I am happy to announce the availability of the Community Version 2.1 of its Open Source Enterprise Content Management System. I know it came out a week ago last Friday, but we wanted to give the vacationing Americans a chance to catch up after the 4th of July holiday.
I'd like to publicly thank all of engineering for the tremendous effort around Release 2.1, which is the foundation for a revolution in how enterprise content management is done. The engineers accomplished a tremendous amount while supporting the customers and the technical support team to provide the level of service that you all expect. Thanks to Paul Holmes-Higgin for managing the project and Kevin Cochrane for bringing in product management. Bringing you the actual code of Version 2.1 was:
- Andy - Web Content Management indexing and search
- Ariel - Forms enhancement, asset regeneration
- Britt - Locking services, deployment services, attribute service for web content
- Dave - Creating the Web Script technology while updating BPM for WCM launch & expiry workflows
- Derek - Multilingual services, XML extractor, map-able metadata extraction, core service improvements
- Gary - CIFS Fixes and enhancements (major code merge still going on for AIFS)
- Gav - Link management UI, deployment UI, launch and expiry UI
- Jon - Link management service
- Linton and Lawrence - UI design for this release and next
- Mike - Word integration and portlets with some cool AJAX enhancements
- Roy - PHP scripting, Blog integration, Mediawiki integration
- Steve - For managing the quality assurance process as always
In addition, new employees Jan started work on extending multi-tenant support for our hosting customers and Saravanan provided prototyping with Flex and Web Scripts for our enterprise network offering which will be in a follow-on release.
I would also like to thank those in the community that have contributed to this release. Particularly interesting were the extensions to manage translations and multi-lingual documents contributed by the developers in the European Commission.
A new Microsoft Word integration built using the Web Script technology, provides a simple, light-weight browser control that display Web Script components based upon the context of the document being edit. The plugin provides a Office-tailored set of components including a document dashboard for personal context, current tasks and actions available on the document, a repository browser, document detail view, task and workflow information and search pane providing federated search available using the OpenSearch API.
In addition, version 2.1 provides extensions to web content management and workflow to simplify the management of websites. Alfresco web content management now supports transactionally-complete deployment of content to one or more web servers. Either all the updates happen or they don’t. Preventative locking of web assets is now supported as is native search of the web site based upon the Lucene full-text engine. The Alfresco workflow, built using JBoss jBPM, now provides task commenting, viewing history of completed tasks, and timers to support expired tasks or timed release of content to a website.