One thing I have learned in my time here at Nuxeo is that the pace of advancement never slows. Here we are just a couple of weeks into the new year and on the heels of our recent Long Term Support release (Nuxeo Platform 6.0) with the latest Fast Track version of the Nuxeo Platform, 7.1. Last year was a great one for innovation around the Nuxeo Platform and Nuxeo Online Services and with just a quick look at the Nuxeo roadmap you will see that 2015 is a monumental year for us, our products and the Nuxeo Platform. We will tread new ground in terms of interoperability, collaboration, and information management. We continue to help Nuxeo developers build powerful content-based applications that improve the use and value of content in their organizations.
This current Fast Track release of the Nuxeo Platform provides some functionality we have been asked for by our customers as well as laying the foundation for some major advancements in upcoming Fast Tracks. The lead up to LTS 8 is going to be a lot of fun for us and the rest of the Nuxeo community. As always you can download the latest version of the Nuxeo Platform.
Here are the major features in the Nuxeo Platform FT 7.1 release:
Metadata Read / Write On Binaries
The capability to extract and write embedded metadata on binaries from Automation Chains, Event Handlers and any platform service becomes a native part of the Nuxeo Platform. The key benefit is the ability to handle virtually any embedded metadata on a file, only by configuration, and closely linked to the business case and needs.
This new service makes it simple to declare new metadata read / write processors and metadata document property mappings. It provides the features needed for using this mapping in custom automation chains context.
With the Nuxeo Platform FT 7.1, developers can easily configure metadata extraction and edits on metadata embedded files, such as:
- Office, PDF metadata
- EXIF, IPTC, XMP metadata
- Media information (especially on video, pictures and sound)
The already impressive list of supported formats, thanks to the popular Exiftool, can easily be extended by integrating new processors for specific, niche formats.
Computed Picture Views
In FT 7.1, the service for handling computed picture views has been updated. The Nuxeo Platform now offers the ability to easily declare and configure new views using Automation Chains. Several new conversion operations have also been added to the operation library such as the conversion and resizing of a picture along with watermarking. Picture conversions can now be filtered so that developers can choose which picture conversions should be executed on a given document. Filtering is done through standard filters already used in the Nuxeo Platform.
This enables developers to offer end users a selection of file sizes that can easily be downloaded from the summary tab.
Extended Fields: Constraints and References
The Nuxeo Platform 7.1’s repository engine has been improved with support of advanced constraint definition and a powerful reference engine.
The repository‘s flexible content model has been improved with advanced field-level constraints in the schema definition and an object reference engine. In addition to standard XML schema constraints (format, text length, numeric / date / time range, mandatory), the repository supports advanced regular expression patterns and reference to other objects (in the repository or in external value lists), including implicit referential integrity checks. The reference engine also offers an easy way to expand referenced objects when fetching a document, making it possible to get a document and all objects referenced in a single call.
With regard to content model flexibility at high volumes, the Nuxeo Platform repository engine is already one of the most advanced on the market. This new functionality adds another level of power and expressivity to model deep, complex business domains that are found in industries such as financial services, healthcare and government.
Workflow Graph Editor
Nuxeo Platform FT 7.1 has an upgraded visual editor for workflow processes. Improvements include a grid based system, better auto layout engine and snappy grid underlying the designer. It also let workflow designer position elements more easily. Nuxeo Studio users can design their business process easily with a greatly improved process definition clarity. This new editor is also available in the platform to present / preview workflow processes to users.