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 email@example.com with a pointer to who we should contact at your project for updates.
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.
September will bring the release of dotCMS 1.9.1, with new features such as:
- 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
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.
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
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.
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):
They've also released a video showing how to create dynamic, drill-down navigation structures and how to present content in different contexts:
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.
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.