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Doc5 Wiki Available for Download

Slightly behind with this post but I finally have a new release of Doc5 available for download.

New features include,

  • Full WYSIWYG editing and no more trying to get used to the markup. (Not that it was difficult but people are used to risch editors these days)
  • Complete redesign of the UI.
    Bootstrap makes for an easy to use, clean interface and I really like the design anyway.
  • Easier to use more finely grained permissions.
    Per user permissions for categories and pages and inheritance for pages.
  • Much better file management and easier to link files into pages.
  • Bug fixes and support for different databases with faster access.
  • HTML email templates.
    This will make it easier to extend and handle language translations in the future.
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Doc5 Beta Now in Testing

After many years I have got a version of Doc5 up and available to use. It’s a vastly different wiki app than the previous version and most of the changes have been made in the last 9 months. The last version released for download was a different name and appeared before my son was born. He starts school in two weeks.

My 9-5 job takes up enough time that for a couple of years I left this project alone and considered dropping any thoughts of pushing it out. But writing web apps is my hobby, so it’s been good to dig through all the old code and clean it up.

So a list of the major changes:

  • WYSIWYG editing has arrived and the previous wiki engine is gone
  • Permissions have been simplified but also extended to categories
  • Full UI make over, although I have gone with a pretty basic Bootstrap view of things.
  • Better file uploads and management.
  • Templates for email notifications

I think a full release should be available for download in the next two months. Testing on the web will help tune spam catching and there’s some bug fixing to roll out as well as plenty of test cases to run.

Web Apps

Kisimi: a wiki for normal people

Kisimi is a free and simple Wiki, based on DokuWiki, with more than a few handy features that’s designed to look good and cover the basics.

Can’t find Kisimi? The wiki app is now called Doc5 and is available at

What’s a wiki?

Pages in a wiki-enabled web site have the ability to be edited by anyone using pretty much plain text. This allows content to be added by people around the world, providing a collaborative space for your ideas and documentation. Each  change is tracked and credited to the different authors which allows for easy editing and infinite versions of each page.

A site running Kisimi can be used for things like simple note taking or a place to store ideas or technical documentation. Pages can be opened up to the world or restricted to you and your friends or colleagues. You can also upload your documents and images or other files for use in your pages. You don’t have to know anything about HTML or programming, just jump in and start writing.

Features of Kisimi include Privacy and Protection of pages and files and the concept of Ownership of categories (collections of pages). Changes to each page are saved with differences immediately available via History. To learn about other features, have a read through the Manual or suggest a feature on the Feedback page.

To see what Kisimi can do, try the SandPit. Anyone can make and save changes to these pages, although until you sign in you won’t be able to Protect pages, mark your own as Private or claim Categories.

Current Release

Kisimi version 20091025 has been released and is available for download (7zip, zip, tar.gz) now. Please check back here for the documentation and let me know how things go. Kisimi source code is made available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

If you find a bug (we’re still working on perfection), would like a new feature or want to tell us your views, please use Mende to submit a Ticket, message mike from your Kisimi account, email or visit the Feedback page.

Kisimi is best viewed with a modern web browser like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer 8 (not IE6) at a minimum screen resolution of 1024×768. Feel free to send me an email with any feedback,

The Name

The name Kisimi comes from Kisimi Kamara of Sierra Leone who created the Mende language of the region to encourage literacy among his people.