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Atlassian Sponsoring TidBITS -- Two weeks, two new long-term sponsors! It's great to see new companies recognizing the effectiveness of sponsoring TidBITS.

This week we're pleased to welcome to our core group of sponsors Atlassian, a small Australian company that makes a pair of fascinating products for organizations looking to make their project teams more effective. JIRA is a full-featured issue tracking and project management application designed to help a team track bugs, feature requests, and tasks through the lifespan of a project. JIRA automatically generates project roadmaps, manages access by users and groups, integrates with other systems (including email, Excel, XML, and CVS), and offers full-text searching and filtering. Along with JIRA, Atlassian also makes Confluence, a knowledge management tool that lets project teams share information quickly and flexibly. Confluence is essentially a wiki, a Web server that allows anyone with access to edit any page. A well-designed wiki is a great way to share information among a group, and Confluence offers full-text searching, built-in commenting, email notifications, and detailed security levels. Both JIRA and Confluence are J2EE-based, so they'll run on a wide variety of platforms, including Mac OS X, other flavors of Unix, and Windows.

<http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/>
<http://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/>

Although you can of course read more about JIRA and Confluence online, Atlassian will also be exhibiting at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference from 28-Jun-04 through 02-Jul-04 in San Francisco, so if you're attending WWDC, I encourage you to talk with them there in person (and mention that you heard about them from TidBITS!); it's a lot easier than flying to Sydney for most people. [ACE]

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