We are happy to announce the release of Sense/Net 6.0 Beta 4. This version features two important add-ons: simplified portal building and collaborative workspaces.
SmartBuilding - build sites faster
When youe were building sites until this release first web and other contents, then pages had to be created to show these contents. Starting from Sense/Net 6.0 Beta 4 contents can be addressed directly and the content will display itself without having to do any manual work using the SmartApplication model.
This process briefly means the following: when a content is addressed it automatically decides what its application to show it will be - which is usually a SmartPage: a special Page that is designed to display the given content. In the SmartApplication model these SmartPages can be customized at different levels but all contents are viewable even without creating a single page to display them.
Building sites with SmartBuilding is simple and straightforward, but to understand the concept see the wiki page explaining the SmartApplication concept and a tutorial on building a site using SmartBuilding.
The new version introduces a collaborative workspace feature. Workspaces are somewhat similar to a small portal enabling temas to share documents, memos, deadlines and overlook the work of the team. This feature was long awaited by some of our customers as workspaces make managing of projects and processes much easier. Building workspaces is easy and offers a real open source alternative to the same functionality in SharePoint.
Workspaces also support WebDav meaning end users can see workspaces as a mapped drive on their folder, creating, editing and organizing them in the Windows environment they are used to.
The workspace shipping with the current release looks like the following:
SmartBulding and Workspaces were two enterprise features
we wanted to complete before releasing a final version. As for future plans another beta version is scheduled for the summer and we are preparing for the final release of Sense/Net 6.0 Q3 2009.