We are pleased to announce the release of the third alpha version of OpenLP!
It has been three months since our last alpha release, and the developers have been working hard to fix bugs and add new features. We're getting ever closer to a complete application, and there are already enough finished features that some Churches are using the alpha releases in their Sunday Services. We hope more people will be willing to give this new version a try. Read on for more details about this release.
*Note, if upgrading from 1.9.2 you will need to convert your song database, or OpenLP will fail to start.*
The complete list of features can be seen on the Version 2.0 Features page of the developers' wiki. Some of the new features we have been working on for this release are:
More song imports have been added, including openlp.org 1.x and OpenLP 2.0, OpenSong, CCLI, Words of Worship and EasyWorship.
The display code has been rewritten, and as a result video backgrounds are possible as well as text formatting.
A lot of effort has been put into internationalization. Some additional languages are now available, although some of those available within OpenLP are incomplete. If you would like to help translate your language, more information is on our wiki.
Spell checking within the song editor.
If you have been running a previous release, then you will need to be aware of a few changes:
The songs database has been changed and will cause OpenLP to crash. Details to upgrade this are in a previous blog post
Due to the display code changes, your themes may no longer work the same. You will need to review your themes to check they are OK.
In addition, the theme indent and the transparent background options have been removed.
Presentations may need to be reloaded to rebuild their thumbnail cache
The user interface has changed in places, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the new layout
Version 1.x Users
If you are upgrading from v1, it is now possible to import your song database direct from the Song Import menu option. At the file open dialog, enter:
This version is still in alpha. Although quite stable now, it is still incomplete and not completely tested. Some bugs may exist and some features may be missing or not working as expected. We would very much like you to report any problems you find at Launchpad.net
Any questions, please *first* check the Frequently Asked Questions, and then, if you cannot find a suitable answer to your question, contact us on IRC via the Contact Us menu on the left. (Ask a question in IRC that is already answered in the FAQ at your peril - the developers don't like repeating themselves! :)
We are now starting work on our next alpha, which we're hoping will be our last before we go beta, and are aiming for a Christmas release. Check our Milestone page to follow progress. Please remember that dates/milestones may change as the developers work in their spare time.
To download this version, please go to the Development Release section of the Download page.
If the 1.9.3 version for your system is not there yet, please check back in a day or two as the packagers work to complete their builds.
Finally, a big thank you to the developers, testers and translators for the work that has gone into this release.