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Blog posts for February 2010

10 ways XOffice improves your XWiki experience

XWiki Office or XOffice for short is a XWiki.org project that integrates Microsoft Office with XWiki, by:

  • Bringing the XWiki addon to Microsoft Office
  • Enabling the Microsoft Office power editing and rich content creation for XWiki
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There are many reasons why you should use XOffice. I've bundled a list of my favorites and put it into a blog post to whet your appetite:



      1. Using the software you are accustomed to

If you are anything like me you enjoy editing text from the browser, but you'd rather be working from the editor you have grown accustomed to. XOffice helps you contribute to the wiki straight from your Microsoft Word editor.

2. Working offline

You find yourself with no internet access, but you'd still like to be able to contribute to your wiki. Provided you are using XOffice you can do all the writing offline from Microsoft Office and later get your work on the wiki with a few clicks.

3. Easy wiki navigation

Going from one page in your wiki to another has never been easier. The Wiki Explorer displays spaces, pages and attached files in a tree fashion on the right side of your screen.

4. Simple page editing

To edit a page all you have to do is right click on the page name in the Wiki Explorer and select "Edit this page".

5. Downloading Attachments

You can download attachments straight from the Wiki Explorer. Any attachment in your wiki is a few clicks away.

6. Text editing

To make use of all the benefits of text editing on the wiki you need to enable the toolbar features. When using Microsoft Word you already have access to all the text editing tools you need. Change the text to your liking and click "Publish document".

7. Reviewing content

Microsoft Word helps you save time by providing you with all the tools that help you deliver good quality content, be it a matter of spelling, grammar, research, translations, etc. Once you have reviewed your content click "Publish document" and the reviewed text will be shown on your wiki. 

8. Find & Replace text

This is a useful feature, especially when you are editing large documents.

9. Image editing

With Microsoft Word and XOffice you can now perform image editing and immediately see the changes on your wiki. You don't need to use additional image editing tools. This also saves you the effort of attaching the image more than once. After you have attached the image the first time it is enough to click "Publish document" after you have modified it and all the changes will be reflected on your wiki.

10. Adding shapes, equations and much more

But don't take our word for it. You may download XOffice and test it yourself. We'd love to hear your feedback. We would also appreciate any suggestions on how we can make XOffice an even better tool to match your needs.

XWiki.com vs XWiki.org

Vincent Massol participated in Paris JUG (Java User Group), last Tuesday. Here is his presentation about the coexistence of an open source project and a business entity:

XWiki Enterprise 2.2 is out

We are happy to introduce the latest version of XWiki Enterprise, our professional Open Source wiki. XWiki Enterprise 2.2 includes a lot of User Interface improvements. The following is a quick tour of the biggest changes.

New Profile & WatchList UI

Our redesigned profile, with the new tab based display, allows you to:

  • Modify your profile details
  • Set your profile preferences
  • Manage your watchlist

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To accommodate these changes we: 

  • Use inline-based editing for modifying profile details
  • Converted to XWiki Syntax 2.0
  • Modified the Administrator menu.

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New Registration page

On the newly improved registration page:

  • Captchas can now be displayed for spam prevention
  • All fields are checked as the user types
  • After the registration all you have to do is click "Login" and you may start using your account

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New XAR Import UI

The XAR import interface has been completely revamped.

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UI for Deleted documents & attachments

Two new tabs have been introduced in the wiki's Document Index:

  • Deleted Documents
  • Deleted Attachments

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New Menu in Edit mode

The different edition modes that used to be in a separate Panel are now in a new edit menu.

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Comments UI improvements

You can now preview comments before submitting them.

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There is also the possibility to edit your comments at a later time.

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XWiki Enterprise brings many other improvements worth mentioning. Since all these won't fit in the space of a blog post, we recommend you check out the Release Notes and download XWiki Enterprise 2.2 to see for yourself all the new cool things it has to offer.

The XWiki Team at FOSDEM'10

FOSDEM is a free, non-commercial event held in Brussels, Belgium on the 5th and 6th of February 2010 and organized by the Open Source community. Its main goal is to provide Free Software and Open Source developers and communities a place to meet to:

  • get in touch with other fellow developers;
  • stay up to date with the latest developments practices in the Free Software and Open Source world;
  • attend talks and presentations held by Free Software and Open Source project leaders and committers; 
  • promote Free Software and Open Source solutions.

The XWiki team was there to spread the word about XWiki, meet fellow Open Source developers and attend many of the DevRooms, talks and presentations organized by the community.

Here are some photos from FOSDEM'10. Enjoy!