Last week we released a new version of OpenLucius: a lean and fast Drupal social collaboration distribution with features like: groups, social posts, messages, group chats, stories, file -and folder management, notebooks, categories, activity streams, notifications, @-mentions, comments and likes.
OpenLucius 2.0 has been in production for the last ~5 months, it's stable enough to go into beta! We also keep on improving: what we globally did since last release:
- Added new features;
- Enhanced existing features;
- Tweaked UI / Design.
All work we did was based on feedback we got internally, from our customers -and trial users. And we plan to keep it this way, so if you have ideas for new/better features: let me know!
The fastest way to explore OpenLucius is by trying it via the product site. And since a lot has changed, I though I'd make it easy on myself by just showing off with current main features -with the newest on top, here you go:
Task / Kanban Board (*Sneak peak*)
You can already try this task board, but it needs work to get it to an open source release. We plan on releasing this as an add-on contrib module:
What we really missed in previous version where @-mention, so that's now included in texts and chats, with autocomplete:
@group mention: As you can see, you can also mention everyone in current group.
Technical background: via Drupal core's CKEditor this was hard to accomplish, so we tested out other editors and came up with open source editor Summernote, a light-weight editor based on Bootstrap. It's extendable, able to facilitate inline-editing and it's also very nice that it automatically inherits theme styling (since it's not loaded via an iframe).
Also, we are building a Kanban/Scrum board with highly interactive modals and for example: inline editing of card descriptions and comments. For that we also needed a lean editor.
And last but not least: we could tweak the editor UI, making it blend with the theme smoothly.
Summernote also facilitates drag-and-drop images & texts:
Drag/drop images (*new*)
So drag-and-drop images is now available in all text editors:
It also has some great, user friendly, inline image options:
General settings (*new*)
Set global colors, homepage tabs and homepage image:
Order book pages (*new*)
You can now order book pages easily, with unlimited depth:
- Group name, with drop down for group settings.
- Group sections, with activity badges that you can turn on/off per group.
- Group activity stream, bundled per day.
Activity streams (global and per group)
Homepage with activity stream example:
- Home banner, configurable;
- Activity stream, personalised, bundled per day, per group;
- Your Groups, with link to group archive;
- Social posts, global, can also be turned off.
File -and folders management
- Hierarchical book pages;
- Order pages modal;
- Like and comment;
- Add file attachments to comments and notebooks.
Order pages easily, with unlimited depth:
Use notebooks for example for:
- Project documentation
- Web links
- Brainstorm sessions
- Onboarding information
- House rules
- Customer information
- ...whatever needs text.