had announced the release of Magnolia For Documents 1.0, a document-management-system (DMS) based on JSR-170. Magnolia for Documents enables you to easily manage documents through a web-based application, assign customizable meta-data and fine-grained access-rights to each document and store, publish, categorize and retrieve documents efficiently.
Key aspects of Magnolia for Documents include:Replace Your Fileserver
Magnolia For Documents aims to replace today's typical file server as it is found throughout nearly all enterprises. The idea of a file server is to have a centralized place where documents are stored. While storing works well, retrieving the said documents is an entirely different matter: documents can only be stored in a strict hierarchy, only limited additional information is available about a document, no audit information is available (who changed what, when) and you generally cannot restore a previous version of your document in case you (or someone else) accidentally deleted an important part of your work.
Magnolia For Documents is poised to change how documents are used within an enterprise. Since all documents are automatically versioned, you can easily go back to any earlier version. A version history lets you view a change comment, author and date for each version stored. New versions can be added at any time, and version information is automatically updated.Extensible Dublin Core Metadata
Meta data, i.e. information about the document like the author, related documents or a summary is based on the Dublin core standard, but easily extensible at runtime. A powerful search interface lets you restrict your search results to documents matching any combination of meta data and full text search. Need all documents you wrote in the last week related to your new product rollout? No problem. Every presentation that resulted in a deal? Simply add a new field to store your presentation outcome, and it will be available as a dropdown in your search interface. All documents written in your New York branch? You get the picture, its as easy as 1-2-3. Magnolia For Documents can easily be adapted to your specific needs, no programming necessary.Controlled Access
Magnolia For Documents lets you grant access to documents based on roles that you can define yourself. This makes it very easy to make sure that everyone in your company has access to all the information they should have, while maintaining confidentiality where desired. Say your controller should only be able to write to the folder "confidential"? Simply define a role that restricts read and write access to this folder and assign it to your controllers. The sales department? Add a role "sales" that may write to the sales folder, and may read everything marketing has written.Magnolia Web Content Integration
All documents can be accessed through the Magnolia Web Content management system. A DMS-query-component lets you retrieve documents based on any criteria you wish. This makes it extremely easy to always have the latest documentation an any subject available at your web site - be it intranet, extranet or internet. You want all your latest information regarding your new executive services available on your web site? Simply ask for all documents available in the format PDF, concerning said service (any maybe add status "available for general public" as a meta data field). If someone adds a new document or updates an existing one matching the search criteria, it will automatically show up at the web site.Matching Your Needs
Magnolia For Documents is available in two separate editions, a "Community Edition" for small to mid-sized enterprises, and an "Enterprise Edition" for mid-sized to large companies. Magnolia For Documents is written in Java, which provides great enterprise integration capabilities, and runs on any standard J2EE server. It integrates smoothly into heterogeneous system environments and runs equally well on all major platforms.Benefits of JSR-170 (Java Content Repository API)
JSR-170 is a revolutionary new industry standard for content-based applications that allows standardized content reuse between applications. This enables Magnolia For Documents to be used as a standalone solution or - as part of the Magnolia Suite - integrated with Magnolia For Web Content, the leading JSR-170 based content-management-system (CMS). Magnolia's JSR-170 capabilities mean that you can access content across the enterprise through a standardized interface, vastly simplifying content reuse and syndication.Availability
Magnolia For Documents 1.0 is available immediately. A demo version can be downloaded from the magnolia.info website which is valid for 30 days. Commercial licenses can be bought online.About the Magnolia Enterprise Content Suite
Free, open-source Magnolia For Web Content - essential part of the Magnolia Enterprise Content Suite - is the leading JSR-170-based content management system (ECM) in the world. It is deployed in several thousand installations worldwide, available in 15 languages and ranked amongst the top 200 out of 100'000 projects listed on sourceforge, the worlds leading open source development repository.