Top 10 Features introduced in 2.x cycle

1.User Interface

Colibri skin

XWiki 2.0 introduces a new, lightweight, easily customizable skin. The main goal of the Colibri skin is to provide the proper support for fast and easy modifications of the look and feel of the wiki.

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See Colibri skin documentation for more details.

Color Theme Editor

The new editor allows fast and easy modifications for the look and feel of the wiki. You'll find in this editor 

  • A new way of displaying themes on the "Color Themes" space home

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  • The ability to create a new theme from the "Color Theme" space home

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  • A palette for each area you are editing with a popup listing everything you can customize at this level

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  • A dialog where you can make the desired changes

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  • The possibility to undo the latest modifications or reset all changes

Read more about Color Themes on the dedicated application page.

New Search Interface

The default search page UI has been improved to be easier to understand and use.

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2.Annotations

The scope of this feature is to allow users to annotate text in a XWiki document. With the new feature you can:

  • Make annotations by selecting the text and pressing

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  • Show annotations on your page

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  • See an annotation for a text item by hovering over the yellow icon next to it

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  • Edit and delete annotations straight from the page

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  • Manage annotations from the "Annotations" tab

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You can find a more detailed description of the annotations feature on the documentation page.

3.Improvements to Action Menus

  • New Add menu: Use the "Add" menu to create new spaces, pages, add attachments and comments.

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  • Improved Wiki and Space menus: You may now access the document index straight from the wiki & space menus.

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  • New Page menu: Integrates the Watch, Copy, Rename and Delete actions.

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  • The Edit, Export, More actions and Profile menus also benefited from a refresh.

Visible content menu when scrolling down

When scrolling down on a document, the content menu will follow, so the user will not have to scroll up on top of the page in order to access it.

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4.Anonymous commenting with Captcha

Now thanks to the captcha module you can require unregistered users to solve a captcha in order to post comments. To require guests to solve a captcha simply go to the "Rights" section of the Administration Application for the wiki or just the space, and check the box saying "Require unregistered users to solve a captcha when posting a comment on a page". Note This box does not give guests permission to comment, it only adds a requirement for commenting if they already have permission.
This feature is documented here.
Sample:

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Easier development of configurable applications using XWiki.ConfigurableClass

If you are developing an application and you need to provide your users with a way to configure it from the Administration Application you are in luck. All you need to do is create a custom class holding all of the configuration for your application, then add an object of your custom configuration class and an object of XWiki.Configurable class. You will be able to configure your application from the administration interface.
The following is an image of the administration interface with additional applications to be configured (you can customize the icon used).

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Note the current user does not have permission to edit one of the configurable applications.

Introduced XWiki Cryptographic Module

This module exposes high level APIs allowing developers to bolster their security using cryptography for both integrity and confidentiality.

You can find more information about the cryptographic module including examples at the Extensions page for the XWiki Cryptographic Module.

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