WebCenter Spaces PS3 VirtualBox Appliance

With the lead of WebCenter product manager, Rich Nessel, we just released a new VirtualBox Appliance. Here is a high level overview of the VM:

This Oracle VirtualBox appliance contains a fully configured, ready-to-use WebCenter Spaces installation.  It has been tested on Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit, Linux, and Mac OS.

All you need to do to try out WebCenter Spaces is to install Oracle VirtualBox on your desktop/laptop and import the WebCenter appliance — no installation and configuration required!  It is also REQUIRED to install the VirtualBox Extension Pack to get this VM working.

The following software is installed in this VirtualBox image:

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 5
  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition (11.2.0.1)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server (10.3.4.0)
  • Oracle Enterprise Content Management 11g R1 (11.1.1.4.0) – Content Server and Inbound Refinery
  • Oracle WebCenter Spaces 11gR1 (11.1.1.4.0) and the following services: Discussions, Personalization, Analytics, Pagelet Producer

Additionally, there are two demonstrations installed, both featuring a fictitious bank, AviTrust – one is the bank’s internet site, the other is its employee portal.  Please review the README on the oracle user’s desktop for details about these two applications.

New, Radically Enhanced iPhone App for WebCenter Spaces

The newly updated iPhone app for Oracle WebCenter Spaces is available in the App Store. The app enables business end-users, managers, and executives to manage and participate professional connections, group projects, and dynamic online communities via iPhone.

New Features

  • Support for PS3 (Patch Set 3 11.1.1.4.0) as well as PS2 (Patch Set 2 11.1.1.3.0) versions of Oracle WebCenter Spaces
  • Revamped user interface including a new springboard launcher interface
  • Search has been added for People Connections, files on your iOS device and (PS3 only) WebCenter resources on the server
  • Recent Items are tracked for People, Documents, Document Folders, Group Spaces, Discussions, Topics, Lists, and visited web links
  • Links in Activity Streams are now clickable
  • Easily post to your activity stream, including attachments and camera support
  • Improved status update interface in your user profile
  • Improved support for adding/updating your Connections with the native iOS Contacts app
  • Links to each person’s Manager and Reports, if available
  • People Connection Lists to view your Connections more efficiently
  • Recommended People Connections via Activity Graph (PS3 only)
  • Local file system support and “Open In…” (can save documents to your iOS device, open them in other apps, and have this app open docs from other apps)
  • Personal Documents support, both public and private, including the ability to upload, download, and delete
  • Printing of documents and web sites via AirPrint
  • Documents can be emailed as an attachment, or you can email a link instead
  • Playback of video and audio files
  • Easily post to a Group Space’s activity stream
  • Message Board support in each Space
  • Discussions has an improved user interface, including forward and back buttons for navigating messages
  • Bookmark your favorite items as icons on the main launcher screens and re-position them (for Group Spaces, People, Documents, Document Folders, Discussion Forums, Discussion Topics, and Lists)
  • “Quick Note” feature allows you to write text notes or record audio notes and save them in your Personal Documents on the server
  • Support for multiple servers through the new Accounts feature switch quickly between different servers or user credentials
  • Support for higher resolution “Retina” screen graphics and other iOS4.2+ features like printing and backgrounding

Scrolling Twitter Gadget in Oracle WebCenter in Less than 2 Minutes

In a previous post we saw how to build a twitter portlet using the Fusion Middleware stack in a few minutes. If you’re more on a quick prototyping or proof of concept project, you can do something similar or even more visual without any coding whatsoever. Twitter has a set of gadgets that you can integrate into your Web site. Here are the more-or-less trivial steps:

  1. Find the gadget you want to use: http://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets
    For example, if it’s the search widget, you can customize it by specifying the Search Query, the Title, and the Caption. 


    When done, click the Finish and Grab Code button and copy the source provided.

  2. Create a WebCenter page.
  3. Drop an HTML Markup component on the page and specify the Value field by pasting the code you copied to the clipboard above. The parameters are self-explanatory, modifying them is very straight-forward.
  4. Save your changes, and return to your page. Here is what my scrolling Twitter gadget looks like.

iPhone App for WebCenter Spaces

If you have a WebCenter Spaces deployment (or are thinking about getting one), you should definitely check out the free WebCenter Spaces iPhone App, that allows you to access your activity stream, your contacts, all  your Spaces along with the documents, discussion forums, lists, space members, and more.

And from now on – call me Carlo…

Tip for Spaces: Disable Last Accessed Page

In WebCenter Spaces 11g R1 Patch Set 1 we introduced a new JVM property that allows administrators to disable the default functionality which takes users to the last accessed page in WebCenter Spaces. When you make the following change, the user will be taken to the first page in their Personal Space (when in personal space context) or to the first page in the Group Space (when in a group space context).

The nice thing about this is that now you can create a business role page, make it the first page in personal space, and that way push information to your users.

All you need to do is edit the setDomainEnv.sh script and add the following entry:

oracle.webcenter.spaces.disableLastAccessPageBehavior=true

When done, remember to restart the managed server in order for the new parameter to take effect.

This functionality will be included in the next revision of the documentation.

New WebCenter Skin by Bluestudios

John Sim from Bluestudios built yet another beautiful skin for WebCenter Spaces. The screen shot below takes you to his post for more details – and a personal touch…

Step-by-step Instructions to Install and Configure WebCenter Spaces

There’s a new Oracle By Example (OBE) available on OTN that covers the end-to-end installation and configuration steps for WebCenter Spaces. Following the “OBE traditions”, every step is illustrated with a screen shot.

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