Myself, Paul and Bill were in Dublin last week at an event called T44U, a conference run by TerminalFour who supply our Site Manager Web CMS. Hearing how lots of other Site Manager users run their systems is always fascinating and it was a great opportunity for us to pass on ideas about the product to T4.
The main focus of T44U this year was version 7.0 of Site Manager, currently in development. This is a major new version of the product and significantly enhances the user interface. We're part of a beta programme for the new version and have been trying out the first release for a month or so. There are lots of improvements, but of course as an early release there are still issues to be worked through so we've been sending lots of feedback. We were name-checked as the beta-test client who had submitted the most feedback, so there should be lots of York-influence in the final product! It'll be a while yet before it's ready for general release, but there's definitely lots to look forward to.
Finally, Paul and I gave a short presentation at T44U on some new functionality that we commissioned and developed with T4. I'll not go into details here (far too dull!), but the basic change is that we can now easily use a variety of file extensions for pages on our site. It may not sound exciting, but it makes provision of RSS feeds lots easier and facilitates the creation of iCal feeds and integration of Coldfusion content.