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 1.9 is loaded with new features like admin panel redesign, support for more language files, performance updates and more!
Here are some of the new features in JobberBase 1.9:
- Proper support for Windows/IIS hosting. Read the install guide if you’re interested.
- Better multiple themes support, and a new theme in the default codebase — Hireme, from hireme.sg.
- Admin panel redesign, using the Cadify theme.
- Support for more language files — an important step towards full multi-language support.
- All email templates are defined in a single XML file, under the translations folder.
- Config system rewritten and improved.
- Performance updates and general cleanup.
You might want to check out the complete changelog of this new release.
Source: JobberBase Dev Blog
WordPress for iPhone version 2.3.1 is now available in the App store. This new version of WordPress for iPhone supports geotagging for WordPress.com blogs. Briefly, WordPress for iPhone application enables you to write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments on your blog from your iPhone or iPod touch. It has support for both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.7 or higher).
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WordPress, one of the popular open source blog software has announced the release of its new version 2.9 (‘Carmen’). You can quickly upgrade to this new version right from your Dashboard by going to Tools > Upgrade.
Following are some of the interesting stuff released from a user’s end in this new version of WordPress,
- Global undo/”trash” feature: This feature would be useful when you accidentally delete a post or comment and would like to restore it. It also eliminates the annoying ‘are you sure’ pop-up messages when deleting post(s).
- Built-in image editor: This new version of WordPress sports an image editor which allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images.
- Batch plugin update and compatibility checking: This feature enables you to update multiple plugins at once. This gives you the comfort of hassle free plugin updation.
- Easier video embeds: With the new video embed feature, you can just paste a URL on its own line and turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv.
You might want to read more about the other updates in this release here.
Source: WordPress blog
phpBB, one of the popular forum softwares which we have mentioned here has released its new version 3.0.6. This release has some major new features, bug fixes and improvements in stability and performance.
Following are some of the major new features implemented in phpBB 3.0.6
- Better captcha options and backported 3.2 captcha plugins:
- Classic and GD CAPTCHA
- reCaptcha (based on API from recaptcha.net by Mike Crawford and Ben Maurer)
- Q&A CAPTCHA
- 3D Wave (by Robert “Xore” Hetzler)
- Introduced new ACM (Cache) plugins. (Please consult our support forums for help if you need to use one of the new ACM plugins)
- 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 anonymous statistical information to phpBB on installation and update (optional)
You might want to read more about this release here.
It been eight years since Movable Type, an open blog platform has been released. Recently some major steps in Six Apart’s continuing mission to make web publishing more accessible and social were announced: the TypePad Platform and TypePad Motion, a new open-source software social application.
The TypePad Platform
Six Apart announced the launch of the TypePad Platform, where any developer, blogger, publisher, or firm can use the TypePad “cloud” through their open APIs. This novel platform enables developers to use structured object, like blogs, posts, comments, people, activities, groups, and tags, to quickly and inexpensively build next generation social applications on a reliable, secure, and scalable platform.
For larger publishers and Internet businesses, TypePad Platform can stand as a new way to incorporate blogs and social networking into their sites – offering an alternative to completely local software solutions or completely hosted SaaS solutions. With the TypePad Platform, publishers can use the presentation layer and templates of their choice – be it via MT, PHP, Django, Java, etc. – while not having to install and support an expensive back end.
For personal bloggers and TypePad users: TypePad will be built into applications that will help the bloggers and their readers, paving the way for more applications that enhance TypePad functionality.
For larger TypePad customers: the TypePad platform opens up a large set of possibilities about how they can integrate their TypePad blogs into their existing web sites.
To show what the TypePad Platform can do, Six Apart announced TypePad Motion as the inaugural open source application for the TypePad platform. Typepad Motion is a microblogging app evolved from the Pownce codebase & community. It’s a effective example of how developers can use TypePad and control of an entirely separate presentation layer, like Django, to maintain templates and build pages.
A TypePad Motion site is a place where members come together to share notes, files, photos, videos and audio with others and featured users can aggregate all of their activity around the web onto the TypePad Motion site, keeping their fans or followers up-to-date on their activities. Several celebrities have integrated TypePad Motion sites into their branded websites, such as Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes) and Ryan Star.
Zimplit, an easy-to-use content management system, has released a new version of its fully rebrandable content management system for hosting companies who want to provide easily editable websites for their customers.
Briefly, Zimplit is the easiest Open Source Content Management System. It is extremely lightweight, simple and customizable. It’s easy to install, and easy to use via a simple web interface. Zimplit doesn’t need a database and it consists of only a one core engine file.
The motivation behind Zimplit is that most private users and companies are using the hosting service for website hosting and it seems obvious that a client can get the hosting service as well as website creation tools from the same place. It seems also apparent that most hosting companies don’t provide any website creation tools at all.
Zimplit allows hosting companies to set up website creation tool in minutes and provide full service for the client. It allows hosting providers to keep and promote their own brand - meaning that the entire software’s interface can be modified to suit hosting provider’s own branding.
It provides not only a content management system, but also ready made and custom templates. The system also allows end users to choose suitable design templates. It will work on most hosting control panels like Plesk, cPanel, etc. It has a solution even for the small hosting companies who have a self made control panel. Apart from the installation process, it features a new updating process. Zimplit allows updating the whole service from one place and all hosting provider clients will get the updates instantly.
It’s very search engine friendly and helps you setup your website in few minutes without having to setup a database.
WordPress fans and critics alike have avidly awaited the release, considering this as the close-to-final version of WordPress 2.7 before its final release, originally targeted last November 10. The 280 commits have polished the new admin UI and finally solved many blocker bug problems. The new UI now includes the menu icons created by Ben Dunkle and Verena Segert, the winners of Project Icon, WordPress’ icon-making contest.
The RC1 roll out is a significant milestone for the WordPress team because this means they have finally moved to the last leg of development before the final release of WordPress 2.7. This comes after a series of beta releases that attempted to solve a series of showstopper bugs.
RC1 is ready for use in production, and WordPress encourages users to help evaluate the said release with the end-goal of improving the final release version 2.7.
WordPress 2.7, by the way, is touted to be packed with better graphics and functionalities, taking the simple task of blogging into a higher level.
You can download the RC1 here.
Magento is a feature-rich, professional open source e-commerce solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online store.
Magento’s powerful marketing search engine optimization and catalog management tools give merchants the power to create ecommerce sites that are tailored to their unique business needs. Magento is distributed free under the
GNU General Public License OSL license.
Magento is a registered trademark of Irubin Consulting Inc. DBA Varien. It is currently listed as in a preview release mode and not recommended for use in production environments. There are articles written by community members who have tried this new program and available for your benefit at http://www.magentocommerce.com/wiki/
Is this software compatible with your server?
Megento can be used on any server that is Linux or UNIX based. It can be run on a Windows based platform but at the moment there are some known issues that are being worked on and it may cause some conflicts, although, there are some documents on the main site to help. You can find some guidelines here
One of the known issues is the image uploads do not work in Windows.
This system is a Linux based software program and was designed with ease of install on a Linux based platform that has PHP 5 installed. This software is a PHP 5 only application and may cause issues if your system only supports PHP 4, although there is a work around solution found here
If you do not have any programming knowledge or skills, this system may not be suitable for you unless you have a technical support team who can assist you.
The server requirements for this software are:
- Linux or another UNIX-compatible operating system
- Apache web server (1x or 2x)
- PHP 5.2
- MySQL 4.1
- A sendmail- compatible Mail Transfer Agent (MTA)- if not Megento connects to SMTP server.
Also recommended is the use of APC as a bytecode cache for performance improvements. You can find it in the PECL archives here: http://pecl.php.net/package/APC
Other bytecode cache systems are not supported at this time.