BlueSpice mobile – Use MediaWiki on your mobile device

Right now we check our new app for MediaWiki distribution BlueSpice. The first sneak preview is available now.





View, edit and manage your BlueSpice MediaWiki enterprise distribution from your mobile device. BlueSpice mobile will support Android, iOS, Blackberry, WindowsPhone, WebOS and Symbian operating systems.

BlueSpice Mobile will start in March. Another release, optimized for other MediaWiki distributions, will be provided shortly. Check into the BlueSpice website  at the beginning of March to download your BlueSpice mobile!


Visit BlueSpice at Cebit 2012

From 6th to 10th of march BlueSpice for MediaWiki will attend the CeBIT (Hannover, Germany) again. CeBIT is the largest international trade fair for the digital industry.

The visitors get a demonstration of the brand-new BlueSpice 1.1 release with some innovations:

  • the free MediaWiki distibution BlueSpice will be available in a virtual machine,
  • the performance is tuned,
  • BlueSpice supports PostgreSQL and Oracle database,
  • the cache control has also been improved,
  • the free distribution offers some new extensions e.g. you can add categories in the reading mode,
  • code quality has been improved and many bugs are fixed.

Further on we offer new software packages:

  • Mobile: retrieve content from a BlueSpice wiki with your smartphone.
  • Teamwork:  professional authorization and workflow functions.
  • Bookmaker: export functions, wiki sites can be exported entirely (as PDF book) or partly as PDF brochure in the corporate design.
  • SharePoint Connect: linking SharePoint documents in MediaWiki, integration of MediaWiki in SharePoint, central authentification, search in wiki pages.

And: maintainance, support, trainings and installation are now available as individual moduls!

We’re looking forward to welcome you at our stand at the Webciety Area 🙂

More than 3000 downloads of “BlueSpice for MediaWiki” – we ask you for a testimonial!

The year 2011 is coming to an end, the year in which we released our Open Source Enterprise wiki “BlueSpice”. We are proud and pleased about the numerous feedbacks and reviews. Since the summer we have already published a new release of the software and we are continuing to improve and advance BlueSpice.

Robert, Stephan and Tobi at work.Beyond our technical work, we established a new BlueSpice Website and we are now offering several solution packages for businesses and public domain customers. We have also started to establish an extensive partner programfor the numerous IT consultancies, integrators and other companies that have started to benefit from BlueSpice’s compelling value proposition.

BlueSpice has been downloaded more than 3000 times so far.We are very proud and thankful to all users that have joined the BlueSpice community and support the project.

Help us to spread the word about “BlueSpice”. How are you using “BlueSpice”? What is has your experience using BlueSpice been? Send us your testimonial! With our online form on it takes you only 2 minutes and is very helpful to us.

The Official Website is online!

BlueSpice Website 2011

We have published the official BlueSpice websitelast Friday 🙂 All important information about the project, about packages and the community is now available at a single place. We hope, you like this webpage too. What are you missing? Send us your feedback. And maybe you can help us announcing the new website in the social web? Please let the people know that BlueSpice exists. In advance thank you for your help and your valuable commitment. We wish you a great and productive week!

Pimp your MediaWiki: upload and insert image

How to upload and insert images in BlueSpice for MediaWiki? Have a look at our Tutorial. Here you can see how it works:


1. Insert image by using WYSIWYG editor

1.1 Press edit, change to WYSIWYG editor and use the insert image tool.

1.2 To insert an image, pick an image from the library panel on the left-hand side. You can use the filter function to look for a special image. Select the file you want to insert into the wiki article.

1.3 One the right-hand side you will find details. Underneath adjustment you can set the position of an image in the text (none, left, center, right). Also you can change image size and add alternative text (legend) on the top of the insert image window. Click ok.

1.4 Then you will see the image in WYSIWYG. Click save page.

2. Insert image as thumbnail

2.1 Follow steps 1.1 to 1.3 onward.

2.2 Choose preview picture in decoration opportunities (none, preview picture, frame, border). Click ok.

2.3 Click save page.

 3. Have a look at Wikicode view, upload and insert image

2.1 Press edit. If there is an image in the article, you will see the image code in the Wikicode view.  For example [[Image:example.jpg|200px|left|thumb|BlueSpice]]

2.2 Use the insert image tool. You will find it in the WYSIWYG view as well as in the Wikicode view.

2.3 On the right-hand side you will find the uploader. Browse and select your favorite file. If necessary you can change the files’s target name or further information on the file. Click on upload file.

2.4 To insert the image, pick the image from the library panel on the left-hand side. Select the image you want to insert into the wiki article. Add adjustment, decoration, image size and alternative text. Click ok. Then save page.

Pimp your MediaWiki: upload and insert file with BlueSpice

How to upload and insert files in BlueSpice for MediaWiki? Have a look at our Tutorial. Here you can see how it works:

1. Upload and insert file by using WYSIWYG editor

1.1 Press edit, change to WYSIWYG editor and use the insert file tool.

1.2 Click on upload, browse and select your favorite file. If necessary you can change the files’s target name. Click on upload file.

1.3 To insert the file, pick the file from the library panel on the left-hand side. Select the file you want to insert into the wiki article. Click ok.

1.4 You will see the file link in WYSIWYG. To change the description, use the Wikicode view. There you see a file link that looks like this: [[Media:filename.pdf]]. To add a different name, use  [[Media:filename.pdf|example]]. Click save page. Then the file description is shown as “example”. When you click on the link you get to the document.

2. Upload and insert file via upload file tool

2.1 Use the widget bar to go to the toolbox. Click on upload file.

2.2 On the top of the page you will find the first steps description. Underneath you will find the upload interface link and some information on the file formats that you’re allowed to upload.

2.3 Browse and select your favorite file. If necessary you can change the files’s target name or further information on the file. Click on upload file.

2.4 Go to the page where you want to insert the file. Click on edit.

2.5 Even if you are in the Wikicode view you can use the Upload and Insert File tool. Click on insert file. Look for your uploaded file on the left-hand side. To find it faster you can use the filter function on the top. Found it? Click on the file and then click ok.

2.6 To change the description, follow steps 1.4 onward.

BlueSpice 1.0.1 released

Today we published a new release of BlueSpice for MediaWiki. You can now download it at Sourceforge!

The most important changes are:

  • MediaWiki 1.17 is now supported,
  • BlueSpice works with public wikis (no read restriction for anonymous users),
  • RSS feeds now have token authentication (you can use them with Outlook even when read access is generally restricted),
  • Added PageTemplates option to enforce a given target namespace,
  • Review works with flagged revs,
  • Removed version specific “common” folder in bluespice-skin.

But you can read the complete release notes below.

Thanks all for your help and encouragement 🙂 Continue Reading

We will switch the blog language!

There’s a simple truth: BlueSpice is already used in more than 50 countries. That’s why from now on we will communicate about the project in the language of the “global village”.

It is not only this project blog which will switch language soon: We are already offering an English-speaking twitter page, and last but not least the BlueSpice website will be in both English and German. English-language product documentation will follow soon, too – with your help? Join the BlueSpice community and help your fellow Web citizens to enjoy the numerous advantages that BlueSpice has in your own country’s language!

For German users: German news and information will still be available. Communicate with us on the Facebook fan page and stay in touch via the Hallo Welt twitter page.

BlueSpice for MediaWiki getestet von Linux-Magazin

Das Linux Magazin hat BlueSpice for MediaWiki, gleich nach dem Erscheinen der Stable von BlueSpice am 4. Juli 2011,  getestet. Das Fazit: “gut gewürzt”.  An dieser Stelle vielen Dank an das Linux-Magazin für das intensive “Unter-die-Lupe-nehmen” und den ausführlichen Bericht. Besonders gefreut hat uns natürlich das Lob. Es bestätigt uns, dass wir mit BlueSpice wohl den richtigen Nerv eines Business-MediaWikis getroffen haben. Aber auch für die konstruktiven Anregungen sind wird dankbar und werden sie uns zu Herzen nehmen.

Neben den Anregungen des Magazins bezüglich Installationsanleitung (das Helpdesk wurde bereits verlinkt) und Adminoberfläche, sind weitere Verbesserung geplant. Schwerpunkt zur Veröffentlichung von BlueSpice 1.0.1 ist derzeit die Kompatibilität zu MediaWiki 1.17, sowie weitere Bug fixes und vor allem die Optimierung der Performanz.

Bald wird es auch eine (englischsprachige) BlueSpice Website geben, auf der sämtliche Informationskanäle zusammenlaufen. Unsere Facebook-Fanpage wird hauptsächlich für deutsche Fans da sein.
Der Download von BlueSpice läuft vorerst weiterhin über SourceForge.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen des Tests von BlueSpice for MediaWiki 1.0 (stable):
Man nehme ein etwas fades MediaWiki, vermische es mit einem geheimnisvollen blauen Pulver, gebe eine Prise frische Module dazu und erhitze alles gleichmäßig auf die ideale Tomcat-Temperatur. Ein Regensburger Unternehmen bereitet der Wiki-Fangemeinde ein besonderes Mahl – es ist angerichtet. Den ganzen Artikel lesen…