Welcome to the May 2011 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 email@example.com to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.
In April, the folks at Backbase (news, site) opened an office in New York City, while expanding its US-based team. It also released Backbase CMS 5.0, an add-on module for Backbase Portal. Backbase CMS 5.0 is powered by Alfresco Software (news, site) 3.4 Enterprise Edition, and offers:
- Web applications for creating, reviewing and publishing content
- Replication support from the content repository to the delivery network
- Content types and workflows, plus sample applications demonstrating their use and customization
April also brought deep integration with DSL Tridion. Throughout May, it will continue working toward Backbase Portal 5.0. Scheduled for a June release, Backbase will be demonstrating the new version at Finnovate Spring and Netfinance 2011: Chicago.
Version 2.1.1 features the first of a series of starter sites being added to the Composite C1 Setup Wizard. This first starter site offers HTML 5 templates, including basic navigation and multilingual support, for front-end developers who want control of their XSLT and CSS markup and layout. Additional starter sites focusing on other layout template schemes will follow in May.
Other releases in April included optional packages such as easy Silverlight embedding, source code presentation and support for Windows Identity Foundation. On top of that, this month saw the launch of a CodePlex site featuring the source code for 48 Composite C1 extensions such as Blog, MVC Player and the C1 Package Builder. The source code is available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL) version 1.1. These packages can also be installed through the C1 Console's wizard.
Finally, April saw a 20% increase in Composite C1 downloads and forum activity compared to March.
In April, the folks at DotNetNuke (news, site) opened voting for its DotNetNuke Design Challenge 2011, a skinning contest that encourages more free skins and designs. Voting enters you into a daily prize draw as well.
Coming in May, members of the DotNetNuke team can be found at CMS Expo presenting its DotNetNuke track and exhibiting at Microsoft TechEd.
In April, Drupal (news, site) founder Dries Buytaert announced that he's establishing an Office of the CTO at Acquia (news, site) so he can "scale himself." He's also appointed heads for Drupal 8's Design, Web Services and Configuration Management initiatives.
Also, Acquia announced a record first quarter for 2011: Increasing revenue 300% compared with the first quarter of 2010 and more than 20% over the previous quarter. As business has increased, it has expanded, growing from 66 employees in 2010 to 109 employees today.
- A reporting suite for marketers, providing views into content authoring teams, workflows and publishing trends along with integration with Google Analytics (news, site)
- Social Media Publishing integration, linking Hippo CMS with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, as shown in the demonstration video below
- New clustering capabilities for high-volume content
- The ability to change content types within live environments and across a DTAP environment
- Native support for embedded Tomcat deployment
- The Hippo Trail, an interactive training website that walks developers new to Hippo CMS through implementation basics
A tour of Hippo CMS's new social media features.
Throughout May, the Hippo CMS team plans to expand on the new reporting features, extensibility, providing context-aware content and personalization.
In April, the folks at Jahia Web CMS (news, site) announced its Beta Partner program, which offers advanced training, advanced support, technology feedback, co-marketing and the ability to share new programs and modules on JahiaApps Forge.
Coming on May 3, the Jahia team plans to release Jahia 6.5 beta 3. This version includes a number of new features. One set revolves around collaboration, in the form of wikis, forums and blogs. Another set focuses on the social experience, such as:
- myConnections, which enables users to interact from Jahia's interface
- myPortal, which offers users a netvibes-like personal portal, which they can customize with content from within Jahia and external sources
- rating, which allows users to assign ratings to any content from a Jahia-based project
In April, the Joomla! (news, site) project released versions 1.5.23 and 1.6.2. These are both recommended security fix releases. The Joomla team is also collecting thoughts on features for Joomla 1.7, as the team's focus shifts to its new time-based development cycle.
Those interested in the Magnolia Conference can now register and submit talk proposals. In other news, the Magnolia team reached a new Magnolia CMS 5.0 milestone, completing the UI architecture and framework as shown in the demo below.
Magnolia CMS 5.0 Milestone 3 demonstration.
In April, Melody (news, site) celebrated the release of Melody 1.0. This release is seen by the Melody community as an upgrade path from Movable Type (news, site) 4 or as a standalone web CMS for those wanting to start from scratch.
New features in Melody include:
- A retooled, slimmed-down code base
- Revision histories for entries, pages and templates
- A redesigned Manage Entries screen, supporting inline publishing and a more detailed view of each entry and page
- A new Design console for applying and managing themes
- Full fidelity theme exporting
- A full-screen editor mode for entries and templates
- Improved, community-managed documentation
- A new default theme
- A variety of user experience improvements
- Updates to CKeditor, TinyMCE and jQuery
- Support for throttling the newsletter send rate
- Minor localization enhancements
- Many translation updates
It also improved the content on its demo site to better illustrate the featurees included with mojoPortal. It now offers pre-populated content with the most popular features activated and already configured. For May, the team plans to continue filling in the gaps in its documentation for designers and developers.
- Nuxeo BIRT Integration Package, which adds Eclipse BIRT-integrated reporting capabilities on top of Nuxeo Content Management, from designing and rendering to accessing reports and analytics, and includes the ability to use existing BIRT reporting and security controls
- Nuxeo Google Search Appliance Connector, which adds Nuxeo Document Management to the data collection sources for enterprise search
- Amazon S3 Online Storage component for Nuxeo Content Repository, allowing files to be stored remotely in a way that's transparent to the user
Continuing in May, the team at Nuxeo is planning its next Nuxeo World 2011 event in Paris in October.
In April, the folks with OpenWorkdesk released OpenWorkdesk 3.1. New features include:
- An enhanced CMIS adapter
- LDAP authentication
- Alfresco Aspects support
- Unified use of JSP pages
- Usability enhancements such as an AJAX tree and the ability to resize portions of the screen using the mouse
- eFile Management Plus, an Enterprise and Pro Edition feature that allows users to generate unique IDs and then associate, group and search for objects according to the ID
- Advanced Document Viewing, an Enterprise and Pro Edition feature offering preview thumbnails for documents that can pop up larger previews on mouseover
- Support for IBM (news, site) Content Manager 8
In April, the Plone (news, site) project held its World Plone Day on the 27th, implemented a Jenkins Cluster for 24/7 testing of all changes to the Plone source code and announced the training schedule for Plone Symposium East.
- Major and minor versioning
- Check-in and -out
- Custom workflows bound to specific document libraries
A tour of the new Sense/Net-Office integration.
The Sense/Net team has also created official course material with hands-on labs, to offer standard and custom training courses. Coming in May, it will focus on hardening security and revamping its community forum and support processes.
Coming in May, expect to see SilverStripe 3.0 alpha 1. The three major goals for the 3.0 release are:
- Evolve Sapphire, its underlying programming framework, into a standalone product with an improved core, ORM, data integrity, templating language and performance
- Refresh the content authoring environment to improve the user experience, moving it to jQuery for easier customization, along with making it easier to add and manage visual content
- Improve the SilverStripe core for social media and mobile device support
It has also continued work on Tiki 7, which is scheduled for final release in early May. New features include:
- Implementation of CodeMirror as the default syntax highlighter for text areas
- Drag-and-drop modules
- Dozens of new plugins, such as Blip.tv, Vimeo and TokenAccess
- A new Theme Generator, letting you modify colors without touching code
- Unified search infrastructure, using Apache Lucene (news, site) in the Zend Framework
- Extensive jQuery integration
- OpenStreetMap and Zotero integration
- A mobile version with jQuery Mobile
In the meantime, teams used Tiki's interactive translation server to translate and internationalize Tiki.
In April, WeWebU Software AG won Alfresco EMEA Solution of the Year for its WeWebU OpenWorkdesk. The criteria for these awards revolves around the Partner's new business momentum, the quality of the Alfresco implementation and the innovative nature of the Partner's work.