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BlueSpice 2.23 – a minor release with many changes

The BlueSpice minor release 2.23 contains much more than one would expect. Dialogues are much faster and the individual design of the skin can be implemented much better. This works, because the skin of the wiki has been has been rearranged. We also worked on the performance, e.g. we added the general caching support for BlueSpice, which supports memcached .

In the following you will get an overview on the most important changes: Continue Reading

BlueSpice available in up to 46 languages

BlueSpice is now available in up to 46 languages. So far BlueSpice is completely translated in French, German, Macedonian and 90% done in Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Ukrainian. More than half of the BlueSpice messages are translated in Swedish, Luxembourgish and Portuguese. A very big „Thank you“ to all the members of „translatewiki.net“ who did a really great job on this! We are really happy and thankful for your commitment! Keep on going!

Here you can have a look on the BlueSpice translate statistics.

Translatewiki.net logoTranslate wiki is a translate platform for MediaWiki and they create localizations for software. So a registred member can help to translate a software into his language. Right now there are more than 6000 translators who help to improve the internationalisation of messages and features. If not all messages are translated there is a fallback to the English language.

If you are interested to join this great translate community have a look at their FAQ.

P.S.: We will deliver the updated status of translations in the next release- yeah! 🙂

The BlueSpice Shop is back

It looks a little bit different because we changed the shop software. Compared to Prestashop this software is more stable, more safe and even updates are no problem anymore.

After initial difficulties we are now happy „shoppers“ again and this means for you: you can now pay per Paypal and soon there will be further products and free offers.

Visit our new shop here: https://shop.bluespice.com

The BlueSpice web shop – extensions, themes and modules for enterprise MediaWikis

The BlueSpice Shop
The BlueSpice Shop

Today we published the new BlueSpice web shop. Now modules and solutions in strong demand are also affordable for small budgets. In the shop you will find extensions for ratings, adverts and more.

And this is how it works: in the webshop the customer only gets the software included an installation manual and one hour product support, but without any further services or additional workshops. Due to this, the web offers are at a highly reduced rate.

In the shop you choose your product(s) and checkout afterwards. After you made sure that you´ve read the system requirements you can pay by bank wire. When we received the payments the software will be downloadable in your customer area.  You don’t have to adapt the software for installation. And because of the reason that BlueSpice is open source, you are free to change the code, but be aware that if you do so, you cannot assert any claims based on defects. If you have problems with the configuration, our support will be available to answer questions.

Customers get a tested version with free licences as well as a second-level support. With the shop, we provide an offer that is supposed to fill a gap, because many  operators have deep IT knowledge and are able to install the modules by themselves. Another reason is that a lot of wikis are in a development stage which means that major investments are not possible. In the shop you can buy extensions on demand.

But we still offer the packages with installation services by the developer which is important especially for business-critical wiki platforms. Furthermore we recommend a subscription for business customers. With regard to at least one release every half year for MediaWiki and BlueSpice, subscriptions are cheaper in the long term to keep your wiki software up to date.

In the beginning we offer some packages like rating tools, versioning  and more as well as a few smaller downloads like the free navigation icons in different colours or the mobile app. But later we will also offer solutions like BlueSpice docu for documentation platforms or BlueSpice public for web platforms. The range will be completed by themes (skins) and MediaWiki compatible extensions. Please notice that when we launch the shop not everything is available yet.  So, at the moment it is possible to pay by bank transfer only and  there will be a few changes for the design of the shop and further payment options in the future. We will enrich the range of our products later on. So have a look – it is already worth it and stay tuned. We will keep you informed on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and the BlueSpice blog.

BlueSpice docu ranks among the leading software

bestof_industriepreis_2014_140pxIn the compendium of the best only the most innovative and powerful products of the German-speaking industry are listed. BlueSpice docu was ranked at this “List of the Best” by a jury of experts from 30 professors and journalists. So not only our customers but also an jury of experts places BlueSpice docu among the leading documentation solutions.

Thank you for the honoring!

New BlueSpice packages for advertising and ratings

We offer two new packages for BlueSpice.

1. BlueSpice [rent a link]

This is a package developed especially for public wikis, which enables you to display banner ads and directory entries in your wiki. It brings a manager for customers and banners, where you can also define campaigns with start and end date. Banner ads are displayed next to the article and can be assigned page-based. Also the rotation to show more than one banner on an article is possible. Also set direcotry entries to the articles. Those appear on an extra page, which is related to the article it belongs to. You decide, if the page is accessable by a link in the Statebar or in an extra tab on top of the article.

If you want to read more about [rent a link], visit the BlueSpice website. Or take a look at blueforge.biz, where you can see how it looks like. To watch an example for the directory entries, take a look at the BlueSpice article on blueforge.biz.

 

Example for banners in a wiki
Example for banners in a wiki

2. BlueSpice [rated comments]

With this new package, you get an star rating tool, to rate articles with up to 5 stars – like everyone knows e.g. from Amazon. In addition to the rating feature, the package enables the users to write comments and recensions, discuss contents and topics and exchange experiences.

Read more about [rated comments] on the BlueSpice website. An example can be found at blueforge.biz. Take a look at the article about “Gimp“. You can see the average rating and the number of evaluations next to the article title. Go to the bottom of the article to read the comments and to see how [rated comments] works.

Rate and comment articles
Rate and comment articles

Stable Release: BlueSpice 2.22.0 – go get it now!

Now you can download the long awaited BlueSpice Version 2 on Sourceforge.net!

New Features

  • Avatars: Show autogenerated images for users.
  • Checklist: Provides Checklist functionality
  • Dashboard: A lot of relevant information at a glance
  • Flexiskin: Skin your wiki
  • Notification: Improved messaging
  • Readers: See all readers of a page
  • Skin: Completely reworked skin
Layout of BlueSpice with Navigation, Widget, Authors and Shoutbox
Skin of BlueSpice with Navigation, Widget, Authors and Shoutbox
The new User Dashboard
The new User Dashboard
WYSIWYG and Checklists
WYSIWYG and Checklists