Welcome to the June 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 protected] to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.
In June, the folks at Alfresco Software (news, site) launched Alfresco Team, a content collaboration product that includes iOS apps for both the iPad and iPhone. This product focuses on sharing and collaborating on content, with subscription pricing for organizations, teams and individual departments. Install on your own servers or EC2.
- Site-based collaboration for multiple teams and groups, with wiki, blogs, forums, calendar and data lists
- Secure document and file sharing with user invites and permissions
- User dashboards
- Likes, favorites, tags and comments
- Content activity streams
- Pre-built workflows like "Review and Approve"
- Drag and drop file uploads
- In-context previews for most common file types
- CIFS shared drives, WebDAV, CMIS and SharePoint protocols
- Themes and custom logo uploads for site personalization
- Support for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese out of the box
In June, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) became one of the four featured apps in the Microsoft (news, site) Web Gallery. The team also improved life for their Windows Azure users by adding support for hosting data on SQL Azure, and making it easy to publish content and code changes to multiple web servers across multiple regional hosting centers.
A number of new packages are also available, including:
- Facebook (news, site) Like and comment features
- A jQuery Slimbox 2-based image gallery
- A widget for Microsoft Translator so visitors can translate your site's content easily
- A Google Picasa image gallery player
- A wiki that allows updating content on a public site
The team also expanded starter site options, adding simple HTML templates and ASP.NET .master page-based templates.
The company was also named a Red Herring Top 100 North America winner, and received over 175 submissions for their DotNetNuke World call for speakers. There were 27 sessions and 22 total speakers selected.
In June, Drupal (news, site) founder Dries Buytaert blogged about Drupal release date planning, the Drupal mood cycle, and got an introduction to same-sex marriage issues in the US by talking about Friendfactor.
On June 21, Drupal company Acquia (news, site) introduced Open Social Business Software Commons 2.0, the next generation of their social business publishing platform. They've also partnered with Engine Yard to offer fully managed Drupal and Ruby on Rails apps, and Acquia was selected by the Enterprise 2.0 Conference 2011 as a Launch Pad finalist.
In June, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) launched the Apache Camel plugin for workflow creation, ecommerce plugins for managing online payments through popular gateways, and a Magus integration plugin to help comply with web standards and other custom content compliance rules.
In June, the folks behind the HWIOS (news, site) wrote a blogging application with a WYSIWYG editor that allows images to be resized inline and a push update notification system. Upcoming plans for July include:
- Refactoring the collaborative text editor to move CPU-hungry operations to a webworker
- Improving its DOM-handling
- Adding an activity application to the empty right widget
Next year they'll focus on real-time collaboration features. Possible options include:
- P2P voice/video chat and webinar functionality
- A websocket forum
- A presentation and vector graphics extension for the collaborative drawing application
- More virtual world integration (Opensim/RealXtend Tundra)
- RDF and haystack search capabilities
- The installer is now fully "ajaxified"
- TinyMCE upgraded to version 3.4
- Component batch processing in the administrator, like the Articles and Weblinks managers
- New JToolbar buttons, making it easier to implement features like Save, New and Save to Copy
- The ability to limit article submission through a menu link to a specific category
- The ability to add a menu item that's a link to a saved search
The team says to expect continued releases every six months, they're already looking forward to 1.8. In the meantime, Joomla 1.6, has been downloaded almost 2 million times.
In June, the folks at Liferay (news, site) announced that the upcoming Liferay Portal EE 6.1 will offer full CMIS compatibility. The existing version, Liferay Portal EE 6.0, does offer partial CMIS compatibility already.
The expanded support includes a rewritten Document Library to support CMIS more natively, and the ability to mount multiple repositories into one library. See Liferay blog for more detailed information.
In June, the folks at Magnolia CMS (news, site) released version 4.4.4, which fixes an important user account issue along with other reported items. This version also adds the NTLM module, which allows SSO login on Windows networks.
Those who use Apache Solr (news, site) for search will be pleased to know there's a new module: magnolia-solr-module. The team behind Magnolia CMS also announced that the upcoming Magnolia 5.0 will offer an optimized touch screen CMS user interface for tablets, along with support for mobile sites and apps. For more check out the Magnolia 5.0 roadmap.
In June, the folks at MODx (news, site) announced that signing up as a MODX Solution Partner now gains you a New Relic performance management account and an open source license for JetBrains phpStorm IDE Software. These benefits go to existing partners as well as new. The company also announced that the Professional-level partner fee has changed from a $500 annual pre-payment to a $50 monthly subscription, and that Agency Partners can now make their annual fee through 4 quarterly payments of $1,500.
MODX also announced that in July, they're releasing MODX Revolution on Microsoft's Web Platform Installer and WebMatrix.
- Import and modify sample application templates, such as workflows and document types
- Project validation to address configuration errors before deployment
- Numerous UI improvements around navigation, usability, and ergonomics
- Create and edit forms offer more graphical locations for action buttons, and you can now include them anywhere within document type summaries
- Configure the new Nuxeo Document Management 5.4.2 filter feature, and export the content view in CSV format
- Improved hot reload, allowing single-click uploads and installing Studio projects in a Nuxeo application without a restart
- New operations and widgets in the default libraries
Live demos of Nuxeo Studio with Q&A are available twice a month. Also in June, they released:
- Nuxeo DM 5.4.2, including usability enhancements and new social features
- A minor release of Nuxeo Document Management, which added a Digital Signature Marketplace package based on the X.509 standard
- The CMIS-based Nuxeo/Hippo Connector
Also, registration is now open for Nuxeo World, which is coming in October.
July continues their work toward the release of ocPortal 7.1. Currently in beta, 7.1 brings full support for HTML 5 and schema.org, the Google/Yahoo/Bing metadata initiative. The team feels their schema.org support will enhance ocPortal's SEO and open new interoperability possibilities. However, they're not recommending production use of their HTML5 support yet, in part because HTML5 is still a standard-to-be.
In June, the folks at Plone (news, site) announced that Plone Conference 2011 is coming to San Francisco November 3-6, opened ticket sales, and announced the training topics and trainers for the event. Coming in July, the 47th Plone Tune-Up Day is July 15.
In June, the folks at Squiz (news, site) shared details on their Squiz and Funnelback International User Conference 2011. The three day conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, at the end of August.
The team at Squiz UK announced the launch of the Squiz Cloud, a hosting service for Squiz Site solutions. Coming in July are versions 4.2.4 and 4.4.0 of Squiz Matrix. New features include:
- Configure the download limit of TRIM record attachments on a TRIM Saved Search
- Trigger the sending of a message to a remote SOAP server
- Configure data validation rules to check data returned on the SOAP response
Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware
- Module drag-and-drop
- Dozens of new plugins, including Blip.tv, Vimeo and TokenAccess
- A Theme Generator
- A Zend Lucene-based unified search infrastructure
- SVG-edit integration to make Tiki Draw
- A revamped Slideshow
- Mobile support, using jQuery.mobile
Tiki 6.x is now the Long Term Support (LTS) version of Tiki, and active development on Tiki 3.x is completed.
The project also is now able to accept financial donations through the Tiki Software Community Association, which is a Canadian not-for-profit entity.
Coming in July, the 2011 Tiki Summer Tour begins in Strasbourg, France from July 6-9. Directly following is RMLL 2011 (Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre) from July 9-14, with a strong Tiki presence.
In June, the folks at WeWebU (news, site) successfully tested their OpenWorkdesk and Zero-Install Desktop Integration against CMIS repositories IBM (news, site) Content Manager, EMC Documentum and OpenText. They also successfully tested against the latest versions of IBM FileNet P8 and Alfresco Software (news, site) ECM.
These successful tests further broaden the list of CMIS repositories OpenWorkdesk and Zero-Install Desktop Integration support. They were conducted at the CMIS Plugfest in Redmond, WA.
In June, the folks at WordPress (news, site) released versions 3.1.4 and 3.2 RC3. Version 3.1.4 is a maintenance and security update, and 3.2 RC3 contains some additional fixes plus raises the minimum requirements to PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0.
It sounds like July will bring the final release of version 3.2.