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BlueSpice Release 2.23.2 – ImageMapEdit, WikiCategoryTag, EmbedVideo, MediaWiki Visual Editor, Semantic MediaWiki and even more

We released BlueSpice 2.23.2 – a minor and maintenance release. This is the first release of BlueSpice with the new “BlueSpice pro” subscription. Of course the free version “BlueSpice free” is still available on sourceforge.

BlueSpice free 2.23.2

BlueSpice free is the free wiki version of BlueSpice that can be downloaded at sourceforge.
Notable new features in BlueSpice free 2.23.2:

  • Update of notification system
  • Improved logging of actions, e.g. assign responsibility or changes in rights setup
  • Added ImageMapEdit: create image maps very easy by using the dialogue provided at the meta page of an image
  • BlueSpice is now compatible with MediaWiki’s VisualEditor
  • Bugfixes

BlueSpice pro 2.23.2

BlueSpice pro is a subscription that contains patches and updates of provided functions, continious expanding of the functions (for Standard and Premium subscriptions) and professional product support.
Notable new features in BlueSpice pro 2.23.2:

  • All features and changes like in BlueSpice free
  • Integration of Semantic MediaWiki and BlueSpice e.g. enable Semantic in the namespace manager
  • Integration of ServiceCenter: add search portals to the wiki; enable/disable category check functionality in the namespace manager
  • Bookmaker new feature: create “own books” (personal books are stored as a subpage of the user page)
  • Rating: Implemented grid filters to special page “rating”
  • Bugfixes

Please read detailed release notes for BlueSpice free and BlueSpice pro in our helpdesk.

Security release 2.23.1.1, and how to report vulnerabilities

Yesterday, we published the security release BlueSpice 2.23.1.1. Community user Frederic Mohr had reported a severe cross-site-scripting vulnerability with the Shoutbox, where arbitrary JavaScript code could be inserted in the box and would be executed on each page load. The fix he provided contains a minor change in the input handling. The new release fixes this vulnerability. There’s also a patch available for BlueSpice 2.23.1. The monthly release also contains the patch. Downloads and patches can be found at Sourceforge.

We highly recommend to update or patch your existing BlueSpice installations.

I want to thank Frederic for his support! And I’d like to take this chance to sketch out how we handle vulnerability reports. Usually, bugs are reported in our public forum. However, reporting a security related issue also means publishing the vulnerability right away, without giving us the chance to patch the software. Because of this, I ask you to report security issues directly to me by email: glaser@hallowelt.com. If possible, please encrypt the actual description of the vulnerability with GPG. My public key can be found on the MIT keyserver. We will then contact you, verify the vulnerability and provide a patch. After the patch is released, we will request a CVE number to have this properly documented. Of course, credits for finding the vulnerability go to the person that reported it.

BlueSpice 2.23.1 – Patch Release for the Free Enterprise MediaWiki

Today we released BlueSpice 2.23.1 on sourceforge. This is a patch release which you can download on sourceforge.net.

However we focused on bugfixing there are also some notable new features:

  • Database: added experimental SQLite compatibility
  • ExtensionInfo: Added link to Mediawiki version page
  • Shoutbox: mentions of users with @ now possible and with ajax autocomplete
  • SmartList: Added mode “whatlinkshere”

In the BlueSpice helpdesk you will find detailed release notes as well as the installation manual and update manual.

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 2: The new version coming up later this year!

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

Roadmap: Ideas for the New Version!

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.

We need your help. Share your ideas with us!

Download BlueSpice 1.21.0 Minor Release

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Date: 2013-06-12 This is a minor release (rev 9693).

  • Added support for MediaWiki 1.21
  • Improved MediaWiki Skin support
  • Fixed a lot of bugs

Changes since BlueSpice Core 1.20 / BlueSpice for MediaWiki 1.20

BlueSpice Framework (Core/Adapter)

  • Supported MediaWiki verions are 1.19-1.21
  • Validator: Implemented workaround for PHP bug (https://bugs.php.net/51192) – This affects PHP 5.3.2 (eg. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS)
  • Fixed restriction on specialpages
  • Fixed error when BsMailer::send() was called with just a e-mail address string
  • Removed BsHTmlTidy class
  • Removed Minifier
  • Added i18n for TagErrorList
  • TagFinder: Fixed bug with non-well-formed XML
  • Removed “BlueSpiceFramework.js” from resourceloader module to avoid double loading.
  • Added option for preferences => NO_DEFAULT (usersettings-only options can be marked with it)
  • Added HTMLFormField to provide the possibility, to render images in Preferences
  • Fixed PageContentProvider that caused an “oldid” parameter not to be evaluated
  • Fixed output of URLs in anchor tags

Detailed ChangeLog you will find on our BlueSpice helpdesk.

Starting download BlueSpice 1.21.0 from sourceforge.net.

BlueSpice 1.20.1 (patch release) ready for download

Release date: 2013-01-17 This is a minor release (rev 8207).

Main Changes:

  • Install check: Updated installcheck.php
  • Search: Layout improved
  • Search: „search all namespaces“ is now working
  • Search: new Office formats are going to be indexed
  • InsertLink: Selected WikiText shows up in description field (instead of page link field)
  • MailChanges: Fixed MWException in newer MediaWiki versions
  • VisualEditor: Can be deactivated vor single namespaces
  • Skin: Improvements concerning skin, red links, section editing and in the Gallery-Tag.

Detailed changelog you will find on our BlueSpice helpdesk.
Starting download BlueSpice 1.20.1 from sourceforge.net.