DotNetNuke 6.2.0 RC
This is the first DotNetNuke release which includes capabilities from the Active Modules acquisition last year. A tremendous amount of thought and planning has gone into making the integration as seamless as possible. We have already done a significant amount of testing, but you shouldn’t be surprised if you come across a few bugs. I also need to point out that we aren’t finished with the Active Social integration. Please don’t panic if you see something missing.
One of the more critical pieces to a successful collaboration platform is the activity stream. In DotNetNuke 6.2, we have created a module and API that will allow you to easily display and create activities within your site. The Journal Module has been completely re-written to provide a more simplified and intuitive user experience. Look for more details about the Journal over next few days
User File Manager
As part of building the new Journal Module, we wanted to provide a better way for users to manage their own files within DotNetNuke. Instead of uploading a file multiple times, the Journal now allows the user to browse existing files and attach to a Journal message. The functionality in the User File Manager is limited to browsing and selecting files, but expect to see additional enhancements before the final release.
A member directory is vital to the success of any collaborative site or site that is based upon user-to-user interaction. Not only do users need to be able to find other users within a site, but they also need to filter the list based upon various types of criteria. The new Member Directory module is awesome! It provides you with easy to access templates and filter options, plus it performs extremely well. The member directory also exposes options for creating friends, adding followers and sending private messages. If you have a testing or development site with a large number of users, we would love to get your feedback on using the Member Directory module.
Messaging, similar to email, provides a mechanism for users to communicate within a site in a private manner. In most cases, messaging will be between two users, but it can also include multiple users as well. If you have used the Messaging module in DotNetNuke before, you will find this module extremely different, but in a very positive way. The new messaging module allows you to send to Social Groups (Roles) and also include attachments. You can also address messages to users with a Facebook style autocomplete.
The Social Groups module is still in the early stages of development, but by using the CTP you will be able to see the direction we are heading. We have also made some changes to Roles to better support our needs for Social Groups. Social Groups are actually quite similar in functionality to Member Directory and User Profile. You will be able to see a list of groups, create groups and have a group specific journal. Look for a blog post in the next few days that outlines more details about how to use Social Groups in the CTP.
There are a few other smaller features and enhancements included in this release, here is the list:
Tab Hierarchy Improvements
Changes to Maximum Roles
Changes to Profile Visibility
Global Input Filter
Secure User Settings