Welcome to the April installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month.

If you're looking through here and feel that your project was left out, we invite you to send us an email at pr@cmswire.com with a pointer to who we should contact at your project for updates.

Alfresco

Alfresco Software (news, site) is currently accepting registrations for their spring meetups in Paris, New York and London.

DotNetNuke

In March, DotNetNuke (news, site) released DotNetNuke Professional, Elite and Premier Editions version 5.3. New features for this version include:

  • A new taxonomy system, allowing administrators to create an unlimited vocabularies of terms to associate with pages or modules (all versions)
  • New user profile forms supporting templates for simple layout customization and allowing users to upload photos (all versions)
  • A new messaging repository and API offering both real-time and batch delivery, with an inbox for viewing messages and administrative tools for message management (all versions)
  • Page-level content change approval workflows (Professional and Elite)
  • A new ribbon bar control panel (Professional and Elite)

Drupal

By March 15, just a month before DrupalCon San Francisco, Robert Douglass of Acquia (news, site) reports that there were over 1700 registered attendees, which exceeds the sum total of all previous DrupalCons. The conference program was also announced for the San Francisco Drupalcon.

Douglass also pointed out that the Drupal Association made its first full-time hire in March, appointing Jacob Redding as interim Managing Director for a period of six months. "His mandate is to increase the efficiency of the organization and work with the General Assembly to lay the basis for the Association to hire a full time Managing Director," said Douglass.

The Drupal (news, site) project itself also reached a new milestone this month with the release of Drupal 7 alpha 3. Changes since the previous alpha include:

  • Now ships with jQuery 1.4.2 and jQuery UI 1.8
  • Some API changes for AJAX commands and forms
  • Removed UI for translatable fields in favor of a contributed module
  • Numerous additional bug, documentation, upgrade path, markup, security and performance fixes

GateIn

In March, the GateIn Project (news, site) released its first version, 3.0, since it was merged from its parent projects: open source eXo Platform (news, site) and JBoss Portal.

Hippo CMS

Coming in April from Hippo CMS (news, site) is a collection of new plugins. With their focus on the enterprise and social media integration, here's some notable examples:

  • The auto suggestion plugin creates a list of suggested related documents based on document comparison, which can be accepted or rejected by the author
  • The version comparison plugin for Hippo CMS 7.4 adds markup that allows editors to look for changes to updated documents
  • Youtube and Flickr plugins for integrating social media
  • The Tagcloud plugin lets you create hyperlinked tag clouds for navigating to related topics
  • Add plugins to change the Hippo CMS interface's native language to French, German or Italian in addition to the defaults of Dutch or English

Updates are also coming to Hippo Portal through the update of the Apache Software Foundation's (news, site) Jetspeed Portal (news, site) project. New features for Jetspeed 2.2.1 include:

  • A floating toolbox with panels for portlet selection, layouts and themes
  • Portal Spaces (logical areas of a site that can be secured and used for collaboration)
  • New navigation tools for spaces and pages

For a demonstration of the version comparison plugin, watch the video below:

Hippo CMS 7.4 preview: version compare from Arje Cahn on Vimeo.

KnowledgeTree

Coming up in April, KnowledgeTree (news, site) CEO Daniel Chalef will co-present with Lionel Fernandes of iNet Process (news, site) at this year's SugarCon on "Mashing Up Apps - SugarCRM and KnowledgeTree Connect in the Cloud.

KnowledgeTree is also a Silver Sponsor for the 2010 Open Source Think Tank, to be held in Napa, CA, April 15 through 17.

Joomla

As March winds up, the Joomla! (news, site) community waits for the release of Joomla! 1.6 and the new Beeze template. According to Angie Radtke, key features of this template include:

  • Configurable output in XHTML versus HTML5
  • Accessibility features
  • Two different designs available
  • Configurable position of the navigation column
  • Modules can be displayed in accessible tabs
  • Fade in and of modules
  • Fade in and out of the column with the additional information

Magnolia CMS

In March, Magnolia CMS (news, site) released version 4.3 of its open source WCM. This release:

  • Simplifies multi-site administration
  • Simplifies multi-language localization
  • Includes cleaner and simpler template tagging
  • Introduces the Magnolia Store
  • Fully supports the Groovy programming language

In addition to the new release, the Magnolia team launched their new website, based on their Standard Templating Kit. In April they plan to start development on Magnolia 5.

A good sign for this company is that they're moving into a much larger office on June 1st. And to fill it, they're looking for both Junior and Senior Java developers.

mojoPortal

In March, the folks at mojoPortal (news, site) focused on developer documentation and training materials. As a result, they've produced at least 17 free videos and updated many documentation pages. Expect more to follow in April.

They've also been preparing for a major upgrade to Artisteer, the HTML template generation tool, by coding against the existing release candidate. So once Artisteer 2.4 is released into the wild, mojoPortal should quickly support it.

April will also see work on incremental improvements based on the mojoPortal roadmap, along with community feedback.

Nuxeo

In March, Nuxeo (news, site) released Nuxeo EP and DM 5.3.1. Since version 5.3.0:

  • About 1200 changesets have been committed by 32 developers
  • 369 issues (bugs, enhancements, new features and so on) have been closed

Highlights of this release include:

  • The CMIS connector is now included by default
  • Open source support improved and upgraded to OpenSocial .9 with OAuth
  • The default user interface is now more configurable thanks to Layouts and Nuxeo Studio
  • Improvements to their storage engine (VCS), optimizing for higher data volumes

In addition to the packaged versions of the release for JBoss, JBoss on Windows and Tomcat, they've now also added an "extra-lightweight" version named "Nuxeo CoreServer." This variant only provides access to a repository. Read the full release notes here.

March also marked an announcement that Nuxeo had tripled its Nuxeo Connect subscriber base in 2009 and grew year over year revenue by 285%. They credit this success to their North American expansion and their Nuxeo Galaxy partner program, which "gives domain experts the ability to package their own knowledge and offer both horizontal and vertical applications."

Also in what was a very busy March, Nuxeo ran webinars on Nuxeo Studio and Nuxeo DAM. You can find the recordings through their Nuxeo TV channel.

Coming in April, Nuxeo is sending delegates to the AIIM Expo (news, site) in Philadelphia on April 20 - 22. The company states that we should expect to hear about progress with CMIS at the event, and offers some integration examples such as the following here:

ocPortal

In March, the folks at ocPortal (news, site) released version 4.3.2, an optional bug fix patch. Among the fixes included in this release:

  • Fixed problems with CSS image paths on SSL
  • Added workaround for issue with RackSpace Cloud Sites that caused the installer to stop
  • Fixed rare stack trace in XHTML validation code
  • Fixed proxy server support via the CURL library

Some small features were also added, such as Google Chrome detection support.

Plone

In March, the folks at Plone (news, site) continued work toward the first beta of Plone 4.0. There are a number of events coming up to be aware of, and hopefully stay informed of the progress:

March also marked the addition of two new members of the Plone Foundation, Mike Halm of the WebLion group and Jens Vagelpohl, a programmer and principal in Zetwork GmbH. New guidelines for the use of the Plone logo were also released.

SilverStripe

In March, the folks at Silverstripe (news, site) released version 2.3.7. This is a recommended security release that fixes:

  • Privilege escalation for authenticated CMS users
  • Unauthenticated remote file deletion of index.php

The team also released SilverStripe 2.4.0-beta2, and is looking for people to kick the tires and help shake out the bugs. In particular, Ingo Schommer states that they're looking for feedback on the installer with alternative databases selected (for example, SQLite3, PostgreSQL, MSSQL and so on).

Sense/Net

In March, Sense/Net (news, site) introduced the SCRUM project management methodology to their team. Their first two sprints went well, with internal release reliability improving. They also extended their Smart Appl model with automatic GUI controls that display Apps and Actions automatically, based on context. According to company co-founder Tamás Bíró, "All developers have to do is add a new Smart Application, and it shows up at the right places in context menus."

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The Document Library's Action menu is filled from the Smart App context listing all available Apps.

They also added a global TrashBin for the Sense/Net Content Repository so accidental deletions would no longer be an issue. Bins are configurable per repository branch, with minimum retention times and the ability to view items before purging or restoring. Other advances include bug fixes and better test coverage. Improved Content Repository optimization increased performance for some functions by 5 - 10 times.

In April, their number one priority is to make the life of "clickguys" easier. In the past they've focused on developers using Visual Studio, and now they'll look to less technical developers who use the web UI. Portal building will be enhanced and end user click features made friendlier. Some of these features have actually been there for months, apparently, but with no GUI to expose them.

Squiz

In March, Squiz (news, site) released MySource Matrix 3.26.2, which includes Funnelback Search integration in the Squiz Supported version. This integration adds search features plus a fast and accurate search algorithm.

Squiz also held free Internet & Enterprise Search seminars in both Edinburgh and London, presenting case studies of CMS and search integration along with an exclusive talk, "The Search Master's Toolbox," from David Hawking, Funnelback's Chief Scientist.

The talk covered how an organization's Search Master can make "significant contributions to revenue, productivity and the degree to which the organisation achieves its mission -- all by ensuring that people, be they customers, employees, students, clients or members of the public, can more easily find the information or service they need." This presentation was filmed and will be made available on the Squiz site.

Squiz also released a screencast outlining the basic editing features of MySource Mini, which you can find here or below:

In April, you'll find Squiz at Internet World at Earl's Court in London on the 27th, 28th, and 29th.