Want to know eveything about the Jive and Alfresco integration ?

March 13, 2012

Event : Paris – March 29, 2012

Alfstore, in partnership with Alfresco, has the pleasure to invite you to a breakfast to present its software components that now make possible the native integration of Alfresco DM solution with Jive, social networking platform business…

More info

Desktop client for Alfresco

March 8, 2011

If you are looking for a desktop client to manage your Alfresco documents, you should evaluate the Fred application.

I saw a demo by Xenit during the last Alfresco DevCon, and this desktop client has really some good features, especially off-line document management options that are unique to Fred (as far as I know).

Short video here.

Also, you can view a free Webinar recording, with the latest features : here

Youtube for documents (Docstoc)

November 25, 2009

Do you know the Docstoc service ?

Basically this service can be compared to “the youtube for documents”. Docstoc is a web site to publish your documents online and find the interesting, helpful, & free docs across lots of categories. This platform is for users but also for businesses.

I did some brief testing…and I’m fan !

There is no relation with Alfresco here, but this is a very good example of DM SaaS.

It seems that other competitors are Scribd and issuu. I think I will continue to test these other services to understand what the propose in term of Document Management features…

If some of you are already using such services, I would be interested in sharing your experience. Thanks for your comments.

Demo of Fred interface (desktop client for Alfresco)

October 8, 2009

Today the Xenit company showed us a demo of their new “Fred” interface.

What is Fred ?
Basically, it’s a desktop application (heavy client) which provides “windows explorer” like features, and other features like outlook email client integration.
To give you an idea, the UI looks like an Instant Messaging windows, which display a windows folder tree structre.
Technically the client side is based on .Net, and the communication with Alfresco servers involves Alfresco REST API (as well as a Fred “connector” which should be installed on server side).

Clearly the target is to provide an alternative to the windows explorer client which is of course well known by users, but which uses the CIFS protocole (which is too verbose to be used on WAN).

With first release of Fred’s interface, one can:
– drag&drop of files or emails (from windows to Alfresco).
– update/read meta-data,
– configure/bookmark a prefered root space folder,
– easily get and send by email the link to an Alfresco doc,
– etc.

More about Fred

FYI, Fred is still in beta version and will be soon deployed in a first client, according to Xenit representative.

Basically, my opinion is that Fred is a very user-friendly interface (compared to current JSF web client) and that the REST API approach might ease remote working (vs CIFS).
However, I’m not sure that the heavy client is the best approach for distributed companies (deploying and installing binaries on local computer is clearly very difficult when yo have thoushands of PC to manage).
So first company able to deliver a “windows explorer” like client, based on pure web technologies, will probably will the batlle…

Question: after software upgrade are the alfresco doc node ID preserved ?

October 8, 2009

Answer is: yes
According to Alfresco representative, document nodeid are not modified during a software upgrade. NodeID are stored in the database and so they keep the same value (as upgrade require a DB copy).

Also on a cluster, both cluster member will work with the same nodeID.
On a cluster, the only elements which might not have the same ID are the lucene indexes UUID (but this is not a problem because each cluster member has its own index copy).