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Day: November 12, 2009

TERMINALFOUR Releases Site Manager 7.0

TERMINALFOUR launched the latest release of Site Manager 7.0, a new edition of its web content management system (WCM). This release includes changes in ease-of-use, multilingual, intuitiveness, integration with external systems and the availability on major platforms and web browsers. Site Manager 7.0 introduces web technologies allowing content contributors to publish and share documents, photos and video stored in other third party systems. It complies with Accessibility Guidelines and total internet browser guidelines. The existing user interface has been enhanced by including Ajax functionality. While some of the improvements are visible, there are also hundreds of very minor improvements to menu structures, labels and features based entirely on client feedback and the user testing process. Significant enhancements have been made to its media library, SEO checking, accessibility checking, support for third party security plug-ins, shared folders via the WebDav protocol and multi-lingual capabilities. The solution should now allow for all or part of the content repository and media library within Site Manager, based on security rights and roles, to be exposed to users a type of file server. This allows users to publish content by saving from common desktop applications using the standard “save as” function. Large volumes of content, such as a library of photos or videos, can be published using standard Windows/Apple copy or move functionality. For Web Developers all key assets such as web site style sheets, images, JavaScript files can also be shared using this feature so developers can make updates directly from products such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop or Microsoft Visual Studio. TERMINALFOUR Site Manager’s in-context editor “Direct Edit”, which allows occasional users to visually make changes to content has been completely redeveloped from the ground up. TERMINALFOUR Site Manager allows users to select documents, content, photos or even video from third party Document Management and Digital Asset Management systems such as Microsoft Sharepoint, EMC Documentum, Alfresco, and Opentext Livelink.

Once Upon a Time…

… there was SVG. People were excited about it. Adobe and others supported it. Pundits saw a whole new graphical web that would leverage SVG heavily. Heck, I even wrote a book about it. 

Then things got quiet for a long time…

However, there are some signs that SVG might be experiencing a bit of a renaissance, if the quality of presentations at a recent conference is a strong indication. It’s notable that Google hosted the conference and even more notable that Google is trying to bigfoot Microsoft into supporting SVG in IE, a move that would substantially boost SVG as an option for Web developers.

So a question for those out there interested in SVG. Where are some big projects out there? Are there organizations creating large bases of illustrations and other graphical content with SVG? I would love to talk to you and learn about your projects. You can email me or comment below.

UPDATE: Brad Neuberg of Google, who is quoted in the InfoWorld article linked above, sent along a link to a project at Google, SVG Web, a JavaScript library that supports SVG on many browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. According to the tool’s website, using the library plus native SVG support, you can instantly target ~95% of the existing installed web base.

UPDATE: Ruud Steltenpool, the organizer for SVG Open 2009, sent a link to an incredibly useful compendium of links to SVG projects, tools, and other resources though he warns it is a little outdated.

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