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Alfresco Community 4.2.d

Posted by kevinr1 Aug 22, 2013

I am very happy to announce another Alfresco Community release is planned for next week! This will be the Alfresco Community 4.2.d release and is based on the very latest 4.2 community code-line.

Here are some of the exciting new features and improvements that you will find in 4.2.d. This release builds on the features added to Community 4.2.c which you can also read about.

LightTheme and Share Header

The latest iteration of the new Share user interface theme. This theme is progress towards a lighter looking, more modern UI experience.


This release includes an improved and redesigned Share header component - built on the enhanced Surf UI framework that is part of 4.2. The header includes access to the new application areas such as My Files which is described below, and improved Site favourite management. LightTheme is the default for new installations. It is also the default theme in the very latest MyAlfresco cloud update. If you haven't tried MyAlfresco for a while, now is a good time to do just that - as the interface is now snappier and more responsive.

Share Header

Simplified Document Library Toolbar

A collapsed and simplified user experience for the Document Library toolbar area. Multiple toolbar areas and multiple menus have been collapsed into single toolbars and menus giving much more vertical screen estate. With a simplified Create menu making for a less cluttering view and easier to find places to put customised menu options. The addition of Create Document From Template option is also a new feature.

Document Library Toolbar

The document library also has improved performance due to performance related bug fixes from our 4.1 Enterprise branches.

Filmstrip and Full Screen View

Since 4.2.c the Gallery View has also been improved with the addition of a Filmstrip view that enables rapid viewing of large thumbnails for media files directly from the Gallery View. File Drag and Drop and multi-select actions are still supported from this new view. It also features Full Window and Full Screen options for distraction free viewing of large media files.

Filmstrip View

Table View and Configurable Document Library Views

A brand new Table or 'spreadsheet' like view has been added to the document library. The Table View is an excellent example of the new configurable document library view framework that is part of 4.2. A basic document table view plus Audio and Media focused table views are configured and available by default. See the <view-renderers> section in share-config.xml for examples of how these views are configured, including example Email and Dublin Core views.

Table View

It is also worth pointing out that you can now set a view as a 'default' for a folder you own so Share will remember when you next visit it, other users who visit the folder will be presented with that persisted view preference as the default also.

Icon Refresh

Share has had a new set of icons rendered for it, in keeping with the flat styling of most modern web-sites and applications.

My Files and Shared Files

The return of user home directories to Alfresco! A very popular feature in Alfresco Explorer, users now have their home folder exposed in Alfresco Share, accessible from the 'My Files' option in the header.

Shared Files is a common Contributor location accessible to all users (by default) - this maps to a new folder under the 'Company Home'. An Administrator can set-up appropriate company permissions to use this as a central location for shared documents.

User Trashcan

Now all users can retrieve accidently deleted files and folders without contacting an Adminstrator. Accessible under the My Profile area, a user Trashcan is a searchable location where files can be restored or purged with multi-select actions. It is also possible to restore entire deleted Share sites with document library content and all components and permissions still intact. Users can also view the content of deleted documents without restoring them completely, as a quick way of retrieving or validating accidently deleted content.

User Trashcan

Updated CMIS API

Including support for CMIS 1.1 features such as the Browser Binding.

Alfresco Public REST API

Including access to Sites, People, Favorites, Tags and more

Refresh of installed 3rd party components

Java 7u25, Tomcat 7.0.42, PostgresQL 9.2.4, ImageMagick 6.8.6


As usual the Share translations have been improved and there are more languages available than ever. Translations include: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese.

Metadata Query

A subset of CMIS queries may be automatically executed against the database if they do not contain OR, CONTAINS(), SCORE() or IN_TREE(); nor refer to decimal, boolean or URI CMIS data types.


Lots of bugs have been fixed as usual. You should also again find the performance of 4.2 is much better than Community 4.0. See the full list of fixed bugs since the 4.2.c release.

In Summary

We hope you enjoy this Alfresco Community release!


Testing Add-ons on 4.2

Posted by wabson Employee Aug 6, 2013
As we progress with testing Alfresco 4.2 in preparation for an upcoming Community release and Enterprise releases later this year, we have been looking at how we can preserve compatibility with the rich set of add-ons that our partners, customers and community members have built on top of Alfresco.

I was one of the judges on the Dashlet Challenge for the last two years, and it's great to see how this list has grown in the last two years. But we want to make sure that as many of these continue to work on the upcoming versions of the platform.

So as a first step, we've been taking a look at a selection of the popular add-ons listed on Alfresco Add-ons, which at the time of writing stands at around 270 projects.

It's been hard to filter down this list to get a reasonable cross-section of the add-ons out there in the ecosystem, but initially we've taken a sub-set of projects based on a few criteria such as

  • Which are the most popular add-ons?

  • Which are stated to work on Alfresco 4.0 and 4.1, but not 4.2?

If you're an add-on developer you can help us in several ways

  1. Make sure your add-ons listings are up-to-date, in particular with regard to the Alfresco Versions that they work against

  2. Please let us know of any particular issues you have faced when deploying your own or others' add-ons on recent versions of Alfresco 4.2. Ideally you should point us to a bug report on the add-on project's issue tracking system, with the full details.

You can leave a comment below if you'd like to feed back any info. We hope to be able to post some initial results from our testing in the next couple of weeks.

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