Given the flurry of product announcements this week, my desk is stacked high with press releases and requests for review. The most notable of these recent announcements are for ImpressPages 4.0, Jahia 7, and Umbraco 7.1. Each of these content management systems deserve their own review. However, this is a Friday and time isn't on my side. So, I thought at the least there would be value in mentioning the release of these products and give you the option to follow up on your own for additional information.
With ImpressPages 4.0 released the focus is the offering of a new PHP framework that merges easy code and an easy content editor. The goal is simple - make it work for both, developers and content managers. As ImpressPages shifts from CMS to framework with a new MVC engine, users can make custom changes in no time; not to mention they can write plugins and themes. Programmers and web designers are provided a clean and tidy workspace with numerous possibilities as ImpressPages is fully open source and customizable.
But the essence of ImpressPages 4.0 lies in the new developer-admin relationship. Now website developers are granted the right to build as complex systems as they wish without having to worry about the ease of use for content managers. The latter is thoughtfully created by the following features:
- Inline editing with drag&drop;
- Pre-made widgets: text, image, video, map, file, form, and more;
- New usability-based UI.
We knew Jahia 7 was coming a few months ago when Jahia Solutions Group let us know that the new software would be unveiled during their JahiaOne conference. Jahia 7 introduces powerful distributed development features, private app stores to re-use and distribute components securely with a new OSGi integration. All this was done to move Jahia toward their Digital Industrialization vision of allowing enterprises to deliver their digital projects faster. Jahia 7's goal is to give enterprises the opportunity to re-use components or features developed for a given project into the next, thus reducing the TCO, project after project.
Some of the details of the new features provided in Jahia's product announcement include:
- Distributed development: Jahia Studio, the User Experience builder, is unique on the market and makes Jahia 7 far more powerful and productive than any other Java CMS.
- Source repository integration: Developers can work as a team, remotely and simultaneously, directly on the integration server or on their desktop. All sources modifications are pushed to a repository to which the Studio is linked. Changes are versioned in the source repository and all changes can be tested on a single server to validate compatibility and to develop with agile methodologies at blazing speed.
- Simplified and controlled code editing: Developers have direct access to the sources of their modules. They can edit sources through an online interface and code wherever they are, even without an IDE installed locally . Direct editing of sources (scripts, classes, resource bundles, xml or properties files) allows to test changes on the fly.
- Private App Store: This new Jahia software is installed by customers and/or partners on their enterprise environments and enables them to safely re-use developments delivered on one project to the next, from one environment to the next, either on premises or on the cloud. Jahia Private App store industrializes the distribution of developments with safe apps that will not put corporate assets and missions critical projects at risk. Jahia 7 secures the deployments by introducing a major technical improvement : leveraging OSGI, it is now possible to hot-deploy modules on servers without downtime or restart, even when they contain java classes.
Jahia 7 has also given the vendor the opportunity to refresh their product line which now includes: Jahia Digital Factory (formerly know as Jahia xCM), Jahia Workspace Factory (formerly know as Jahia Wise), Jahia Portal Factory, and Jahia eCommerce Factory. For additional information about Jahia 7 please see Jahia.com.
Sebastiaan Janssen recently described Umbraco 7.1.0 as "smooth as butter". Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what he means by that but given that we've left Umbraco off our radar for too long I'll cut Umbraco's core manager some slack. With over 200,000 installations reported, Umbraco is one of the most deployed Web content management systems on the Microsoft stack.
So what's new in Umbraco 7.1? Here are some of the most significant new features:
- Image Cropper in the Core: The cropper also doubles as an upload field. In fact: you can replace any upload field with a cropper field and your previously uploaded file is still there but now croppable.
- Breadcrumbs and Warnings: A little something to let you know where you're at and to warn you that you may not want to leave (in case you forgot to save the page).
- Change Document Types: You can now switch and map existing filled in properties on the ones on the actual type that you wanted to have but may not have originally selected.
- Members: The Members API has been overhauled and the MemberService is now available and completely in line with the ContentService and the MediaService.
Additional information about Umbraco 7.1 can be found at Umbraco.com.