Magnolia International has released Magnolia CMS 5.2. The new version delivers the latest Magnolia 5 content management platform to existing Magnolia CMS users, offering a supported upgrade path with dedicated migration tools. Magnolia CMS 5.2 also offers a new REST API and enhanced support for the Groovy scripting language.

“Since the launch in June, new customers have been telling us that Magnolia 5 is the best user interface available for integrating mobile devices,” comments Magnolia’s CTO Boris Kraft. “But we believe it is just as important to deliver this innovation to our existing user base. Version 5.2 now offers all Magnolia users a free, safe and straightforward migration path to the new Magnolia 5 platform.”

Magnolia 5’s new user interface represents a radical rethink of how employees interact with their organisation’s web and mobile channels. Users work through intuitive task-focused apps, which can be customised around their job role. Actions and responsibilities are allocated, monitored and managed in real-time through “The Pulse”. Meanwhile the “Favorites” function allows users to create a personalised view of the system, with shortcuts to common tasks and relevant areas (see the Magnolia 5 launch release for details).

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Magnolia 5.2 now provides tools for users of Magnolia 4.x to migrate content, along with a step-by-step guide for migrating and testing custom-developed modules and extensions on the new platform.

In addition to the migration tools, Magnolia 5.2 also implements a new REST API, simplifying integration of Magnolia with other applications and online services. The new release also features upgraded support for the popular Groovy scripting language. This allows developers to use Groovy for creating new page templates, apps and functionality. Groovy scripts can also be used to automate repetitive tasks and content updates, dramatically reducing administration overheads and providing an additional tool for users migrating to Magnolia 5.

A full feature overview of Magnolia 5.2 is available at: http://www.magnolia-cms.com/5-2

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