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SDL Tridion, a provider of web content management solutions, has launched the newest version of its flagship product, R5.3. This new version provides improvements to business, system and collaboration processes, along with a new approach to templating.SDL Tridion was named leader of web content management for external sites in the Forrester Report: Web Content Management Wave for External Sites Q3 2007. That's a good sign for the company, considering they just recently underwent a merger that combined SDL International and Tridion. The new version of SDL Tridion provides many improvements, including the following:

Web site globalization

Recognizing that many organizations have (or at least want) a global reach, this content management solution provides capabilities for: * multi-site management * translation management * centralized collaboration * balanced central and local messaging and branding R5.3 provides new visual design capabilities, including Visual Blueprinting: visual interpretation of the different relationships between items that are shared between websites and Visual Workflow.

Modular Templating

It also provides a new approach to templating that will help web site designers and developers work in a truly integrated fashion. New templates are built from template building blocks which enable a separation of design, code and application. Users can create each template building block in isolation and then mix and match to quickly create the template required for the site. Integration support for Adobe Dreamweaver and Visual Studio.Net is also available, enabling designers and developers to use the tools they are most comfortable with. In addition, the company works with a community of partners and customers that can contribute their own template building blocks for others to use.

Process Control and Content Compliance

Integrated workflow capabilities have been enhanced to include better auditing and tracking capabilities, in addition to the Visual Workflow tool. There have also been enhancements to content compliance which will help control online content better (including improved history tracking and website archiving).

For the Technical Folks

And for the technical folks (whom we dare not forget), lots of improvements, including: * Integration with third party system monitoring and reporting tools * A new public TOM.Net API for the .Net developers that provides full access to R5's functionality * Support for Vista, IE7 and the .Net Framework 2.0 * UNIX support (including content delivery on UNIX and Java platforms) * A new JSP tag Library * It's fully backwards compliant - so you can migrate slowly and strategically The product provides a JAVA and a .Net platform, which is becoming rarer as vendors try to focusing more on functionality for the business, and less on designing a solution that yields IT folks the platform they like best. But it may also be a smart move if they can keep up with all the changes to the .Net and Java technologies. So if you don't already know about them, have a look at its product and see what the analysts are saying.