PaperThin, Inc. Introduces CommonSpot(TM) Version 5.0: Benefits Include Enhanced Ease-of-Use and Improved Flexibility

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PaperThin, Inc., a leading mid-market content management software vendor, today announced the release of CommonSpot Version 5.0. This latest release introduces a host of new features, including a new, intuitive authoring interface; RSS feeds, Blogs, and Wikis; and XML publishing and rendering capabilities. The ease-of-use inherent in CommonSpot 5.0 empowers business users to be self-sufficient and productive, build interactive communities, and achieve faster time-to-market; and empowers IT and site administrators to easily adapt the system to meet their complex needs. These enhancements enable organizations to achieve better business results.

With CommonSpot 5.0, that flexibility helps organizations with complex needs achieve their online objectives and we're proud to introduce it to the marketplace.

    "Our customers wanted a flexible solution to empower employees, engage customers, enrich the end-user experience, and provide a scalable foundation to grow with their business," said Todd Peters, president and founder of PaperThin. "With CommonSpot 5.0, that flexibility helps organizations with complex needs achieve their online objectives and we're proud to introduce it to the marketplace."

New features in CommonSpot Version 5.0 include:

-- RSS, Atom and Podcasting Feeds--Business users can now easily get their message out by delivering content to any news reader, Web browser, or email program in one simple step as an RSS, Atom, or Podcast feed--without writing any code. Users can also easily create live bookmarks on a page so visitors can subscribe to feeds of interest through CommonSpot's Feed Index Element. The listing is automatically generated, displayed, and updated based on filtered metadata criteria. A simple point-and-click interface and more than a dozen pre-defined options provide the ability to easily control the feed index layout, as well as the ability to link instantly to popular RSS readers such as Google, Windows Live, and MyYahoo.

-- New XML Capabilities--CommonSpot 5.0 is completely customizable and configurable, giving developers and site administrators the flexibility needed to define ease-of-use for their organization. Significant enhancements in XML rendering and XSL style sheets make it simple to manage the formatting and display of content. The result is enhanced productivity, interoperability, and content re-usability.

-- Custom Application Development Framework--The powerful custom application framework makes it easier to develop applications and move them into production, or share them with the CommonSpot community. Deploying applications built within the framework allows organizations to take advantage of best practices and best-of-breed, add-on applications without having to write code. With this release PaperThin has made available four open source applications--a Blog, Wiki, RSS Reader and multi-view Events Calendar--each built using the Custom Application Development Framework to demonstrate its true power and flexibility.

-- Improved Authoring Interface--CommonSpot's improved authoring interface provides intuitive, in-context editing; quick access to toolbars, menus, and other common functions; and simple rollover and Windows-style menus for maximum ease-of-use. Sophisticated layout tools allow users to easily manipulate the look and feel of content, and the most commonly-used tools are right up front so tasks can be completed in fewer clicks. New features such as consolidated icons, content outlining and keyboard shortcuts maximize productivity. It's also simple for administrators, technical managers, developers, and webmasters to customize the interface in order to define the user experience for maximum ease-of-use.

-- Improved WYSIWYG Rich Text Editor--The browser-based rich text editor includes enhanced editing features, wide browser and platform compatibility, improved standards-based support, and easy-to-use Microsoft Word-like toolbars. It also provides an extensive array of advanced features, including: support for standards-based format tags, text find and replace, HTML clean functions, property inspector panels, contextual menus, and style definitions.

-- Browser-based Image Editing--New image editing functionality allows users to easily edit and manage digital assets, such as: images, photos, and other graphics directly within the system. More than twenty popular image manipulation functions are available, including image crop, re-size, rotate, blur, compress, zoom, adjust contrast and brightness, flip vertically and horizontally, and more.

-- Import/Export Module--The import/export module makes it simple to develop and extend CommonSpot applications and modules such as custom content objects, custom field types, metadata forms, and field masks. Administrators can share applications between sites and carry over custom-developed code and applications. The Import/Export feature also enables developers to post applications and modules to the developer's tag gallery, making it simple to share popular applications with others in the CommonSpot community.

"Modern Web content management is as much about the Web as it is about the content," says Gartner analyst Lou Latham. "The buying power has shifted to the business unit, and the goal is to provide a good Web experience for the site visitor. Vendors that succeed will emphasize ease of use for business users, tagging and metadata management to classify and target content, good XML tools to make content flexible and portable, digital asset management features to handle content other than text, and an application focus to enable rich front-end functionality."

About PaperThin:

PaperThin, Inc. is a privately held MA-based company. Founded in 1993, PaperThin's flagship product CommonSpot(TM) is a leading content management solution that empowers organizations of all sizes to improve productivity and derive more value from their Web strategies. PaperThin's customers span multiple industries, including: government, healthcare, higher education, and association/non-profit sectors; and include organizations such as the City of St. Louis, Cornell University, ESAB Welding & Cutting, Mayo Clinic, National Park Service, Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Stanford University, T-Mobile, University of Wisconsin, US Senate, United Way, and Voice of America. Visit PaperThin at

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