OpenGuides News Archive

Note: only releases with major improvements are mentioned here. For a full release history, please see the release notes.

June 19, 2016

After three years of failing to update this website, we’ve finally moved it to GitHub Pages to make it easier to keep current.

Eleven versions of OpenGuides have been released since our last news report here. Changes include:

March 17, 2013

Version 0.71 of OpenGuides was released yesterday. The main user-visible change is that category/locale index maps now have the scale superimposed on the map. There are also several Debian-related fixes to the tests and the install process.

In addition, the OpenGuides code repository has been moved from svn to github.

August 27, 2012

Version 0.70 of OpenGuides was released yesterday. The changes include an upgrade to version 0.4 of the Leaflet mapping library; this was done in order to allow use of Pavel Shramov's Leaflet plugins (in particular, the Google satellite view plugin used on the Completists' Guide to Croydon).

The other main changes are to do with formatting and display of node content. External links are now given a class of "external", rather than being formatted with hardcoded square brackets. New elements are allowed in page content: span, dl, dt, and dd. Finally, a new macro has been added — @INDEX_LIST_NO_PREFIX — which gives a list of things in a given category or locale but leaves off the "Category" or "Locale" prefix for any subcategories/sublocales in that list.

July 11, 2012

Version 0.69 of OpenGuides was released on the weekend, with changes focusing on the administrative "missing metadata" tool. New metadata types have been added to the missing metadata search form, allowing people to search for pages with, for example, no associated image. In addition, these search results can now be viewed on a map as an extra option to the previous "list" view.

Under-the-hood changes made as part of this enhancement will also make it easier in the future for us to allow visualisation of even more types of search result on a map.

May 7, 2012

Version 0.67 of OpenGuides was released today, with several major changes and bugfixes.

We now use Leaflet as our JavaScript mapping library, with OpenStreetMap and MapQuest tiles as default. JSON output has been added or improved on several types of pages, including index pages and user preferences. A basic stylesheet is now included in the distribution, and a long-standing recent changes bug has been fixed. Finally, it's now possible to index on category and locale at the same time (so you can view e.g. a list or map of all pubs in Holborn).

April 13, 2012

Version 0.66 of OpenGuides was released yesterday by our new CPAN release manager, Bob Walker. This includes various usability fixes, new CSS hooks, and a switch to Geo::Coordinates::* modules rather than the old Geography::NationalGrid::* ones (which no longer exist on CPAN).

We now require version 2.24 of Template (for its text virtual methods, needed to create the abovementioned CSS hooks).

February 25, 2009

Version 0.64 of OpenGuides was released this week, with various small bugfixes and improvements including slightly simpler installation, plus metadata discovery, JSON support, an optional admin navbar, and host whitelisting for editing moderated nodes.

November 11, 2008

We had a hackfest in Oxford, and it was good!

Release manager Dom reports that 22 Trac tickets were closed and 6 were opened during the weekend. We also saw a few new faces, which is excellent.

August 19, 2008

Apologies for the long delay since the last bit of news here; we were doing things, honest, but because of the way the website was set up, it was a faff to update. This has now been fixed!

In other exciting news, we're having another hackfest! It'll be in Oxford this time, on Saturday 18 October and Sunday 19 October 2008. Many more details can be found on our dev wiki.

May 28, 2007

We're holding a hackfest in London on 9–10 June, focusing on bug triage and bug fixing.

May 22, 2007

OpenGuides 0.60 has now been released, with improved stylability of the “edit page” form, increased admin control over the “random page” link in the sidebar, and a new macro for providing a link to a random page in a specific category or locale.

March 25, 2007

OpenGuides 0.59 has now been released, with a number of bugfixes, plus new stylesheet hooks and template tweaks to give Guide admins more control over the appearance of their sites.

March 5, 2006

OpenGuides 0.52 has now been released. The major new feature is Google Maps support!

November 25, 2005

Please welcome the Open Guide to Milton Keynes.

November 15, 2005

OpenGuides 0.51 has now been released, with quite a number of improvements.

October 15, 2005

New module for converting OpenGuides RDF back into Perl data structures released.

October 14, 2005

Please welcome the Open Guide to Southampton.

October 7, 2005

Please welcome the Cotswolds Guide.

July 24, 2005

OpenGuides 0.49 released: numerous RDF output refinements and various minor improvements.

April 18, 2005

OpenGuides::Statistics released to let you produce nice graphs of how many nodes you have, like these ones for London.

December 21, 2004

OpenGuides 0.47 released with a number of bugfixes.

November 30, 2004

Release of OpenGuides 0.45, with new support for global geolocation.

September 26, 2004

We are pleased to announce the opening of the new Open Guide to Chester.

July 5, 2004

Earle Martin, one of our developers, recently spoke at the NotCon conference in London about OpenGuides. A recording of his talk is now available (“Geolocation” session, 20 minutes in).

June 25, 2004

OpenGuides 0.35 - to help protect your wiki from spammers, you can now delete individual historical versions of a node.

June 20, 2004

OpenGuides 0.33 - improved templates and a new search by distance feature.

May 28, 2004

The Open Guide to London gets mentioned in Business Week.

June 12, 2003

The Open Guide to London (in its earlier incarnation as "Grubstreet") was mentioned in the Guardian's "Online" section.

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