Welcome to the September 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

In August, Alfresco Software (news, site) promoted Luis Sala to Chief Community Officer. Sala is now responsible for community-facing activities such as meetups, community websites and the upcoming developer conferences in both Paris on October 20 and 21 and New York City on November 3 and 4.

CMS Made Simple

CMS Made Simple (news, site) will host its annual conference, Geek Moot, from September 15 - 17 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The first day will consist of pre-conference workshops on topics such as SEO with CMS Made Simple and Advanced Design Integration.

During the other two days, the conference consists of sessions on topics such as CMS Made Simple 2.0, e-commerce, mobile, modules and development and more. There will also be a Q&A with members of the development team.

DotCMS

In August, dotCMS (news, site) added two new partners: ASTA Systems Ltd. of Hong Kong and Gruppo 36 of Milan, Italy.

September will bring the release of dotCMS 1.9.1, with new features such as:

  • Lucene/Nutch-based site search, which can index a wide variety of file formats such as HTML, XML, ZIP, OpenDocument, Microsoft Office, PDF, JavaScript, RSS, RTF and MP3 with ID3 tags
  • An admin tool to let site administrators build indexes on a scheduled basis
  • A multi-lingual backend (Conversational Chinese, French, German and Spanish)
  • Red-lining what's changed, track additions and deletions before publishing
  • A new I/O friendly disk cache implementation
  • A JSP/Velocity integration tool to help ease legacy/enterprise system integration by wrapping JSPs in velocity templates and content
  • Improved starter site, which now ships with an Events calendar, more demonstrations, Google Maps and Google Analytics
  • Multi-host sites exclude system content by default and log you into the host you're viewing by default

DotNetNuke

In August, DotNetNuke (news, site) announced the release of the DotNetNuke Enterprise Edition, which includes a new content staging feature to let users edit and approve content on a staging server before pushing the site live and a content localization feature for managing multi-language sites. The localization feature is also included in the Community and Professional Editions.

The company also announced a new, free referral program for CMS modules and skins for Snowcovered.com. This program allows members to earn 10% commissions on module and skin purchases by customers they refer. The tracking process includes the ability to use multiple tracking codes to identify your most profitable channel.

Also, nominations are now open for the second annual DotNetNuke Community Choice Awards. You can nominate DotNetNuke sites until September 17, with community voting starting on September 24. The winners will be announced at the annual DotNetNuke Connections conference November 1 - 4 in Las Vegas.

Drupal

In August, the Drupal (news, site) team held a Drupal 7 code sprint in the Acquia (news, site) offices just outside of Boston. The focus, as you might imagine, was on critical issues standing in the way of the Drupal 7 release. A number of coders also joined virtually from other locations.

Those who are dying to know when Drupal 7 will finally be released might want to check out Drupal 7 Release Date, a site that calculates a projected release date according to how many critical bugs are still open and how fast bugs are currently being squashed. At the time of this writing, depending on how they crunch the numbers the projection runs anywhere from mid-September (unlikely) to late October (far more likely). Regardless, that's soon.

The month also marked Drupal company Acquia's released Drupal Commons, a community building platform. The company also added support for memcache and fixed IP addresses to Acquia Hosting, and added image galleries to Drupal Gardens (news, site).

Also in August, Commerce Guys announced the alpha release of a Drupal 7-based e-commerce solution called Drupal Commerce, which is a new collection of modules for building an online store. This project is the child of six different companies working together, with features including:

  • Support for physical products, digital downloads, site memberships, event registrations and so on
  • International business support such as multiple languages, currencies, tax systems and payment methods
  • Configurable UI that can be themed, extended and customized without coding
  • API and data model integration with Drupal 7's Entity and Field systems for importing, exporting and synchronizing sales and product catalogs with external systems like ERPs, CRMs and fulfilment systems
  • Features for developers such as a strict set of development standards, fully pluggable systems and alterable data configurations

Ephesoft

In August, Ephesoft (news, site) released a new version of its mailroom automation and document capture system. This version offers new features such as internationalization and commercial OCR engines with support for more than 50 languages.

The company signed a deal with Kodak Document Imaging Unit to provide tighter integration with Kodak scanners and software. They also introduced an IBM/FileNet Capture and ADR conversion program, which will allow customers to ingest documents to FileNet repositories using Ephesoft technology to automatically classify and index paper and fax documents.

Hippo CMS

In August, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) released a video demonstrating publishing the same piece of content to the web, a calendar, a mobile site or to an augmented reality browser (in this case it's Layar):

Hippo CMS 7.4 highlights: multi-channel publishing from Arje Cahn on Vimeo.

They've also released a video showing how to create dynamic, drill-down navigation structures and how to present content in different contexts:

Hippo CMS 7.4 highlights: faceted navigation from Arje Cahn on Vimeo.

For those who missed it, there are highlights available here from the Hippo Get Together 2010.

In September, Hippo is opening an office in Montreal, Canada. This office will serve clients in the US east coast as well, adding their west coast office in San Francisco.

Joomla!

In August, Joomla! (news, site) released 1.6 beta versions 7 and 8. These two betas address around 175 issues, and beta 9 is expected on September 6.

This month also saw the release of The Joomla! Community Magazine, with the goal of highlighting events and accomplishments of the Joomla! community. You'll find content here for administrators, developers, designers and more. The publication offers sections on extensions, frameworks, toolsets, template providers, user groups, a look at the Joomla! leadership and other topics of practical interest. In one particular item of note, the magazine's Designer Studio is calling on people to help redesign Joomla! for version 1.7.

Joomla company Jentla (news, site) launched their new website, which includes a number of videos on topics such as where they see Jentla fitting into the evolution of the Web CMS. They also became a Joomla Platinum Development Sponsor by providing two full-time developers to work on improving Joomla Core. This pair's efforts are currently focusing on bug fixes in the lead-up to Joomla 1.6.

The company also announced the Jentla Certification for Joomla Extensions to help business users identify extensions that "fulfil the promise of their design." This certification program is lead by Andrew Eddie, Joomla founder and Production Leadership Team member.

Moving into the fall and winter, Jentla is offering a series of introductory webinars by Jentla Founder Damian Hickey. They've also begun a beta testing program for their new Joomla Admin template, which you can apply for by creating an account at the Jentla site. You can find Jentla at the OSSPAC2010 conference in Sydney, Australia, from September 13 - 14.

KnowledgeTree

In August, KnowledgeTree (news, site) updated their SaaS offering. New features include:

  • A new Browse Documents view so users can interact with documents and folders inside it such as downloading them, checking them in or out, emailing them and setting alerts regarding them
  • Thumbnails are now displayed by default when mousing over a document, telling you whether a document is checked out or finalized/immutable in the Browse view
  • New upload pages letting users specify whether they want files zipped or unzipped, regardless of whether they are now or not
  • Zoho integration

On September 8, 2010, at 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern), KnowledgeTree is offering the webinar Building Apps for the Cloud - How KnowledgeTree Used Ubuntu for Rapid Deployment of its Saas Offering.

Magnolia CMS

In August, the folks at Magnolia CMS (news, site) were a bit busy. They:

  • Published the Magnolia Technical Guide to help users and developers better understand what's happening under the hood
  • Announced the availability of the Konakart E-Commerce module for Magnolia CMS
  • Shared the reasoning behind their choice of the Vaadin Java web UI framework
  • Released Magnolia Blossom 1.1 (their Spring integration module)
  • Were nominated for the 2010 Swiss Open Source Award
  • Released Magnolia 4.3.6, which consists of bug fixes and a new mechanism for configuring error handling in FreeMarker
  • Made core developer Gregory Joseph their new dedicated Community Manager
  • Continued filling up the roster for their Magnolia Conference, which is coming on September 16 and 17 in Basel, Switzerland
  • Migrated the Magnolia Forge to Jira 4 and installed Nexus, a managed maven repository

In September, along with the conference, they expect to reach the first Magnolia 5 milestone and publish a new version of the Magnolia Forum including OpenID support and user-specific views.

MODx

In August, MODx (news, site) launched a user survey to help them continue in the direction that users want. If you're a MODx fan, be sure to drop by and fill it out. 

mojoPortal

In August, mojoPortal (news, site) released version 2.3.5.1, which includes:

  • A new skin based mostly on jQuery
  • A theme switcher to give the new theme many skins in one
  • Feature settings grouping to make it easier to manage features with many settings
  • Features can be configured as only available to specific roles
  • A blog enhancement to include editable sidebar content and the new Tweet This button
  • CKeditor and TinyMCE version updates

The online user group meeting on August 24 included a presentation by Joe Audette, founder of mojoPortal, on integrating jQuery plugins.

Nuxeo

Nuxeo (newssite) is in the process of rolling out its marketplace for ECM applications. The Nuxeo Marketplace is integrated with Nuxeo Connect Services, enabling the installation of new applications or plug-ins directly from an application. A solution catalog complete with plug-ins, templates and applications created by Nuxeo developers, partner and users is currently in preview in the community. 

Nuxeo also working on a new admin console for the Administration Center. The console includes a software update dashboard to support the installation of patches, updated and new features. 

Information Management Magazine named Nuxeo one of 40 vendors to watch in 2010. Nuxeo DM and Nuxeo DAM were highlighted.

Upcoming Nuxeo events:

  • Nuxeo is both a sponsor and speaker at cities of the AIIM roadshow series: 8 Factors to Consider in Creating an Information Management Strategy, including Sept 22 in Toronto, Sept 28 in Boston and Sept 30 in New York City. To learn more and register for this event, view the AIIM webpage or click on one of the cities listed above.
  • Nuxeo is partnering with Galaxy partner metaLogic to present the webinar "Lotus Integration and Migration Toolkit" on September 21 at 11am ET. Register here for that event.
  • Throughout September there will be weekly technical demonstrations on Nuxeo Studio. The first one happens Sept 1 at 11am ET. Get more information here.
  • Nuxeo World is coming up in November (Nov 17-18) in Paris. For details go to the conference website.

Plone

In August, the big news in Plone (news, site) is that version 4 has reached release candidate status. Plone 4 brings many new features, including:

  • Performance and scalability improvements
  • A new default theme
  • A revamped user interface
  • A better first-run experience, especially around creating a new Plone site
  • Streamlined user account creation and extensible member profiles
  • Upgraded infrastructure such as Python 2.6 and Zope 2.12
  • Built-in filesystem storage for Image and File content types
  • A "well-tested" upgrader for migrating from Plone 3

Sense/Net

In August, the folks at Sense/Net (news, site) published Sense/Net 6.0 RC1. The development team has moved to the Scrum model and now plans to have a community release every two-weeks. So far they've completed:

  • A revamped skin system based on jQuery (news, site)
  • Stabilization of Lucene query and search
  • Meaningful labels on all UI elements
  • A guided evaluation demo in the default installation package

They're currently working on:

  • Stabilizing mass operations and mass indexing
  • A web platform installer tested on many platforms, including shared hosting
  • Load testing
  • Stabilizing NLB scenarios

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The Menu Customization page from Sense/Net 6.0 RC1.

SilverStripe

In August, Silverstripe (news, site) released a pre-alpha of Oracle database support, an easier-to-install version of mobile device support and entirely refreshed their user guide.

TYPO3

In August, TYPO3 (news, site) released the first alpha for TYPO3 4.5, which will be the first version of this open source CMS to offer long term support (LTS). The first beta is expected in mid-November, with the final version projected for late January 2011.

Issues on the agenda for TYPO3 4.5 include:

  • Streamlining backend usability
  • Performance improvements
  • Enterprise features such as workspaces, database connectors and Lightbox integration
  • Expand use of existing APIs and create new ones

Also in August, the TYPO3 Phoenix team released TYPO3 Phoenix Sprint Release 3. The focus for this sprint was on content editing using the Aloha Editor. The Phoenix team also prepared for the switch from Subversion to Git.

The fourth sprint focused on completing page creation and deletion and offers a basic management view of website content. TYPO3's content repository and Aloha integration work will also continue. Expect this version on October 1 during T3CON10 in Frankfurt.

As though that wasn't enough, TYPO3 4.1.15, 4.2.14, 4.3.5 and 4.4.2 were also released in August, all of which are maintenance releases with the only changes being bug fixes. Version 4.1.15 is the final release for the 4.1 branch, so users of TYPO3 4.1.x need to update to a new branch in order to receive new bug and security fixes.

The team also released the 11th alpha of FLOW3, which includes a Google Summer of Code (news, site) project implementing i18n and l10n support. Other Google Summer of Code projects covered i18n and l10n support, extended access restriction handling, media element improvements and more involving TYPO3 4.x, FLOW3 and TYPO3 5.x.

Squiz

In August, Squiz (news, site) announced the Squiz Suite, which is a web engagement management solution focused on helping organizations "create, manage and optimise their online presence."

One of the new components of the Squiz Suite is Squiz Analytics. This tool can be used in conjunction with the rest of the suite or separately. It uses the Google Analytics (news, site) API, allowing you to leverage features such as Goals. This product is planned for release along with the rest of the suite on November 10. Here's a sneak peek at a development version of the dashboard:

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The Squiz Analytics Dashboard.

In addition to announcing a WEM overhaul, versions 3.26.7 and 3.28.3 of MySource Matrix were released with a combination of bug fixes and new features such as:

  • Enhancements to the contexts system, letting keywords on alternate contexts inherit metadata on the default context
  • A new Trigger action to remove a Workflow Schema
  • A new function for the JavaScript API to create File assets

In September, Squiz is sponsoring the Gartner Portals, Content & Collaborations Summit in London on the 15th and 16th.

WeWebU

In August, WeWebU Software AG released OpenWorkdesk 3.0, its Enterprise Information Management product. New features include:

  • Accessibility according to Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
  • CMIS support
  • A CMIS-enabled integrated viewing component that works across supported repositories and "literally every document format"
  • A number of productivity-enhancing features like bulk document processing

WordPress

In September, the WordPress (news, site) dev team begins discussing the scope for WordPress 3.1. Don't miss your chance to share your thoughts on must-have features.