Release notes for Socialtext 2.0

Additions, Changes, and Fixes

This page details the major feature additions and changes in Socialtext 2.0 from the previous version, Socialtext 1.10. See Socialtext Documentation for a more detailed explanation of new features.


Personal dashboard

S2 features a new "personal dashboard", which pulls together different information sources to give you a better overview of your workspace. The dashboard presents What's new (recently changed pages), and "your watchlist" (recently changed pages that you are watching), and allows you to jump quickly to your most active workspaces. It also contains an "Announcements and Links" section for editable team navigation and announcements, and a "Notepad" for personal notes.

Rename page

There is a "rename page" feature that renames the page, and adds a link from the old page to the new page. This feature can be accessed from the Tools menu visible on every page.


There is a new "print" feature that brings up a print dialog window. From there you can print the page, formatted for printing, without menus or sidebars. It is no longer necessary to make a "printer friendly" version before printing or print previewing.

Page view counter

At the bottom of the page, a counter now shows the number of times a page has been viewed.


Look and feel upgrade

Socialtext looks cleaner and more professional. The goal was to make Socialtext easier for you to use, and more inviting to your colleagues who haven't started using it yet.

Configurable "Home"

The Home link in the top left-hand corner is now set by default to the personal dashboard for private workspaces (workspaces where all users need to log in to view). For public workspaces (where users can view pages without logging in), the Home link is set by default to a workspace page. A workspace administrator can set the home link to be either the dashboard or a workspace page.

"Recent Changes" becomes "What's New"

The feature that allows you to view the recent modifications to pages in the wiki is now called "What's New".

New Page now in dashboard; overwrite warning

The New Page button no longer appears on individual pages. It can be found on the dashboard.

Also, the New Page feature now gives you a warning when you try to save a new page with the same title as an existing page. It prompts you to save the page with a new title, or append your content to the existing page.

Content moved from sidebar boxes to the dashboard

The following content sections previously found in the page sidebar have been moved to the dashboard:

Tabbed List view

Features that show lists of items, including "What's New", "All Pages, "All Tags" (formerly categories), and "All Files", have been reorganized to look similar, and to be accessible in a tabbed view that lets you easily scan content. The List view can be accessed by visiting "What's New".

Content moved from sidebar boxes to list view

The following content sections previously found in the page sidebar have been moved.

"Categories" become "Tags"

The "Categories" feature has been renamed Tags. The process of adding a tag has been simplified, and there is a new "look-ahead" feature that gives you hints about existing tags.

Page History renamed to Revisions

The feature that allows you to view previous revisions of a page is now called "Revisions".

Email button

A new email button lets you send the page you're viewing via email.

Export as HTML

The feature formerly known as "Printer-friendly" has been renamed "Export as HTML". It can be found in the Tools menu on every page.

Upload file

You can now upload a file while you are editing a page. The file upload feature has been simplified to enable file uploading with fewer steps. When you open the file upload window, you can now upload multiple files before going back to editing or viewing.

Editing window size

The editing window now sizes itself automatically to the size of your browser window.

Edit and comment controls at the bottom of the page

There are small "edit" and "comment" links at the bottom of each page, to make it easier to edit or comment if you've scrolled to the bottom of a long page.

Changed stylesheet

For users who had custom skins designed for previous versions of Socialtext: the CSS classes and identifiers have been changed and reorganized. Custom skins will need to be changed to match the new CSS structure.

Known issues