The Liferay open source enterprise portal grows its ecosystem in part by the applications that are developed for it and featured in the Liferay Marketplace, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Liferay is expected to announce version 6.2 next week at the Liferay Symposium in San Francisco. And one new announced app, from Portland, OR-based Solea Software, adds drag-and-drop functionality. 

The app allows users to drag files from the desktop and drop them directly into folders or sub-folders in Liferay’s document library, drag/drop images into the WYSIWYG editor, or drag/drop files to create attachments to blog posts. Additionally, tags, permissions and document type metadata can be set during the drag/drop, and hovering allows a user to drill into folder hierarchy. 

Adding Metadata

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App from Solea adds drag-and-drop to Liferay

Mike Jackson, Managing Partner at Solea, told CMSWire.com that Liferay will be releasing a drag-and-drop functionality in its upcoming version 6.2, but his company’s app allows users to employ the click-saving technique without upgrading to the newer Liferay. He added that Liferay’s drag-and-drop will be basic, while Solea’s also provides such abilities as adding metadata.

Solea has also released a Liferay blogging app for authors and readers, offerings various kinds of posting, formatting and browsing.

Earlier this month, Liferay was chosen as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report for Horizontal Portals. In Gartner’s definition, a horizontal portal integrates data from a variety of cross-enterprise applications and line-of-business tools and apps. Liferay’s out-of-the-virtual-box capabilities include content and document management with Microsoft Office integration, Web publishing, shared workspaces, enterprise collaboration, social networking and identity management.

Extension Through Applications

Gartner notes that Liferay’s original value proposition was to be “simpler, less expensive and faster to deploy” than more established portals, and Liferay has extended its capabilities through integration with applications, from third-party developers like Solea or from Liferay itself, such as its Social Office collaboration suite.

Some observers of the enterprise portal market are wondering how this software category keeps moving along, in the face of such collaboration tools as Yammer. Liferay, which has about $100 million in annual revenues, enhances its continuing viability through its ability to integrate with other applications, among other factors.