Alfresco 4.2 have lot many new and enhanced features. I tried this new version in my local env and I have listed this features.
Alfresco theme has been changed which is very light and sleek.
Alfresco Share NEW UI
- Header theme has been changed to for better visualization
- New link is added - My Files for users personal documents
- In BackEnd - Alfresco explorer - It saves contents to User's Home Folder .
- New link Shared Files has been added.
- In Share Repository view, new folder has been added - Shared under Company Home
- This is default folder for all users to add/share contents which can help to hide system Folders like Sites, Data Dictionary etc...
- Repository link is as it is which shows all folders under Company Home
- Site UI has been changed, again new look and for better visualization.
- Site Page header has been removed. Site customization header and Page headers are combined in single toolbar
- You can navigate to recently accessed sites from Sites menu
- In Document Library many new views has been introduced like Filmstrip, Table view etc..
- Admin console has been divided in two part
- Share Admin Tool
- This includes
- Tools - Application, Category Manager, Node Browser etc..
- File Management -Trashcan
- Content Publishing - Channel Manager
- Repository - Replication Jobs
- Users and Groups - Groups, Users
- Repository Administration Console
- It runs independently of alfresco app so there is no direct link is available from Share or Explorer UI
- Need to use this URL to launch this Repository admin console - http://<host-name>:<port>/alfresco/service/enterprise/admin/admin-directorymanagement
- This includes
- System Summary
- Email Services
- General- License, Repository Information etc..
- Repository Services -Activities Feed, Repository Server Clustering, Process Engines, Replication Service, Search Service etc.. In this new enhanced Repository Server Clustering is added.
- Support Tools -Download JMX Dump
- Directories - Directory Management
- Virtual File Systems - File Servers, IMAP Service
- User trashcan is added in User profile page
- User can recover/purge deleted items from own trash
Site level activity feed
- User can control activity feed at individual site level
Download as Zip
- New action is added to download multiple files together as zip
- You can select multiple files then from menu select - Download s zip action which will create a zip file
- You can also download entire folders as a Zip bundle
- Google docs integration is really improved.
- You can create doc, xls or PPT file in just one click; you can edit/update your content and can save back to Alfresco
- Here is Jeff Potts blog for detailed features video - http://ecmarchitect.com/archives/2012/10/10/1715
- It allows you to search contents from your sites if you have added in your personal dashboard OR specific to site if its added on Site dashboard
- It allows you to save your search term.
- You need to configure your search term from dashlet configurations
- So this dashlet will list all contents related to your search term
You may try new version. It has really good user experience!
Reference Link: http://docs.alfresco.com/4.2/index.jsp