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OpenWGA 7.1 Content Manager

The OpenWGA 7.1 Content Manager has some changes we would like to communicate in this blog before the final release.

Font-Color, Font-Family, Font-Size


We decided to remove the possibility to select colors, fonts and font size in the RTF editor. 

These selection created old style HTML <font ...> tag and the most annoying is that once authors used one of this formattings they where not able to remove them (other than using the HTML-View of the RTF editor). For this reason these formatting options where disabled in the most customer projects so that removing them should be no real problem for most of our customers.

In general we thing that using CSS is a much better way to format text in RTF fields.

As a side effect the new RTF edit panel now looks a lot cleaner.

Attachment Panel

We completely attachments.pngredesigned the attachment panel.

Im CM 7.0 and earlier we had a "List view" showing all attachments and an "Image view" showing only images in a thumbnail layout.

We now have independent "layout" and "filter".

The List view presents attachments in a list layout. You may however filter this list to show only images, videos, PDF-document etc.

The new Thumbnail view presents attachments in a thumbnail layout. Just like in the list view You can decide to filter the view to show any images, vides etc. This thumbnail view tries to show "poster images" for attachments that are no image. OpenWGA 7.1 is able to create poster images for PDF-s, OpenOffice-Documents, MS-Office Documents and Videos.

You are even able to use those poster images as "normal image" by dragging it into an RTF field or an image module. Even if the attachment ist a PDF or an office document.

Attachment meta data

file-metas.pngA new dialog for file meta data let you specify title, description and a copyright information about your attachment. These meta information will be displayed in the new search module if uses each for keywords and attachments are found.

The meta data are also displayed in a new content module "file infos" available as part of the OpenWGA enterprise edition.

About OpenWGA 6.2

OpenWGA 6.1 is now almost four months old and it is about time for us to talk about our plans for its successor version. The work for it is in full progress, and while we're again behind schedule regarding our original plan for creating feature releases it won't again take a full year for it to get available. 

In fact it is scheduled to be released in not too far time on 9nd September (Update: We had to postpone the release for a week due to outstanding issues). So let's have a look at what is planned for the second installment of OpenWGA 6 feature releases.

OpenWGA Usermanual

For our german speaking customers we just uploaded the brand new OpenWGA user manual for authors to the site (currently in german language only).

OpenWGA 5.2 Preview: Playing with Images

The Content Manager in OpenWGA 5.2 got some interesting new features regarding handling of images in contents.

This begins with a new thumbnail view in the attachment panel, new drag&drop functions and ends with a brand new image editing module.

Watch our demo video on youtube:

Image uploads and image cropping is done completely transparent for the author. The browser based content manager acts like any client application the author is used to. That's what we call "real WYSIWYG".

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