Newscoop 4.0.2 update improves articles and comments

Date Submitted: October 24 2012 10:48 am

Newscoop 4 is our open CMS for news and version 4.0.2 is out today! Developed and used by news organisations like Switzerland's TagesWocheElPeriódico de Guatemala and Yemen Times, Newscoop 4 aims to help independent news organisations manage online publications, enrich content and find new audiences.

What's new in Newscoop 4.0.2?

Newscoop 4.0.2 is a bugfix release that, amongst other things, ensures Newscoop now works correctly with PHP 5.4 and improves the usability of the new comments and related article features. Here are all the improvements in full...

  • Newscoop now works correctly with PHP 5.4.

  • Hidden filter in comments management now only displays hidden comments.

  • Comments are no longer approved by default, even though moderation is enabled.

  • Related articles are now copied from original article with the action 'duplicate'.

  • Related articles for a translated article no longer have title 'null'

  • Improved how Save button works on Article Edit page

  • Edit Article page auto-fills the Author field with the Author's name rather than login name

  • Search->Filtering improved to work with issues/articles different t han default language

  • Adding an image to the media archive now doesn't throw an exif error

  • HTML characters are rendered properly in the navigation menu

  • Un-escaped strings in theme manager

  • After adding a new subscription, one can now add an IP address restriction

  • Now possible to add "daterange" event with start time set to "00:00" on multi-date fields

  • Newscoop now allows setting http response code from template

Ten steps to a better news site

Head over to the blog to get an in-depth text and video guide to all the new features! Here's the changelog of what you can expect when you upgrade.

1. Overhauled media archive
Multiple file upload, faster search and new features!

2. Drag-and-drop front page management
Use lists to add articles to your front page (or other site area) and re-order your front page.

3. Intelligent image renditions
Use Newscoop to crop images and display perfectly in different areas of the site.

4. Dynamic Maps
Points of interest from multiple articles can now be displayed on a single map on your website.

5. Video and picture slideshows
Slideshows can be attached to articles and can be managed through the Media Archive.

6. Citizen journalist and community management tools
Newscoop allows visitors to sign up for a profile, comment on articles and even follow topics.

7. Two new adaptive CSS themes, the New Custodian and the Rock Star
Theme manager allows you to switching from one theme to another with one click.

8. Improved SoundCloud plugin
Upload audio to the web's best audio sharing service and use it as your sound archive.

9. Related Article Lists
Create thematic and semantic links to group articles.

10. Better comments
We've improved the UI and made it pluggable into services like Disqus.

There's lots more too, check the fantastic new manual for the full inside story.