Topic: Kete 1.2 released

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Release announcement for Kete 1.2.

Kete 1.2 is now available and massively improves on Kete 1.1.  As usual, to grab the code see the downloads page for details or browse the code online at

An in-depth list of features and issues resolved can be found at including guides on their use. Here are some highlights:
  • Smarter Extended Fields - Kete now supports richer ways of customizing your content forms and item display. Add a google map for your users to pinpoint location, give them a selection of predefined choices to choose the value from including hierarchical choices, describe the type of relationships between items and your site's topics.
  • Baskets for everyone - site administrators can elect to allow users to create their own baskets for their stuff. They can simplify basket forms to be quick to fill out and prevent users from changing things they shouldn't.
  • Use images to put faces to names - users can designate their uploaded images as portraits of themselves.  They can also use their existing gravatar (global avatar) if they like.
  • More fun with images and uploaded files - thumbnails of images related for topics in latest topics display, result pages, and RSS feeds to give better illustration of what an item is about. Support for hosting podcasts. Harvesting of embedded metadata from uploaded files such as a geotag of where an image was taken.
  • Privacy features refinements - new and refined tools to make it easier to take advantage of Kete's privacy controls. Great for things like intranets and extranets.
  • The beginnings of cross site integration - basket administrators may now display entries from RSS feeds on basket homepages.  This is nifty for showing off the latest books in your Koha 3 catalogue, for example.
This site and Kete Horowhenua have been upgraded to use Kete 1.2.


The Installation Guide at has been updated for Kete 1.2.


If you already have an existing Kete site, the upgrade steps are outlined at Upgrading to Kete 1.2 Release.

Reporting Issues:

Our issue tracker for reporting bugs or requesting features is at, but I recommend you take a look at first.

If you would like to discuss your idea for an enhancement with the Kete community, please add it as a related topic to this topic or comment there.


Kete 1.2's major work was funded by Auckland City Libraries, Te Reo o Taranaki, Katipo, Friends of Pukekura Park, Horizons Regional Council, and HLT.  It was done by myself, James Stradling, and Kieran Pilkington.

Kete is a Ruby on Rails application, so huge thanks go to those that have worked on Ruby and Ruby on Rails for providing a great foundation to build an application on top of. Thanks also go to the team at IndexData ( for their work on Zebra which Kete uses as the basis for its search and browsing functionality.

Kete also benefits from numerous plugin and gem developers. Thank you for the great software libraries!

A special thank you goes out to New Relic who provided their services to identify areas that needed optimization as we prepared for the Kete 1.2 release. They saved us oodles of time and headaches.

Enjoy Kete 1.2,
Walter McGinnis
Kete Project Lead
Katipo Communications, Ltd.

P.S. - 1.3 is already well along in its development. We're shooting for a quicker 1.3 release, so stay tuned for more exciting developments including the next phase in cross site integration.

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