Welcome to the July 2012 installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month. If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at pr@cmswire.com to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.

Drupal

In July, the Drupal (news, site) project continued work toward Drupal 8, which included creating a Getting Involved page for those who want more information, or would like to help. Anyone who'd like to know what the current focuses are in the process would do well to check this page out.

Drupal 8 project leads are also looking for community feedback on the issue of a proposed plugin system. They're looking for feedback on the issue of how well (or poorly) the system works as it stands now, for Drupal 8, for both plugin writing and plugin type writing.

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) was selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Global 250 companies were selected based on a set of five criteria: "innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz."

Acquia also partnered with Janrain to bring social logins to its Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform, and made some improvements to its Acquia Search offering. Anyone interested in making Drupal and Apache Solr (news, site) work well together might want to check out Nick Veenhof's blog post on the subject.

DrupalCon Munich is coming on August 20 - 24. This event is expected to host over 1800 attendees, and is following the theme "Open up! Connecting Systems and People."

eZ Publish

In July, the folks at eZ Systems (news, site) announced that eZ Publish 5 will run on a full Symfony 2 stack, including the HMVC front-controller and the Twig template engine. They also released eZ Publish Community Project 2012.6. This is primarily a bug fix release.

July also brought the ez Publish Jump Start, a US west coast community meet-up, and preparations continue toward the 10th Annual eZ Publish Conference and Awards in Cologne, in October 17 - 19. Expect detailed program information soon. Finally, the eZ Diff Squad was formed to acknowledge community contributions and scrutinize every pull request to the eZ Publish kernel, vetting the code before Engineering does the last checks and merges.

Coming in August, expect more episodes of the eZ Publish Show, which focuses on how-to information. Also, expect eZ Publish Community 2012.7.

Hippo

On the last day of June, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) released Hippo 7.7.4. This is a maintenance release along with some small improvements and a collection of bug fixes. It also celebrated the release of a partner-led (Alogient) integration between Hippo CMS and Konakart, an open source e-commerce solution.

Coming in August, they'll continue work toward Hippo 7.8, which is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2012. The General Availability version will be released prior to the first customer shipment so that feedback can be gathered from the community. The company also hopes to continue its strong growth by continuing to expand its global partner network. Hippo currently have partners in twenty countries, recently adding Satzmedia in Germany, Incentro in western Europe, Objet Direct in France and Esiss in Australia.

Joomla

In July, the Joomla! (news, site) project released Joomla 3.0 Alpha 1. This particular release is to allow extension developers to test their extensions. The final release, Joomla 3.0.0, is expected in late September.

Coming in August are several Joomla Days, including meetings in Chicago (August 10 - 11), Lomé, TOGO (August 15), and Cape Town, South Africa (August 17 - 19).

Magnolia

In July, the folks at Magnolia CMS (news, site) offered a small preview of Magnolia 5, which it will more fully preview in September at its Magnolia Conference 2012. It also started showing off the UI changes on its blog.

July also saw the release of two new modules: dx-sync and Geolocation. The dx-sync-module lets you edit template scripts, CSS, JavaScript and files in the DMS directly from any IDE or editor, propagating the changes instantly to Magnolia repositories for live preview of the changes. The Geolocation module will add localized content based on a site's geographic location.

In August, development will continue on Magnolia 5. Expect Magnolia 4.5.4 very soon. This release offers:

  • An improved migration process.
  • Layout issue fixes for the Magnolia STK.
  • Migrated modules.
  • Weblogic and Websphere support.

mojoPortal

In July, the folks at mojoPortal (news, site) released mojoPortal 2.3.9.0. This release includes improvements such as:

  • Full support for HTML 5 structural elements.
  • Reference skins supporting these elements in two popular CSS frameworks.
  • Support for Facebook comments.

Coming next, it is working with the latest beta of Artisteer 4 and it's a plugin SDK. A mojoPortal Artisteer plugin can directly export a mojoPortal skin from Artisteer, and since Artisteer 4 supports HTML 5, those who aren't CSS experts can use Artisteer to make custom skins. Expect a minor release of mojoPortal once the final release of Artisteer 4 is available.

Nuxeo

In July, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) made available the Nuxeo Platform 5.6 Release Candidate. This version follows a new, longer release process which makes Release Candidates available throughout July and August, with the final release for the end of August. Extending the RC process allows for more community feedback before the final release.

New features to expect in Nuxeo Platform 5.6 include:

  • A new workflow engine called Content Routing, including a graphical editor and workflow viewer within Nuxeo Studio, and tools to monitor and adapt the running instances of these processes.
  • Improved usability for the standard Nuxeo interface, including a brand new document summary screen, a new CSS grid for assembling tabs (which can now be created through a graphical editor) and more Ajax in the UI.
  • A new mobile web UI framework based on HTML 5, JQuery mobile and Apache Cordova.
  • New social collaboration features such as a new interactive social workspace dashboard, Like and Vote features for documents and event management.
  • A document template system that enables Microsoft Word, Excel and OpenOffice document generation from existing data in the repository.
  • A Content Diff module that identifies and displays different between documents and document versions, for both content and metadata.
  • App-level multi-tenancy for creating public and private apps for the cloud.
  • Updated Java (OpenJDK7) and Tomcat (version 7) support.
  • A new Debian APT-inspired package management system based on the CUDF standard format.
  • Improved core performance, full compatibility to previous APIs.

Throughout July, Nuxeo has been holding a series of webinars on Nuxeo 5.6's new features. This series will continue in August (see the upcoming webinars list on its site's main page).

Orchard

In July, the folks at Orchard (news, site) released Orchard 1.5.1. This release brings bug fixes, plus the following new features:

  • Search from the admin dashboard's content screen.
  • Override placement of parts and fields from the content type editor.
  • Block spam on arbitrary content (instead of just on comments), using ReCaptcha, the external Akismet or TypePad services, or through submission limits.
  • Restrict viewing permissions per content item instead of by type.
  • Build relationships between items with an extensible content picker.
  • Build custom forms using content types, then allow front-end users to create their own instances of these forms (such as contact forms).
  • Extend site navigation with hierarchical menus and breadcrumbs.

Plone

In July, the Plone (news, site) project released Plone 4.2. This is a minor release, but it includes a couple of significant new features and a pile of bug fixes. The new features are a revamped collections system with a more lightweight backend, and rules-based theming with Diazo.

SilverStripe

In July, the folks at Silverstripe (news, site) celebrated the release of SilverStripe CMS and Framework 3.0 with a thirty hour world-wide Hackathon. It also released CMS and Framework 3.0.1 Release Candidate 3. This is a bug fix release.

Six out of seven of the students participating in the Google Summer of Code on behalf of SilverStripe also successfully passed the half-way mark. Coming in August, there are SilverStripe community meet ups in San Francisco and Wellington (both on August 1). Also in August, SilverStripe CMS and Framework 3.0.1 final will be released, the final Google Summer of Code results will be announced, and all SilverStripe supported modules will be updated to SilverStripe 3.0 and ready to use.

Tiki Wiki

In July, the folks at Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (news, site) released Tiki 9.0. New features with this release include:

  • Improved, token-based batch actions based on URLs.
  • Improvements to the Maps, Slideshow, Calendar, File Gallery and Drawings features.
  • Additional plugins and modules.
  • New Timesheet functionality.
  • Updated Smarty template engine, to version 3.1.x.

This release closes the Tiki 8.x branch. Tiki 9.x is a Long Term Support (LTS) version, and will remain supported until November 2015, and Tiki 6.x support has been extended until May 2014.

July also saw the expansion of the Tiki Admin Team with three new nominees: Rodrigo Primo, Jean-Marc Libs, and Jean-François Bilger. Coming August 20 - 26 is TikiFest Barcelona. This Fest will focus on calendar and tracker improvements, the Workspaces UI, CClite integration, and improving *.tiki.org. Those who would like to keep up with the latest in Tiki developments might want to attend some of their monthly webinars.

Umbraco

In July, the folks at Umbraco (news, site) released Umbraco 4.8.0. This is the first milestone resulting from the roadmap developed regarding the changes from CodeGarden 12. Nicknamed the "uComponents release," this version brings:

  • uComponents is now in the core, offering a multi-node tree picker, multiple text string, slider, and XPath lists.
  • Lucene search improvements.
  • IFile providers for easier file handling.
  • Third party library updates.
  • The ability to manage applications and trees outside the database.
  • SQL Azure support.
  • Japanese, Chinese, and Hebrew backoffice localization.

August will see work toward the second milestone release, version 4.9.0, which is due in September.

WeWebU

In July, the folks at WeWebU (news, site) pre-released MobileWorkdesk, which is designed for large ECM systems with millions of documents and thousands of users. This solution consists of two components: an iOS app, and a server that delivers different "flavors" of the app to different user groups in the enterprise. The final release of this product is expected in September.

WeWebU also released OpenWorkdesk 3.2.0.1 Community Edition. This version includes a number of improvements:

  • New methods to fill OwString from external components.
  • ChangeToken handling in the CMIS adapter to update folder properties in OpenText Domea.
  • Improved extensibility in the cut and paste functionality with parameter mapping configuration.

The beginning of August will bring OpenWorkdesk 4.0.0.0 Sprint 5, which highlights support for Alfresco workflow.

WordPress

In July, the WordPress (news, site) project announced the formation of a new official contributor group for organizers of in-person WordPress events. Anyone who organizes WordCamps, WordPress meetups, hackathons, free classes, and so on, can use this group to discuss policies and other issues.