0.2 Release of Plumi

We’re pleased to announce a series of major updates to Plumi, the free software video sharing content management system. These updates include major enhancements to site speed and reduced server load, a new design and features such as tagging and call outs. Plumi enables you to create a sophisticated video sharing and community site out-of-the-box. In a web landscape where almost all video sharing sites keep their distribution platform under lock and key Plumi is one contribution to creating a truly democratic media.

Download Plumi-0.2 from plone.org.

More specifically the improvements include….

CALL OUTS
We’ve added a new content type: “Call Outs” to help people looking for content for a DVD compilation, screenings, film festival or crew for a production.
eg. http://www.engagemedia.org/recent_callouts

COMMENT ENHANCEMENTS
The addition of qPloneComments adds email notification if someone comments on a video or responds to a comment and allows fine grained administration of commenting. A comments portlet is also added to the front page.
eg. http://engagemedia.org/recent_comments
http://projects.quintagroup.com/products/wiki/qPloneComments

VODCASTING/RSS2
We’ve improved the vodcasting performance using a catalogue based RSS2 feed view implementation, meaning RSS2 feeds load much faster.

TAGGING
Tagging is now based on the Vaporisation product resulting in much faster page loads and navigation of content.
eg. http://www.engagemedia.org/tagcloud/view
http://plone.org/products/vaporisation/

PERFORMANCE AND TEMPLATE ENHANCEMENTS
– templates are refactored into a new ‘Five’ style view implementation that are Plone 3 ready resulting in faster page loads
– video listings no longer wake the objects from the zope database (ZODB) improving catalogue searching and speed
– Plumi 0.2 runs now on Plone 2.5.5 (Plone 3 coming soon)
– a new cleaner design – thanks Trollfot!

To download the release go to
http://plone.org/products/plumi/releases/0.2-final

For more specific details of changes see the changelog
https://svn.plone.org/svn/collective/Plumi/trunk/CHANGELOG.txt

A demo site with the improvements can be found here:
http:// demo.plumi.org

For a full list of features see https://plumi.org/features/

NEW PLUMI SITES
A number of organisations have implemented Plumi in the previous few months. These include…
– World Social Forum TV – http://wsftv.net
– CabTube – http://cabtube.cab.unipd.it/
– Africa on TV – http://www.africaontv.com/
– Contents Portal Shikoku – http://archive.ict-tokushima.jp/plumi/

FUTURE ENHANCEMENTS
Plumi 0.3 will include bittorrent functionality, user side enhancements to video pages, Transmission metadata standard, improved video transcoding and more. Upgrading to Plone 3 will be happening in the coming months also.

Download Plumi-0.2 directly from here or from plone.org.