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Jahia (news, site) has announced the latest release of its enterprise content management (ECM) platform, version 6.5. Version 6.5 has an impressive number of new features including building composite user interfaces without development and the consolidation of web, portal, social, search, mobile and content management into one user experience.

Where Jahia Fits in the Open Source ECM Market

The open source ECM market is a constant source for innovation and Jahia’s latest release continues to move it forward. Today, Jahia released the commercial version of release 6.5. The latest release integrates the management of user experience, content and information into one platform.

The open source Java-based ECM is somewhat an outlier in a market dominated by PHP tools. However, the latest release targets its competitors with an architecture that relies on a mature,  open source Java project, but with a module-based design typically associated with PHP solutions.

Jahia has made an effort in the latest release to extend its platform beyond traditional content management to support more diverse uses for building composite business applications supported by content. The new release is aimed at helping developers create solutions faster with more features to support business users. New components, such as eXtended Content Management, attempts to satistify technical and non-technical users by allowing them to work in the way that’s most intuitive. XCM supports a drag-and-drop contribute mode for non-technical users and an edit mode for advanced users, as well as a new translation mechanism, advanced search, social capabilities, versioning and workflows.

New Tools, Features

The platform introduces a number of new tools and features:

  • Jahia Studio -- an integrated development environment allows users to create composite user interfaces without code
  • Application store -- JahiaApps Forge offers templates and modules for the platform
  • Support for multiple scripting languages
  • HTML 5 support
  • Social and collaboration
  • eXtended Content Management (XCM) -- provides multiple ways to create content for technical and non-technical users

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In addition, Jahia has ensured the latest release embraces open standards such as JSR 168/286, JSR 170, OpenSocial, OpenSearch and popular open source tools such as Apache Lucene/Solr, Apache Jackrabbit and Spring already integrated into the ECM platform. Additional details about the functionality in 6.5 are available in a webinar on Jahia’s site. Jahia 6.5  is available for immediate download on Jahia’s site.