The eTouch team have released a new version of their enterprise Wiki platform today. Highlights of the update include greater support for internationalized content and an import function which will migrate content from your old Wiki, or from HTML sources, straight into your spanking new SamePage Wiki. But that's not all. Here's the full lowdown:
* Universal Import Tool to migrate HTML and wiki content to SamePage
* Support for Internationalized Content -- architectural changes support both international content for the wiki and for the wiki widgets
* Math editor for advanced computations (using Math ML)
* Ability for the page owner to delete comments.
* Improved UI for comparing versions of pages and better versioning of attachments
* Bundled Help : On-premise versions now have Help modules bundled, so no more waiting for Help to load from eTouch Support. Help can also now be customized (well, this is a Wiki product).
* UI enhancements - configurable auto-save; new buttons, flaps and tabs for this, that and the other; various versioning augmentations.
There's quite a bucket of new stuff included in v3.4 (especially for a minor release), but the Universal Import feature is what's most likely to arouse interest.
According to eTouch, the import tool will import not only the text of your HTML files, but also embedded images, and it preserves hyperlink integrity in the process. Preserving images and links is as smart as it is useful, and takes a little bit of fancy server-side footwork.
All of this -- if it works as well as eTouch claims -- is going to save massive amounts of time on content migration. Bear in mind also that final output in SamePage is always standard HTML, which is eminently sensible from a migration and reuseability point of view and means that SamePage to SamePage migrations are now a bit easier, for those moving content around and/or merging projects.
If you don't have some kind of Wiki tool for your collaborative needs, chances are you are going to want one. eTouch of course competes with the like of SharePoint and Socialtext, but is generally delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution and has a number of unique features. Initial set-up is as simple as filling out an online form.
The company offers a free 30-day trial. But once the honeymoon is over, pricing starts at US$ 100 per month for up to 20 users, including standard support. Extended and premium support editions are also available, as is a customizable edition.
Word also reaches us that eTouch will have some other big news to announce later this month, regarding... well, you'll just have to wait and see. Watch this space.
If you want to check out SamePage's features before you register you can also get grubby in eTouch's Wiki sandbox, just like I did. I love playing around in sandboxes when I'm supposed to be working...