Hannon Hill Releases Cascade Server 7.4 with In-context Editing and Stale Content Reports

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"The new end-user editing and the content reports are a game changer," said Hannon Hill's Vice President of Engineering, Bradley Wagner. The newest version of the Cascade Server CMS also includes a new Advanced Code Editor, a new HTML Content Migration Tool and even more Drag-n-drop Functionality to improve the editing and programming experience.

The new end-user editing and the content reports are a game changer.

Hannon Hill Corporation, creator of the premier enterprise content management system (CMS) for Higher Education, has released Cascade Server 7.4. The newest version of its industry-leading CMS software introduces several major new features designed to improve the editing experience and user interface for both end users and web developers.

User Interface (“UI”) improvements for content contributors include in-context editing, allowing contributors the ability to edit regions of content from the Layout view of a Page, drafts for new assets, which auto-saves the progress of new assets, and a new editing UI with always-visible Submit and Cancel buttons. In addition, previewing content during the creation stage will allow users to see how their page looks before officially creating it, a time-saver for everyone, especially organizations using workflows.

Cascade Server 7.4 also introduces all new reporting on Stale Content in the system. Content editors and administrators will now be able to see the number and percentage of pages and images that are out of date or up for review. Colorful dashboard charts provide a visual explanation of the overall “freshness” of a site, depending on what is out of date or needs to be updated.

As Hannon Hill’s CEO Kat Liendgens notes, “Search Engines continue to update their algorithms, making the freshness of content increasingly important. Cascade Server 7.4 empowers users to set review dates on the fly, receive email reminders, and quickly access content assets that are becoming stale.”

Hannon Hill’s Vice President of Engineering Bradley Wagner said of the release, “Cascade Server 7.4 is a giant step forward for Hannon Hill and its customers. The new end-user editing and the content reports are a game changer. We're excited to give organizations a more comprehensive overview of their content and their users a simpler editing experience.”

An important new feature for web developers is the new Advanced Code Editor for Blocks, Templates, Files, and Formats. This replaces the current editor and can handle more content, snippets, and code formatting; it also provides better syntax highlighting. The newest release also introduces new Velocity Locator Tools, which allow Velocity Formats to be rendered in regions where no block is assigned, as they can locate assets directly in Formats instead of having to use Index Blocks to "find" content.

“For techies like me that love writing code, the new Advanced Code Editor makes coding in Cascade Server much more enjoyable,” said Charlie Holder, Hannon Hill’s Head of Customer Experience, who has also worked as a Software Trainer and Senior Sales Engineer at Hannon Hill. “Larger files, syntax highlighting, keyboard shortcuts, and code completion are a dream come true for programmers using Cascade Server.”

Other features to note are the new Generic Migration Tool, which will allow users to migrate generic HTML content into Cascade Server using XPath, the ability to reorder metadata fields using a drag-n-drop interface, and XML configuration for supporting larger sets of field values. The new version also provides support for Java 7.

Hannon Hill’s customers have been notified of the release and can download and install the newest version by visiting the Cascade Server Downloads Page. For more information, please see the Cascade Server 7.4 Release Notes.

About the Company

Located in Atlanta, GA, Hannon Hill is the creator of Cascade Server, the most widely used enterprise content management system for higher education. Designed with colleges and universities in mind, Cascade Server gives higher education, government, technology, healthcare and non-profit organizations the freedom to manage their web presence with ease and cutting edge technology. It is engineered for any network environment, provides a content contributor-friendly interface, and provides deployment flexibility, robust multi-site management and a fast implementation.

Since its founding in 2001, Hannon Hill solutions have been utilized and trusted by more higher education institutions than any other CMS. Over 190 organizations in higher education use Cascade Server, including Emory University, The College of William & Mary, Northwestern University, University of Saskatchewan, and Texas A&M University, among many others. For more information about Hannon Hill and its products, please visit http://www.HannonHill.com or contact the company directly at 800-407-3540.

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