Tridion 2013 - New Features for Business Users

Following on from the recent post by Rob Stevenson Leggett (aimed at technical users), this post looks at the benefits for business users of Tridion 2013’s new features.

To read Rob’s original post with the technical bits in click here

This post covers some of the new features of SDL Tridion 2013, including enhancements to the Content Management Explorer, Workflow (the introduction of Bundles), the Switch Device feature in the Experience Manager (formerly SiteEdit and 2012 UI) and the integration of External Content Libraries.

Tridion 2013 Bundles

Tridion 2013 sees the introduction of Bundles. This feature allows you to put multiple content items into a Bundle to move through a release process. This could be a group of content items (e.g. images, text and video) that are tied to a particular campaign, subject or section of the website. Any item can be in a Bundle. It is also worth noting that Bundles can contain sub-Bundles.

Bundles can be attached to a particular schema so that when a Component using that schema is created it is forced into the Bundle (and so into workflow). Bundles can also be set to “Dissolve” on completion of their associated workflow (this means the Bundle is dissolved and not the items in it!). This could be useful for campaign-based content.

This will be a powerful feature.

Experience Manager

A new feature of the Experience Manager is the ability to ‘Switch Device’ from the standard view, to views of various mobile devices (as demonstrated in the screenshots below).

Tridion Experience Manager - DesktopPreview of a website on a desktop computer

The nice part of this feature is that this is not only a preview mode, you can actually edit the web page in-situ of the mobile/tablet device. This feature is useful for content editors who want to sanity check the appearance of the web page (and the newly-made changes) in an iPad for example.

Tridion Experience Manager - DesktopPreview of a website on an iPad

If the publication that the user is working within is a mobile-website, then this feature enables them to edit within the context of a mobile device and not the desktop view, as was the case previously.

Content Management Explorer

There are a few new small features in the CME.

The Personal Information Centre adds actionable tasks, notifications and user preferences. “My Tasks” has been removed from the Shortcuts area with only “Checked out items” remaining.

Tasks can be assigned to users or groups and use a special workflow process which is defined for each publication. This process can be changed just like any other workflow.

Tridion notification centre

Notifications are much improved (again) from 2011 with links to tasks and also a much nicer look and feel than before.

Tridion notification center - tasks

Also new is the “Workflow activities dashboard” which shows the different statuses of items in workflow.

Tridion dashboard - workflow

Browser Support

IE7 and IE8 are no longer supported for the Content Management Explorer. Also, support for Windows XP has been removed – i.e. it’s not even been tested on XP.

Google Chrome is still the fastest browser to use – due to its JavaScript performance – and we have seen a few cases where business users have used Tridion as an excuse for being able to install Google Chrome on their computer in additional to the corporate mandated browser!

External Content Libraries

Another exciting feature is External Content Libraries. This allows you to display and use multimedia items from an external source as if they were items in Tridion. We have already seen examples using Dropbox, Flickr and SDL Media Manager and this could be extended to video sites for example, such as YouTube.

Tridion 2013 external content librariesExternal Content Library in the CME

There was some discussion about whether this could be used to integrate with an external system which doesn’t necessarily contain multimedia for example a Product Information Manager or a SQL Database. The consensus was that it could but maybe there would be issues around it.

Upgrading from older versions to Tridion 2013

This post only covers new features in SDL Tridion 2013. It may be that your organisation is still using the 2009 version, if this is the case then the below matrix may be of help.

SDL Tridion 2009, 2011, 2013 feature comparison matrix

It also may be worth viewing this previous post which outlines some of the new features released in Tridion 2011 SP1 like the UGC Module and SharePoint 2010 Connector.

I hope this post has helped you. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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