Bricolage 2.0 Web Content Management and Publishing System Released

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The Bricolage development community is pleased to announce the release of Bricolage 2.0. The new version includes a completely revamped user interface, finer control over content structure, and support for MySQL and Apache 2.

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It is with great pleasure that the Bricolage development team announces the release of Bricolage 2.0, continuing the advancement of the celebrated open-source content management and publishing system. The culmination of four years of development and including enhancements sponsored by two Google Summers of Code, Bricolage 2.0 includes nearly 100 new features and improvements that boost its position as a top-tier CMS.

The most visible changes to Bricolage 2.0 are in the completely revamped user interface. By moving to an AJAX model of user interaction, the famously-flexible Bricolage approach to document editing is now amazingly easy to work with. An entire document can be edited without reloading, including drag-and-drop content reordering and search-as-you-type autocompletion of keywords and categories.

“Having been lucky enough to play with a lot of the new features in testing, I’m excited that other users will now get to experience the things I’m so excited about,” says developer and beta tester Matt Rolf. “From installation to editing, Bricolage has become more powerful more flexible, and easier to use.”

On the back end, MySQL, the world’s most widely-deployed open source database, is now supported to complement Bricolage’s long and continued compatibility with PostgreSQL. And the new Apache 2 builds alleviate the support pressures on many an IT organization ready to leave Apache 1 behind.

“I’m excited to finally be getting Bricolage 2.0 out the door,” said Kineticode founder and project maintainer David E. Wheeler. “The additions of Apache 2 and MySQL support will be enormously helpful in getting Bricolage into new places, and the sexy new Ajax UI has already melted the knees of numerous giddy content editors.”

Editorially, Bricolage 2.0 enhances document management by allowing administrators can specify the minimum and maximum number of content element. This allows for much finer control over document structure. Workflow management has also been improved, to simplify the processes of moving content through workflow processes.

“We publish up to 10 stories a day—not a huge volume but keep in mind these are time-sensitive news stories,” says Geoff D’Auria of The Tyee. “We simply can’t be slowed down by a precious publishing system. Bricolage is the opposite of precious. It’s a workhorse that requires little tending and lets us focus on what we need to focus on: good reporting.”

Other highlights in Bricolage 2.0 include:

Content element copy-and-paste
More rich text editing
Improved triggered publish queuing
Substring search
An image manipulation API
Quite installation

Bricolage 1.10 is available now from the Bricolage downloads page (http://www.bricolagecms.org/downloads/).

About Bricolage
Bricolage (http://www.bricolagecms.org), an open-source enterprise-class content management system, greatly simplifies the complex tasks of creating, managing, and publishing the vast libraries of content essential to any organization. With advanced features such as fully-configurable workflows, customizable document types, and comprehensive Perl and PHP templating support, Bricolage has been designed from the ground up to scale to meet the demanding needs of large organizations around the world. This flexibility and scalability led eWeek to hail Bricolage as “quite possibly the most capable enterprise-class open-source application available.”

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