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New and updated plugins now available

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The land of Omeka plugins has been very active lately, and we have several new and updated plugins for you: Exhibit Builder 3.0, Geolocation, Zotero Import, Redact Elements (new!), and Commenting.

Exhibit Builder 3.0

Omeka users know Exhibit Builder as the primary tool for creating narratives around the items in an Omeka installation. Exhibit Builder 3.0 has been in release candidate status for some time, and we’re now ready to release it officially.

Exhibit Builder 3.0 is redesigned to allow much more flexibility in the layouts you can create. Rather than choosing a layout for the entire page, Exhibit Builder 3.0 breaks the page into stacked blocks with different arrangements of images and text. This lets you recreate all of the old Exhibit Builder page layouts, but also adds flexibility to mix different arrangements on your exhibit pages.

Exhibit Builder Layouts

The new Exhibit Builder also makes it much easier for plugins to add their own layouts to the available options. the new release of Geolocation, for example, now lets you add a map to your exhibit pages. Developers will be able to easily enrich the possibilities for your exhibits, and we’d love to hear what you all build!

Read more about it in the Exhibit Builder 3.0 documentation, and developers can learn how to add layouts in the Exhibit Builder developer documentation.

The new version of Exhibit Builder is not yet packaged with Omeka core releases, so to give it a try you’ll need to download the new version and update it in your site.

Zotero Import

The much-requested Zotero Import plugin is now updated for Omeka 2.x. You can now pull items from your Zotero libraries into your Omeka 2.x installation.

Read more in the Zotero Import 2.0 documentation.

 

 

 

Redact Elements

This new plugin was born of a need to keep some content in Omeka items confidential. If you have a collection of emails, for example, you might want the full email, including email addresses, available to researchers, but not the general public. Similarly, you might want to hide URLs or IP addresses. Redact Elements lets you do so, and it lets you create new patterns for text that should be hidden. Read more about the options in the Redact Elements documentation.

Geolocation and Commenting

These two plugins have been updated with bugfixes, and Geolocation adds a layout for Exhibit Builder 3.0.

Several new and updated translations are also available for Exhibit Builder 3.0, Geolocation, and Commenting.

 

Two more updated plugins: OAI-PMH Harvester and OAI-PMH Repository

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The Omeka team is happy to announce updates of the popular OAI-PMH Repository and OAI-PMH Harvester plugins for Omeka 2.0.

The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting allows for metadata about objects to be shared across repositories and applications. The harvester allows you to import items into your Omeka installation using the protocol. The repository, in turn, makes metadata about your items available for other sites to collect.

The updated version of the repository also adds the METS standard to the formats available for the output, which makes files, in addition to metadata, available to harvesters.

More of Omeka in more languages!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

The Omeka core has been localizable for some time, and the hard-working and dedicated volunteers at Transifex have made it possible for you to use Omeka in a number of languages.

Now, as we are upgrading plugins and building new ones for Omeka 2.0, we’ll start to roll out localizations for the plugins as well. Every six weeks, we will update plugins that have new translations available. This schedule will help keep your localizations as up-to-date as possible, while giving the people doing translations a regular timeline for when their work will be put into action in your sites.

 

 

The first round of translation updates contains new or updated translations for the following plugins:

We have also started the process of creating translations of the Commenting and Geolocation plugins, and more will be added soon. Watch the resources page to see what plugins are available for translation. So far, forty-two language teams have been created that you can join to contribute your translating skills, or you can always create a new team for your own language.

More new things for the Omeka family of products!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

We’re happy to announce a maintenance release of Omeka, bringing us to version 2.0.3! This maintenance release fixes some bugs to the HTML editor, error reporting, display, and more. Please read the release notes for details.

There are also improvements to all of the bundled themes (Thanks, Roy; Seasons; Berlin). This release also includes the new “Night” stylesheet in the bundled Seasons theme.

We also have one new plugin, Derivative Images, and two updated ones, Commenting and Geolocation.

Derivative Images is an evolved version of the Image Files plugin for Omeka 2.x. Image Files for Omeka 1.x let you resize your thumbnail and other derivatives. With Omeka 2.0 now producing derivatives of many more file types (sound, document, etc.), this completely reworked plugin allows you to selectively produce new derivatives for any file type. This is especially useful for sites that have upgraded to Omeka 2.x from Omeka 1.x and want to take advantage of the new derivative images.

Geolocation includes a small but important improvement. Matti Lassila added an option for searching with a radius in kilometres instead of miles.

Commenting has been upgraded with new features and security, such as the ability to allow site visitors to flag comments as inappropriate.

Speaking of commenting, for our friends using Omeka.net as their hosted Omeka solution, Commenting is now included in Silver plans and above. (Note that Omeka.net, and the Commenting plugin, have not yet been upgraded to Omeka 2.0, though we are working on that, too.)

 

New plugins, a theme update, and exciting things ahead!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Omeka team is happy to announce new and updated plugins and themes.

Geolocation is now updated to be compatible with the Omeka 2.x series. Geolocation allows you to pin a location for your items onto a map, and display a map showing all the geolocated items.

geolocation2

 

srchByMetadata

We are also happy to release a brand new plugin for Omeka, Search By Metadata. It allows site builders to build navigation between items by turning any field into an automatic search for other items with the same data. If you want to guide your visitors from one item with the subject “Digital Humanities” to a list of other items with that subject, this plugin lets you do that quickly and easy through the admin interface.

 

Finally, we are releasing an update to the Seasons theme. In the spirit of breaking expectations, there is now a fifth season — “night”. The night stylesheet is a dark style, suitable for displays of artwork.

seasons-night

 

More is on the way, and in the next two weeks we’ll spend less time talking about what we have produced and more about what our community has been up to. There are great new plugins and themes coming Omeka designers and developers out in the world. So, for a special Day of DH post we’ll draw attention to them and their work, and show our appreciation.