Open Source Communication Platform: 6zap
6zap is an open source communication platform with e-mail, calendar, file management and contacts management.
The application comes in 3 flavors:
- Hosted version
- Downloadable version for installing it to any server
- Hosting it in the cloud with the pre-configued Amazon-AMI
The e-mail module is similar to Outlook, a slick three-pane interface (that can also work offline) with auto-save, drag’n drop & spelling features.
Calendar module offers both shared & private usage that supports recurring events, multiple views (day, week, month..).
The application has a file management module that offers a desktop-like experience. Files & folders can be added, renamed, deleted easily.
Contacts module is again very similar to Outlook & yoıu can reach it from the other parts of the application like the calendar or e-mail.
There is also a feature named Zcount, that makes subscribing & logging to the other websites/applications easier. It auto-creates an e-mail alias for subscription to offer a better spam protection.
To sum up, 6zap is a promising product that can be handy for:
- service providers for offering it to their customers
- individuals for almost instantly installing & using such a communication platform