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BlueSpice 3: The successful enterprise wiki just got even better

With BlueSpice 3 we finally published a brand new version of our popular wiki software based on MediaWiki. By a thorough revision and the employment of newest technologies we developed a software, which will inspire users.

Under the name BlueSpice (formerly BlueSpice free) we continue to provide a free basic software for private users and smaller enterprises. With BlueSpice pro corporate customers will benefit from a powerful wiki software with numerous improved and new enterprise functions. BlueSpice pro is the software of choice for the following use cases:

  • Knowledge Management / Knowledgebase
  • Quality Management (ISO 9001:2015)
  • IT Documentation (ITIL, ISO/IEC 20000)
  • Technical Documentation (VDI 4500)
  • Organization Manuals
  • Customer Service & Support (Online-Helpdesk)

BlueSpice pro stands for stability, security and scalability and is the foundation of a modern, knowledge-based company. As a central, cross-departmental and cross-location solution, BlueSpice pro is THE alternative to intranet software and a turbo for optimizing your corporate culture.

We would like to introduce you to the most important innovations in BlueSpice 3: Continue Reading

BlueSpice 3 – Become a beta tester now!

BlueSpice 3 Beta

Finally, it’s time. Our developers have done a great job and released today a beta version of BlueSpice 3. To make our wiki software even better and meet the high requirements, you now have the opportunity to test BlueSpice 3 and provide your valued feedback.

BlueSpice 3 beta

BlueSpice 3 will be a big leap forward in many ways: New technologies, new functions, new design.
The wiki software scores points:

• simpler text editing
• faster high-end search
• optimized user guidance
• enhanced discussions
• easier follow-up of Wiki contributions

But that’s not all! Find out what else has changed with BlueSpice 3 and take a look at the notable changes.

Your opinion is important to us!

Of course we are interested in your opinion of BlueSpice 3. What do you miss? What would you improve? What do you like? Continue Reading

BlueSpice 2.27.3 is published

 

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Everything you need to know about the new version.

With BlueSpice 2.27.3 a new patch release is available. Over 80 bugfixes bring numerous improvements under the cover.

 

Release highlights

Since this is a patch release, 2.27.3 contains only a few functional improvements:

  • The display of all subpages is sorted in a better way.
  • The link wizard InsertLink informs users whether the desired page to be linked exists.
  • Namespaces can now also have hyphens in their names.
  • The InsertMagic wizard (which you can use to insert tags, switches and variables) now offers the possibility to give users a list of the most important tags to prevent longer searches (“Quick access”).
  • In future, our pro users will be able to assign many pages to a book at once using the “Mass add” function in the Bookmaker. You select the pages of a category or the subpages of a page and only have to sort the added pages. It is also possible to search for pages and export the search results and import them into the book.

More details can be found in our current release notes. And on the release page in the helpdesk.

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Univention Corporate Server now offers BlueSpice

Kooperation BlueSpice und Hallo Welt!

 

The Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is the leading Linux solution for small and medium-sized businesses. Now you can run a BlueSpice wiki with the UCS.

The two companies Univention and Hallo Welt! have been in touch for several years already. Now it worked: The Linux specialists from Bremen and the MediaWiki people from Regensburg have launched a promising cooperation project and are combining their products. Beneficiaries are the users of the Univention Corporate Server (UCS), who have now with BlueSpice MediaWiki another application that can be easily implemented in the previous server environment. Continue Reading

BlueSpice 2.27.2 released

Now even more user-friendly with impressive new features

We have great news: we are proud to announce the new BlueSpice release 2.27.2. After scarcely three months, we are already publishing the second release of the year.

Looking forward to the release of BlueSpice Version 3 in 2018, we are already working hard on many small adjustments, making BlueSpice even more user-friendly, so you can operate it more intuitively. This means that the new version already contains valuable features and improvements, so it is more convenient to use and working on it is more efficient.

You can find all the detailed information and documentation on our BlueSpice Helpdesk:

Here is an overview of the most important innovations in BlueSpice pro 2.27.2:

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BlueSpice 2.27.1 released

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A patch release that’s worth seeing.

It is that time again: we are very pleased to announce the new BlueSpice release 2.27.1, and it is difficult to believe that this is only a patch release.

When we consider the new features, Version 2.27.1 is right at the forefront. The first release of this year focuses on the optimisation of usability and applications in quality management, alongside bug-fixes.

You can find all the detailed information and documentation on our BlueSpice Helpdesk: Continue Reading

BlueSpice switches over to Elasticsearch

Diego Delso, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Ciudad de México, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

We are currently fitting out the new Version 3 of BlueSpice with a new search engine. So this is a good opportunity to explain what actually happens in a search engine and why we have decided to make this change. Continue Reading

Coming soon with BlueSpice 3 – a look at the road map

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BrokenSphere, Street traffic in the Place de l’Étoile as seen from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

I can hardly believe it: the current version of BlueSpice, BlueSpice 2, will be four years old this year. It feels like just a few months ago that we announced Version 2. Anyway, it is now time to start thinking about a new version and to continue writing the road map.

At Hallo Welt! we have spent the last months collecting ideas, and checking and weighting requirements.

At our yearly strategy meeting, Markus Glaser presented his technical plan. So now it is official that we will publish a new BlueSpice Version 3 in the first quarter of 2018. The road map for our new MediaWiki distribution contains essential innovations and improvements we have wanted for a long time. BlueSpice 3 will achieve a new level of stability and flexibility. Continue Reading

BlueSpice 2.27.0 released

New BlueSpice release 2.27.0.

Our focus: quality assurance, usability and farming.

We proudly announce today’s stable release of the new BlueSpice for MediaWiki 2.27.0. It is our second release this year and brings new features and numerous optimizations. Above all, it is fully compatible with the long-time support version MediaWiki 1.27.

All detailed information can be found in our BlueSpice Helpdesk:
Notable changes,
Release notes with changelog,
• Installation instructions with installer and without installer,
Update instructions.

We have installed some pretty helpful features. The focus is on characteristics such as quality assurance, usability and farming.

These are the most important new features of BlueSpice pro 2.27.0:

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BlueSpice Release 2.27.0 – beta version released

Say hello to the new BlueSpice free for MediaWiki 2.27.0 beta version!

Have you already tested it? Well then go! Since last week, there is the BlueSpice 2.27.0-beta, a minor and maintenance version of BlueSpice free, which can be downloaded to tested at SourceForge. Now we need your help!

Download the beta version and test it. Please report bugs, patches and other feedback. Any kind of feedback (the more constructive, the better) is welcome at our SourceForge forum or per email to support@hallowelt.com. We look forward to your opinions and appreciate your help!

Try some of our interesting new features like:

  • Page Assignments: Assign poeple and groups of people to pages, e.g. as responsible editors. Supersedes ResponsibleEditors.
Page Assignments
Page Assignments
  • Disable users: Instead of user deletion, you can now disable the users while keeping their full record.
  • Support your admin: certain user groups can now assign users to groups without having to be sysops. It is also possible to allow users access to a selection of administrative tools without having to be sysops.
  • Namespace-specific notifications: notifications are now much more configurable. Get notified about changes in the wiki on a namespace basis.
Namespace-specific notifications
Namespace-specific notifications
  • Track usage statistics: know how often a certain feature is used in your wiki.
  • Improvements of the user experience: confirmation dialogues are more unobtrusive now.
  • FlexiSkin: manage uploaded images.
  • HitCounter: Restores the hit count functionality missing in MediaWiki core since MediaWiki 1.25.
  • Testsystem mode: visually indicate when a wiki is a testing system.

For detailed release notes see our BlueSpice Helpdesk.

Have fun testing!