Thanks to everyone who came to meet us at our Central American events last week. It was amazing to see such a vibrant community committed to open source software and quality journalism. We'll continue to take our message around the globe - our new Theme Contest and podcast are just two ways you can engage with what we do, wherever you are. If you want to give a little back, we also have two new release candidates ready for you to test! In this week's newsletter...
Newscoop 3.6 and Airtime 1.9 Release Candidates
In software release cycle terms, a release candidate is the bridge between a beta and a final release. It's the moment we say we think this is ready, but we're happy to be proved wrong. Today, we're happy to announce the release of Airtime 1.9 RC1 and Newscoop 3.6 RC1!
There's a stack of exciting new features in both of the new software versions. From new audio file management in Airtime to easy theme management in Newscoop, the next releases are sure to shake up the world of broadcasting and journalism. You can get involved as a tester today. Just visit our release blog.
Win a trip to Sourcecamp 2011!
Calling all developers and designers passionate about supporting independent journalism!
Sourcefabric wants you to create a new theme that brings together quality journalism, with quality design. The prize? A chance to meet media experts and develop your design with an all-expenses paid trip to Sourcecamp Prague 2011.
The contest is looking for people to invent new ways to display news content, new ways to integrate comments and social media into the user experience, and new ways to adapt site design to mobiles and tablets.
The contest is free to enter and open until October 5th 2011. Visit contest.sourcefabric.org to find out more!
Central America Conference
Sourcefabric's Central American conference Software de código abierto para Medios de Vanguardia (Open Source Software for Cutting Edge Media), took place last week. Douglas Arellanes, co-founder of Sourcefabric, hosted the talks and workshops.
"We've been working in Central America for a number of significant organisations," said Douglas in Guatemala. "Newscoop powers El Faro, the first online-only news site in Central America, and ElPeriódico de Guatemala which receives over a quarter of a million unique visitors a month."
Thanks to everyone who attended the events in Guatemala and El Salvador! We've posted some photographs on Flickr.
New podcast: Inside Source
The first of our regular podcasts is now online. Inside Source will take news, views and interviews from around the Sourcefabric community and bring them direct to your computer or device. Check it out now on SoundCloud or keep an eye on the iTunes store where the podcast will appear very shortly.
Meet the team: Sebastian Šimon
Polish-born, Prague-based, Sebastian is one of our Quality Assurance team and a bug-zapper extraordinaire. In his previous career, Sebastian worked with elephants, rhinos, hippo, zebras, giraffes and antelopes in a zoo. The animals he eventually chosen to spend time with (apart from the Sourcefabric team) are his pet chinchillas. When it comes to gadgets, he's more into desktop than laptop, and more into Android than iPhone, and he loves testing software features to their limits.
Beyond the amazing work that's gone into our summer release candidates, the developers have also been working hard on documenting the new features. We've launched a new channel full of demos on our software's new features. We use these to get to know our rapidly developing software. And now you can too.