Alfresco (news, site) has released five new versions of its open source Community Edition to increase the product's global appeal.

Speak the Right Language

Nations where French, German, European Spanish, Italian and Japanese are prevalent get a boost in their dedicated CMS offerings as Alfresco Software is now offering new user interface language packs for version 3.4 of its open source CMS Community Edition.

Created by Alfresco, with the aid of localization professionals, they formally open up whole new markets for the product where English is not the first language. The packs are available now and will be incorporated into the paid-for Enterprise Version early next year.

The at-source localization means that users in these countries won't have to rely on local, potentially spotty, translations and will improve the consistency of the product in these markets. Alfresco states that over half of its customers are in non-English speaking countries and this effort will go some way to supporting those users and keeping them in the fold.

An Alfresco Painting

Alfresco's Community Edition is now up to version 3.4c -- adding tools and services for developers using the Spring framework, a Web Quick Start tool for faster site deployment and improved content integration with enterprise portals.

The language packs have some limitations. For example, if components such as RM or WCM are installed with the language packs, strings imported from these components will appear in English because they have not yet been localized. Anyone can download Alfresco Community Edition and give it a try.