What's new in Instiki 0.6.0?
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Instiki is back on fork-challenged platforms (hello Windows!) after a  
short hiatus in the 0.5 release. It now also properly snapshots the  
Madeleine database when running in Daemon mode. So hopefully we should  
be working all around.

More interestingly, there's a bunch of cool new features in Instiki.  
You can export the entire web to HTML files that come bundled in a  
pkzip (thanks rubyzip!), which works great for taking backups or  
distributing a wiki. It's also a half-decent CMS this way that you can  
use to write documentation to all of those wonderful Ruby projects.

There's also RSS feeds. Two flavors: Full content or just the  
headlines. Unfortunately, there's a few problems with international  
characters like æåthat'll render the XML invalid (so readers like  
FeedReader chokes). Any help to get that working properly will be much  
appriciated.

And thanks a ton to both Florian for a bunch of great patches and to  
Why The Lucky for keeping RedCloth running at full force.

Full change list:

* Fixed Windows compatibility [Florian]
* Fixed bug that would prevent Madeleine from taking snapshots in  
Daemon mode
* Added export entire web as HTML in a zip file
* Added RSS feeds
* Added proper getops support for the growing number of options  
[Florian]
* Added safe mode that forbids style options in RedCloth [Florian]
* Updated RedCloth to 2.0.5

Upcoming features (near- and far-future stuff mixed together):

* Michael Granger is looking into getting Instiki running on BlueCloth  
-- the Markdown syntax implementation for Ruby.
* Polish. Lots of stuff in the backlog that needs polish.
* Colors! Each web should get it's own color.
* More exporting features (fx: straight to FTP).
* Dual-view wikis where an admin team can edit and everyone else see  
the export version with no edit links (but they can still search). This  
will really turn Instiki into something that could be used as a quick  
CMS.
* Download the entire app and database and work on an instiki at home  
and then sync the changes back in.

Instiki is running its official website on Instiki itself:  
http://instiki.nextangle.com


What is Instiki?
================

Admitted, it's Yet Another Wiki Clone[1], but with a strong focus
on simplicity of installation and running:

Step 1. Download
Step 2. Run "instiki.rb"
Step 3. *Chuckle*... "There's no step three!" (TM)

You're now running a perfectly suitable wiki on port 2500
that'll present you with a textarea for the home page on  
http://localhost:2500.

Instiki lowers the barriers of interest for when you might consider
using a wiki. It's so simple to get running that you'll find yourself
using it for anything -- taking notes, brainstorming, organizing a
gathering.

Instiki reserves a separate WikiSpace for each port number, so
you can run more than one wiki by keeping them on separate ports.
It also means that you can't access the same wiki on another port
than the one you started it on (unless you move the directory in  
storage).

Features:
* Regular expression search: Find deep stuff really fast
* Revisions: Follow the changes on every page from birth. Rollback to  
an earlier rev
* Export to HTML in a zip: Take the entire wiki with you home or for  
reference
* RSS feeds to track recently revised pages
* Multiple webs: Create separate wikis with their own namespace
* Password-protected webs: Keep it private
* Authors: Each revision is associated with an author, so you can see  
who changed what
* Reference tracker: Which other pages are pointing to the current?
* Speed: Using Madelein for persistence (all pages are in memory)
* Textile formatting[2]: By ways of RedCloth
* Embedded webserver: Through WEBrick

Missing:
* File attachments

Command-line options:
Run "ruby instiki.rb --help"

History:
* 0.6.0: Fixed Windows compatibility [Florian]
          Fixed bug that would prevent Madeleine from taking snapshots  
in Daemon mode
          Added export entire web as HTML in a zip file
          Added RSS feeds
          Added proper getops support for the growing number of options  
[Florian]
          Added safe mode that forbids style options in RedCloth  
[Florian]
          Updated RedCloth to 2.0.5
* 0.5.0: NOTE: 0.5.0 is NOT compatible with databases from earlier  
versions
          Added revisions
          Added multiple webs
          Added password protection for webs on multi-web setups
          Added the notion of authors (that are saved in a cookie)
          Added command-line option for not running as a Daemon on Unix
* 0.3.1: Added option to escape wiki words with \
* 0.3.0: Brought all files into common style (including Textile help on  
the edit page)
          Added page locking (if someone already is editing a page  
there's a warning)
          Added daemon abilities on Unix (keep Instiki running after you  
close the terminal)
          Made port 2500 the default port, so Instiki can be launched by  
dobbelt-click
          Added Textile cache to speed-up rendering of large pages
          Made WikiWords look like "Wiki Words"
          Updated RedCloth to 2.0.4
* 0.2.5: Upgraded to RedCloth 2.0.2 and Madeleine 0.6.1, which means the
          Windows problems are gone. Also fixed a problem with wikiwords
          that used part of other wikiwords.
* 0.2.0: First public release

Download latest from:
<a  
href="http://rubyforge.org/project/showfiles.php?group_id=186">http:// 
rubyforge.org/project/showfiles.php?group_id=186</a>

Visit the official Instiki wiki:
http://instiki.nextangle.com/

License is the same as Ruby's

[1] <a  
href="http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiClones">http://c2.com/cgi/wiki? 
WikiWikiClones</a>
[2] Textile Syntax: <a  
href="http://www.textism.com/tools/textile/">http://www.textism.com/ 
tools/textile/</a>
--
David Heinemeier Hansson,
david / loudthinking.com
http://www.loudthinking.com/