Fatwire Content Server 7.5, a Web content management system (WCM), was released this week. Fatwire's Content Server intends to deliver a compelling web experience by building, deploying, and managing large-scale and interactive web sites. New features in CS 7.5 include:
Site Preview: Allows business users to set up time-based versions of their website and preview what their site will look like on different future dates, including side by side preview of date-based versions. With this new tool, business users and marketers can create seasonal and time-based online campaigns with ease.
Customizable and Extensible User Interface: Provides the ability to configure the content management user interface by role to support customers’ business processes entirely. Users can have a dashboard tailored specifically to their content management process for dramatically improved efficiencies.
The developers of Gallery, an online photo-album organizer, have officially announced the start of Gallery 3. I have to say they have a very aggressive release date for the release of version 3.0.
Those of you that have been paying attention know that something is going on! At the Gallery Sprint a few weeks ago, we made a lot of decisions and got the ball rolling on a complete rewrite which we've decided to call Gallery 3. Development of new features on Gallery 2 has been frozen, Gallery 1 is now a completely separate project "Jallery", and the Gallery team is now busy at work on Gallery 3. It's definitely not ready to run on your website yet but we've set the ambitious goal of having a 3.0 release by February 1, 2009 and are on track to meet that goal.
Ironic how the world can change so quickly. Yesterday, the CIO of my organization began enforcing the use of anti-virus software on all of our Linux clients and servers. Today, I read that Apple is telling its Mac users to purchase anti-virus software. Something nasty is brewing out there.
Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.
It has been a long time since I had anything to report about eGroupWare, an enterprise groupware package. It also doesn't help that I haven't used the software for about a year. However, eGroupWare 1.6 Final was released last week giving us some new news.
New additions and improvements in eGroupWare 1.6 include:
ImpressCMS impressed me so much that I decided to add it to CMS Report's CMS Focus. ImpressCMS pushed XOOPS off of this list!
Some of the XOOPS fans thought I was being too harsh on XOOPS by knocking it off my top 30 list. When I took a look at ImpressCMS (a fork of XOOPS) I was impressed with some of the new directions the project has taken since its departure from XOOPS. I knew I wanted to put ImpressCMS on my top 30 CMS list, but in order to put one into CMS Focus I have to take another CMS off the list. I choose to take XOOPS of the list.
Because it involves software, probably the IT department's. But is IT equipped for the task? And does it want the responsibility? Collaboration is a human process, in essence, so surely the buck stops somewhere else - even if IT provides a number of enabling tools.
The article then discusses that collaboration tools may be best implemented "by a few people at a time". In other words, perhaps the first time social publishing systems are introduced in your organization, it may be best not to implement it through traditional enterprise software. The article even suggests that Facebook would be a good first collaboration tool. I personally wouldn't go that far (or rather short sighted) with Facebook, however.
A month ago, I started observing an increase in traffic from a relatively new aggregation site called Alltop. CMS Report is now being featured in Alltop's content management page which is dedicated to "all the top content management news". Alltop recently expanded the number of topics they cover and I surmise that content management is one of those new topics. While there are already a number of news aggregation sites referring their readers back to CMSReport.com (and if you're one of them...we thank you), Alltop is special.
What makes Alltop so special? First of all, the site is a project associated with Guy Kawasaki. Guy Kawasaki has a history with Apple but he is one of those successful IT guys with so much confidence in himself that his time at Apple alone doesn't define him. If you check out his blog on a regular basis you'll come to understand what I'm trying to write here.
Secondly, Alltop is special because it was developed by a neighbor, Electric Pulp. Electric Pulp is based in my city, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I don't know what it is, but there seems to be a lot of successful tech companies with national presence to be found in Sioux Falls. Go figure that one out.
Google would like to have a bigger slice of P&G's $8.7 billion annual advertisement budget and better understand the needs of traditional consumer-market companies. Meanwhile P&G still spends most of it's advertisement dollars in traditional media with as little as 2% of its ad budget online does need some help in making the leap online.
What impressed me most in the story was just how much companies such as Google and P&G are in two different worlds.
I'm not a developer or anything. Just recommend this amazing forum system with a bright future.
While I make no promises on getting MyBB into CMS Focus, I do think it is time to take a new look at SMF, phpBB, vB, and the new comers. Perhaps in a couple days we'll see if it is time for another forum application to knock SMF off the top 30 CMS list. May the best forum software win...
A recent blog post from Sarah Parez tries to answer some "want-to-know" questions on the upcoming Microsoft Office Web Applications. With software as a service becoming more popular, Google has quickly become a competitor of Microsoft's Office Suite with its Google Docs. Microsoft is aggressively fighting back by making its Office software available via the Web browser.
According to Perez's post, Microsoft's Office Web Applications will not only be available in Internet Explorer, but also Safari and Firefox. Office Web will also be compatible on the Linux and Mac platforms. Some of the specific answers Sarah Parez gives in her blog post:
Q: Do the Office Web Applications require Internet Explorer?
A: No! Office Web applications will work across multiple platforms and browsers including Safari and Firefox, too.
Q: Will the Office Web Applications work on the iPhone?