OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1 Release Notes

September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015: OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1 is here! Try out the forthcoming new features of OpenCms 10 with this alpha release.

Please note: This alpha version is not feature complete! Some important functionalities are missing, these will be added in later alpha or beta release. We do not recommend to use this version in productive OpenCms environments.

New in OpenCms 10

  • Modernized the look & feel of the overall user interface*
  • Introduced the Launchpad as the central starting place for the user*
  • New file explorer with support for column sorting, filtering and large folders*
  • Developers can now export and import modules through a SMB network share*
  • New Git App allows committing of module content directly from the workplace*
  • New <cms:search> tag combines SOLR based resource collection and full text searches*
  • Drag and Drop of images directly in the page editor*
  • Copy groups allow creation of boiler plate layouts with text / images*
  • Reuse groups allow reusing nested container structures on several pages*
  • Users are identified with an identicon in the toolbar
  • Improved the template editor with support for inherited and disabled templates
  • New <cms:edit> tag allows editing of arbitary resources based on UID
  • Added a reset password option to the login dialog
  • Nested container structures can now be copied using the clipboard
  • Support for local configuration change sets based on XSLT
  • Modules can be exported with a reduced manifest.xml to avoid merge conflicts
  • Optimized resources types, formatters and views in the demo template application
  • Updated the responsive demo template based on Bootstrap

Items marked with * are considered important improvements in this version.

Improved in OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1

  • Extended lookup of login-form property to also work with detail pages.
  • Made pointers/htmlredirects work for internationalized domain names.
  • Improved synchronization in SQL manager and content type definitions.
  • Fixed issue #323 with missing manifest entries for Russian localization.
  • Fixed script tag generation in action elements for better IE compatibility.
  • Fixed issue where import failed due to missing principals.
  • Fixed issue with null pointers during inline editing.
  • Fixed issue with null pointers when reading search document dependencies.
  • Fixed issue where validation messages were not displayed in the workplace locale.

General OpenCms features

  • The page editor allows WYSIWYG inline editing of web pages and arrangement of content by drag & drop.
  • The form based editor allows editing of structured content in a well defined form mask.
  • The sitemap editor allows to create new pages and re-arrange the navigation tree by drag & drop.
  • Responsive demo template based on Bootstrap 3.
  • Content creation for mobile devices with preview and device specific content control.
  • Structured contents can be defined using a simple XML schema.
  • Easy to use "Online / Offline" workflow, changes must be approved before they become visible.
  • Link management for all internal resources with broken link detection.
  • Integrated image scaling and cropping.
  • SEO features with automatic sitemap.xml generation and page alias support.
  • Full featured user management that supports the concept of "Organizational Units" (OUs).
  • Allows management of multiple websites within one installation.
  • Contents can be served dynamically or exported to static HTML files.
  • Direct access to the OpenCms content repository over a shared network drive.
  • CMIS and WebDAV access to the OpenCms content repository.
  • Integrates Apache SOLR for powerful content searching and noSQL like queries.
  • Full text search for web pages as well as in office documents like PDF, MS Office and Open Office.
  • Extensions can be added through a flexible module system.
  • The "time warp" feature allows to view resources which are expired or not yet released.
  • JSP integration for dynamic functionality in templates, dynamic forms etc.
  • ... and many more

Backward compatibility

OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1 is fully backward compatible with all 9.x versions. Templates and other OpenCms developed code from these versions should work "out of the box" with version 10.0.0 Alpha 1.

Notice for users of Alkacon OCEE: OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1 will not work with current versions of Alkacon OCEE. There will be an updated OCEE available for the final release of OpenCms 10. The update will be free for Alkacon customers with a valid OCEE update subscription.

Compatibility with Java versions, servlet containers and databases

OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1 has been written and tested for Java 8 and Java 7. We have tested with ORACLEs JDK as well as OpenJDK. OpenCms should run with all compliant JVMs. Regarding Java 8, we have problems finding Java 8 compliant versions of all used external components. We hope to offer full support for Java 8 in the next major release.

We have tested this release on the Tomcat servlet engine. OpenCms works "out of the box" with Tomcat 7, which we recommend. Others have reported deploying OpenCms successfully on other servlet containers like JBoss, BEA, Websphere, Glassfish and Resin Professional.

On the database side, we have tested with MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server, DB2 and HSQLDB.

Regarding version numbers and build tags

The main OpenCms Git repository is available on Github at github.com/alkacon/opencms-core.

In case you want to get the most current OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1 sources from Git, please check out "branch_10_0_x". The 10.0.0 Alpha 1 release is tagged "build_10_0_0_alpha_1".

How you can help

Contributions to the OpenCms core development are most welcome. Please send us your pull requests directly on GitHub.

Please report issues found in OpenCms using our GitHub issue tracker.

Thank you for using OpenCms and have fun with OpenCms 10.0.0 Alpha 1 :-)

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