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June 25, 2007 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Open Source Collaborative Software From Mindquarry

Mindquarry (www.mindquarry.com) , an open source collaborative software developer, released its revamped edition of Mindquarry Version 1.1. The stable new platform for file sharing, task management, team collaboration, and w iki editing is now available for free download. The company will soon release its Open Source Collaboration Platform as a hosted solution. Mindquarry said the product is intended to provide a stable and mature open source alternative to proprietary applications such as Microsoft SharePoint or Basecamp.

Highlighted features in Version 1.1 include the following:

  • The "time machine" activity timeline allows teams to view older versions of files, wiki pages, and tasks as a first step toward an ultimate undo/redo for all team content.
  • The Interlink conveniently links to all files, tasks, or other wiki pages from within the wiki. The link window also contains a search option to find items to interlink.
  • Team partners can insert tables and images into wiki pages as easily as inserting these files in office documents, allowing better visualization and structuring of ideas and concepts.
  • Easy Tasks and Files Manager allows users to work with Mindquarry online or offline on a Mac, Windows, or Linux operating system. It synchronizes all files and tasks as soon as the user is back online.
  • The intuitive graphical user interface clearly separates list views from item views, expediting work productivity.

The Mindquarry platform was developed in Java and built upon a scalable REST architecture with Ajax interfaces and Web 2.0-style user interfaces. Founded in 2006, Mindquarry is privately held and funded by SAP co-founder VC Hasso Plattner. (Recently, InformationWeek picked Mindquarry as one of five startups to watch; www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199904825.)

Source: Mindquarry



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