Elgg, one of the popular open source social networking platforms, which we have mentioned here, has released a draft road map highlights the key featues for the yet to be released Elgg 1.7.
Some of its highlights include,
- Privacy, shared access collections
- Full text search
- The Wire re-factored -> conversational micro-blogging etc.,
Privacy, shared access collections:
The shared access collections will provide a way for users to create an access collection to which they invite in other users. Once the invitation has been accepted, all users get the new access collection as an access option on new objects created; blog post, files, pages and so on.
The Wire re-fractored
Many of the Elgg plugins are being re-worked to enhance their functionality. The new wire plugin is being highlighted, which would serve as a simple yet effective plugin for conversational micro-blogging.
Threaded replies are now supported within a completely redesigned UI that clusters these 140 character-driven conversations and floats the most recent ones to the top.
Check out the latest updates from Elgg here.
XOOPS, which is an extensible ‘Object Oriented’ web application platform and an ideal tool for development of small or large community websites, has announced the availability of its latest release version 2.4.0 RC.
This release includes many bugfixes and user experience improvements, done by XOOPS core development team and XOOPS community.
Some of the major improvements in this release include:
- A new Admin GUI
- New mechanism to modularize and extend Core
- Central support for jQuery
- Improved Installer WCAG 2.0 – Sight Impaired Assisted Forms
- Themeable Admininstration area
- New WYSIWYG Editors: wymeditor, Xinha, and Spaw2
Download XOOPS 2.4.0 RC here.
JobberBase, which is an Open Source job board web software written in PHP/MySQL and which we have reviewed here is now out with a new version. If you haven’t tried out JobberBase yet, you can check out a live demo here. JobberBase version 1.8 is loaded with new features and core updates since it’s launched, including themes support.
Here are some of the new features:
- Ability to change all settings from Admin Panel instead of config.php
- Improved and Paginated Search
- Editable Job-Url Structure
- Editable locations
- Recaptcha Support
- Database Prefix Support
- Dynamic Menus in Header and Footer
- Multiple Theme Support
- City Cloud Page
- SMTP Mail Support
Download JobberBase 1.8 here.
Gallery, an open source web based photo album organizer, which we have recently reviewed has released its new version 3.0 beta 3. Gallery 3 is based on 4 key principles, keeping it small, intuitive, fast and extensible. Gallery 3 is 4.5 MB with all of its features, which is significantly less in size compared to other similar applications.
The key features in this new release include,
- Configurable custom URLs for each album, photo or movie
- Greatly improved user interface for administration pages
- Systematic fixes for Cross Site Security (XSS) vulnerabilities.
- New, extensible context menus for albums, photos and movies.
- Better support for viewing full size images
- Rewritten Organize module. It’s got a little less functionality now, but it’s much cleaner and will be a primary focus for the next release.
- Tags are now searchable
- Much improved bidirectional language support
phpBB one of the popular open source forum softwares has announced the immediate availability of the first release candidate for its next release – phpBB 3.0.6. phpBB 3.0.6 contains a many more features, bug fixes and changes than previous releases.
Following is a list of the major new features implemented in phpBB 3.0.6:
- Backported 3.2 captcha plugins:
- Classic and GD CAPTCHA
- Q&A CAPTCHA
- 3D Wave
- Introduced new ACM plugins:
- null (to disable caching completely)
- ATOM Feeds
- bare-bones Quick Reply editor in viewtopic
- Users can report PMs to moderators which are then visible in a new MCP module
- Ability to copy permissions from one forum to several other forums.
- Send statistical information (anonymously) about PHP and phpBB configuration to help improve phpBB.
Elgg, a popular free and open source web software for social networking, which we have mentioned here, has released its new version 1.6.1. Elgg had one of the most powerful features from the day it was built: the access control. Everything created in Elgg, be it a blog post, an uploaded file, an element of your profile, etc., can be restricted to as many or few people you want.
This solid version of Elgg fixes a few problems users reported having in 1.6 including:
- Errors on registration with Default Widgets enabled
- Broken tag search
- Broken “Tools Administration” page when simplecache is disabled
- Bookmark links missing
- “View friends resources” links not working
Download the latest version of Elgg here.
Movable Type, an open source blog software, which we have reviewed here, has officially released its new version 5 Beta. Movable Type 5 focused on three major feature areas: websites, themes and CMS. Below is a summary of each,
- New “website” object
- Blogs are associated to websites
- Pages can be added to websites
- Rebuild website separately from the contained blogs.
- App UI has the ability to move blogs between websites.
- Apply a theme with a single click and then rebuild the blog/website to apply changes to published website.
- Themes contain: templates, style-sheets, static files (images), widgets, categories, folders, and custom fields.
- Themes for websites and blogs.
- Install themes just like plugins.
- Export theme from current blog and optionally include all or a subset of the custom fields, static files, categories, and templates currently associated with the website or blog.
The developers just announced a new stable version of FluxBB: 1.2.22
This new version fixes a critical XSS vulnerability from the previous version, along other small fixes. Soon, the team will release the new major version 1.4, which now is in the beta testing.
FluxBB is a PHP/MySQL forum software and, of course, it’s open source (GNU). FluxBB was designed to be fast and light with less of the “not so essential” features that some of the other forums have.
Download the stable version and the beta version here.
Gallery is an open source web based photo album organizer. It’s an effective way to manage photos and seamlessly integrate it into your own website, whether for personal or large community purpose. You can manage as many galleries as you want on your web server, where-in each gallery contains as many photo albums as you desire.
Gallery works with several different image processing tool kits and is available in over 30 languages.
- Platform – UNIX (BSD, Linux, …) or Windows.
- Webserver – Apache, Microsoft IIS, Zeus etc.,
- PHP – PHP version 4.3.0 or greater (Gallery 1.x requires PHP 4.1.0 or greater), PHP safe_mode must be turned off.
- Image Processing Library – In order to automatically generate thumbnails and re-sized versions of your photos, Gallery requires either ImageMagick or NetPBM.
- Database (Gallery 2 only) – MySQL 3.x, 4.x or 5.x, PostgreSQL 7.x or 8.x, Oracle 9i or 10g, DB2 8.2, MS SQL Server 2005.
Step-by-Step Installation Guide
Here, I’m test installing Gallery on localhost using XAMPP (an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start). Before proceeding, you need to create a new MySQL database for Gallery using your preferred database administration tool like phpMyAdmin.
Matt Cutts from the Web Spam team at Google showcases the good and the bad of WordPress as seen through the eyes of Google, including basics on how Google search works and how you can boost your blog’s results in Google searches.