nuxeo_logo_2009.jpgNuxeo (newssite) is having a busy week with content management goodies. The company has gotten approval for its content repository, dubbed Apricot, and now it's announced a point release of its open source document assessment management (DAM) product over at the corporate blog.


Nuxeo DAM is an application dedicated to storing, indexing, archiving and distributing digital assets. The platform supports:

  • pictures
  • videos
  • audio files
  • Office
  • PDF documents

The list of file formats and the available actions are listed in the Supported File Formats page on Nuxeo’s site.

The latest release, version 1.3, syncs up the platform with the numbering for the Enterprise Platform. That may not seem like a big deal, but if you ever managed enterprise software, you know that numbering schemes can be a source of confusion. Now that the versions are aligned, the DAM gains:

  • Installation wizard
  • Controller user interface
  • Ease of use enhancements for operation and deployment

Deployment is one of those things you think would be easy, but rarely is. There always one ill-behaved XML tag that results in you staying in the office well past rush hour. Nuxeo seems to have addressed the issue in version 1.3 of DAM with an installation wizard for initialization. The wizard guides users through common configuration steps and provides a 30-day trial to Nuxeo Connect, which is essentially an application store for the ECM platform.

In addition to the installation wizard, the company has enhanced its launcher. The new launcher is developed in Java. The sandboxed model allows the same codebase to be used for multiple deployment channels. The launcher allows users to perform administrative functions such as viewing server log files or stopping the server in a visual environment.

It isn’t only the visual components of the platform that received an upgrade. In a turn toward architectural sensibility, the company decided to combine the underlying storage for DAM and document management. I’m not certain why they were separate previously, but customers are sure to appreciate that the architectural misstep has been resolved.

The latest release requires

  • Java 6, 64 bit
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Intel Core 2 or something more speedy
  • 280 MB storage (does not include your data so something around 2GB is probably more reasonable)

While the software will “run” on this configuration. It is not enterprise-class. Refer to the hardware and software requirements in the documentation for information on optimal settings.

The release is available now for Download on Nuxeo’s site as well as documentation for the platform -- a welcome asset for an open source platform.