Newscoop 4.2 is out today with a new REST API, new responsive theme, Newscoop theme cookbook for web designers, and a focus on the Arabic-speaking world with two groundbreaking news sites, a backend localization and a user manual translated into Arabic.
Newscoop is an open source CMS created by journalists to help news organisations build great-looking, community driven, professional news sites.
Newscoop installation is supported on Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (Precise), Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (Wheezy), and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (Santiago).
Newscoop now has an API that provides access to content for third-party applications via read-only services. Known as Gimme API, it can fetch content like Newscoop articles, organise them (in featured article lists, or by sections and topic), and then be displayed as widgets on any site (here's how). Users' data can be served as well (like email addresses or biographical information). Future development will allow data to be pushed into Newscoop via write services.
Aside from having one great looking new theme, Quetzal, we've updated Rockstar and The New Custodian themes to be fully responsive and stable. We've also overhauled our theme-builders Cookbook. Inside this you will find our new easy to use design theme called, The Stun. This is a great resource for novice designers. Now designing your own news site theme is as easy as coding basic HTML and the Cookbook offers lots of practical and more advanced tips on how to stand out from the crowd. There are more ready-made themes for Newscoop 4.2 over in the gallery.
What's more, we've been experimenting with accessible design. Using W3C-validated HTML/CSS, recently relaunched Kobinet showcases the ability to run a website with Newscoop while fulfilling all the requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
There's been a real focus on Arabic-language sites in the run-up to this release. We celebrated the launch of two amazing new sites in Yemen and Sudan (Yemen's Women Power and Al-Taghyeer). The team have also localized the entire Newscoop interface, and our amazing community contributed to translating the Newscoop user manual. Many thanks to Cullen Reddy and Mohamed Essam for the Arabic localization, and Elene Margvelashvili for the Georgian localization.
We've included an early version of the redesigned Newscoop plugins system with this release. This will allow people to build plugins for everything from paywalls to polls. The new plugin system is based on Symfony Bundles so we are now able to use Packagist to maintain and update our plugins. This allows for more flexibility and better community integration in Newscoop. Want to make a plugin? Check out our handy guide.
Way too many bug-fixes and code improvements to list here, but expect to notice improvements with...