OpenACS 5-5 Core and compatible packages

Packages can be installed with the OpenACS Automated Installer on your OpenACS site at /acs-admin/install. Only packages designated compatible with your OpenACS kernel will be shown.

Core Packages

Package Description
acs-admin Site-Wide Administration:
An interface for Site-wide administration of an OpenACS Installation.

Provides a UI for administering site-wide services (including package installation, cache, authentication, and user accounts) for an OpenACS system.

acs-admin 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-api-browser API Browser:
Interactive documentation for the Tcl and SQL APIs.

On line interactive documentation for the locally installed Tcl and SQL APIs. Links to the Tcl core and AOLServer online documentation as well.

acs-api-browser 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-authentication Authentication:
Authentication, account management, and related functionality.

Implements authentication-related security functions for OpenACS, including password, account and session management, bulk account creation etc. Provides a contract based interface for different authentication methods such as PAM or LDAP based authentication.

acs-authentication 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL version 2 license by Collaboraid
3: Mature and Standard

acs-automated-testing Automated Testing:
The interface to the automated testing facilities within OpenACS.

Provides a UI for viewing and running automated tests provided by each package within the OpenACS system. Also provides a UI for managing automatic-rebuild servers as in a test farm.

acs-automated-testing 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL version 2 license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-bootstrap-installer Bootstrap Installer:
Bootstraps an OpenACS installation.

This package bootstraps OpenACS. If the core packages have not yet been installed, it calls the installer which leads the user through the steps necessary to do so. It also checks that the installation meets the requirements for a successful install of OpenACS.

acs-bootstrap-installer 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-content-repository Content Repository:
The canonical repository for OpenACS content.

Provides the API for creating and managing user generated content including full support for versioning, rendering content to the filesystem, folders and composite content items, and other CMS backing functionality. Utilized by Bug Tracker, File Storage, and other packages.

acs-content-repository 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-core-docs Documentation:
Documentation for the OpenACS Core.

Static HTML documentation for the OpenACS core (includes the DocBook sources).

acs-core-docs 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-kernel Kernel:
Routines and data models providing the foundation for OpenACS-based Web services.

The OpenACS kernel contains the core datamodel create and drop scripts for such things as objects, groups, partiies and the supporting PL/SQL and PL/pgSQL procedures.

acs-kernel 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-lang Localization:
OpenACS Internationalization Support.

Internationalization and localization support routines and admin UI for manipulating Locales, request processor hooks, templating, accessing and managing the message catalog, and locale-specific formatting functions for localizing dates, times, monetary amounts etc.

acs-lang 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by Collaboraid
3: Mature and Standard

acs-mail-lite Mail Services Lite:
Simplified reliable email transmission with bounce management.

This package provides a service for sending messages, queueing messages in the database to ensure reliable sending and make sending a message 'transactional'. Replacement for acs-mail.

acs-mail-lite 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 by OpenACS
2: Mature

acs-messaging Messaging:
General messaging for bboard and general comments.

Provides generic message services, with email sending. acs-mail-lite and notifications are the prefered packages for delivering this functionality and it is anticipated that this package will ultimately be deprecated.

acs-messaging 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-reference ACS Reference Data:
Tools and API for managing refrence data.

Reference Data provides an API to support:

  • A common set of reference data.
  • Running standard reports on this data.
  • Monitoring the usage of reference data.

acs-reference 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by Mayuli Enterprises, LLC
3: Mature and Standard

acs-service-contract Service Contracts:
API and UI for service contracts

Service contracts defines an API for the creation of interfaces and discovery of interface implementations. Examples are the contracts used for search which provide a means to get content on a given object and to translate an object_id to a url or the contracts used by dotlrn and new-portals to allow packages to provide portalized panes.

acs-service-contract 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL version 2 license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-subsite Subsite:
Subsite

Provides for creating subsites within the OpenACS Community System. Aware of parties, groups, users, portraits. Can be themed via a per subsite master template.

acs-subsite 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-tcl Tcl Library:
The Kernel Tcl API library.

Contains all the core Tcl API, including the request processor, security and session management, permissions, site-nodes, package management infrastructure, etc.

acs-tcl 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL version 2 license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-templating Templating:
Templating library.

The templating system provides the tag library and support routines that allow developers and graphic designers to work independently. Templates specify the layout of the page seperately from the contents of the page. Graphic designers work primarily on the layout part of the template (the template), while programmers work primarily a script that generates the the content part of the template (the code). In addition, the template system provides a way to use a single layout specification for many physical pages, so the overall layout of a site can be more easily administered.

acs-templating 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL version 2 license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

acs-translations ACS Translation Storage:
Package for storing dynamic translations

Package for storing dynamic translations

acs-translations 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19
3: Mature and Standard

intermedia-driver Intermedia Driver:
Search package callback implementation for Oracle Intermedia.

Implemented the search package callback interface for search engine driver using Oracle Intermedia.

intermedia-driver 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19
3: Mature and Standard

notifications Notifications:
Email notifications management

Provides an API for packages to provide subscription based email notifications and handle replies. Used by forums, bug-tracker, etc. The currently prefered package for email notifications.

notifications 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 by OpenACS
2: Mature

openacs-default-theme OpenACS Default Theme:
Provides the default "plain" and "tabbed" themes for OpenACS Subsites.

Provides the default "plain" and "tabbed" themes for OpenACS Subsites. This has been moved out to a separate package, with availability recorded in the database, to make it easier for developer's to create their own themes and distribute and/or install them in package form.

openacs-default-theme 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

ref-timezones Reference Data - Timezone:
Timezone data for acs-reference.

This is the timezone data for the acs-reference data package. Used by acs-lang (among others) for localized times.

ref-timezones 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 by Mayuli Enterprises, LLC
3: Mature and Standard

search Search:
Site wide search

Site wide search implemented with service contracts, currently supports postgres via the tsearch2 driver (OpenFTS still support but deprecated).

search 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19 on GPL version 2 license by OpenACS
3: Mature and Standard

tsearch2-driver Tsearch2 Driver:
Full text search support for Search via Tsearch2.

Provides an implementation for the search packages service contract for searching on postgresql.

tsearch2-driver 5.5.1 released 2009-06-19
3: Mature and Standard

Common Applications

Package Description
acs-developer-support Developer Support:
Profiling for requests including database timing information.

Developer support stores timing and other logged information for requests to support debugging and tuning and supports user switching and a Tcl Shell to invoke arbitrary tcl code on the server.

acs-developer-support 5.4.3b1 released 2005-02-04 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

calendar Calendar:
Personal and shared event calendars.

Manage group and shared calendars with download.

calendar 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

faq FAQ:
Manage simple and categorized Question and Answer style FAQs with WYSIWYG and notification functionalities.

Handles frequently asked questions Q&A presentation. Can be one Q&A per page or all presented flat. Straightforward application with room for improvement. Support for notification as well as WYSIQYG Editor and Categories - both optional. Category trees are displayed flat. No multiple filters.

faq 5.2.0d5 released 2007-07-11 by Ybos Corporation
2: Mature

file-storage File Storage:
Collaborative document storage

Provides a versioned document store with storage in the filesystem or database (depending on configuration). Documents and folders can be permissioned and folders downloaded.

file-storage 5.5.0d2 released 2007-06-15 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

forums Forums:
Online discussion forums.

This online discussion board software is the successor of the original bboard package. The biggest improvement is a scalable datamodel. Forums supports threaded and flat view, moderation, a stand alone search function as well as integration with the OpenACS search package and integration with the notifications package for email alerts. It also supports reply via email.

forums 1.3d9 released 2009-03-27 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

news News:
Used for announcements and news items.

News publication tool. Publication of plain text or html news items with support for scheduled publication and commentability.

news 5.5.1d1 released 2007-06-15 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

Extra Packages and Libraries

Package Description
acs-datetime Date and Time Utilities:
An API for date and time functions

Note: this version of the package requires acs-event(s) for a helper function. This requirement may go away in the future.

acs-datetime 5.4.3b1 released 2006-02-18 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

acs-events ACS Events:
API support for relationships between intervals in time, activities, and parties.

The events service is primarily intended for use by writers of application packages and other service packages. The service allows developers to specify and manipulate relationships (possibly recurring) between an object and another object.

acs-events 0.6d3 released 2006-02-18 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

assessment-portlet Assessment Portlet:

assessment-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

assessment Assessment:
Assessment package that will replace the surveys quizz, complex survey, poll and other data collection packages that OpenACS currently supports.

Create assessments and evaluate.

assessment 0.23d3 released 2007-06-15 by E-LANE
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

attachments Attachments:
Attachment support

Provide widgets and datamodel to support attachments on arbitrary objects. Used by forums.

attachments 0.10 released 2003-11-10 by OpenACS
0:

bm-portlet Bulk Mail Portlet:

bm-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

bulk-mail Bulk Mail:
Mailing form letters to groups of users.

Provides an API for sending messages to a collection of users (which can be chosen via arbitrary sql). Mails can be personalized and can be scheduled for a later date.

bulk-mail 0.5.2d2 released 2003-11-10 by OpenACS
0:

calendar-portlet Calendar Portlet:

calendar-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

categories Categories:
Manage categories in category trees and let users map objects to categories.

Datamodel for category trees with supporting API and management pages. Provides a widget for general categorization of arbitrary objects and tracks which package instances use which category trees. Also supports localization.

categories 1.1.2d4 released 2008-11-06
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

chat-portlet Chat Portlet:

chat-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

chat Chat:
Server based chat with an html and ajax client.

Adapted by Peter Alberer 2006/03/25 to allow java and ajax to coexist. Adapted by Tekne 2006/03/01 to replace JAVA server with AJAX; make use of generalized chat class from xotcl-core.

chat 5.0d8 released 2006-04-11 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

dotlrn-assessment dotLRN Assessment Applet:

dotlrn-assessment 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

dotlrn-bm dotLRN Bulk Mail Applet:

dotlrn-bm 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-calendar dotLRN Calendar Applet:

dotlrn-calendar 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-chat dotLRN Chat Applet:

dotlrn-chat 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-dotlrn dotLRN Applet:
Helper routines for dotLRN applets

dotlrn-dotlrn 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-evaluation dotLRN Evaluation Applet:

dotlrn-evaluation 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

dotlrn-faq dotLRN FAQ Applet:

dotlrn-faq 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-forums dotLRN Forums Applet:

dotlrn-forums 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

dotlrn-fs dotLRN File Storage Applet:

dotlrn-fs 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-homework dotLRN Homework:
Provides a homework assignment dropboxes for dotLRN classes.

dotlrn-homework 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by furfly.net, LLC
0:

dotlrn-lorsm dotLRN LORS Management Applet:

dotlrn-lorsm 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-news dotLRN News Applet:

dotlrn-news 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-photo-album dotLRN Photo Album Applet:

dotlrn-photo-album 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by Xarg
0:

dotlrn-portlet dotLRN Portlet:

dotlrn-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-random-photo dotLRN Random Photo:

dotlrn-random-photo 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

dotlrn-static dotLRN Static Applet:

dotlrn-static 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-survey dotLRN Survey:
dotLRN applet for Survey package

dotLRN applet for Survey package

dotlrn-survey 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

dotlrn-syllabus dotLRN Syllabus:

dotlrn-syllabus 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

dotlrn-weblogger dotLRN Weblogger Applet:

dotlrn-weblogger 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by Collaboraid
0:

dotlrn dotLRN:
A Course Management System

Course Management

dotlrn 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

evaluation-portlet Evaluation Portlet:

evaluation-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

evaluation Evaluation:
This package allows the users (professors and students) to use the system to submit and grade the tasks.

This package allows the professors and TAs to assign tasks to the students and to grade them, and to the students to upload their answers and see their grades.

evaluation 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

faq-portlet FAQ Portlet:

faq-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

forums-portlet Forums Portlet:

forums-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

fs-portlet File Storage Portlet:

fs-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

general-comments General Comments:
Service to provide comment entry and display on objects.

General comments provides the widgets and UI to support commentability on any object. There is also an admin interface to edit/hide/delete comments.

general-comments 5.2.0 released 2006-02-12 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

lars-blogger Lars Blogger:
Individual or collaborative web logs.

Weblog creation and management with notifications, RSS, trackpack, technorati, blogroll, pings, archives, draft and published entries, includable templates for presenting on other pages, and permissioning for multiple users.

lars-blogger 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

lors Learning Object Repository Service:
IMS Content Packaging and Medata Services. Implementation of IMS CP and MD for .LRN

This is a service and library to manage IMS Content Packaging and Metadata. From version 0.4d onward it supports SCORM and Blackboard imports

lors 0.7d2 released 2004-08-06 on GPL license
1: Immature

lorsm-portlet LORS Management Portlet:

lorsm-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

lorsm LORS Management:
Application to manage the services from the Learning Object Repository.

This application manages the services from the Learning Object Repository: upload courses, manage and create metadata, delete resources and courses.

lorsm 0.9d5 released 2008-10-17
0:

new-portal New Portal:
Portals.

New Portal Package aka NPP. Portals are used to aggregate content from different sources within a single page. Props to Ian Baker for "Portal".

new-portal 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

news-portlet News Portlet:

news-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

oacs-dav webDAV Support:
Provides services to enable webDAV access to content repository items.

An interface to the tDAV webDAV package. oacs-dav provides services to offer webDAV access to content repository data.

oacs-dav 1.1b1 released 2004-09-27 by OpenACS
0:

photo-album-portlet Photo Album Portlet:

photo-album-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by Xarg
0:

photo-album Photo Album:
Organization, editing and display of user uploaded photos.

A photo album application that provides photo display and grouping functionality using the ACS Content Repository.

Allows users to upload photos, store and edit attributes, and group photos into albums and folders. Supports permissioning, exif data, and user clipboards.

Requires installation of ImageMagick and jhead on host machine. See design doc for details.

photo-album 5.2.3 released 2006-02-18 by OpenACS
1: Immature

profile-provider Profile Provider:

profile-provider 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

random-photo-portlet Random Photo Portlet:

random-photo-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

rss-support RSS Support:
Service contracts and support for generating RSS feeds

Basic support for RSS generation and parsing. RDF Site Summary (RSS) is a lightweight multipurpose extensible metadata description and syndication format. This package can be used to publish site content in a manner useful to other websites and webservices.

For each item (news event, ticket, bboard message, ...) that you want to publish, you create a property list that describes that item (url to item, title of item, description of item, etc.). You pass a list of those items (and some other parameters) to rss_gen, and it will generate your XML for you. You can also implenent a set of functions that satisfy the RSS service contracts and the RSS can be recreated from a scheduled procedure.

rss-support 0.4d2 released 2006-02-18 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

static-portlet Static Portlet:

static-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

survey-portlet Survey Portlet:
Survey package portlet for new-portal

Survey package portlet for new-portal

survey-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0:

survey Survey:
User defined surveys with reporting.

Expanded functionality survey package derived from simple-survey.

survey 5.0.1 released by OpenACS
0:

theme-selva Selva Theme:

theme-selva 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

theme-zen Zen Theme:

theme-zen 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

trackback Trackback:
Support for sending and receiving trackback pings.

Implements the trackback ping specification http://www.movabletype.org/docs/mttrackback.html, for use with lars-blogger.

trackback 0.1 released 2006-02-18 by OpenACS
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

user-profile User Profile:

user-profile 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by OpenACS
0:

views Views:
Track views of objects.

Records views of objects, tracks summary count per object and can be used for displaying which objects are "new" to a given user.

views 0.2d1 released on GPL license by Xarg
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown

weblogger-portlet Weblogger Portlet:

weblogger-portlet 2.5.0 released 2009-07-22 by Collaboraid
0:

xml-rpc XML-RPC Server:
A simple XML-RPC server.

This package implements a simple XML-RPC server. It receives XML-RPC calls, decodes the XML and then calls the requested method on the OpenACS server. Code is based on ns_xmlrpc, but now uses tDOM.

xml-rpc 0.3 released 2003-10-09 by Vinod Kurup
0:

xotcl-core XOTcl Core:
XOTcl library functionality (e.g. thread handling, online documentation, Generic Form and List Classes)

This component contains some core functionality for OpenACS applications using XOTcl. It includes XOTcl thread handling for OpenACS (supporting persistent and volatile threads) and a definitions for documenting XOTcl object, classes and methods integrated with the api-browser of OpenACS. Documented procs and instproc an be created using the methods ad_proc and ad_instproc. This component provides as well an XOTcl Object and Class browser, as well as means to control the recreation of objects and classes when components are reloaded. 0.23: contains a major overhaul of the Generic classes. Object preliminary object layer for content repository, oo templating. 0.36: brings caching support for cr-items. 0.38: important change: uses cr_items.name instead of cr_revision.title to label content items. This effects as well the api (lookup uses -name instead of -title). 0.40: updating package_id in acs_objects, requires now openacs 5.2.*; 0.41: supporting storage_type file, on_submit method and html for forms; 0.43: context and connection context; 0.44: use connection_context, sch regression test works; 0.45: xo:db require operations; 0.48: policies 0.49: stored procedures object proxies (postgres and Oracle) 0.51: require package 0.52: distinguish between ImageField and ImageAnchorField, start using slots, multivalued form entries, bulk-actions, improved localization, improved sql layer (:.xo::db::sql) 0.70: oo interface to acs-object, acs-object-types and cr-items/revisions based on XOTcl slots

xotcl-core 0.106 released 2009-04-28 on BSD-Style license by Gustaf Neumann, WU Wien
0: New Submission or Maturity Unknown