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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.
This release features finding and merging duplicate contacts (de-duping), event price sets, employer fields in profiles, improved admin control panel, RSS feeds for events, the...Read more
We are making pretty good progress towards a 1.8 beta release. A late breaking forum post revealed some bugs with the sql upgrade script. Once we are done with testing that issue, we should be pretty close to announcing a beta candidate for 1.8.
Overall things are looking pretty good with this release. We do think that having more people download and test the beta will allow us to have a quality final release. We are pleased with the quality of the 1.7...Read more
Reporting is a complex issue. To make life easier we decide to support an open source reporting package BIRT from Eclipse. BIRT is definitely quite an impressive package with a great feature set and we are quite glad to have chosen it.
The Eclipse project has a coordinated release. They recently released Eclipse 3.3 / BIRT 2.2. Since we had not yet shipped CiviCRM v1.8 we decided to ensure that our reports works with the latest version of Eclipse and in line with our project goals only support...Read more
For the last six months, I've been working on a system called CiviVoter, which is a component of CiviCRM that manages a voter file (the kind you get from your local registrar of voters here in the US) and imports it into CiviCRM. Besides doing the obvious -- manage voter records as contacts -- the component implements an API for doing what political campaigns world-wide do with a voter list: dividing it up between their volunteers, and calling the voters on the phone ("phone banking") or meeting the voters face-to-face by going door to door ("foot canvassing", "door knocking" or just...Read more
We've had Deepak and Manish from India and Michal from Poland visiting San Francisco. We've been thinking about the various things we need to accomplish for 2.0 and having a few design / schema meetings. We'll be blogging in detail about various sub-projects over the next few weeks.
The feature set for 2.0 is on our wiki. This is an initial feature list and is subject to change (all usual disclaimers apply). We dont expect 2.0 to have a lot of new features, but more to set the stage for some larger changes...Read more
In the past few weeks a few events have occured that make us proud of CiviCRM and the community around it. It has also been a good learning experience for some of us. As a growing project, we are glad that to have such a open, supportive community around us.
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.
After publishing the first alpha release and announcing that the sandbox is up a week ago we started to receive the first stream of 1.8-specific bugs, which we started resolving right away. We hope to get the number of...Read more