Alfresco Share in 1 hour

January 26, 2010

I don’t know if another more detailed webinar exists for Share, but all these screencam will give you a very good overview of the Share product :

Demo alfresco share


Alfresco DM and Share web client roadmap

October 25, 2009

Last week we had a conf-call with Mike Farman (Alfresco Product Manager) and we got some infos about the web client roadmap:

– First we have mentionned our need for a more user-friendly web UI (better than the JSF client)…
– We told that the new Share UI is a good improvement ; however the problem is that document uploaded through Share are managed in a “Site” structure in Alfresco DM, which is not the expected design (we would like to manage a standard DM structure). Also, Share is not aligned with DM in term of capabilities…
 
– Mike told us that the current client (JSF based) will still continue to be supported in the long term (no “retirement plan” for this client, still minor enhancement and bug fix supported).

– Also Mike told that:
– In the “middle term” (starting v3.3 to v4.0):
    – Alfresco plan is to implement more and more core DM client capabilities into Share.
    – The target is to fully align Share capabilities with DM client capabilities.
    – Features that are currently under “migration” are advanced worklfow, actions, etc.
    – We have mentionned that our biggest priority is to align security management (role, user-group) between DM and Share.
 
– Long term roadmap (v4.0 or higher ? ; early 2011 ; very rough estimate ; no commitment on this deliver date can be done for the moment):
    – Alfresco has a plan to deliver a “Share like UI” on top of DM repository.
    – This new UI will be a “Repository view” (currently Share provide a “Site view”).
    – So the DM structure will remain unchanged (like “Company Home/MyRootSpace/MyChildSpace),
    – The internal name for this project “repository doc lib”.
    – This seems to be exactly what we are looking for….but once again : v4.0 or higher ; early 2011 ? ; no commitment on this deliver date….
 
– Custom web UI implementation:
    – If customer is willing to implement a custom web UI, recommendation is clearly to use SURF and webscripts.
    – SURF and webscripts are the target for any web UI (used for Share), and will continue to be supported.


Customizing Alfresco Share: Five things to watch out for

May 12, 2009

This article is of interest for those who will start customizing Share : see. Please note that it is related to version 3.0.1


An Overview of Alfresco Share and the strategy to replace MS Sharepoint

March 15, 2009

This article is a good overview of Share, and the Alfresco strategy to replace sharepoint:

Under the Covers: Alfresco’s SharePoint Services (WSS) Killer


Think about Share as an Extranet web app

March 12, 2009

It’s interesting to notice that Alfresco Share has been primarily designed as an Extranet web application, built on top of the Alfresco Document Repository.

The more I study Share, the more I understand that it has been designed as a front-office for Alfresco DM.

In the current version of Share, most of the “admin” task are managed through the Alfresco DM web UI (JSF client):

For instance, if you want to setup notification rule for Share Site “testsite”, you have to connect to Alfresco DM, and then go to “Company Home / Site / testsite”, and then apply rules on the sub-spaces which corresponds to the Share pages (like Blog, wiki, etc).

Each “page” of the Share site corresponds to an Alfresco Space. So each time a Site is created, the following spaces are automatically created in the DM:

– blog
– calendar
– discussions
– documentLibrary
– links
– wiki

So you can choose to apply notification only for the Space “Calendar”. This is really as simple as applying any rule on Space in the DM. (I think you could also transform all your Share Blog post in .pdf …to be tested).

Another example, is that when you create a new Site, Share leverage the Alfresco DM security and automatically creates User Group associated with your Site. You can see all these groups if you connect as admin in Alfresco DM (and go to the Group management interface). Assuming your site is named “testsite”, then you will see the following Group sctructure:

site_testsite
 site_testsite_SiteManager
 site_testsite_SiteCollaborator
 site_testsite_SiteContributor
 site_testsite_SiteConsumer

Then, when you invite a User in “testsite” (and give the consumer role), this will automatically add this User as a member of the corresponding group site_testsite_SiteConsumer.

 

So consider Share as the front-end, and Alfresco DM as the back-end, and this will help you to understand how these 2 web app are coupled together.