Welcome to the August 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 email@example.com with a pointer to who we should contact at your project for updates.
In July, Alfresco Software (news, site) opened registration for their Paris DevCon. Community Director Nancy Garrity is currently gathering community input as she works on the event's agenda. They also released alpha 3 of their Activiti Business Process Management Suite.
- The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), allowing users to drop DITA files and maps into Calenco, select the output format and move on
- Support for adding custom stylesheets for DITA output layout
- An enhanced and simplified UI, such as the ability to sort file lists and use the Search panel to filter the results
- DocBook 4 documents
- Online document code editing for quick modifications
An online demo is available for those who want to explore Calenco.
In July, DotNetNuke Corp. (news, site) announced that early registrations for DotNetNuke Connections '10 is open through September 1, 2010. Registering early saves you $100 off the conference fee, and those belonging to a DotNetNuke User Group can use discount code DNN2010 to receive another $50 off. The conference is held in conjunction with DevConnections at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, November 1 - 4. Registering for DotNetNuke Connections gets you into the DevConnections tracks as well. There's also a pre-conference workshop for those learning how to build DotNetNuke sites.
July marked the company being selected by Everything Channel as a CRN Emerging Technology Vendor. This annual list recognizes companies that deliver "high margins for solution providers with innovative and easy-to-use technology." They also announced the addition of Lee McGrath as Chief Financial Officer, and sent CTO and Co-Founder Shaun Walker to OSCON 2010 to present the session, "Open Source On the Microsoft Platform - Fact Or Fiction?"
In July, the Drupal (news, site) project continued the long march toward version 7. Dries Buytaert recently blogged that waiting for that final version feels a lot like waiting for a butterfly to emerge from its cocoon. In the meantime, he's issued an update to the Drupal trademark policy and via interview comments has stated that a Drupal 7 beta is expected in early August, and that the full release is hoped for in the September or October time-frame.
Designer Jennifer Simmons added to the Drupal 7 run-up by releasing a new theme, Bartik, specifically for this version. Dozens of additional designers and developers participated in the theme's sprint. This theme became the default for Drupal 7 as of July 9, with the release of Drupal 7 alpha 6.
Drupal SAAS company Buzzr (news, site) is preparing to debut a professional services team to help smaller clients, will be adding social features and hopes to release its paid DIY platform by the end of the summer.
In July, document capture vendor Ephesoft released a beta of their Mailroom Automation Community Edition, which includes support for classifying and separating documents according to barcode, image layouts and content through OCR. These features allow users to add documents to the system without needing to use separator sheets between them or manually sort them. A version with sample configurations for Invoice Capture and Content-Based Classification for insurance documents is available for download on the Ephesoft site.
Ephesoft Enterprise Edition will include commercial OCR engines such as RecoStar Professional. Coming up on August 6, Ephesoft plans to release the next version of Mailroom Automation, which includes:
- Internationalization support
- An OCR/ICR engine supporting more than 50 languages
- A GWT-based Admin module which will make it easier to deploy solutions
Then, at the end of August, there will be another new version which adds:
- Fuzzy Database Match for scanned documents, allowing scanned documents to be matched with database entries (such as a scanned patient record mapped to the correct patient in the database automatically)
- Enhanced Free-Form Extraction to allow administrators to locate meta-data on any type of document
- CMIS support through a CMIS Export plugin
In July, the Hippo CMS (news, site) team continued their online usability testing. The gathered input was used for the 7.4 release expected on August 2, which arrives in conjunction with a new demo site (which will be live when 7.4 releases) to show off its new functionality. Features new to 7.4 include:
- Version comparison
- A goto-preview plugin
- Improved pickers
- Wide document listing
- HST page cache
- SSO support
- Multiple file upload
- An improved delete folder
Coming up in August, Hippo announced that at 9:00 to 21:00 Friday August 20 in Amsterdam they'll be holding a Hippo GetTogether. This event includes 12 Hippo client showcases, a Usability Track with the Hippo usability team and more.
The Joomla community is also gearing up for Joomla's 5th birthday. There are a number of events in the works, such as eBay hosting a Joomla conference in San Jose, CA, on October 3 - 5, Microsoft hosting one in Washington D.C. on October 16, and events in Italy, Brazil, Costa Rica and the Netherlands.
In July, Magnolia CMS (news, site) released Magnolia Blossom 1.1, which integrates Java platform Spring with Magnolia CMS. They also sent out bug fix release Magnolia 4.3.5, announced their Magnolia 2010 Conference Program, announced the winner of their T-Shirt competition, released a new community-developed tag cloud module and published the 108-page "Magnolia CMS Technical Guide" for partners, hired more developers.
Coming in August, they'll continue work on Magnolia 5, announce more speakers and talks as they prepare for the Magnolia Conference in September, and work on the Magnolia Forge where the community can develop code for Magnolia. They will also add the new technical guide to the official documentation in HTML.
- The ability to cache any Element, override default caching and use Memcached or another caching option
- Extend or override core features and integrate third party applications while maintaining your upgrade path
- Create Contexts allowing you to design different views of your site, have multi-sites such as versions with multiple languages and sub-domains
- Core logging for debugging and error tracking
- A new MODx Manager
- A user management and security system for fine-grained permissions and access control
- Support for add-ons using Transport Packages that can be deployed with a package manger
In July, mojoPortal (news, site) released version 126.96.36.199, which dropped support for SQL 2000 and brought support for SQL Azure into their main data layer for MS SQL. The project also added a data layer supporting SQL Server Compact Edition (SQL CE), which can be deployed to budget ASP.NET 4 hosting even under Medium Trust Security, with no additional server software or database setup. For the situation where traffic outgrows SQL CE, tools are included to migrate to SQL Server.
In addition to this the team has made improvements to their Visual Studio offerings to make it easier to for developers to work with supported databases, and make it easier to publish a build. Their next online user group meeting is August 22.
In July, Nuxeo (news, site) released Nuxeo Digital Asset Management 1.1 with enhanced video management functionality. They also released the new Nuxeo Correspondence Management, which is an application-specific template set based on their open source Case Management Framework. The target audience for this new offering includes government agencies and regulated industries who need to track large volumes of incoming, outgoing and internal correspondence regardless of its format.
July also brought updates to Nuxeo Enterprise Platform and Nuxeo Document Management, both of which reached version 5.3.2. New features include:
- A new configuration system
- A new Tag Service implementation with VCS backend
- Content automation integration
- VCS improvements such as better Oracle support and optimizations
- New packaging and installers
- More and improved translations