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Friends of Jivespace

Posted by dawn Feb 26, 2008

Today, we released Friends of Jivespace, a new blog where key community members can talk about their experiences with Clearspace. So far, we've had 2 community member posts.


Magpie has shared his thoughts on Chaos and Order:



For my inaugural blog on Jivespace I've chosen the subject of Chaos & Order - dichotomy which I believe Clearspace has the potential to fulfil.


I come from a structured world of comprehensive metamodels and complex information management systems. It may seem strange to embrace the world of unstructured information - the enemy for so long. However, to reject is to deny humanity and miss the potential to foster, harvest, and support knowledge sharing and transfer.


I like Clearspace because .... it seeks to embrace having conversations, but with a 21st century twist.



Ryan Rutan's post  discusses a few Random Clearspace X Ideas including:



  • Leveraging the Listener Framework and Filters to process content at create/edit time against a custom dictionary of terms and matching URL structures...and storing meta-data about rendering actions to take into consideration when rendering the document for display. The hopes would be to do one of the following, provide a list of relevant links off to the side of the document that would help drive traffic towards measureable calls to action. If we were bold enough, we could apply these meta-data instructions as a filter, and alter the appearance of the actual words in the content as hyperlinks. This might be too intrusive to our customers, and we'll need to evaluate the nice balance between content ownership and ROI. =)

  • Abstracting the Ratings Engine in ClearspaceX as a Ratings Service for all content on the website. We've been looking at the possibility, of creating a private community visible only to Admins and WebService loings, and then creating Document Stubs into that community and capturing Ratings regarding non-ClearspaceX pages on those assets, and then surfacing the ratings to the remote sites as well through the same Web Service APIs. Since ClearspaceX is integrated into our SSO solution, we already know that we are talking apples to apples between the 2 systems. We just need to work out logistics of whether or not a user (who is logged in), has a "username" or as we call it "alias" when they rate...and how to handle the corner-cases that stem from that core issue.



You will want to keep an eye on this blog. I suspect that we will have some really interesting posts by other community members in the next few days.


If there are any other community members that you wish were included, please let me know.  I would love to add more people to the Friends of Jivespace blog!

Today, Aaron Johnson released a beta version of the Advanced Email Plugin for Clearspace.


The Advanced Email plugin gives your users the ability to comment on blog posts, documents and discussion threads and to create discussion threads, documents and blog posts, all via email.


Please keep in mind that this is a beta plugin, so please read the installation instructions and caveats carefully.


You can get all of the details about the Advanced Email Plugin for Clearspace and download other cool Clearspace plugins on Jivespace.

I just wanted to remind everyone to attend our Jivespace group chat this Thursday (and every Thursday) at 9am Pacific time. Several of the Clearspace core developers and support engineers will be online to answer your questions about Clearspace!

Where's the beta?

Posted by greg2 Feb 14, 2008

Many of you have been anticipating a beta release today, and I have an update for you. As you might imagine, the first beta is expected to have some rough edges, and we decided to limit the distribution of this first beta to just a few customers. By keeping the number of beta 1 deployments low, we'll be able to work more closely with the people who deploy it and let the engineering team continue focusing on the rough edges we already know about.


I'm sorry for the abrupt change of plans. We're excited to have everyone participate in the beta process and believe that this is the best way to keep the release on track. The second beta release will come out in early March, and we intend to make that a fully open beta.

Appfire has just released the FlashCharts Plugin for Clearspace. The Appfire FlashCharts Plugin introduces "data visualization" to Clearspace through stunning XML-based Flash charts and graphs. 20 different flavors of animated charts are individually controlled through 'macro parameters' and a set of associated 'xml data structures' required by each chart type.



You can get all of the details about the FlashCharts plugin and download other cool Clearspace plugins on Jivespace.

We are tentatively planning to hold a Jive Developer Day event focused on the Clearspace 2.0 release.  But before we make anything official, we wanted to make sure that people were interested in attending.


What I need to know

(See below for details)

  1. Are you interested in attending?

  2. If so, would you also attend an optional Saturday event?

  3. Any suggestions to improve the event?


Target Audience

People writing plugins, customizing, or doing other development on Clearspace.


Tentative Logistics

Location: Jive's World HQ in lovely Portland Oregon

Date: April 10-11

Price: Maybe free or a very small registration fee.


Rough Agenda


  • 6-8pm Happy hour with a presentation on New Technologies and Implications for Upgrading to Clearspace 2.0.



  • 8-9: Breakfast / networking

  • 9-9:15: Kickoff with Matt / Bill / Marty

  • 9:15: Session 1 - Tips, Tricks & Best Practices for theming Clearspace 2.0

  • 10-10:15: Break

  • 10:15-11: Session 2 - Widgets to customize home and other pages in Clearspace 2.0

  • 11-11:45: Session 3 - Lessons in upgrading the Google Maps plugin to 2.0

  • 11:45-12:45: Lunch & networking (or working lunch)

  • 12:45-1:30: Session 4 - Plugins and Macros in Clearspace 2.0

  • 1:30-2:15: Session 5 - TBD

  • 2:15-2:30: Break

  • 2:30-3:15: Session 6 - Web Services - what you can do in CS 2.0

  • 3:15-5:15: Coding workshop - Attendees bring their code, ask questions, & get tips from roving Jive engineers

  • 5:15-??: Happy hour & Dinner with Jive developers and brainstorming ideas for improving Clearspace



  • If people are interested, we would be happy to organize a fun Saturday event like a wine tasting, bowling, beers of the NW, etc. We'd probably ask people to chip in to cover the costs of this event, but you would get to hang out with cool people from Jive


Jive's Rick Palmer, Professional Services Engineer, takes about 5 minutes to explain how to insert dynamic content into your Clearspace FreeMarker templates. The slide below provides more details.




Or you can download the Quicktime Movie (Caution! 122MB)


Clearspace 2.0 Beta is Coming

Posted by greg2 Feb 1, 2008

The Clearspace 2.0 beta is scheduled to arrive on February 14th (our Valentine's Day present to you). If you would like to participate, please let us know by posting in the beta discussion area. We've made a bunch of awesome improvements, and you won't want to miss getting an early preview during the beta program.


The beta-1 release will be made available on Feb 14 on the downloads page. A beta-2 release is scheduled for March 6. The process will be very quick, with only three weeks in which to install, test and send back feedback during each cycle. We'll post more details regarding the contents of the release and the logistics of the beta program soon.


Of course it comes with the standard beta disclaimer. Please keep in mind that we offer these betas to give customers an opportunity to test pre-released Jive Software. Do NOT run production environments using beta products. These beta products are entirely unsupported. However, we would love to hear your feedback here about the beta product to help us improve the final version of Clearspace.

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