A truly international fortnight here at Sourcefabric. Not only did we have people from Toronto visiting Prague, Minsk visiting Berlin and Berlin visiting Warsaw, but we also launched our multilingual site yesterday - sourcefabric.org now speaks four languages. Airtime's latest release also got international attention; we saw tweets about it from Thailand to Turkey and in languages as diverse as Belarusian and Basque. Scroll on to find out more!
Our website is now available in Greek, Spanish and Russian. By our reckoning, that's around 800 million extra people who can now access our installation instructions, how-to blogposts and product information in their own language. Huge thanks to our amazing representatives Claudia, Katerina and Marina.
The entire process was managed through Newscoop's translation interface, so their feedback will also help to shape improvements in the software itself. Suffice to say, Newscoop can handle translating a site with 200 pages into 4 languages effortlessly. Click top right of this page to switch languages - it speaks for itself!
Airtime 1.8.2 was released on 14th June with record first week downloads and great buzz on Twitter and Facebook. At the same time, two major new broadcasting initiatives chose Airtime as the platform on which to launch. Resonance 104.4 FM and Catalyst Radio - both based in the UK - are two early adopters of Airtime's scheduling and automation featureset. Judging in the feedback in our packed forums and online, we get the feeling many more will be following suit shortly.
Sourcefabric's first Reporter Labs workshop was held this weekend at the Warsaw School of Advertising. Themed around designing news media online, 12 participants were selected out of 24 applicants to work with Sourcefabric founder Micz Flor on concept-driven design for larger news media online. This involved brand analysis and development and how to produce design from a news media's mission and vision. Sourcefabric plans to continue this series of workshops for journalists and news designers - watch the wires for the latest developments.
Sebastian Šimon joined us this week in the Prague office. He's the new member of what is now a Quality Assurance team - they're the folks responsible for evaluating new releases so they're as bug-free as possible when they're released. He's from the Czech Republic and was working as a Test Engineer when not playing Floorball or off-roading on mountain bikes. Welcome to the gang Sebastian!
The inaugural award of Post of the Week goes to this thread about using Liquidsoap to set up the playout of random music on air when nothing is scheduled in Airtime. Thanks to Sergei S, Radio A6 and the excellent Liquidsoap documentation team!
The forums are our place to share and find software suggestions, code snippets and practical solutions for online media .
Today is Beta day at Sourcefabric Towers. Newscoop 3.6 Beta2 is out now for testing, with some 50 fixes and tweaks from the Beta1 release last week (yes, they're that quick). We won't say too much, but the theme management coupled with Newscoop's acclaimed templating engine is set to impress.
The Airtime 1.9 beta1 release is also scheduled for later today - lots of back-end improvements there, especially with regards to the file structure. Might not be glamourous, but will pave the way for a whole host of awesome features and archive flexibility.