TWiki-6.0.1 is released, shipped through the virtual door! This is a patch release that brings a number of usability enhancements, such as drag & drop file attachments, and strengthens TWiki as an application platform. The release also fixes a number of bugs, including SecurityAlert-CVE-2014-7236 and SecurityAlert-CVE-2014-7237.
"Peter Thoeny's concept of the structured wiki has been successful in a variety of environments, most prominently Google, but many others as well. Structured wikis add data in records and grids to be added the shared pages at the foundation of a wiki. This approach, developed to its fullest extent in Twiki, the open-source project Thoeny founded, allows users to take an unstructured data first approach and add structured data as needed." ~ Dan Woods, Forbes.com
The new release can be downloaded from TWiki.org and SourceForge.net. The TWiki-VM has been updated as well, which is a virtual machine in Open Virtualization Format (OVF) for use in VMware, VirtualBox, Oracle VM and other virtualization environments.
TWiki's user base consists of millions of users on tens of thousands of installations in over 130 countries, backed by an open source community of hundreds of contributors and 65,000 twiki.org users.
The TWiki community worked hard on this release. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this release. Special kudos to Hideyo Imazu and Morgan Stanley team for making the open source TWiki scalable to very large deployments! In all, 99 people are listed in the Jerusalem Hall of Fame. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!
Here are a few feature highlights:
Drag & Drop File Attachments
TWiki has now HTML5-based file drag & drop capability. The attachment screen has a big drop zone where you can drop multiple files. This works with all HTML5 capable browsers, which includes Chrome 7+, Firefox 4+, IE 10+, Safari 6+. File attachment reverts to the old file browser interface if an older browser is used. If you use an HTML5 capable browser but prefer the old behavior, you can click on the drop zone to to open up the file browser.
The change profile picture screen has also been updated with drag & drop capability.
Improved TWiki Application Platform
TWiki-6.0 has many feature enhancements that make the Structured Wiki aspect of TWiki more accessible to your user base. The blog post How to Create a TWiki Application is a tutorial to get started. It has been updated with some of the TWiki-6.0 specific features.
For example, TWiki Forms are now auto-detected. You no longer need to declare them in a WEBFORMS setting in the WebPreferences. The form selection has been moved from the edit screen into the "more topic actions" screen to reduce the odds of a user accidentally adding/changing/removing a form.
It is now much easier to create custom forms by using the new EDITFORMFIELD variable.
The SpreadSheetPlugin has been enhanced and now offers 123 functions. The latest addition is support for list (array) variables. Noteworthy is also the support for hash variables, which you can use to store data structures for use in reports. For example, in a formatted search that queries a contact database, you can temporarily store the name, title, address and phone of contacts in hash variables, and then display the data in any format to want. A single search to retrieve and store content performs much better than multiple formatted searches.
Want to create applications with social media features? TWiki has now a number of User Reports available to show user data in various formats.
These are just a few of the features that make TWiki a better application platform.
More Feature Highlights of TWiki-6.0.0 and TWiki-6.0.1
Word of mouth is an effective way to spread TWiki - we appreciate your help tremendously! More exposure means more contributions, and a better system! Please spread the word in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs etc. You can point your connections to this blog post at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Blog/BlogEntry201410x1 - short link http://bit.ly/twRel601
Sample tweet you could use:
New TWiki-6.0.1 released for enterprise collaboration & apps: Get. Work. Done. http://bit.ly/twRel601 #socbiz #enterprise #wiki