    4Canned Search for ConfluenceConfluence
    5Dashboard Folders for JiraJira
    6Days Elapsed PluginJira
    7Issue Archiver for JiraJira
    8Lookup ManagerJira
    9Multiple Filters Chart GadgetJira
    10Out Of Office AssistantJira
    11SQL Reporter for JiraJira
    12Smart Issue SearcherJira
    13Support TrackerJira
    14Table Custom Fields for JiraJira
    15Three Dimensional Date GadgetsJira

    The only condition is that only those who has donated to a charity in 2020 are eligible. 

    There is no restriction on whichever charity and the amount donated. As long the donation is made before 31 Dec 2020. No proof of donation is required since this is based on trust. It will be administratively tedious to enforce it 😛

    So if you or your organization have made any donation this year, you can get a free perpetual plugin license of your choice. We believe one good turn deserves another 😇

    If you have yet to make a donation. We hope we can encourage you to lend a helping hand to someone in need. And then you will similarly be eligible too 😄

    This offer is only valid for 7 days. The link for the free license will be deactivated on 31st Dec 2020 23:59 UTC. 

    We hope this small campaign will make a difference to the world we live in.

    COVID-19 is a good reminder that we are OK only when everyone around us are OK.

    Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a better 2021

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  • Color Matters

    26 December 2017
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    Here is a post to commemorate the release of a new feature: Color Scheme Enhancement for Multiple Filters Chart Gadgets version 2.1.0

    1. “What purpose will this color serve?”
    2. “Will this (color) serve it’s purpose effectively?”

    Gif on Steps for a Custom scheme

    When color is used effectively, it brings life to the charts and directs users to focus on details required for effective communication.

    Such as to (1) highlight a particular data, (e.g. Tasks that has yet to be completed)

    (2) encode quantitative values, (e.g. Density of importance corresponds to darker shades)

    and, (3) to group items.

    Colors themselves tell a story, and it’s the responsibility of the designer to make sure the palette used does not create confusion within a data visualization.

    Thus, the palettes used are to have enough variation in hue and brightness.

    Try out the different color palettes available in Multiple Filters Chart Gadget and explore the possibilities with colors.


    Fun Fact:

    Image Retrieved From https://thumbnails-visually.netdna-ssl.com/color-emotion-guide_512d42458efc1_w1500.png

    Available on the Atlassian Marketplace

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  • Deploying Atlassian tools for the Enterprise

    25 July 2014
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    Over these years, the customer base of Atlassian have evolved from a small companies who hosted their server under someone’s table to large enterprises. Their tools are being used by NASA for space exploration projects and Rakuten for development of the Japan’s biggest online marketplace.

    Many customers have been demanding for improvements for robustness such as clustering, high availability and higher levels of support. So if you are deploying Atlassian products, you might be interested to know their new offerings:

    JIRA/Confluence Data Center

    • Designed for high availability and performance at scale
    • Provides active-active clustering to ensure users have uninterrupted access
    • Increases concurrent usage capacity without sacrificing performance
    • New nodes can be added without taking the system offline
    • Data Center is available at US$24,000 per year for every 1,000 users
    • Together withthe introduction of the Data Center, there are 3 flavours available for different types of users
      • Server (previously known as Download)
      • Cloud (previously known as OnDemand)
      • Data Center (new license)

    Different flavours of deployment

    For differences between Server and Cloud editions, check out our Infographic- Atlassian OnDemand vs In-Premise.

    Technical Account Management Programme

    • Provides 1:1 guidance to help with operational activities, governance and strategic planning to get the most from your Atlassian investment
    • A Technical Account Manager (TAM) from Atlassian will be assigned
    • Available 1 day per week for US$60,000/year

    Premier Support

    • Provide access to a dedicated team of senior support engineers with enhanced SLAs and availability
    • Has intimate knowledge of your environment to quickly address and manage critical incidents
    • Premier support is available for US$35,000/year

    For on-site support in Singapore, we have specialised local support plans as well.

    For those who are keen on JIRA Data Center, there are some other useful resources:


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  • How to protect your JIRA from viruses, missing files and performance issues

    5 May 2014
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    We have just released v2.0 of the Attachment Checker for JIRA plugin. The 2 key features introduced in this version are

    • virus scanning of uploaded attachments (JRA-8626)
    • restricting of attachments with duplicate filenames (JRA-2169)

    While it is already possible to install an anti-virus scanner on the JIRA server, there are some implications:

    • Attachments are deleted unknowingly by the scanner without notifying the author that his file is infected. Other users will be unable to download the file later.
    • As mentioned in https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRAKB/Anti-Virus+in+JIRA, some of the users have reported slowness with JIRA when anti-virus software is installed. This is because of the dramatic increase in disk IO and CPU usage as JIRA creates many temporary files. The Attachment Checker only scans the attachments once when they are just uploaded, thus addressing the security concerns.

    The checking for duplicate filename improvement also helps to alert the user if there is already another attachment with the same filename. This solves the scenarios where a copy of the attachment has been uploaded before or the user forgot to rename the file to include the updated version number. This saves time on identifying the correct attachment to work with.

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  • Help your helpdesk staff to go home earlier

    9 October 2013
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    Atlassian has announced 3 new products in the recent Atlassian Summit 2003.  One of them is the JIRA Service Desk.

    JIRA Service Desk is a JIRA addon that

    • Allow customers to ask for help easier with an intuitive and clean interface.  They get to have the terms in their own language, different from what the IT team sees 
    • Allows the helpdesk team to distinguish the urgent issues with powerful SLA rules
    • Allow customers to solve their problems faster by suggesting solutions when they file the ticket 

    For details, please refer to the video intro.

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  • Make your diagrams more professional

    9 May 2013
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    Our favourite diagramming editor has just got better!

    Gliffy has recently released updates to their Gliffy Confluence Plugin. In this latest version, improvements have been made to allow users to create their diagrams easier and more professional with Templates and Themes

    Gliffy Themes

    For more details, check out the video below

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  • Stash 2.0 – Giving you more control with DVCS

    10 December 2012
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    Atlassian has launched Stash 2.0 together with Enterprise Support for it. Stash is an on-premise Git Repository Management solution that allows teams a central way to manage all the distributed and growing code base.

    With Stash, it will be possible to

    • integrate with corporate LDAP
    • enforce permissions at project or branch level
    • integrate with JIRA issue tracker
    • extend new features with plugins
    • and others

    For those who are not heard of Git, it is fastest growing DVCS (Distributed Version Control System) that has increased from 13% (2011) to 27% (2012). People are switching from Subversion to DVCS to be more efficient, reduce dependencies among developers and to take advantage of the workflows.

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  • Gliffy releases a better, faster Confluence plugin — in HTML5!

    6 November 2012
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    Our partner, Gliffy has launched their newest version of its popular Gliffy Confluence Plugin. The Gliffy plugin is a Confluence plugin that enables users add/edit diagrams like flowcharts, wireframes, and UML diagrams directly to their wiki pages without leaving the web browser.

    This 5th major release brings Gliffy onto HTML5 to be faster, smoother, and better integrated with Confluence than ever before.

    The HTML5 Revolution

    The Gliffy plugin was originally built in Flash — at the time, the best technology available for complicated in-browser apps. But the web has evolved. The diversity of web-enabled devices, the introduction of HTML5, and the vast community building open-source code for HTML5 developers make supporting a totally Flash-based application feel kind of… old fashioned.

    Gliffy’s developers are thrilled about the move to HTML5. According Kohlhardt, “HTML5 is a superior technology to Flash. Developers prefer it, our customers prefer it, and browsers support HTML5 better than Flash because it’s an open web standard.”

    New features
    If you’ve used Gliffy before, never fear! It’s still the same Plugin you know and love. It just loads twice as fast and operates much more smoothly.

    But since they were in there, anyway, the Gliffy engineers took the liberty of making a few improvements:

    • The new color picker keeps track of your most recently used colors, so it’s easier to create beautiful diagrams with custom colors
    • The revamped interface is lighter, cleaner, and more tightly integrated with the Confluence environment.
    • Undo/redo have been amped up for more control, and now they have buttons on the toolbar!
    • Snap-to-grid placement and drawing guides make it easy to create sharp, perfectly aligned diagrams.
    • Smart copy and paste remember relative positioning, so you can create grid layouts with the push of a button.
    • Keyboard shortcuts work much better in the new HTML5 app, even on Macs!

    To learn more (and download the app for yourself), check out the Gliffy Confluence Plugin 5.0.

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  • Confluence 4.3 released to improve productivity

    10 September 2012
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    Do you know that an average worker receives more than 300 emails weekly?

    If you are one of them, you might want to click on the infographic below to see how much time you have wasted.

    Emails infographic

    In this release of Confluence, Atlassian has focused on helping users on becoming more productive.

    From the studies conducted, they have added these features below:

    • In-app notifications – to de-clutter your inbox and context switching
    • Personal task lists – to create tasks at the source and to facilitate tracking
    • iPhone & iPad mobile interface – to allow users to use Confluence while on the move
    • In-line actions – Add notifications to your personal task list as a reminder for later action

    There are still many other features. For more details on the new features introduced in Confluence 4.3, check out the release notes posted within Confluence

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  • Managing your Git Repositories behind the Firewall with Atlassian Stash

    2 May 2012
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    Atlassian has released the latest product for their suite of development tools – Atlassian Stash

    Tapping onto their experience with BitBucket and SourceTree, they are aware that

    • Development Teams need a way to develop quickly and share their source code in a central location
    • Businesses need an efficient way to keep their source codes in a secured manner
    • IT Administrators need a reliable system that can be configured to fit their environment

    The key features of Stash are:

    • Permissions – easy to manage permissions for your Git repositories
    • User Management – link up to Corporate LDAP, Atlassian Crowd or even JIRA to manage the users
    • Development Traceability – link up with Atlassian JIRA for full issue and source traceability
    • Fast Source Browsing – browse code changes, file history directly from the browser without using an IDE

    For more info, check out the official blogpost from Atlassian.

    One place for your source codes – Atlassian Stash

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