Over the past several months, we’ve been working with OpenPublish on many client projects, and working on improvements to the distribution as we go. We are happy to bring you the beta release of OpenPublish!
Gazette: Our New, Responsive Demo Theme
The first thing you’ll notice with the new version is the very beautiful new Gazette demo theme, designed by Samantha Warren and Dave Ruse. Gazette was built upon OpenPublish’s Omega base theme and is completely responsive with support for tablet and phone breakpoints. It features a new touch friendly photo gallery built with PhotoSwipe, allowing for easier image viewing on mobile devices.
Streamlined Content Management Experiences
We’ve bundled in some of our latest improvements from the revamp of Context UI, allowing editors to manage their page layouts by selecting blocks to add/place/remove as necessary on major Section Fronts.
Also, we’ve streamlined the experience of related content creation on Articles (i.e. the associated Author) via the incorporation of References dialog.
Robust Semantic Web Capabilities
Up Next: More Apps for Publishers!
We’re working on two new apps for OpenPublish that will offer an easy way to find, install, and configure optional functionality for your OpenPublish site.
The Workflow App helps streamline the installation and default setup of Workbench functionality for OpenPublish. This empowers editors to move content through a set of configurable workflow states and surfaces lists of content you’ve edited as well as a breakdown by workflow state.
The Twitter App makes it easy for folks to leverage Twitter Pull by providing a configuration page allowing users to enter a Twitter username/hashtag and specify where the resulting block full of related tweet should appear.
Getting Involved with OpenPublish
Let us know what you think, and keep any patches coming to the issue queue. And hey, if you’ve developed functionality that you think should be in OpenPublish, (or if you’re a third party service provider interested in integrating your service or module into OpenPublish,) we would love to talk to you. Building an app that integrates your module or service with OpenPublish can bring your awesome work to the thousands of people who download OpenPublish every month. Contact us if you’re interested in seeing the functionality you’ve built or services you provide in OpenPublish.