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Mar 27 2012

Google Summer of Code 2012: apply as a student for a project with XWiki!

This summer, Google is organizing the 8th edition of the Google Summer of Code program:

"Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers post-secondary student developers ages 18 and older stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund projects over a three month period."

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Having participated to GSoC since its first edition in 2005, XWiki has been accepted again as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2012.

This year we're proposing a lot of interesting projects, from Advanced Email Integration to a SOLR search component.

The student application period has just started and will last until April 6th, 19:00 UTC. 

Students interested in applying for a project with XWiki are invited to read the XWiki specific guidelines and apply on GSoC's official site.

Mar 02 2012

XWiki Features Survey - First glimpse at the results

Last month we launched a survey asking you what the features you're looking forward to having in the next XWiki release cycle (4.X) are.

After a month, it is time to have a look at the first results and trends.

Themes for the next release cycle

It seems "Ease of use" and "Quality" are both top themes, while "Social" and "Help" are less of a priority.

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Figure 1 - Themes rating chart

Features for the next release cycle

"Multipage export", "Better PDF export", "Page load time", "Search improvement" and "Organizing pages by drag and dropping" are amongst the most requested features.

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Figure 2 - Items rating chart ; click on the picture to view the full results

Once again, we would like to thank those of you who have already participated to the survey.

If you haven't filled in our survey yet, you can still do so until March 31. Just click here.

Feb 29 2012

Create an application within minutes with XWiki

XWiki is proud to introduce App Within Minutes, an application to allow non tech experts to create their own applications in the fewest steps possible!

As collaborative software makers, ease of use is one of our main concerns: the easier the tool is, the more chances it has to be adopted by many users. We have often observed creating applications is a difficult task for people without programing skills and it can become tedious for end users to always ask for the IT department's help when basic applications are needed. This is precisely what we had in mind when we decided to work on App Within Minutes.

This application allows end users, i.e. business users, to benefit from XWiki's powerful data management system and easily make/create collaborative web applications even if they don't have a developer background.

A wizard guides users through 3 successive steps :

  1. Name your application
  2. Define the structure of your application
  3. Customize the home page of your application

To show you how easy it is to create an application in a few clicks with App Within Minutes, we have made a short tutorial on how to create a "Bike Product Sheet" .

XWiki Enterprise 3.4 or higher

First of all, you need to download or upgrade your XWiki Enterprise version in order to get this feature.

In this tutorial, I'm using the lastest stable version of XWiki, (XWiki Enterprise 3.4).

Once your wiki is installed and started, log in and on the home page click on "AppWithinMinutes".

Name your application

This is the first step of the creation process. You have to provide the application name which will determine the application home page URL and the application space name. Each application is mapped to an XWiki space.

In the "Application Name" field, type "Bike product sheet", then click on the "Next Step" button.

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Define the structure of your application

In the second step, you need to define the application structure, i.e. the type of data your application will handle.

At the end of this step the wizard will create the template and the sheet that will be used to create new application entries, in this example a new product sheet for a bike.

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Customize the home page of your application

In the third and last step, you customize the way your application's home page will look like. You can choose which columns to display in the livetable. Then click "Finish".

In our example, we explain what the goal of our application is and we choose to display every bike's features.

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Use your application

Now you can try out your application! At the end of the creation process, the wizard takes you to the application's home page. This is the place where you will be able to:

  • Create a new "bike" product sheet (picture 1) thanks to a wiki page template.
  • Browse and filter your data using the livetable (picture 2).
  • Edit the application's structure and class (picture 2).

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Picture 1 - Bike product sheet template used to create the Mountain bike n°1

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Picture 2 - Application home page : livetable, new entry and class edition

We hope this App Within Minutes presentation has convinced you how easy it is to make applications and we highly encourage you to use it to create new applications yourselves.

Jan 30 2012

Survey - Help us decide what features to develop in the XWiki 4.x dev cycle

XWiki is in the process of finalizing the 3.x cycle (stay tuned for the 3.5 XWiki Enterprise release). Since the 4.x development cycle is quickly approaching, we have decided to launch a survey in order to find out which features you'd like to see included in XWiki Enterprise. All opinions will be taken into consideration in the next release cycle.

We have selected about 60 features which, we think, could be interesting to develop and have divided them by sections (development tools, ease of use, wiki management etc.). Of course, this list is not exhaustive, so please feel free to send us your ideas as well.

We would really appreciate it if you took ten minutes to fill in the questionnaire available at http://bit.ly/xvjosn.

Thanks for your time.

Oct 31 2011

XWiki Enterprise 3.2 Released - Now With User Dashboards

We're excited to announce that the newest release of XWiki Enterprise is available for download. The 3.2 release pushes forward in the directions of the Application Within Minutes and Extension Manager features. Highlights include: 

  • many extension manager improvements
  • user dashboards
  • wiki workspaces
  • storage improvements
  • easier activation and configuration of Google Analytics
  • improvements of search results scoring

Today we're going to talk about user dashboards, a new feature which takes the dashboard experience to the next level. By activating your personal dashboard in the User Profile you can now easily organize the dashboard to your particular needs, with no implications to other wiki users.

To achieve this click on your user name in the top right corner of the page, click on the "My dashboard" tab, edit the dashboard according to your preferences and save your changes.

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You can also choose to display your personal dashboard on the wiki WebHome...

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... while other users will still see the default wiki dashboard.

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Make sure you read the release notes for the complete list of features and improvements introduced in XWiki Enterprise 3.2.

New to XWiki? Click here to discover its features or try it today in the cloud!

Sep 12 2011

Safely migrating from other wikis to XWiki: it's possible!

A wiki often starts as a small project and as the project matures there is a growing need for more complex features and additional flexibility. While the wiki you are using may be suitable for a small project, faced with this new challenge often it is a good idea to opt for a new solution that can accommodate your growing collaboration needs. But how do you migrate content safely to a different wiki without having to start everything from scratch?

When choosing to migrate to XWiki you have nothing to worry about. For example if you're already using MediaWiki (the platform behind Wikipedia) and want to migrate to XWiki, our team already has a formal process set up to do this. Several in-place programs allow you to import data that you have exported from MediaWiki to XWiki.

Running this migration usually requires four steps:

  1. Exporting the data from Mediawiki;
  2. Converting pages to XWiki 2.0 Syntax (XWiki and Mediawiki don't share the same syntax)
  3. Downloading images and attachments from Mediawiki;
  4. Importing all the content to XWiki and recreating the original architecture.

This migration may have some limitations, but can be easily done with the help of our developers. A successful migration will often require a "customized" process, depending on the particularities of your project.

The same type of work can be performed when migrating from other wiki-based solutions. Our developers have been working for a few months on an universal prototype of importer / exporter and when this is finished the migration process will be even easier.

By choosing XWiki you'll be working on the next generation wiki, a collaborative solution that's easier to user and more organized. For more information about our solutions and the migration process contact us and we'll be happy to provide additional information.

Jun 30 2011

XWiki SAS announces a new pricing for XWiki Cloud

XWiki SAS announces the introduction of new pricing plans for XWiki Cloud, its newest offer.

XWiki Cloud is an XWiki SAS's "all-in-one" offer for anyone who wishes to quickly and simply deploy a wiki that responds to business needs, while enjoying total freedom (Open Cloud).

It was launched in Beta 4 months ago and since then more than 300 testers have been using it. In order to encourage collaboration and meet the varying usage needs of companies of different sizes, we have introduced a new pricing model, based on volume discounts and the number of users. 

Apr 18 2011

XWiki Open Source 3.0 Released

We are happy to talk to you today about the XWiki Open Source 3.0 release. A lot of new features have been added to your favorite wiki. To name a few:

  • User status
  • Visual editor for the dashboard
  • Gallery macro and office presentation viewer
  • PDF export improvements
  • A redesign of the administration application
  • Administration section for the WYSIWYG editor
  • A new interface for changing a user's avatar
  • Live suggestions for search
  • Color theme improvements

User Status

The user status allows you to easily share information with other people across the wiki. You get to decide whether you share status updates with everyone, your followers or only with a selected user or group. Want to ask your team's opinion about a project you've been working on? Nothing easier! Just type in your status, select Group from the Visible to dropdown, type in your group's name (e.g. Marketing) and click share. The user status also provides a great way to see what other people are saying. You don't need to check what everyone's sharing. Instead you can follow users and make sure you only see those updates that are relevant to you.

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Visual Editor for the Dashboard

Ever thought about changing a dashboard but didn't really know where to start? With the new visual editor each element on your wiki dashboard represents a gadget, making the dashboard fully customizable. By editing the page inline you can easily add more columns to your dashboard and add or remove gadgets to your liking. You can move things around the dashboard simply by dragging a gadget from its current place and dropping it in the new location. You can also edit the individual gadgets. So for example if you are displaying an RSS feed, you can customize it so that you only see the most recent item or 10 of the most recent items. Similarly you can choose to see full posts or just their titles. It's up to you how you customize the gadgets on your dashboard. This new feature can be used to create and modify wiki dashboards, including for the wiki homepage and space home.

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Gallery macro and office presentation viewer

Previous XWiki releases already allowed you to view images and office presentations inside wiki pages. The new Gallery Macro helps you create galleries where images are displayed using a slide-show view. What's more, you can use this macro to display slides in an office presentation.

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A redesign of the administration application

The administration application has been redesigned and comes with a new layout and new icons.

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Administration section for the WYSIWYG editor

The WYSIWYG content editor can now be easily configured from the wiki administration. This option is available in the WYSIWYG Editor section under the Applications menu.

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Live suggestions for search

The 3.0 release introduces the search suggest feature for the search box. The proposed suggestions come from sources that you can configure from the Administration UI.

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Much more

Check out the release notes or better yet download XWiki Open Source to learn about all the other features, including the new interface for changing a user's avatar and improvements brought to the PDF exporter and Color Themes.

Apr 04 2011

Top 10 Features Not To Miss In The XWiki Open Source 2.x Cycle

The XWiki Enterprise 2.x cycle has introduced an amazing array of new features. Today we want to outline ten of the top features the XWiki community has developed during this cycle.

Colibri Skin

XWiki 2.0 introduced a new, lightweight, easily customizable skin.

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Color Theme Editor

The new editor allows fast and easy modifications of the look and feel of the wiki.

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New Profile UI

The user information is better displayed. The user settings and the watchlist can be easily managed. You can also stay up to date with a user's activity straight from the profile.

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New Search Interface

The default search page UI has been improved.

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Annotations

The annotations feature allows users to annotate text in an XWiki document. 

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Activity Stream

The "Recent Changes" section from the Dashboard has been renamed to "Recent Activity". The feature comes with a new UI and supports more events, including annotations and comments.

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Invitation Manager Application

The Invitation Manager application allows users to send emails, inviting friends and colleagues to join a wiki.

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Template Based Page Creation

Users and applications can now provide documents that can be used as templates when creating new pages. 

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Office Preview

XWiki supports viewing attached office documents. All you have to do is click on the eye icon corresponding to the attachment you want to preview.

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Share Page by Email

XWiki Enterprise 2.6 introduced the possibility for users to share pages by email.

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For more information on the above features make sure you visit the dedicated page on xwiki.org. To download XWiki Open Source visit this page.

Mar 30 2011

How To Get Started With XWiki Cloud

By now you may have already heard about our newest offer, XWiki Cloud

In short XWiki Cloud brings XWiki's most valuable features and applications, such as the XWiki office importer, advanced macros, activity stream and an outstanding skin, together in a close-knit package tailored for the enterprise use. 

The following is a presentation that will guide you through the first steps necessary to create your own wiki and start using it.