In the months since beginning our maintainership of Open Atrium, we've learned a lot about the distribution and about the Open Atrium community. As we've said to the people who regularly ask us when a new release is coming, we'd rather do it right than do it fast.
Today, we're releasing Open Atrium 1.0. So, let's get right to what matters: what's in the release.
The first and most obvious change is an upgrade to Drupal 6.22. We've introduced jquery_update to the mix which opens up some new features to us. We also made all the necessary security upgrades, and upgraded all the modules as well as little changes for consistency in date formats and that kind of thing.
Second, we've added Atrium Reader, a feed reader for groups. Users can now integrate with external news, ticketing systems, twitter, and any other kind of RSS feed, providing helpful information to your group.
Third, we've made some new changes to Case Tracker. We added due dates, helping you sort your case tracker issues by their due date and better manage tasks for your team. And we've added a "type" filter to the case tracker filters, making it easier to find the case and task you're looking for.
Many of you asked for a "reply by email" function to be added to the Case Tracker, which brought to our attention that our documentation needed work. Most versions of Open Atrium already have what it takes to allow your users to "reply by email" but as it requires some additional setup that is unique to each site it's not as easy as enabling one of our features. So we've begun the process of reworking the documentation located at http://community.openatrium.com and encourage everyone to take a look and even participate in updating the documentation.
For those of you who want to jump right into setting up the "reply by email" functionality visit the Community Documentation for it here: http://community.openatrium.com/documentation-en/node/2286
Fourth, we've made some changes to events that we hope will be useful. We've added an "event type," so that you can distinguish between your deadlines, milestones, or other calendared events. (And of course, you can customize these types). Then, we've made the calendar color-coded by event type and created a filter box to filter by event type, so that you can filter to those specific types of events, milestones, and deadlines on your calendar as needed.
As the technical lead on Open Atrium, I'm excited to bring my experiences at World Bank using Atrium together with the possibilities we see at Phase2 with this product. I hope you'll download Open Atrium 1.0 take it for a spin, let us know what you think, and if you're a developer for Atrium, consider Features that you might contribute to this community.