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What's New in May for Open Source CMS

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Joomla kept its promise to release the latest version of its open source content management system (CMS) in April with yesterday's launch of Joomla 3.3.

The new version offers enhanced security, enables microdata for the first time and replaces MooTools-based JavaScript with jQuery equivalents. The company claims these new features make Joomla 3.3 "the most secure, searchable and fastest-loading Joomla CMS yet, ensuring the most efficient developer experience for Joomla out of the box."

Of course, Joomla wasn't the only free and open source CMS provider to make headlines last month. Hippo launched version 7.9 of its CMS last week. A webinar on what’s new in Hippo CMS 7.9 can be found here. Jahia kicked off the month with the release of Jahia 7, which offers a wide range of new features and functions.

And Fusionbox, a Denver-based web design/build firm, introduced its new open source product, Widgy. The company describes Widgy as "a heterogeneous tree editor," "well-suited" for use as a CMS, built on Python/Django. The company maintains: 

Widgy integrates with mezzanine CMS to form a system that is easier to use and has more flexibility than other popular systems. As a tree editor, Widgy couples with mezzanine to create and edit pages as if they were branches on a tree."

Fusionbox President and founder Alexander Groth the company's CMS is "not just an HTML editor" and predicted its "intuitive drag-and-drop interface will appeal to non-technical website owners who want to take control and edit their content."

So what can we expect in the FOSS world this month?

Alfresco

Alfresco announced the dates for its annual conferences. Alfresco Summit will take place Sept. 23 through 25 in San Francisco and from Oct. 7 through 9 in London. More information is available at http://summit.alfresco.com.

eZ Systems

Spring has sprung at eZ Systems. The eZ Core Development Team Blog was launched on share.ez.no, the company announced the opening of a new office in Katowice, Poland and the company is offering free 14 day trials of eZ LiveViewer, a real time analytics tool.

Later this month, eZ Systems will introduce eZ Publish Platform 5.3, the enterprise edition of eZ Publish. And on June 3, the eZ International Days will be held in Oslo, Norway. The event includes a business track, a technology track and the possibility for attendees to earn certification. 

Hippo

It’s been a busy month for Hippo, including the previously mentioned launch of Hippo CMS 7.9, planning for the annual Hippo GetTogether as well as recognition as top CMS from Dutch publication Emerce.

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Hippo CMS received a top score in the Software and IT services category of the Emerce survey of 100 best e-business enterprises in the Netherlands.

This survey, now in its ninth year, is published by Dutch e-business publication Emerce. Decision makers in the field of online marketing, IT and e-business are asked to score the achievements of e-business and marketing services providers over the last year. The service providers are scored on: knowledge / knowhow, price/quality ratio, reliability and flexibility. With 7 stars Hippo achieved a tied first place with EpiServer in the “Commercial” CMS category.

Hippo’s annual GetTogether — an event for all members of the Hippo community — is coming May 16 to Club Trouw in Amsterdam. Attendees can expect a day of presentations on ways to bring marketing and IT closer together, followed by a boat ride around the city. You can register here for this free event.

Hippo will join some of Amsterdam’s most innovative companies by opening its doors to OpenCo Amsterdam — a new kind of conference in which companies exchange ideas in their own offices.  Past OpenCo events have been hosted in San Francisco, London and New York. 

And it plans to participate in Gartner's Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit next Monday through Wednesday in Los Angeles.

ImpressPages

ImpressPages released ImpressPages 4.0, which improved both the core and the user interface, which is based on inline editing and drag and drop.

Additional functionality was created by optimizing the widget bar and redesigning admin panel and navigation. Plus, editing is now truly inline: it takes one click on any field to change it. The team is pretty psyched: 

When asked about the learning curve with ImpressPages, users state: What learning curve? If you know how to click a mouse, then you'll know how to successfully use ImpressPages."

The newly acquired MVC engine — with attributes including PSR, grid, IDE autosuggestions and repository — provide developers a clean and tidy workspace, the company said.

 

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