TYPO3 Version 4.4: Easier than ever before

Categories: Development created by Søren Schaffstein
Today the TYPO3 Community released the newest version of their Open Source project TYPO3. TYPO3 has been downloaded over 4.6 million times – making it one of the world’s leading Enterprise Open Source projects. The latest TYPO3 version 4.4 makes TYPO3 easier than ever before – especially for newbies. A TYPO3 website is now up and running in 5 minutes after it has been downloaded and using the included template it is ready to use right away.
The most important innovations at a glance:
  • Introduction Package, to start immediately
  • Updated Look & Feel
  • Easier Installation
  • Faster Rich Text Editor
  • New Taskcenter
TYPO3 version 4.4 innovations in detail: Introduction Package, to start immediately The new introduction package offers TYPO3 newbies a configurable template immediately after installation. Using simple examples it demonstrates TYPO3 concepts and possibilities. At the same time this template can of course be used for the first own website, since e.g. the colour-scheme of the template can easily be changed without TYPO3 expert knowledge. Updated Look & Feel in the TYPO3 Backend The TYPO3 Backend now has a new visual appearance with improved look & feel. Additionally the entire backend CSS has been revised which also improves the overall backend loading speed.
Custom backend skins can now be created much easier thanks to this restructuring.
Easier 3-Step Installation Installing TYPO3 using the new installation script is a lot easier than before. In three easy steps TYPO3 is up and running and users can even change to their preferred database system in the process. Clever defaults keep the user from having to make too many decisions and therefore simplifies getting started with TYPO3. Faster Rich Text Editor The built-in editor „HTMLarea“ is now completely based on ExtJS, the JavaScript framework that TYPO3 includes since version 4.3. It is now the first and only feature-complete Open Source Rich Text Editor (RTE) that is based entirely on ExtJS, freely available for the public and now included out-of-the-box in TYPO3 version 4.4.
For the TYPO3 Backend editor this means improved loading speed of the text editor without having to give up on any of its features. New Task Center The new TYPO3 Task Center allows for the creation and management of tasks for all TYPO3 backend users. Additionally editors can send notes to each other and instantly find the documents they edited recently. With its completely revised interface the new Task Center fits seamlessly into the new look & feel of TYPO3 version 4.4.

Get TYPO3 version 4.4 now! TYPO3 version 4.4 can be downloaded directly from http://www.typo3.org/download/. Technical documentation and the detailed release notes can be found at http://typo3.org/download/release-notes/typo3-44/