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
Main goal was bugfixing. But we also worked a lot on the visual editor and the browser compatibility of IE 8+.
On our helpdesk you will find a detailed changelog.
For installation please use installation manual of BlueSpice 2.22.0
We started with BlueSpice three years ago in October 2010. Since then, we have gradually expanded and improved the software. In the fall of 2013, we are taking the plunge and publishing a completely revised version.
The new version of BlueSpice builds on the experience we have amassed working with public company wikis and user requests and suggestions. But opening up BlueSpice for developers and vendors is also an important step. We took this into account in the planning stage by inviting our users to participate in a feature poll. The architectural changes below the surface also have this aim.
The schedule: In October 2013, both the beta and the stable versions will be launched. The good news is that most of the changes have already been done. We don´t want to let the release become a never ending story and so we decided on for a timebox approach. It´s better to have one feature less than to jeopardize the release date. Nevertheless, there is a lot of work which has to be done! Continue Reading
A little over two years ago we published the first BlueSpice version. Since that time the software was enhanced enormously. BlueSpice is used in more than 100 countries and the downloads still rise.
No reason for us to pause. This year we will take the software to a higher level. BlueSpice will better cooperate with MediaWiki and will support more languages.
But what else should be done? Which features are missing, how can we optimize the existent ones? Should we focus on improvements the usability or do we need better team management tools?
Join the discussion!
Until July 14th, 2013 we collect and discuss proposals of community members like you at the BlueSpice Feature Poll. The most important and highest rated ideas will likely be included in the next version.
Now you can download the new BlueSpice 1.20 (beta) Release on sourceforge.net.
But wait a second, 1.20?! It’s no mistake! We decided to match the BlueSpice version number with the MediaWiki version numbers. So users benefit from MediaWiki innovations.
From now on, BlueSpice versions will be named after the following rules: The number in the front refers to BlueSpice major releases. The number after the first point refers to the compatible MediaWiki version. So is there a new MediaWiki version we will harmonize BlueSpice and this will be a new BlueSpice version number. Furthermore BlueSpice 1.20 is an exception because this will be the only BlueSpice version that is backwards compatible back to MediaWiki 1.17. After this version all BlueSpice versions are only compatible to the MediaWiki version you see in the version number (BlueSpice 1.21 will be compatible only to MediaWiki 1.21).
But now let’s get to the features in BlueSpice 1.20 (beta):
There are lots of helpful features. For example improved search features like autocomplete and search-as-you-type. In many cases you will have found the article that you are looking for even before you have finished typing the search term. While typing, the wiki proposes search items. This reduces search time and you will find relevant information more quickly.
Thanks to “InsertMagic” it’s possible to insert dynamic elements e.g. tags, magic words, templates… You don’t have to look for the piece of code in special pages. Just use the button in the editor tool bar and insert the required element.
In this InsertMagic assistant you will also find the tag <bs:pageaccess groups=”” />. There you can add groups that should be allowed to view the page. So now it’s possible to assign rights for single pages.
The new search facets “limiting date ranges” to refine your search results we had to postpone to the next release. Also Extension Manager that helps you to activate oder deactivate extensions with one click, we had to postpone.
By the way, there are a lot of renewals. For example we installed a feedback form to to address more effectively the wishes of users.
And maybe you discovered some new packages on blue-spice.org. And soon there will be an update at the BlueSpice Hompage. We want to rearrange the start page.