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Monday, July 30, 2012

OpenMeeting - Lovely announcement from Apache

Just got this good news from Apache. Not it will be more fruitful to use openmeeting for online meetings and conferences.
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We are happy to announce Version 2.0 of Apache OpenMeetings [Incubating]!

This is our first release as Apache project and there have been major changes almost everywhere in the application.
Restyled UI The UI has been refactored to have a common look and feel. Additionally most of the icons are now loaded at runtime. That means you can change colors and icons at runtime without changing the source code. More info:http://incubator.apache.org/openmeetings/themes-and-branding.html
New Calendar The calendar was completely refactored and got a new UI that was built from scratch that also adds some new functions. For example it is possible now to password protect invitations sent via the calendar. Further the timezone handling has been refactored and there is now also a SOAP/REST API to handle calendar Events ( http://incubator.apache.org/openmeetings/SoapRestAPI.html )
Integration with Asterisk The application contains now modules to directly integrate OpenMeetings with Asterisk for SIP/VoIP integration. It enables you to dial in as well as dial out of conference room to SIP or landlane phones. More info:http://incubator.apache.org/openmeetings/voip-sip-integration.html
Install/Backup/Import via command line Additionally to the Web-Interface you can now do all basic operations via the console. Just cd to your OpenMeetings installation directory and type “admin” and you will see all the options available (OpenMeetings service should be shut down while doing those operations)
Using SWF10 for Video Components All audio/video related components now use SWF10 for broadcasting and receiving audio and video signals. That makes it possible to use for example the echo cancellation feature build in the SWF10 Flash Player.
There are a lot more improvements for example to recording, screen sharing and new layout options. To see the full list please review our Release Notes for Version 2.0: https://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?projectId=12312720&version=12319197
There are also new Integration Plugins available!
Integration into Atlassian Jira There is a plugin in our SVN that will be released soon for integration with Atlassian Jira, you can watch a demo here: https://blogs.apache.org/openmeetings/entry/jira_integration_apache_openmeetings_demo
Integration into Atlassian Confluence Same for Atlassian Confluence Wiki, you can watch a demo here:https://blogs.apache.org/openmeetings/entry/demo_video_about_upcoming_atlassian
Important Changes OpenOffice service does not need any more to be started. But you have to set the path to OpenOffice (or LibreOffice) and JODConverter tools in OpenMeetings configuration. OpenMeetings (and JODConverter) will start and stop the OpenOffice service when they need it.
Upgrading from Version 1.9 or prior To update from an old version of OpenMeetings to 2.x you should use the integrated Backup and Import tool that exists since around Version 1.3. You should follow our documentation, see:http://incubator.apache.org/openmeetings/Upgrade.html

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