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What's new in Alfresco Content Services

See what's new in this Alfresco Content Services 6.2 release.

For Alfresco Content Services 6.2.2

Alfresco Share is now able to authenticate with the Identity Service using the OpenID Connect standard, reducing the complexity of configuring Single Sign On (SSO) with Alfresco Content Services.

Identity Service configuration is switched off by default when using Alfresco Content Services only, and switched on for DBP deployments. When the Identity Service is enabled, some settings are disabled in the user profile, such as changing a password or email address.

See the SSO Guide (version 2) and the Identity Service documentation for more.

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For Alfresco Content Services 6.2.1

Repository: Core Transform Engines

A single all-in-one Transform Core Engine (T-Engine) that performs all the core transforms is now available. This replaces the five separate T-Engines for all but the largest deployments, where it's still advisable to separate out the different types of transforms into their own images. More transforms are now supported by the newer transform architecture, and all calls within the content repository are now able to use it. Generally, these calls exist to support the Share application and are synchronous in nature.

Note that the all-in-one core T-Engine is the default option for the Docker Compose deployment, however Helm deployments continue to use the five separate T-Engines in order to provide balanced throughput and scalability improvements.

In addition to the Transform Engines and images that were provided in 6.2.0, there is a new image available in Docker Hub:

  • alfresco/alfresco-transform-core-aio

See Alfresco Docker images for a full list of images.

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New folder rules action for starting APS processes

We have introduced a new action when creating folder rules. You can now configure processes created in Alfresco Process Services to be automatically launched when a new document is created in a folder. Some default document review process definitions are already provided, but you can design your own.

See Configuring the APS Action for how to enable the feature and Start Process action details for guidance on its usage.

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For Alfresco Content Services 6.2.0

Repository: Custom Transforms and Renditions

Alfresco Content Services provides a number of content transforms, but also allows custom transforms to be added.

It is now possible to create custom transforms that run in separate processes known as Transform Engines. The same engines may be used in Alfresco Community Edition and Alfresco Content Services (Enterprise Edition). The Transform Engines may be connected directly to the repository as Local Transforms, or may be connected via Alfresco Transform Service. Note that in the Enterprise Edition, the default option is to use them as part of Alfresco Transform Service, which provides more balanced throughput and scalability improvements.

See Custom Transforms and Renditions and the Alfresco Transform Service documentation for more.

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Repository: Core Transform Engines

The core Transform Engine images can now be used in Alfresco Community Edition.

The Transform Engine code has been open-sourced and is available in GitHub:

  • alfresco/alfresco-transform-core

Images are available in Docker Hub:

  • alfresco/alfresco-imagemagick
  • alfresco/alfresco-libreoffice
  • alfresco/alfresco-pdf-renderer
  • alfresco/alfresco-tika
  • alfresco/alfresco-transform-misc

See Alfresco Docker images for more.

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Upgraded integrations

Alfresco Content Services 6.2 introduces changes that require new releases of some modules. To upgrade to Alfresco Content Services 6.2, you'll also need to update any of the module artifacts to which you're entitled.

See Supported Platforms for more.

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Library upgrades

A number of underlying third-party libraries have been updated in both the repository and Share.

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The repository REST APIs have been expanded to support a broader set of use cases.

See the online REST API Explorer for further information and full documentation for each endpoint.

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The latest version of the Alfresco SDK, version 4.1, is compatible Alfresco Content Services 6.2.

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This release includes five new languages for the repository: Polish, Czech, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, in addition to the 10 currently supported languages.

Alfresco Share remains localized in 10 languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmål), Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified Chinese.

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