Welcome to the May 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.

Calenco

In April, Calenco released version 2.0 of its open source web CMS. Aimed at content creators, Calenco helps to make documents with a professional look and feel. Features include:

  • Modular, resusable content storage for text and images
  • Content filtering
  • Multi-language content management
  • Content preview in the browser
  • XML content storage
  • WebDAV interface
  • Multi-format output into PDF, HTML, RTF, CHM and other formats

In May, they plan to work on improved file navigation, ZIP upload and comment support. You can try a demonstration here, and you're invited to send feedback to contact@calenco.com.

DotNetNuke

In April, DotNetNuke (news, site) released DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions 5.4, which are fully compatible with ASP.NET 4. This release includes new document management capabilities that target organizations sharing documents within intranets and extranets. The DM features come through a partnership with Xepient which adds the Xepient Open-DocumentLibrary to these Editions.

DotNetNuke was also selected by AlwaysOn as an OnDemand Top 100 Winner.

Drupal

In April, the Drupal (news, site) community gathered in San Francisco for DrupalCon. Unfortunately due to a wee volcanic incident many European participants were unable to make their flights, but they organized dozens of impromptu mini-DrupalCons across Europe instead.

Microsoft, of all companies, announced support for making Drupal and MSSQL Server interoperable, the White House released code to the Drupal project and the Drupal Association decided to begin a search for a full-time Executive Director. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement and job search posting.

In other news from DrupalCon, Acquia (news, site) announced the launch of a Drupal software publishing program in conjunction with Phase 2 Technology. Each Drupal distribution offered through this partnership will come with Acquia support and infrastructure services including:

  • Support and maintenance
  • Acquia Hosting
  • Remote Administration
  • Acquia Search

Other announcements from Acquia include a partnership between Acquia and Rackspace to offer Acquia's support for Rackspace's enterprise customers using Drupal and a global training program for Drupal Designers and Developers through a partnership with Chapter Three.

eZ Publish

In April, the folks at eZ Publish (news, site) released version 4.3 on time after 6 months of work. Highlights include:

  • A new administration interface
  • The eZ Teamroom extension, which brings new collaboration features requested by customers and partners
  • A new User-Generated Content Module
  • A new version of the Apache Lucene (news, site)/Apache Solr (news, site)-based eZ Find
  • The changing of eZ Components to Zeta Components, which has been proposed as a new project for the Apache Software Foundation (news, site).

Coming in the summer is the eZ Conference 2010 on June 24 - 25 in Berlin. Looking ahead to the fall, they've announced the release of a toolkit for iPhone and iPad applications.

Hippo CMS

In April, the folks with Hippo CMS (news, site) added partners focused on marketing (theFactor.e) and rich multi-channel mobile solutions (Xaton). From April into May, the Hippo CMS team continues work on version 7.4, due this summer. This release will make it easier to:

  • Share content and page configurations across multiple sub-sites
  • Use cross-domain linking to link documents within different sub-sites, running below different host names
  • Integrate other presentation layers such as Apache Jetspeed Portal (news, site)

Hippo CMS will be holding community meets at events in May:

  • On May 3 - 5, 2010, at CMS Expo (news, site) in Evanston, IL
  • On May 4 - 6, 2010, at J. Boye in Philadelphia
  • On May 18, 2010, at CMS congres in Congress Triavium Nijmegen
  • On May 18 - 21, 2010, at Apache Lucene (news, site) EuroCon in Prague
  • On May 25 - 27, 2010, at Gov 2.0 in Washington, DC

For exact dates and times, watch the Hippo site.

Joomla!

In April, the Joomla! (news, site) community site began featuring a series of blog posts about major Joomla sites and interviews with the developers who built them. Also, Joomla! organization Open Source Matters (news, site) selected public relations firm VOXUS to "help drive awareness about community initiatives, product developments, events and organizational goals."

OSM also announced the installation of new officers to the Board of Directors: Ryan Ozimek is now President, Jacques Rentzke is now Secretary and Dave Huelsmann was re-installed as Treasurer.

Events such as Joomla!Day France, Joomla!Day Netherlands and Joomla!Day Sweden all took place in April. Support for three new languages was added, aimed at the Indian subcontinent. The Joomla! community forums reached the milestone of 2 million posts, and a new, updated list of vulnerable extensions was released.

KnowledgeTree

In April, KnowledgeTree (news, site) released a "lite" version of its KnowledgeTree Explorer CP desktop tool. KnowledgeTree Explorer CP Lite runs on Windows, Mac and Linux using Adobe Air and is freely available to users of KnowledgeTree's Community Edition. Users of this version can browse the KnowledgeTree repository from their desktop in an "Explorer"-like interface, drag and drop content into the repository and search and modify file properties.

Users of the Commercial Edition of KnowledgeTree Explorer CP get advanced features such as:

  • Drag and drop content from the repository to the desktop
  • View recently-opened files to cut down navigation time
  • Breadcrumb navigation
  • Navigate backward and forward through folders
  • Return to the home directory in a single click
  • Perform multiple file uploads and downloads
  • View file version, transaction history, files checked out and thumbnails of documents
  • Preview entire documents without downloading them

KnowledgeTree also released an add-in for Microsoft Outlook that makes it more accessible from the Outlook workspace. Functionality in this new offering works for both Outlook 2003 and 2007 and includes:

  • Browsing the repository from within Outlook
  • Searching for content in KnowledgeTree from within Outlook
  • Saving emails into the repository
  • Saving email attachments into the repository

Additional functionality to come includes the ability to save attachments on outgoing emails into the repository to send links instead of attachments and to view file version and transaction history from within Outlook.

Magnolia CMS

In April, the Magnolia CMS (news, site) community got access to Headwire's release of "Headwire Templating 4 Magnolia (hwt4m) -- 150 Templates at your Fingertips." The hwt4m tool is a conversion of over 100 Joomla templates to Magnolia CMS.

Various Magnolia modules were updated as well, including:

  • Magnolia Wiki to version 1.1
  • magnolia-ldap to 1.4, adding support for openldap groups and anonymous binding
  • magnolia-module-snippet to 1.0, adding rendering for text, code or javadoc snippets

In an interesting take on localization, the project is now using Google (news, site) spreadsheets and Groovy scripts to publish keys and translations, reducing translation tasks to making spreadsheets.

Also, the dates for Magnolia Conference 2010 were set for September 16 - 17, with Partner Day set for September 15, and Magnolia fans can now go "Like" Magnolia on Facebook.

Coming in May, Magnolia 4.3.2 will be released with bug fixes. Also, the Blossom module will be released into version 1.0, providing integration of Magnolia CMS into Spring.

From there, the first Magnolia 5 sprint is coming. Calls for participation will go out in May for the Magnolia Conference, and the Inaugural Magnolia Benelux User Group Meeting will take place in Amsterdam on May 21, 2010.

mojoPortal

In April, the folks at mojoPortal (news, site) spent a lot of time investigating the new ASP.NET 4.0 stack. They released a minor update with some bug fixes and updated the mojoPortal source code for Visual Studio 2010. At this time they can't update their target platform to .NET 4.0 because there are so many existing .NET 3.5 installations, and are instead allowing customers time to plan for the transition. Another minor release will add compatibility for .NET 4.0 hosting for those who need it, though it won't add support for new 4.0 features.

The move to .NET 4.0 as their build target will take place later this year. Joe Audette says that they're especially excited about improvements in the WCF web services stack and the possibility of using Silverlight 4 for some new or improved back-end features.

In April the team also completed more developer training videos, and work progresses on adding to the library into May.

Nuxeo

In April, Nuxeo (news, site) added content automation functionality to its Nuxeo Studio SaaS product. Using these new features, people can configure both Nuxeo EP and Nuxeo DM to match their organization's content models and parameters.

In May you can find Nuxeo at a number of events:

  • On May 3, 2010, in New York City, Nuxeo Chief Marketing Officer Cheryl McKinnon will appear on the panel "Open Source ECM-RIM: Hip, Not Hype" at AIIM/ARMA
  • On May 10 - 12, 2010, at IBM LotusDeveloper 2010 in Boston, Nuxeo will make an announcement with its Galaxy partner, metaLogic
  • On May 20, 2010, Nuxeo will present "What's New in Nuxeo DM 5.3.1?" in a free online webinar, which you can register for here
  • On May 20, 2010, at Gilbane San Francisco, CMO McKinnon will appear on the "The Leading Edge of Content Technologies" panel

Nuxeo is also one of the open source CMS vendors looking forward to the final ratification of the OASIS CMIS standard. Their latest release of Nuxeo DM supports CMIS interoperability.

Open Melody

The Open Melody (news, site) project has released its first official build and invites all users and developers to check out this fork of Movable Type (news, site).

Melody developers completed work on enhancing the Config Assistant framework to make installing plugins easier. They're currently focusing on a new Theme Management system, which you can check out on github.

Plone

In April, the Plone (news, site) open source web CMS project held its latest World Plone Day, consisting of more than 40 events around the globe. This was the largest World Plone Day in the event's history. Those who are curious can see where the events were held here.

April also brought the release of Plone 4.0 Beta 2. According to the project, this version is showing significant performance improvements, in part thanks to the success of the Cathedral Spring held in the offices of GfU Cyrus PLC in Cologne in March. Binary installers were also released to make it easier for anyone to install and test this beta.

If you're curious about Plone or want to learn more on how to use this open source CMS, this year's CMS Expo from May 3 - 5 in Evanston, IL, will offer its first full track dedicated to the topic. This track was secured and is sponsored by the Plone Foundation, Enfold Systems and Contextual Corporation.

Other Plone events in May include:

  • On May 24 - 30, 2010, in State College, PA, Plone Symposium East 2010 offers a week of training, talks and sprints at my alma mater, Penn State University
  • On May 26 - 30, 2010, in Sorrento, Italy, European Plone Symposium 2010 offers 5 days of talks, discussions and sprints sponsored by Abstract

Sense/Net

In April, the folks at Sense/Net (news, site) moved to version 4 of the .NET framework. They also spent the month hunting Sense/Net 6.0 bugs, finding and correcting dozens of major bugs and hundreds of minor ones. The project is now reported to be stable even in large scale NLB deployments with high traffic and large numbers of concurrent users. They also focused on building out their team, holding training sessions and hiring new staff.

Coming in May, the Sense/Net team continues work on stabilization and enhancing the user experience. Their first enterprise release will be the Sense/Net 6.0 WCM edition, which is a web content management subset of the overall enterprise content management project. After that they'll stabilize the ECM functions and release the full version.

SilverStripe

The folks at Silverstripe (news, site) are being coy on the topic of what's coming in May, but they will say that they're pushing hard to get SilverStripe 2.4 out the door. This release is a major upgrade, and you can learn more about what's coming by following the SilverStripe.org blog. There you'll find weekly interviews with the release's main contributors.

Squiz

In April, the Squiz (news, site) product MySource Matrix, was reviewed by independent analysts Ovum and the 451 Group. Ovum focused on MySource Matrix and Squiz as a company, while the 451 Group focused on the company, MySource Matrix and Funnelback Search. You can download their reports here.

Rumor has it that they're busy at Squiz planning major updates for MySource Matrix and MySource Mini but so far no one's spilling the beans.

TYPO3

In May, you can find TYPO3 (news, site) at:

XOOPS

Earlier this year, the XOOPS (news, site) project released version 2.4.4. In its first ten weeks the version was downloaded more than 20,000 times, and that's just for the English version. Soon to come are XOOPS 2.4.5 RC and 2.5.0 beta.