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Me The Geek » Blog Archive » OpenGoo Alpha 0.1 available!
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03 Jul

OpenGoo Alpha 0.1 available!


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The first OpenGoo release, alpha 0.1, is available!

What is OpenGoo

OpenGoo intends to build an Open Source (OS) Web Office, mashing-up existing OS projects. The final goal is to make available a product like Google Apps (the current leader in the Web Office segment), but releasing all of the code, so anyone can install it on its own server, and modify it.

What made the release

Alpha 0.1 is a very simple release, aiming to kick start community development rather than the final user, although it has all of activeCollab 0.7.1 functionality. It extends activeCollab file management, adding the following (stub) functions:

  • ‘Add Document’
  • ‘Add Spreadsheet’
  • ‘Add Presentation’

The file index is also modified, to shorten the height of each line (representing a file). This aims to make the file index look more like Google Docs. Motivation for this change is an UI improvement; since shorter lines means more files shown per page.

It also introduces:

What next

Next release should have further developed:

  • File management
  • FCKEditor document creation and edition
  • Spreadsheet creation and edition

We are also looking for a volunteer to develop a S5 editor. First version does not need to be more than a proof of concept. Here is an example of what is needed. Sadly, it seems the author abandoned the project (and did not release the code).

Desired future functionalities are:

  • FCKEditor <-> ODF importing and exporting functions.
  • Spreadsheet <-> ODS importing and exporting functions.
  • Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation templates editor (a single unified editor would be nice)

Any other suggestions?

Developers

We are actively seeking developers for OpenGoo. Currently, it is being developed by a team of students at the Engineering Faculty of Universidad de la República with the help of professors Eduardo Fernandez and Tomás Laurenzo, and myself. We also have received great advice and comments from the community at the forum.

Screenshots

These are some sample screen shots of the App:

Dashboard - just like activeCollab
Dashboard - just like activeCollab

File manager - work in progress
File Manager - work in progress

New Document - with FCKEditor
New Document - with FCKEditor

New Spreadsheet - with TrimSpreadsheet
New Spreadsheet - with TrimSpreadsheet

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2 Responses to “OpenGoo Alpha 0.1 available!”

  1. 1
    heiny Says:

    hi,

    I thought it was about time something came out of activeCollab once it changes its licence system…

    I wanted to ask if you can use the new File editing system to create a file with multiple users… I wouldn’t mind doing it successive … one after the other …

    that would already be a great improvement..
    the rest I will look up at the OpenGoo forums, cheers
    thanks a lot

  2. 2
    conradov Says:

    Hello Heiny.

    Yes, the file editing system focus is on collaboration, so multiple users is a must. On a following milestone, concurrent users “a la Google Docs” will be done. But it is not production ready yet.

    For activeCollab, I am looking forward for version 1.0, and for more openness from Ilija’s part so that we can keep both projects aligned.

    OpenGoo creation is not about forking activeCollab. It could be done if necessary, but that is not the intention. One of our funding principles is to always look for joining forces, not dividing. That is what the Open Source community is about.

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