Alfresco enterprise CMS now reaches the iPhone
Source: Alfresco Alfresco have announced the release of Alfresco Community Edition 3.2, the open source enterprise content management system, adding features such as mobile access, IMAP support and enhanced records management.
The new release extends the accessibility of content to mobile devices such as the iPhone with a new front end customised to the smaller form factor of those devices. "With Alfresco's new Smartphone client, users can take their work with them, and they are no longer tied to their desks" said John Newton, Alfresco CTO, adding that the current "lean times" for businesses made them demand content management systems that supported a mobile workforce. Newton expands on this theme in a recent blog posting.
Another major feature is IMAP support, which allows the content management system to be accessed as a folder in mail clients which support IMAP. This feature will allow users to share or archive mail within the content repository by dragging and dropping mail into the Alfresco managed folder. Alfresco hopes that this feature will help introduce the concept of managed content to a new audience who currently file their mail locally or on mail servers.
Other important, but less visible changes, include Enhanced Records Management and updated CMIS support. Alfresco is preparing to have Alfresco certified for DoD 5015.2 compliance in September and Alfresco 3.2 lays the ground work for this. Official support for DoD 5015.2 is due in September, but for now, templates have been added to support the additional metadata required. Alfresco have also added full CMIS support, adding REST and Query APIs to their implementation of the Content Management Interoperability Services specification which was introduced last year. Alfresco say that they now have the most complete implementation of CMIS currently available.
Other enhancements include improvements in the performance of the web content management (WCM) system with highly-parallel uploading of content to external websites, a new web content deployment architecture, EC2 "cloud-ready" support and new components for Alfresco Share such as image galleries and a flexible metadata capture form system.
Alfresco Community Edition is licensed under the GPL and is available to download for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Alfresco Enterprise Edition is based on the Community edition, but is integrated with both open source and proprietary systems and is put through a thorough QA process.