Concerto 2 Beta – IndiaIbex Release

Hi Everyone!  I’m usually excited when we’re announcing a new version of Concerto, but this version has me extra excited.  We’ve managed to pack more bug fixes, improvements, and features into our 0.7.0.IndiaIbex release than the previous couple releases we’ve put out.  If you’ve been ignoring these updates, or Concerto 2 in general, this is definitely the release to check out.  To get started quickly, you should download the latest concerto_server VM here and fire it up to follow along.

0.7.0.indiaibex

This release added some much needed security for screens with the addition of screen authentication.  Screen security, something that Concerto 1 lacked, is something we (and by we I mean Mike) spent a lot of time thinking about for Concerto 2.  I couldn’t do it justice in this short form, so we’ll dive into the details in a full post after we’ve tidied up the last few bugs.

We also added support for Capistrano-based deployments if you’re into that sorta thing.  Our external error-reporting has been fixed in this release so we should get those bug reports automatically streaming in if you’ve check the box during setup.  If you’ve tried to visit that settings page and gotten an error, we’ve fixed that as well.  The config / settings as a whole should be a lot easier to navigate as well.  The VM is properly writing logs now so you can see what’s going on in logs/production.log and the dynamic content updaters are running in the background like they should be.  Behind the scenes this release also includes some improvements to our JSON / XML API that we’ll be including in V2, it’s not quite ready for mainstream yet but we’re making progress.

You can find a full diff of the work we did here.  Our installation instructions should be up to date, but you should really just download the VM and run it for a fast start.  Alternatively, you can check out our instance running this release @ http://nightly.concerto-signage.org.  Do let us know what bugs you run into or features you’d like by writing to our Google Group or opening Github Issues.

HotelHummingbird Release

After a few hiccups along the way (like the mysterious 0.5.0.GolfOtter release), we’re ready to share 0.6.0.HotelHummingbird with you.  It’s been over a month since our last release and we’ve been busy at work making the experience a bit snappier and improving the Add Content form.  To get started, you can find our installation to get started in our Github wiki.

Since you likely missed out on the 0.5.0.GolfOtter release you also missed a new background processing model which should make Dynamic Content processing much more robust and reliable.  Concerto now includes a script to kick off background processing using something like sudo /etc/init.d/concerto start and manage the background workers just like you would a regular process.

Some notable changes include:

  • Textile support in the Ticker Text field.
  • Frontend support for subdirectories, like /concerto/frontend/1.
  • Slightly better garbage collection in the frontend.
  • New background processing model.
  • New feed selector, system-wide.
  • New templated creation / editing workflow.
  • New content creation experience with preview support.

You can find the full list of changes between our last announced release and this one here. Please get in touch with us via our group or issue tracker if you come across a bug or have a feature suggestion for us!