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The sidebar contains information that relates to the page you are viewing. It features a link to page revision history, a watchlist star that lets you put the page into your watchlist or remove it, and three colored boxes displaying Tags, Incoming Links, and Attachments.

Toggling the sidebar. Clicking the V shape in the right-hand corner of the page will make the sidebar vanish. Click the > to bring back the sidebar.

The sidebar boxes are presented in the following order:

Tags. This is a list of all the Tags that have been applied to the page.

Incoming links. This is a list of all the pages that have a link to the page you are currently viewing.

Attachments. A list of this page's attached files.

There are two optional sidebar boxes:

What's New. A list of this workspace's most recent changes. Use "What's New" in the Settings page to control display of this box.

Recently Viewed. A list of your twenty most recently viewed pages. Use "Screen Layout" in the Settings page to control display of this box.

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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:

  • The "Workspace Navigation" section has been moved to the Dashboard and renamed "Announcements and Links"
  • The "My Favorites" section has been moved to the Dashboard and renamed "Personal Notes"
  • The "My Workspaces" section has been moved to the Dashboard and renamed "Your Workspaces"
  • The "Recent Changes" section has been moved to the Dashboard and renamed "What's New"

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.

  • "Recent Changes" has been renamed "What's New". It can be found on the dashboard and on the "What's New" tab in list view.
  • "Recently Viewed" can be found on the "Recently Viewed" tab in list view.

"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

  • You cannot add a tag while editing a page.
  • Some content is not editable in Simple mode. You need to go to Advanced mode to edit links and images, and to add/remove table rows and columns in Internet Explorer. The section of the interface that explains how to edit this content is missing.
  • Adding a tag creates a new revision that is identical to the previous revision except for the tag.
  • When comparing previous revisions, you can't see tags that have been added and deleted.
  • The Safari browser does not have access to "simple mode" editing.
  • In Safari, the "delete attachment" action fails silently, and the attachment is not deleted.


Upload Files

Click "Browse" to find the file you want to upload. When you click "Upload file" your file will be uploaded and added to the list of attachments for this page.

Maximum file size: 50MB

File Name Author Date Uploaded Size

Save Page As

Enter a meaningful and distinctive title for your page.

Page Title:

Tip: You'll be able to find this page later by using the title you choose.

Page Already Exists

There is already a page named XXX. Would you like to:

Save with a different name:

Save the page with the name "XXX"

Append your text to the bottom of the existing page named: "XXX"

Upload Files

Click "Browse" to find the file you want to upload. When you click "Add file" this file will be added to the list of attachments for this page, and uploaded when you save the page.

Add Tags

Enter a tag and click "Add tag". The tag will be saved when you save the page.