Community News November 2022

News from the FlowForge and Node-RED communities

| Rob Marcer

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Welcome to the FlowForge newsletter for November 2022, a monthly roundup of what’s been happening with both FlowForge and the wider Node-RED community.

If you've got something that you think we should share on our newsletters please get it touch.

Node-RED Nears 3.1 Release As we mentioned last month, the release of Node-RED 3.1 is expected very soon. 3.1 includes lots of great new features such as support for locking flows in the editor and improving the user experience around hiding flows. As an open source project the development of Node-RED is entirely dependent on individuals and companies giving their time to work towards each new release. If you'd like to know how you can get involved you can read more on the Node-RED web site.

FlowForge 1.1 Released
Version 1.1 of FlowForge was released on 24th November. Our latest release included some great new features such as Persistent file storage, the ability to import Node-RED snapshots from outside of FlowForge and a much improved interface to deploy projects to your devices. We're now working towards our final release of 2022 which is due just before Christmas. You can see what we are planning to deliver in that release and beyond on FlowForge's project board.

If you’d like to learn more about what else was included in 1.1 you can do so on our blog post, GitHub release page, and Youtube channel.

Node-Redscape - 100% Free, Open-Source Escape Room Control Software
As we'll come to later in this newsletter, FlowForge visited an Escape Room in Winchester as part of our team meet-up. Co-incidentally, a great Node-RED project came up a few days after our visit which we thought was worth sharing. In their own words Node-Redscape 'provides a set of templates, flows, and examples that turn Node-RED into a complete Escape Room automation system'. Very topical for us and also seems like a great project. You can learn more about the project on Youtube as well as on Github.

FlowForge team meetup FlowForge is a fully remote team, we currently have a strong skew towards western Europe but we are in the process of adding team members in each of the continents. On that point, any great Product Managers who live in Antarctica are encouraged to apply for a job with us! Remote work is great but it's also valuable to get everyone together in the real world from time to time. FlowForge had such a meet up last month in Winchester, UK. We came from near and far and took the opportunity to have productive round-table discussions about some features we are working towards in 1.2 and beyond. We also dropped into Clue Capers, a great Escape Room in the center of Winchester who provided the photo below to mark the occasion.

The FlowForge team pictured during our visit to Clue Capers

FlowForge Team News
We are currently recruiting a Product Manager, and a Senior Community Manager. You can view any of the roles we currently have open and apply on our Jobs page.

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