8 new features to try out in XWiki Cloud 14.4.3

14 Sep 2022 5 min read

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The XWiki Team

We are excited to share that XWiki Cloud is now running on version 14.4.3. This release brings many new features around working with images, as well as attachment and PDF export improvements that enhance the collaborative capabilities and usability of your wiki. Please read on to find out more about the updates.

Display images in a lightbox

You can now open images from the page content in a lightbox (as shown below). While hovering an image, a toolbar will appear with options for opening the image in lightbox mode or to download it. The lightbox displays the image along with some information about it, depending on whether it’s attached to a wiki page or it's an external one. Actions like downloading, toggling the browser full-screen mode, or starting/stopping a carousel play of all images found in the page content are also available. You can toggle the visibility of the image caption and action buttons by clicking on the image.

The lightbox feature is disabled by default and can be enabled from the wiki Administration > Look & Feel > Lightbox section.

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Image captions

A feature meant to improve the overall collaboration capabilities and usability of XWiki is the captioning of images. The syntax can be found below:

[[Caption content>>image:some_image.png]]

When using this feature, the image is rendered as an image with "Caption content" as the caption, but of course, you can edit the caption however you see fit.

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New experimental image dialog

The next improvement in version 14.4.3 is quite an exciting one, as it simplifies the insertion and editing of images in the WYSIWYG editor through a new image dialog. The new dialog is currently disabled by default, but you can enable it anytime from the WYSIWYG Editor section in the Wiki Administration. All you have to do is look for 'xwiki-image' in the drop-down of the disabled CKEditor plugins and uncheck it, then save.

This new image dialog is integrated with the Image Style Administration section, so users can apply image styles defined by an administrator.

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Image popover

In each new XWiki cloud version, we strive to make the product as accessible and easy to use as possible. That is why, the image popover will now be displayed at the cursor location, to make it more visible to an everyday user.

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Image Gallery Picker

The new Attachment Gallery Picker Macro is integrated into the new CKEditor Image Dialog. Images can now be searched by keyword and can be previewed before selection.

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Attachment improvements

This feature is especially useful if you want to optimize your wiki space. When moving an attachment, the pages using the moved attachment have their path automatically updated to point to the new location of the document/image, all while continuing to show the said attachment. This update happens each time you change the location. You can uncheck this feature in the move attachment form, as shown in the image below:

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Client-side PDF Export

This release introduces a new extension that allows you to export wiki pages to PDF using the browser's print to PDF feature. It's not bundled in XWiki Standard yet, but you can install it with the Extension Manager. The advantage of the client-side PDF export over the current server-side export is that the result is closer to how the wiki page looks in view mode.

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Discovering and installing macros from the editor

It's now possible for an admin to install and use a macro directly in the WYSIWYG macros picker. A list of not yet installed compatible macros is proposed at the end to improve discoverability.

In future releases, the feature will be made available to all users (even non-admins) for increased discoverability. Non-admin users will see a message asking them to contact an administrator to install the needed macro.

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How are you finding the new features?

To try out these features and other improvements, you can create a cloud demo in a couple of minutes. XWiki Cloud is the most convenient and cost-effective way to run XWiki. We take care of the setup, hosting, upgrades, maintenance, and backups, so you can focus on getting things done.

If you are already an XWiki Cloud client and would like to have the wiki updated to this version with priority, please get in touch. We will be more than happy to assist!

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