Composite 4.2 Update 1

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Change Set: 35016
Released: Jun 23, 2014
Updated: Jun 23, 2014 by mawtex
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Release Notes

Composite C1 4.2 Update 1 (4.2.5287.17495)

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Getting started

If you are new to Composite C1 and want to install it: http://docs.composite.net/Getting-started

You can upgrade to version 4.2 Update 1 from earlier Composite C1 releases - see guide lines below.

What's new in 4.2 Update 1?

This update contain a number of fixes and is a recommended update to 4.2.

What's new in 4.2?

Most important of all the 4.2 release enable users to build much richer web experiences - this is possible thanks to a simplified interface for changing C1 Function settings and 'pixel perfect' previews of C1 Functions in the Visual Editor, making it very easy to locate elements you need to update.

The list of changes below is not exhaustive, but contains the highlights of this release.

C1 Functions embedded in the Visual Editor show a "perfect preview" of the function output.

The Visual Editor in Composite C1 now acurately represent C1 Function calls with a preview

Editing C1 Functions from the Visual Editor is a lot more user friendly

The Function Call Editor is now way more user friendly

New responsive starter site "Venus" - see a preview on http://venus.c1.composite.net/

Venus Starter Site

The Visual Editor canvas width is now set to match the width of the content placeholder in the actual rendered template. If you update the template or CSS the width will follow.

We set the width of the Visual Editor so it matches your web design

Content editing on iPad functional

Editing Content on iPad

Server Log (moved to System perspective) contains login auditing, present stack traces much better and more. If verbose logging is enabled the log will also contain auditing info about major actions (like page edits) and user access changes.

Google Chrome issues in the C1 Console fixed.

ASP.NET Razor 3.1.1 now default

New UI widget for selecting glyphicons and similar font based icons

New security permission type 'Configure' added - actions like adding a new website and managing meta data / page folders now require this (or admin) permission.

This release also contain a great number of minor new features, performance/stability/ux improvements and fixes, please see https://compositec1.codeplex.com/SourceControl/list/changesets for more details.

Known Issues

You may not get the visual previews for C1 Functions if you run in certain hosting environments. In those cases you will get a generic representation of the C1 Function like previously.

This is the case on Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) - this is due do blocks in the IP stack on this platform.

Upgrade guidelines

You can upgrade manually (copy files, modify xml in config files etc.) or you can automate the procedure using an Upgrade Package.

Manual Upgrade
The manual upgrade guidelines are posted "gratis" on CodePlex when available. They are intended for the tech savvy DIY developers and organizations.

If you are already on version 4.2 you can use the automated upgrade prodecure described below "Upgrading from earlier Composite C1 4.2 releases".

Easy Upgrade
The Upgrade Package is a paid service that provide you with upgrade support and a simple and painless upgrade path - you can upgrade directly from the web interface with a few clicks. Beside from making continuous upgrades easy you help fund the development of Composite C1, which is a super awesome thing to do.

See https://www.composite.net/Plans-and-Pricing for details.

Upgrading from earlier Composite C1 4.2 releases
We have created an upgrade package that will upgrade you from version 4.2 to 4.2 Update 1. Anyone can install this upgrade using the following steps:
  1. Make a backup of your website.
  2. In the C1 Console, go to "Packages" on the System perspective
  3. Browse down "Composite.Updates" and click "Package Info" on the 4.2 Update 1 upgrade
  4. In the Package Info view, click install
  5. Complete the wizard
  6. Enjoy

After upgrading you should immediately see the new features - no configuration needed.

Reviews for this release

     
With Version 4.2 Update 1 Composite HQ continues the brilliant work they have already done with the past versions. Ok, some would say the Backend looks a little like Windows XP - that's right, but it works like a charm - I have never seen this stability and usability in any other system. And I am sure, that the planned new polished version of the C1 Console will lift the bar for the competitors. The only thing that should be improved is their community work - more drinks, party, events, conferences - to spread the C1 love :-)
by ThorstenH on Oct 6 at 5:37 PM
     
A brilliant CMS combining a great, easy-to-use and very user-friendly administration backend with an extremely open programming framework, allowing you to use your skills of choice, be it UserControls, Razor, XLST, etc. The install process is absurdly quick and easy, leaving you with an impression that you "must" have done something wrong because it took you literally 1 minute. After that, start building your site using Visual Studio and the web-based C1 Console. Take advantage of the numerous free modules (packagaes) readily available to install by a few clicks, you can a complete site up and running in absolutely record time. All in all; Composite C1 is - by far - the most impressive .Net CMS I have worked with; including both open source systems and others.
by KimJuulJensen on Oct 5 at 2:57 PM
     
Great CMS performing at the top of the game. State of the art technology, LESS, Bootstrap just fitting perfect together with this CMS. Functions in the management console just preview perfectly. Another brilliant release from the guys at Composite.
by RuneAndersen on Oct 3 at 6:02 PM
     
I am working on a new WebSite in my SpareTime, using this release and the Venus Startetkit. It is easy to change and adapt to once wishes and requirement. Implementing new Photo-Galleries, extending the existing Media-Archive was easy. Creating new Page-Template and/or -Modules or changing existing is not only easy, it is fun. One of the Best Things is that the Documentation is great. The .NET Components used are uptoDate. I could not a find one thing, that is not possible to get working. And that much faster than with other CMS. You know, I am a Hobbyist and since more than 10 year no longer a Pro. I think no Company or privat Person can go wrong in taking a very close look to C1, when planning WebApplication. I Like it. BTW - It looks like I can publish the new Site soon. Not yet with all the functionallity that I have in mind, but it will come one step after the other. CU
by RainerBilek on Oct 3 at 3:14 PM
     
We're currently working on a new customer project with this release. Definitely one of the best cms's choice!
by retschgi on Oct 3 at 3:09 PM