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Servelots team and Pantoto were active participants in the recently concluded event. The event was from Nov 29th to Dec 2nd 2005.

Our team not only learned about the latest happenings in the FOSS community but also shared their work in the following presentations :
  1. GIS to store, anlayse and visualize Geodata - by Raj
  2. Indic Tools for Community Knowledge Bases - by Raghavan
  3. A Javascript Indic Input Method Editor - by Surekha

Thanks to Aventail - a provider of SSL and VPN products, who sponsored the stall space for Pantoto communities demo. Because of their support, Pantoto communities like SAATHII, Tsunami Knowledge Center, Toto, PCRA and Shramik were demonstrated every day to the interested FOSS participants.

Our stall got a good response, where along with showing the demo we distributed Pantoto flyers. Servelots team members also had stickers stuck on their backs, which declared - Turn me around for a Pantoto Demo!

On Dec 2nd afternoon, Servelots along with Mahiti and Sarai called for a Birds of a Feather (BoaF) meet on IT for NGOs. That was one BoaF! In spite of some flying tempers we had a very responsive audience and we came out with a couple of action items. The minutes of the BoaF is still to be edited. Contact us if interested!

Overall the was very eventful - awesome speakers, great presentations, cool technologies and not-so-good food. Wish we did not have so much plastic/thermocol at the event.

Pantoto Release Notes --- May 2006

Pantoto version 2.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) contains some new features and enhancements in some functional areas more importantly, in v2.0 RC1 Pantoto has undergone significant design and technical enhancements.

These release note contains Whats New, Download Instructions, Known Issues,and Frequently Asked Questions. These notes will be updated when we get feedback on this RC, and once no major issues are reported there will be Pantoto v2.0 release.

Whats New
1. HTML Editor
The new HTML editor ( TinyMCE ) is user friendly in adding and editing content for web publishing.

2. CAPTCHA for Registration process and posting of guest pagelets
A CAPTCHA is a program that can generate and grade tests that most humans can pass, but current computer programs can't pass. This feature has been integrated with the Registration screen and when guest user post information to make sure that only "real" people are posting information.

3. Customizable interface/skin
A new skin , named bluez , has been added, which offers a flexible way to move around your top bar image, menu options and to change the colors of your site.

4. Enhanced RSS Feeds
A user friendly interface is provided to configure the RSS feeds.

5. Easy to create the HTML forms for your site
The process of creating the HTML forms is known as One click form. Creating one-click form has become pretty easy and has the feature of selecting or deselecting the required fields for the one click form.

6. Expand and collapse structure
Now one can see all the categories, locations, related pagelets, etc in an expand and collapse tree format.

7. Duplicate is called Duplicate!
Earlier to create a copy or a duplicate pagelet, we use to use the action (and terminology) "Post Similar", now we have reduced the confusion! To create a copy/duplicate, one has to perform the Duplicate

8. Pagelet property can be changed from My Space
Now one can change the default properties of a Pagelet from My Space.

Download Pantoto 2.0 RC1
To download and install Pantoto 2.0 RC1, follow the given links



Known Issues
1) Discussion Forum functionality is yet to be provisioned
2) Events Calendar functionality is yet to be provisioned
3) Photo Album functionality is yet to be provisioned.
4) Toto -83
5) Toto-251
6) RSS Feed
a) While editing the RSS Feed Configuration, there is no option to select different set of categories of interests or to select more number of categories of interests.
b) Currently only one external feed can be configured.

And there are still many issues to resolve, which will be resolved in next release.

Q1)How do I download the new Pantoto (2.0 RC1)?
A) Read the download instructions given above!

Q)What are the Software/Hardware requirements for installing and running
Pantoto 2.0 RC1?
A)Software requirements : JDK1.4, Mysql 4, Ant, Rapid SVN (for Windows), Jikes
? ? Hardware : RAM 128 MB, Disk space 100 MB, Pentium III processor or latest.

Q) Where is the source code?
A) Source code is available at

Q)Is Pantoto 2.0 RC1 free? If yes, can I use it and customize it?
A) Yes! Yes!

Q)What license does Pantoto 2.0 RC1 use?
A) APL2.0, which is compatible with GPL.

Q)Is there a Help Manual for Pantoto 2.0 RC1?
A) Yes! The Help available in the form of pagelets and also in the pdf format. A user can just click on Help Menu Option to view the pdf format.

Q)How can I help?
A) Write to us at

Q)What are the design and technical enhancements in version 2.0 RC1?
A) We are using Hibernate for persistent mechanism, Jakarta-i18n library for internationalization of error and messages and CSS for new skin. Also the old codebase has been picked, preened and spruced up to implement the Object Oriented methodology fully and some design patterns.

Q)Why the new HTML Editor ?
A) Pantoto v2.0 uses TinyMCE instead of Htmlarea, which is a rich-text editor. Since the development with Htmlarea is not active anymore, bugs related to Htmlarea were not resolved. So we switched to TinyMCE which is another Rich text editor and is active. Tiny-MCE is very light weight and easy to integrate and lot more features than HTML area . It has multiple browser support like Mozilla, MS-IE, Firefox, opera & safari.

Q)Which feature in Pantoto v2.0 use TinyMCE?
A) a. Edit Category
b. Create pagelet
c. Adding remarks

Q)What is CAPTCHA ?
A) A CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turning test to cell Computers and Humans Apart) is a program that can generate and grade tests that most humans can pass, but current computer programs can't pass. It is used to prevent software program (robot) from using various types of computing services.

Q)Why is CAPTCHA needed in Pantoto v2.0?
A) CAPTCHA is needed in
a. Registration Form : To prevent automated registration in Pantoto based communities. This can be achieved by populating the registration form and submitting it many times by a spamming program.
b. Guest pagelet: To prevent automated posting of pagelet by non registered users(guest).

Q)Why a new skin?
A)The existing skins in Pantoto- Corporate, Classic, Website - were not customizable by a user in terms of layout and style. A CSS based skin, whose styles and layouts can be overridden by the user in terms of hierarchy was needed to achieve this.

Q)What is the new Skin?
A)The new skin, Bluez, has a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) cased approach because of which customizable options comes in to picture, so now any community can design the look and feel of there site, pretty easily. It
is also a prototype skin based on which other skins can be developed.

Q)Whats enhanced about RSS Feed in Pantoto v2.0?
A) A new user interface is provided for an Admin of a domain to configure t he RSS feeds for their domain. Additionally, RSS feeds are now generated using the Rome API, which generates the feed files according to the RSS 2.0 specification. And the reader for the RSS Feeds is a Ajax Javascript RSSReader instead of a servlet call which makes the request process faster. There are some know issues (details in Known Issues) with RSS feeds in v2.0.

For more information write to us at :

Indic IME toolbar for Mozilla based browsers
Indic-Sarai fellows Surekha and Raghavan have come up with an "IndicIMEToolbar" for Mozilla based browsers which will facilitate users to key in Indian Language characters in web applications like email, filling some forms etc. This Indic IME toolbar can be added to Mozilla, firefox and Netscape7 browsers.

Using this Indic IME toolbar, one can
  • Type in Indian Languages in web pages
  • Send emails in Indian Languages
  • Edit documents in composer's HTML source mode, save to file system and/or take a hard copy of the same.
Note: This is possible only in Netscape7, but for some reason, it doesn't work in
Mozilla's composer.

The IME functionality is implemented using Javascript event handling. This toolbar can be directly installed from

"" for mozilla and Netscape7 and "" for firefox1.0

( or Visit Indicart, this Indic work reposiotry at and search for toolbar )

Though there are localized linux operating systems available with IME support at the OS level, this toolbar will be helpful for those who do not want (or wait for the)
the entire application/os in local languages but just want the facility to type in Indian Languages in web pages.

This toolbar is tested in Mozilla1.7.1, Netscape7.1 and Firefox1.0 [on windows and Redhat Linux9]. Send us your comments/suggesions/feedback to Surekha Sastry [surekha AT servelots DOT com] & Srinivasa Raghavan [ raghavan AT
servelots DOT com].
पेंनटोटो अब स्वभाषावों में

PANTOTO is being localized! Surekha and Raghavan are Indic-Sarai fellows who have joined our team to develop Indic tools and test them by integrating the tools with PANTOTO as test bed. The tools that they develop during the course of their fellowship will be made available in the public domain so that their work will benefit not just the PANTOTO communities project but the entire Indic community.

If you do not have the appropriate font installed on your system, then you will see a box in case of IE5.5+ and a '?' in Netscape6.0+ for the Indic characters. In order to see the Indic characters, please install the font raghu.ttf

Read IndicFont Installation Instructions here.

  • Click here to view a detailed abstract of their work.
  • If you are interested in volunteering for the Indic project please send a mail to surekha @
Press Release: Latest Public Release on Sourceforge

Available on Source Forge
The PANTOTO Communities software is being made available on Source Forge The software is available under both GPL and Apache Licenses. Please join the effort.

We made our second public release of the software. Features that allows sorting of serach results, sending notifications for remarks and other enhancements that will make the software more user friendly.

Work has commenced on provisioning localization of the PANTOTO Communities software. This is being done using the software that has been developed by the Indic-Sarai fellows. Sarai has been supporting the development of tools that can be used for Indic Language needs of a web application.

To see their work please visit

They also encourage developers/organizations and other working in the area of Indic/localization to participate in the Indicart community.


What is the PANTOTO?

  • PANTOTO is a platform independent, web-enabled software product that allows end-users to configure information management systems, online communities, and extranets.
  • It is targeted at SMEs, not-for-profit organizations and government organizations by being a software that aims to reduce the dependency on the software developer.
  • Developed in Java, PANTOTO uses a MySQL database and a Tomcat/Resin web-server. The user interface has been developed using the WebMacro template engine.
  • To know more about the PANTOTO Communities project please visit

Who is developing PANTOTO?

  • Development of the PANTOTO Communities project is being driven by Servelots Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
  • Servelots is a Bangalore based IT company and its sole agenda is to develop, enhance and service the PANTOTO software.
  • With a current team strength of ten, the team is expanding, also into other cities, to meet a growing set of customization needs of clients.
  • PANTOTO is a free/open source software on, and the developer circle extends beyond the team at Servelots.

What is the profile of PANTOTO users?

Mostly from the NGO and SME sector. PANTOTO adopters are typically functional experts who are not computer savvy, but are able to put together simple web-based applications for information and community management for their needs.

Calling for Participation

  • We are currently seeking software developers who have worked with Open Source and in an Open Source Environment.
  • We also invite particpation from individuals who have experience in information management/documentation/networking with an interest in the social development sector.

Working with us in this project requires an understanding of the significance of your contribution to the NGO sector. We are today in an environment where IT resources are inaccessible to the NGO and SME sectors. Visit for more information.

PANTOTO Communities - Communities Managing Community Knowledge

3354 KR Road,
Bangalore 560070

JANASTU - The Social Development Unit of Servelots Inaugurated

Inauguration of Janastu - 28th August 2002

JANASTU - "let it be... people!" - is a not-for-profit organization that helps institutions in the social development sector create, deploy and manage information solutions.

Shri B.K. Chandrashekar - minister for Primary and Secondary Education formally inaugurated Janastu on August 28 at the state youth center. NGOs, research institutions, subject experts, and representatives of bilateral projects attended the workshop in good number.

JANASTU has been working with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions that allow organizations and individuals to build online communities and mange information repositories. It will use tools that will catalyze participation amongst people.

The mission of Janastu is to e-nable the social development sector to pro-actively manage community-based knowledge and sustain it. The "let it be people" approach will provide a model where participatory management enables community based knowledge repositories.

  • Participation is networking, collaboration, dissemination, communication, building applications...
  • Community is focus group, beneficiaries, associates, members, co-ordinators, managers...
  • Knowledge from MIS, surveys, monitoring & evaluation, events, documentation...