Features in Plone 3

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A summary of what's new in Plone 3.

1. New in Plone 3.0

The new features added in Plone 3.0

Plone is powerful and flexible.

It is ideal as an intranet and extranet server, as a document publishing system, a portal server and as a groupware tool for collaboration between separately located entities.

Plone is easy to use.

The Plone Team includes usability experts who have made Plone easy and attractive for content managers to add, update, and maintain content.

Plone is easy to install.

You can install Plone with a click-and-run installer, and have a content management system running on your computer in just a few minutes.

Plone is international.

The Plone interface has been translated into over 40 languages, and tools exist for managing multilingual content.

Plone is standard.

Plone carefully follows standards for usability and accessibility. Plone pages are compliant with US Section 508, and the W3C's AA rating for accessibility, in addition to using best-practice web standards like XHTML and CSS.

Plone is Open Source.

Plone is licensed under the GNU General Public License, the same license Linux uses. This gives you the right to use Plone without a license fee, and to improve upon the product.

Plone is supported.

There are over three hundred developers in the Plone Development Team around the world, and a multitude of companies specializing in Plone development and support.

Plone is extensible.

There are many add-on products for Plone that add new features and content types. In addition, Plone can be scripted using web standard solutions and Open Source languages.

Plone is technology neutral.

Plone can interoperate with most relational database systems, open source and commercial, and runs on a vast array of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris and BSD.

Plone is protected.

The nonprofit Plone Foundation was formed in 2004 to promote the use of Plone around the world and protect the Plone IP and trademarks.

See Plone's Documentation Section for instructions on installing and customizing Plone.

1.1. Inline editing

Wouldn't it be nice if you could click on any part of a document to do a quick update, correct a spelling error or change a date on an event?

With the new inline Ajax-powered editing of Plone, you no longer have to reload a page or go to a separate screen to make a correction — simply edit it directly by clicking on it.

And if you make a mistake? No problem, Plone will tell you immediately, and allow you to correct it effortlessly.

1.2. Working Copy support

You might have been in a situation like this before: you have published a document, and you need to update it extensively, but you want the old version to exist on the web site until you have published the new one. You also want the new document to replace the current one, but you'd like to keep the history of the old one, just in case.

Of course, you could make a copy of it, edit the new version, and when the new version is ready, move away the old version, copy in the new version, etc. But there's an easier way to do this in Plone, which is what we call "working copies".

Essentially, you can check out a parallel version of a published document, and Plone will keep track of the two documents together. You can then go off and polish your new document to perfection — and when you're ready for the new version to go live, you just publish it.

Behind the scenes, Plone will replace the old document with the new one in the exact same location and URL — and archive the old version as part of the new document's version history.

1.3. Link and reference integrity checking

Keeps track of moved content and stops accidental deletion.

When handling a lot of different content with links and references between them, it becomes hard to keep track of all the connections between them. You have probably managed to delete an image or a document, only to find that somebody else was actually linking to it from somewhere else.

Link Integrity (Plone 3.0 screenshot)

An example of what happens when deleting an item that is referenced somewhere else

Plone does several things to stop this from happening:

  • Any reference — be it a link or an image you include from somewhere else in the system — is kept track of. If somebody tries to delete an image that is used in your document, they will get a warning, telling them that you are currently using this image in your document. (They can of course still go ahead and do this if they really want to, but at least we tell them)
  • Anytime you move a resource — a document, an image, a file, it doesn't matter — Plone keeps track of where the resource ended up. So old links don't break — they are transparently redirected to the new location instead.

These two capabilities work together to mean fewer broken links and less frustration for your users.

1.4. Automatic locking and unlocking

Prevents people from overwriting each others changes, but makes it easy to unlock accidentally locked content.

When two people are working on the same content, you don't want them to overwrite each other's content — should they happen to be editing the document at exactly the same time.

Plone gives you a lightweight locking message that will tell you that a document was locked, by whom, and how long ago — so you won't accidentally stomp on somebody else's changes.

Oh, and it also gives you an easy way to unlock documents, so that document that you are looking at that says it was locked by John in Accounting 10 days ago — yes, the same guy that was telling everybody about his upcoming Jamaica vacation — can be unlocked without needing to call John or get the system administrators involved.

1.5. Easy collaboration and sharing

Makes it easy to control who has access to your content, and what changes they can make — if any.

Sharing (Plone 3.0 screenshot)To the right is an example of sharing a folder in Plone 3.0.

One of the most important things about working on content is to be able to share it with a specific set of users, and give them different types of access to your document.

Plone easily lets you control who can:

  • View your content
  • Edit your content
  • Approve your content for publishing
  • Add new content

You can give these permissions to individuals, or entire groups of people.

1.6. Versioning, history and reverting content

Makes it easy to see who has been working on a document, who added what, and gives you the ability to revert to earlier revisions of the document if necessary.

Differences (Plone 3.0 screenshot)With the versioning support in Plone, you can:

  • Get a full version history of your edits
  • Compare certain revisions of your document with others
  • Revert to an earlier version of the document

It also keeps track of who made which change, and when it was performed.

To the right is an example of comparing two versions of a document.

1.7. Upgraded visual HTML editor

Plone 3.0 ships with Kupu 1.4, a new version of a powerful, easy-to-use graphical HTML editor.

new kupu image drawerPlone 3.0 ships with Kupu 1.4, which includes a number of new features, including:

  • Support for inserting resized images
  • Automatic image captioning
  • Support for inserting Flash content
  • Character styles (in additional to paragraph styles)
  • HTML Anchor tags, including automatic table of contents generation and linking directly to page anchors.
 

1.8. Powerful workflow capabilities

Makes it easy to model organizational processes and keep track of approval chains.

Workflow preferencesEvery organization is different, and most have a standardized way to handle publishing of content, keep track of who's responsible for a task, or when content expires or is published.

Plone's powerful workflow capabilities make it easy to model this real-world process to handle your content and tasks. Security, guard roles and triggering of events when something is changed in the system all combine to give you a very flexible solution for keeping everything organized, secure and making sure everyone is up to date on what's going on at any time.

By default, Plone ships with the following pre-configured workflows, but you can create your own as you see fit:

  • Simple web publishing workflow
  • Intranet/Extranet publishing workflow
  • Community-centric workflow
  • Single-state workflow

 

1.9. Flexible authentication back-end

Makes it easier to centralize logins and passwords, and to integrate with your organization's existing systems.

Your organization may already have systems in place that lets people log in. You really don't want to give them another set of passwords to keep track of — which is why Plone ships with a flexible authentication back-end.

By default, Plone support its own authentication system and the OpenID standard, and integrates with LDAP and Active Directory servers via freely available plug-ins.

1.10. Full-text indexing of Word and PDF documents

Lets you search inside PDF and Word documents.

A lot of content on many websites consists of PDF and Word documents. Plone automatically indexes the full text of Word and PDF files. Support for other file formats can be added.

Plone's innovative LiveSearch feature gives you instant search feedback, making it easy for users to quickly find content across your entire site.

1.11. Collections

Content management isn't just about adding, editing, and approving content. It's also about helping users understand the connection between pieces of content.

The inclusion of text and metadata has allowed CMS products to become more flexible and have less rigid folder schemes. Instead of creating a process so you can remember where you saved specific files or documents, you can now store a detailed search as a Collection. Reduce your chaos. Have your content right at hand.

Plone takes this idea and makes it much more powerful and easy-to-use. Want to show all news items created by the Marketing department in the past week? Need an automatically updated list of all the files added to your project as it progresses? Collections to the rescue!

New in Plone 3.0: Collections (formerly known as Smart Folders) can now also store explicit references in addition to the stored search. This is very handy when you want to create a list of reports, with a document at the top which gives instructions on how to read them, for instance.

Creating Collections is a straightforward task, and the creator can even decide how the results should be listed visually — all without writing any HTML or a single line of code.

Collections are also RSS-enabled out-of-the-box, so a simple blog can be created with just a few clicks!

1.12. Presentation mode for content

Makes it easy to create slides that are both printable and projectable.

Presentation mode (Plone 3.0 screenshot)Pages in a Plone site can be turned into slide presentations. You can have text that is only shown in the print version, so your slides are simpler and easier to read.

This new presentation implementation works in all modern browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.

1.13. Support for the search engine Sitemap protocol

Lets your site tell the search engines about its content, as well as make sure all the content is indexed.

Plone supports the Sitemap protocol standard which ensures that all your publicly visible content is indexed properly.

This standard is supported by all major search engines, including Google, Yahoo and MSN.

1.14. Support for multiple mark-up formats

If you prefer writing your content using a text-based markup format instead of using a visual editor, we've got you covered.

Some people prefer using plain-text formats to write their content instead of using WYSIWYG editors. If you're one of these people, you're in luck — Plone supports the following text-based markup formats:

And if you want to use a different format, Plone makes it easy to plug in more formats, and control which of them should be available in your site.

1.15. Wiki support

Lets you use the wiki markup to create and link documents in any content.

Plone takes a novel approach to the wiki format — incorporating support for it in all existing documents. That means that we support wiki markup in any type of content — be it plain text, any of the text-based markups, HTML — it even works with Word and PDF documents if you have display transforms set up for these.

A common complaint about wikis is that they have weak access control, and promote bad site structure. This new approach to wiki in Plone means that you can get the benefits of the quick and easy wiki content generation and linking, housed in a world-class content management system with proper access controls and the multitude of features exclusive to Plone.

It's wiki, without the wiki aftertaste!

1.16. Automatic previous/next navigation

Lets you create previous/next navigation in a folder with any type of content.

Often, a user wants to quickly browse content in a folder and move effortlessly from one piece of content to the next without having to navigate away from the content item they are viewing.

Plone gives you this capability on any content, and you can easily control this on the Settings tab in any Folder object.

1.17. Rules engine for content

Lets you perform operations on content with event triggers.

Do you want a mail to go out to the project group when reports are uploaded to a certain location in your site? Want to move a file from one location to another when it is added after a certain date?

Plone 3.0 ships with a powerful and configurable content rules engine that lets you define triggers and perform operations when these events are triggered.

1.18. Auto-generated tables of contents

Makes it easier to navigate large documents.

Table of Contents (screenshot from Plone 3.0)Sometimes you have a long document that you want to present in a single page. One solution is to add a table of contents at the top that allows readers to skip ahead to the section they are interested in.

Maintaining such a table of contents manually is error-prone, not to mention boring. That's why Plone gives you the ability to enable an always-updated, automatically generated table of contents for pages that need it. It supports nested chapters based on the headers you already have in your document.

This saves you boring grunt work, and makes your document easier to read and navigate.

To the right is an automatically generated table of contents.

1.19. Portlets engine

Lets you display parts of other web sites on your web site, as well as display listings and summaries from your own site.

RSS portlet (Plone 3.0 screenshot)Plone 3 comes with a rewritten, more capable and higher performance portlets engine. It makes it easy to display things like news listings, review lists — as well as content from other web sites using RSS or Atom feeds.


1.20. Professional support, development, hosting & training

With the release of Plone 3.0, we simultaneously announced the Plone Network site, where providers, sites and case studies are listed.

Plone is more than just software. In fact, it can be argued that the most important part of Plone is its fantastic community of companies and organizations that offer Plone support, development, hosting and training.

On the Plone Network website, you can find a directory of over 300 Plone providers in over 60 countries around the world, list of deployed Plone-based sites and case studies about how Plone has been used to solve real business problems.

The Plone Network has been growing quickly and is an invaluable resource for finding a Plone provider near you, should you need Plone services of any type.

2. Existing Plone features

If you are new to Plone, this list provides a good summary of the features that exist in Plone, and were added before the current release.

Plone is powerful and flexible.

It is ideal as an intranet and extranet server, as a document publishing system, a portal server and as a groupware tool for collaboration between separately located entities.

Plone is easy to use.

The Plone Team includes usability experts who have made Plone easy and attractive for content managers to add, update, and maintain content.

Plone is easy to install.

You can install Plone with a click-and-run installer, and have a content management system running on your computer in just a few minutes.

Plone is international.

The Plone interface has been translated into over 40 languages, and tools exist for managing multilingual content.

Plone is standard.

Plone carefully follows standards for usability and accessibility. Plone pages are compliant with US Section 508, and the W3C's AA rating for accessibility, in addition to using best-practice web standards like XHTML and CSS.

Plone is Open Source.

Plone is licensed under the GNU General Public License, the same license Linux uses. This gives you the right to use Plone without a license fee, and to improve upon the product.

Plone is supported.

There are over three hundred developers in the Plone Development Team around the world, and a multitude of companies specializing in Plone development and support.

Plone is extensible.

There are many add-on products for Plone that add new features and content types. In addition, Plone can be scripted using web standard solutions and Open Source languages.

Plone is technology neutral.

Plone can interoperate with most relational database systems, open source and commercial, and runs on a vast array of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris and BSD.

Plone is protected.

The nonprofit Plone Foundation was formed in 2004 to promote the use of Plone around the world and protect the Plone IP and trademarks.

See Plone's Documentation Section for instructions on installing and customizing Plone.

2.1. LiveSearch

Livesearch (Plone 2.1 screenshot) Big sites suffer from a common problem: where did you put that article or image? LiveSearch increases the value of Plone's search engine by simplifying the search process. Results from a search are now instant. As you type letters for a search, possible matches appear below the search box — without changing the current page. Handy shortcut keys increase the convenience of LiveSearch, and you don't have your leave your keyboard to navigate search results.

So, instead of entering a search term, waiting for results, and refining your search, this live feedback on searching makes finding things faster and more effective. Try it — after using it a couple of times, you'll wonder how you managed without it!

2.2. Outstanding multilingual content management

With Plone, creating and maintaining sites in multiple languages is easier than in any other system.

Plone has native support for the LinguaPlone component, meaning that all the standard content types are translatable effortlessly.

Plone also supports Right-to-Left (RTL) languages like Arabic, Hebrew and Persian as one of the first content management systems in the world. This is done without having special templates, and both Left-to-Right and Right-to-Left content can exist on the same site.

LinguaPlone has a lot of features to help you manage your multilingual site.

Split screen translation (Plone 2.1 screenshot)

  • Split-screen editing for translations
  • Full WebDAV, External Editor and FTP support
  • Separate workflows for translations to help you manage updates to the content
  • Add-ons to support the standard XLIFF export and imports for working with translation agencies
  • For developers: Easy to add multilingual support to new content types

In addition, Plone currently has over 35 user interface languages, and more are being added.

All this reaffirms Plone's position as the most capable and user-friendly multilingual content management system in the world.

2.3. Time-based publishing

You need to publish the press release on Monday — at 8 in the morning. In a different time zone.

Plone allows you to snooze longer by allowing you to do time-based publishing, so you can set the date and time a document should become available.

2.4. Human-readable URLs

Who hasn't seen URLs like these:

  • http://www.somesite.com/page.php?articleid=32984179823&viewmode=alternate&user=blah&sessionid=FC78956BA
  • http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/enus/vccore/html/core.2f.MD.2c_2f.ML.2c_2f.MT.2c_2f.LD.asp
  • http://download.oracle.com/docs.jsp?cd=B19306_01/server.102/b14225/ch8gdk.htm


Both humans and search engines are much happier if they get proper URLs, which is why Plone's standard URLs look like this::

http://plone.org/documentation/tutorial/understanding-permissions

This gives you two advantages:

  • URLs are understandable by humans — try reading any of the other example URLs over the phone to someone
  • Search engines get key parts of the content as part of the URL, which leads to better search engine visibility


With the RedirectionTool add-on for Plone, you can even make shortcut URLs or aliases such as:

http://plone.org/permissions

...which will 304 redirect to...

http://plone.org/documentation/tutorial/understanding-permissions

2.5. Easy-to-use, powerful graphical page editor

Makes it easy to produce consistent layouts.

Authors enjoy working with word processors, and CMS teams have responded with browser-based graphical HTML editors. Most solutions stop at the basics of text highlighting and image insertion, but the new release of Plone achieves a productive balance between giving users creative freedom and enforcing consistent styles and layout.

Plone includes the cross-CMS Kupu visual editor. Kupu produces standards-compliant, clean XHTML -- it can even clean up the "messy" HTML that Microsoft Word produces.  Kupu also includes a high-performance asset browser for images and links.   Kupu allows site administrators to define paragraph and text span styles, and lets users easily apply these stylesheets to their text.   Plone extends Kupu's features to include easy configuration of editor features, handling broken links, and much more.

All of this means that users will have a more familiar, desktop-style editor for editing their content.

The visual editor also has an option to hide everything but the editor itself — letting you focus on what's important: producing high-quality content.

Of course, for users that prefer to edit their content in Microsoft Word, Macromedia Dreamweaver, or other client-side programs, Plone still offers the External Editor option — allowing users to seamlessly edit web content with a client-side application. Plone can even automatically convert non-HTML content (like Microsoft Word documents) to HTML.

2.6. Flexible navigation and always-updated site maps

As CMS sites get bigger, the need for efficient and flexible navigation increases. Plone provides many significant enhancements, including:

  • Configuration of search results
  • Automatic site map generation
  • Configurable folder home pages
  • Hiding individual items
  • Blacklisting of an entire content type class

Site administrators can now easily control the appearance of items in the navigation with only a mouse click.

In addition, Plone ships with a full-featured, flexible site map that provides user- and security-specific sitemaps of sites — without any coding or maintenance. The site map is also color-coded by state, making it easy to do a quick, visual security inspection of your site.

2.7. Resource compression

To reduce page weight, Plone automatically combines and compresses CSS and Javascript.

Javascript and CSS files typically constitut more than 80% of the initial page download in a site, resulting in slow first-load page renders and heavy bandwidth usage. The built-in compression in Plone reduces the size of these files by about 25% out-of-the-box, and up to 50% when maximum compression is enabled.

2.8. Powerful caching proxy integration

The CacheFu add-on product can increase the speed of your Plone site 10x to 40x (depending on setup) and makes caching transparent to the end-user.

The important part is that CacheFu allows Plone to explicitly invalidate old caches, so your content is always fresh, even if you have an aggressive caching policy.

It supports several different caching proxies, the most capable and recommended ones being Varnish and Squid — but also works with Apache and IIS to improve caching on these web servers.

2.9. Drag and drop reordering of content

Makes it easy to change the order your content shows up in.

The folder contents view supports Ajax-based drag and drop reordering of content in a folder. This makes it much easier to reorder many objects, and gives you full control of how it should be presented.

2.10. XML exports of site configurations

Makes it easier to back up and replicate site setups.

It is easy to replicate a particular site configuration across multiple instances, making it easy to create setup policies for sites. This is the standard for site creation/configuration and product customization in CMF, and is now an integral part of Plone.

2.11. Localized workflow configuration

Makes it possible to have a workflow setup that differs from the global setting in a particular location.

It is possible to have workflow policies determined by location in the site, not just by item type. This means that different parts of the site can have different security settings, and entirely different workflow paths for the same types of objects.

2.12. Adjustable templates on content

Lets you have several different layouts on the same type of content.

Included view templates makes it easy to redefine the presentation of your content listings directly from the editing view. Want to turn that folder into a photo album with thumbnails for all your images? No problem, two clicks is all it takes!

2.13. Powerful standard content types

The standard content templates lets you get started — and grow — with a flexible set of content types.

Example Event  (Plone 2.1 screenshot)

Since Plone provides a lot of useful functionality by default, the standard content types are very capable out of the box, which let you get started quickly, and grow with your needs.

  • Content can refer to other content with an easy interface for authors.
  • Images support scaling and thumbnail generation.
  • Events support the iCal and vCal standards for desktop calendar integration.
  • Content supports multilingual sites out-of-the-box using LinguaPlone.
  • All content types are now Archetypes-based, giving them a rich set of additional services like transformations and validation.

In addition, the content types can be extended by customers who need extra fields and features.

2.14. Content is automatically formatted for printing

When printing any page, Plone automatically removes irrelevant content.

When printing any page in a Plone site, it automatically removes the header, navigation and any other irrelevant information using CSS. You don't have to create specially formatted "printable" pages. It just works!

2.15. Standards-compliant XHTML and CSS

Improves search engine visibility, reduce page weight, makes content accessible from all web browsers, regardless of capability.

Plone was the first 100% XHTML and CSS standards-compliant CMS in the world, and is based on open standards.

Plone degrades gracefully, and works on any device that supports HTML — including old browsers, cell phones and text-based browsers like Lynx — as well as screen readers used by the blind.

2.16. Accessibility compliant

Meets or exceeds the major accessibility standards, making your site usable by people with visual or motor impairments.

Plone was the first Content Management System in the world to be compliant with the WAI-AA and US Section 508 accessibility standards, and meets or exceeds other strong accessibility standards.

This means that users with visual impairments or motor impairments are capable of using your site.

2.17. Pervasive RSS feed support

Makes it easy to create RSS feed for just about anything in your site.

RSS feed on a search result (Plone 3.0 screenshot)Plone takes a novel approach to syndication of content:

  • Any Collection has its own RSS feed 
  • Any Folder has its own RSS feed
  • Any search result can be subscribed to as an always-updated RSS feed

This means that you can create specialized RSS feeds on-the-fly — and subscribe to updates on the content that interests you. It also makes it easy to syndicate specialized content feeds to other sites.

To the right is an example of a search result with an RSS feed.

2.18. Automatic image scaling and thumbnail generation

Makes it easy to have images in multiple sizes without the tedious job of rescaling them yourself before they are uploaded.

Any image in Plone is automatically be scaled down to several different sizes. This makes it easy to have (for instance) smaller thumbnail previews showing in a photo gallery, and show the full-sized images when clicked.

Upload an image, and it's automatically rescaled to a variety of sizes, ready to be used in your content. No Photoshop needed!

2.19. Rich ecosystem of free add-on products

If you need functionality that isn't included in Plone by default, you can install an add-on module to add more capabilities to Plone.

Plone has an amazingly rich ecosystem of add-on products available. Need a message board? How about a plugin that lets you authenticate against an SQL database? Need support for that obscure bibliography standard in your site? A ticketing system or an issue tracker?

All these, and more are among the over 1,000 add-on modules available for Plone in the Add-on Products area on plone.org. All of these add-ons are free, and licensed under open source licenses, which means you can freely use them in your site.

2.20. Cross-platform

Plone runs on any platform: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD and any other UNIX-based system.

Plone can be deployed on a number of platforms, and seamlessly moved between them.

Do you develop on your laptop that runs Mac OS X? Does the server run Linux? Does your co-worker develop on Windows?

No problem! Plone works the same regardless, and this gives you the flexibility to mix and match servers independently — as well as move systems that are running a certain operating system to a different platform — Plone doesn't care what platform it is running on.

2.21. Comment capabilities on any content

Any content in Plone can have comments attached to it.

No matter what kind of content you put in your Plone site, you have the ability to turn comments on the item on or off.

This provides an easy way to leave feedback on documents, images and other content — directly inside the system.

2.22. Microformat support

Lets you expose simple, semantic information for search engines and browsers.

Microformats are a way to expose formats like calendar/event information, people and organization information, and more — in a human-friendly, machine-readable way.

Plone currently supports the hCalendar and rel-tag microformats, more formats may be added in the future.

2.23. Simple installer packages for multiple platforms

Lets you deploy Plone easily on any platform.

Plone is one of the easiest-to-install content management systems around.

The Plone Team provides simple, click-through installers for Windows and Mac OS X, as well as the "Unified Installer", which makes it easy to set up Plone on any UNIX-like (Linux, Solaris, BSD, Mac OS X) system with a single command.

Plone comes "batteries included" -- you'll be up and running within minutes!

2.24. WebDAV and FTP support

Allows you to mount the site as an FTP server or a WebDAV resource, and do batch uploads and downloads of content.

Any location in the site can be mounted as a WebDAV folder (aka. "Web Folders") or as an FTP server.

This eases the job of uploading or downloading hundreds or thousands of content items, and lets you create site content with ease.

2.25. In-context editing

Avoids a separate administration interface for content production.

In Plone, what you see is what you edit. Unlike various other systems, there is no separate editing interface that looks and works differently from your site.

You simply navigate to the content item you want to change — or to the location where you want to add new content — and click the edit button.

Plone 3.0 adds additional conveniences, and allows you to edit a page without reloading the page again. Simply click on the element you want to edit. Perfect for quick corrections.

2.26. "Hot backup" support

Allows you to back up without any downtime.

Backup is critical to security and reliability, and Plone allows you to back up without any downtime to the system.

A hot backup — also called a dynamic backup — is a backup performed on data even though it is actively accessible to users and may currently be in a state of being updated.

Plone supports hot backups, and does not require any downtime for the system — which is convenient when you have people around the world and in other time zones using your system.

2.27. Cut/copy/paste operations on content

Lets you use familiar concepts to organize your content hierarchy.

Cut/copy/paste operations (Plone 3.0 screenshot)It's easy to reorganize your content and perform operations on multiple content items in Plone.

Familiar cut/copy/paste operations are supported throughout the system, and reordering is done by simply dragging the content items up or down.

New in Plone 3.0: You now have the ability to select and entire range of items by holding down the shift key between the first and last item you want to select, and you can also select all items in the folder in addition to the ones that are displayed on your screen. Useful when you have a folder with 500 items in it.