Kieran Lal from CivicSpace on Demand has made 1.8 Beta along with Drupal 5.2 available for free (mailing limit restrictions apply) on the CSOD web server. This is good news indeed and helps folks evaluate Drupal 5.2 and CiviCRM 1.8 without the install hassles. For more details you can read Kieran's post on the CiviCRM forums at:
Piotr Szotkowski wrote:
I’m happy to announce that the CiviCRM 1.8 POT and PO files are generated and that the CiviCRM 1.8 area is open at our translations server.
Here's a snippet of the 1.8 beta release announcement. The complete announcement is here
We are excited to announce that our 1.8 Beta release is now available for download, as well as testing on our demo site. We rely on our dedicated users (that’s you) to install and test the beta in order to make sure we have a quality final release.
CiviCRM 1.8 is coming along nicely and we are more or less on track regarding release schedule. We plan for another alpha release early next week.
In addition to many new features in CiviCRM v1.8, we have worked on few improvements for CiviCRM Profile.
1. We have added functionality which allows people to create User Account in Drupal using CiviCRM profile. So this way, user can create customized User Registration pages without using default Drupal User Registration form.
For more details: CRM-1633
2. Another interesting feature for profile is Option to Generate Email Notifications when a profile is created or edited.
The new de-dupe functionality, introduced in CiviCRM 1.8, is configurable under Administer CiviCRM → Duplicate Contact Rules. This post describes the meaning of the fields and the way their contents impact the de-dupe search engine.
The first decision to make after going to Administer CiviCRM → Duplicate Contact Rules is which rule to edit. For CiviCRM 1.8 we decided to allow one rule per every contact type (individual, organization and household); in future versions this can be extended to arbitrary list of rules.