Welcome to the March 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.

Composite C1

In March, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) continued work toward Composite C1 3.2, which is expected to launch in April. New features for this release include:

  • A save and publish button that makes it easier for editors to edit and publish content
  • Support in the C1 Media Archive for streaming and caching, along with HTML5 and serving media from external sources
  • Improved integration between the C1 Console and C# Functions
  • A new Facebook package allowing Composite C1 users to create and manage pages on their Facebook profile, using functions and packages within Composite C1 (as shown in the video below)

The team also released the first two videos from their C1 Hackathon in January. First is the Composite C1 contrib project:

The second is on nopCommerce in Composite C1.

DotNetNuke

In March, the folks at DotNetNuke (news, site) were selected by AlwaysOn for its 2012 OnDemand Top 100 Winners. Membership on this global list is evaluated according to five criteria: Innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.

March also brought the launch of the Community Exchange, where members can socially collaborate, ask questions and exchange critical information on DotNetNuke products. Questions can be shared across LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ as well and members can subscribe to topics that interest them.

DotNetNuke also announced a licensing agreement with 51Degrees.mobi, a provider of automatic mobile device detection, mobile web optimization and mobile analytics solutions. The 51Degrees.mobi Device Description Repository (DRR) will be integrated into all editions of DotNetNuke 6, including free access to 51Degrees.mobi Premium Data, specifications and characteristics.

Drupal

In March, the Drupal (news, site) project held Drupalcon 2012 in Denver, CO. More than 3,000 Drupal developers and users attended, all focusing on the theme of "Collaborative Publishing for Every Device." To this end, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert discussed how the Symfony 2 PHP framework will play a key role on building "a rich mobile experience."

March also brought full support for Drupal distribution packaging. This addition enables distribution participants to develop with a consistent set of tools for managing version control, releases, issue tracking, collaboration and documentation. New features include support for external libraries, patches and development snapshots.

Those waiting eagerly for Drupal 8 can expect the feature freeze on December 1, the code freeze on February 1, 2013, and a proposed final release during August 2013. In the meantime, the call for papers and registration for DrupalCon Munich (August 20-24) has opened. Other upcoming events are DrupalCon Sao Paolo, Brazil (December 2012) and DrupalCon Portland, Ore. (2013).

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) released its Acquia Cloud API. This API allows developers to extend, enhance, and customize the Acquia Cloud. There are two major components to the API:

  • A RESTful web interface allowing control of Acquia Cloud sites. Current features include support for developer workflow, database and backup management.
  • Cloud Hooks, which are scripts in your code repository that Acquia Cloud executes when triggering an action.

Acquia also announced Enterprise Drupal Gardens, a SaaS offering that gives Enterprise users:

  • Access to Drupal CMS capabilities such as dynamic content mashups, photo and video galleries, custom content, forms and surveys and social web experiences
  • The ability to design with WYSIWYG tools that let you point and click to style page elements and themes, as well as advanced CSS tools
  • The option to manage user logins through social and sharing features, letting them use IDs from Facebook (news, site), Twitter, Google+ and other popular social and business networks
  • Rich media support, with the ability to embed video, images, RSS items and article previews from more than 200 sources, by pasting a URL
  • One management dashboard for your Enterprise Drupal Gardens sites
  • Predefined site templates where you can set brand guidelines with information architecture, page layout, content types, navigation, roles and permissions
  • One-click site duplication from a template or an existing site
  • The ability to integrate with third-party systems, whether you're adding Javascript libraries or accessing data from third-party analytics systems.

Hippo CMS

In March, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) celebrated along with the other participants in the Apache Rave project. The Apache Software Foundation (news, site) has elevated the project, which creates a web and social mash-up engine, to Top-Level status.

Coming on April 3 is the first OASIS WEMI face-to-face meeting in Copenhagen. Also, on April 20 at 13:00, there will be a Hippo Get Together in Amsterdam. Expect beverages, pizza and a focus on developers.

Joomla

In March, the Joomla! (news, site) project was chosen to participate in the 2012 Google Summer of Code (news, site). The project also released Joomla 2.5.2 and Joomla 2.5.3. These are both security fix releases.

Coming in April are a number of Joomla! Days:

  • Joomla Day Iran in Mashahd, Iran on April 12
  • Joomla Day Algeria in Cyber-Parce de Sidi Abdellah Rahmania on April 18-19
  • Joomla Day Netherlands on April 21-22

Liferay

In March, the folks at Liferay (news, site) reached over 550,000 downloads of Liferay Portal 6.1, which has been out for three months. This is more than double the download rate of the previous version, Liferay Portal 6.0, in its first three months. They also started a series of roadshows to demonstrate Liferay Portal 6.1 Enterprise Edition.

Magnolia CMS

In March, the folks at Magnolia CMS (news, site) released Magnolia CMS 4.5.1. New features for this release include:

  • Edit pages with a friendlier interface
  • Build templates with a new templating API and an updated Spring integration framework
  • Deliver targeted content through content channels
  • Detect what type of device you're delivering content to, then deliver the same content to desktop browsers and mobile devices, optimized for the receiving platform
  • Play videos using HTML5, with Flash as a fallback for browsers that aren't HTML5-compliant
  • Access and expose documents through CMIS
  • Activate your product securely
  • Access content through the standard JCR API

The dates for the Magnolia Conference 2012 were also announced: September 4-5. Magnolia CMS 5.0 will be previewed at the conference.

Coming in April are a series of technical product-feature Webinars, to help the community get up to speed with Magnolia CMS 4.5. Also expect regular communication about the work toward 5.0.

Nuxeo

In March, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) announced a technology partnership with Liferay, to improve integration between its Java-based platforms for using Liferay as a front end to the Nuxeo Platform. To this end, the latest Liferay's improved CMIS client can connect to the Nuxeo Platform as a document management back-end, and Liferay offers support for OpenSocial, making portlet-based integration easier.

Also, the company's chief community liaison, Laurent Doguin, also launched a pair of blog post series to "highlight some Nuxeo geekeries:"

  • Q&A Friday, which showcases the best or most pertinent question asked on Nuxeo Answers from the previous two weeks, and dives deeper into the topic
  • Monday Dev Heaven, which provides technical examples of how content can be managed within the Nuxeo Platform

ocPortal

In March, the folks at ocPortal (news, site) released ocPortal version 8. Notable changes with this release include:

  • Rewritten account and profile management features, such as tabbed member profiles
  • Numerous notification system improvements, including a new site-wide notification system
  • Improved standards compliance such as support for ARIA, improved SEO, the enabling of the latest Javascript strict mode and PHP 5.4
  • An overhauled commenting and ratings system, including support for threaded comments
  • Updated catalogues with many features moved to a new fields API
  • Upgraded galleries for videos and images, including support for PDFs
  • An upgraded calendar, including smarter timezone options
  • Performance improvements, particularly around servers with saturated or remote hard drives
  • An improved menu editor interface
  • A more configurable sign-up process

Plone

In March, the Plone (news, site) project announced the schedule of talks and speakers for Plone Symposium East 2012 (May 22-23) and opened the call for discussion on topics for Plone Open Garden 2012 (May 2-4).

April 25 brings World Plone Day. If there isn't an event arranged for your city, you still have time to create one yourself.

Sense/Net

In March, the folks at Sense/Net (news, site) released Sense/Net 6.0.8 Community Edition. New features in this version include:

  • Content repository enhancements to make the enterprise CMS faster and more responsive
  • A redesigned web platform package installer for an error-free experience
  • The ability to upload or copy-paste images
  • Security enhancements.
  • Customizable login processes.
  • Customizable notification messages.
  • Microsoft Exchange integration allows users to configure their accounts to bind to any Sense/Net Content List, such as a Document Library, and then publish by sending an email.
  • Improved localization management.
  • Define which content types you allow to be created under a certain content type, or a certain content instance, system-wide.
  • A dozen new templates, including a fully-featured CTD template for creating new types.

They've also tested Sense/Net ECM against Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Sense/Net 6.0.8 can now be configured in a "real enterprise cluster," offering High Availability. Sense/Net ECM consists of horizontally scaling web servers, load balancing, database clustering, and both smart index and content cache handling.

April will bring a new version. The team plans to continue its focus on increasing Sense/Net's response speed under stress, to prove that Sense/Net ECM is capable of handling large amounts of content in one repository with modest hardware requirements. A whitepaper on this topic will be forthcoming.

WeWebU

In March, the folks at WeWebU (news, site) announced a global technology partnership with Ephesoft (news, site). By leveraging both parties' partnerships with Alfresco, the combination of these three product lines creates "the world’s first end-to-end solution for transactional ECM entirely based on open source software."

All three solutions are CMIS-compliant, and both WebWebU and Ephesoft are BPML-compliant.

Coming in April, WeWebU plans to release both OpenWorkdesk and Zero-Install Office Integration version 3.2. The highlights for these releases include:

  • Support for Alfresco 4.0 via CMIS, including full Alfresco Aspects support
  • Support for IBM (news, site) FileNet P8 5.1 via the native Adapter
  • Support for the latest Internet Explorer and Firefox releases
  • Usability enhancements, including Office document preview during initial indexing, filtered hit lists, using users' local time zone and enhanced keyboard navigation
  • Added document manipulation functions for Advanced Document viewing, including rotating pages, sorting pages and splitting documents

WeWebU will also begin providing free 30-day trial versions of the Enterprise Editions of both OpenWorkdesk and Zero-Install Desktop Integration

WordPress

In March, the WordPress (news, site) project descended on the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) with a larger booth to interact with WordPress users, help them with their sites, and hand out swag.