JAMWiki 1.1 Released

After more than seven months of development the action-packed JAMWiki 1.1 release (code name "My Dog Pancho") is now available for download. This release is a major release that contains significant new features as well as bug fixes and enhancements including:

* Improved spam & problem user handling. Sites that face attacks from spambots and problematic users now have the option of enabling reCAPTCHA for combatting spambots on the account creation and edit pages, and JAMWiki now also includes a spam honeypot to catch some bot spam. Additionally, support has been added for temporarily or permanently blocking users and IP addresses from editing the wiki as a way of combating problem contributors.
* Search enhancements. JAMWiki has upgraded to Lucene 3.3 and now offers the ability to filter search results by namespace. Search accuracy and performance should also be improved.
* Image gallery support. Support has been added for the Mediawiki <gallery> tag, allowing users to add image galleries to topics.
* UI updates. Various UI changes throughout JAMWiki should improve usability. Changes include a new editing toolbar that offers additional capabilities and a more intuitive look and feel, a new "View Source" tab that allows users without editing permission to view the wiki syntax for a topic, changes to display of external links to match Mediawiki behavior, the ability to automatically display links to other virtual wikis on the Special:RecentChanges page, and several other minor updates.
* Administrative updates. In addition to the ability to block problem users and IP addresses admins can now permanently purge topic versions using the Special:Manage tools, and the contents of previously-deleted topics can be viewed from the Special:Manage page.
* Performance improvements. Users of the default HSQL database should see significant performance improvements due to the upgrade to HSQL 2.2. Other minor improvements throughout the application should offer slightly better performance versus previous JAMWiki releases for all users.
* Custom parser tag support. Changes to the parser have made it possible for developers to create HTML-like custom tags that can be integrated to a wiki via simple configuration updates. This feature is still experimental but will hopefully eventually allow sites to have greater flexibility over the types of content that can be rendered.
* More. An array of translation updates, bug fixes, enhancements, and cleanups.

See http://jamwiki.org/wiki/en/JAMWiki_1.1, as well as the CHANGELOG.txt and README.txt files included in the JAMWiki distribution, for further details. Please provide feedback on the http://jamwiki.org/wiki/en/Feedback page and report any bugs at http://jira.jamwiki.org

Posted by Ryan Holliday 2011-08-31

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