Introducing TYPO3 Neos 1.2

Somewhere along the way, I admittedly lost sight of TYPO3. It's not that I ever thought TYPO3 wasn't a good content management system but it never seemed like there was ever a lot of exciting things to write about TYPO3. When a CMS has a history that dates all the way back to the late 1990', well it's difficult to shake it off as as anything but a legacy application. So in my slumber I failed to notice that there was a new CMS on the radar, TYPO3 Neos.

Neos LogoTYPO3 Neos is a next-generation open source CMS made by the TYPO3 community. Neos is based on the PHP framework TYPO3 Flow. Meanwhile, the TYPO3 CMS isn't going anywhere. The TYPO3 community plans to continue two support the two different CMS products: TYPO3 CMS and TYPO3 Neos. The popular TYPO3 CMS will continue to be developed, upgraded and enhanced. TYPO3 CMS and TYPO3 Neos have different qualities, in part due to the Neos Project launched with the intention to develop its software without assistance from a main company.

The TYPO3 Community has published a new version of its latest product Neos. Neos in Version 1.2 offers many convenient new functions and significant improvements that make the everyday work of editors and developers much easier. For example, the CMS can now be operated a lot more intuitively. Thanks to the interface that is designed to meet the needs of digital marketing, the user immediately benefits from a smoother and time-saving way to work.

TYPO3 Neos 1.2 Screenshot 

Neos 1.2 is completely oriented toward the needs and wishes of users, whether it be editors or developers, no matter whether they use a PC or a tablet. The perspective of the target audience can also be understood at all times because all contents can be viewed and worked on in a channel-specific manner. As with the previous versions, Neos relies on working on the contents directly inside the display, therefore the editor is immediately able to see all of the changes that have been made in the corrected layout. The many minor and major improvements that have been made to the working environment for the content manager, which together define a new standard for quality in this main area of digital marketing are new in version 1.2.

An Overview of Individual Functions

For Editors

  • Easier linking of contents and pages
  • New shortcut types, including links to social media channels
  • The right documents are displayed in the right places
  • Automatic review and display of access rights
  • Re-log in dialogue shows the contents that were worked on most recently after the password is entered again
  • Content that can be used multiple times
  • Longer texts can be worked on more easily
  • Pages can be selected manually and user-defined menus can be created
  • Improvements to the publishing button
  • Optimized inspector 

For Developers

  • Improved HTML Editor supports various formats such as CSS or Java Script
  • NodeURI TS: Easy links from TypoScript to Nodes
  • HTTP Header: Changes in the HTTP Header from TypoScript
  • Image TS: Rendering of images and image URI development from TypoScript
  • @if: Conditions on TypoScript buttons/objects
  • Configuration module: Review of various types of configurations and display of validation errors
  • Improved import and export of websites 

The new version 1.2 of Neos is available for downloading from the Typo3 Neos download page.

About the Neos Project

The Neos Project is also something very new from an organizational standpoint because this marks the first time that an Open Source Community has ever organized and launched such a comprehensive tool as a completely new development without assistance from a main company. Following version 1.0 that was presented a year ago, Release 1.2 now offers many important basic functions and introduces a stringent user interface and interface design. Neos 1.2 now paves the way for the upcoming version 1.3 that is already available now as a preview. This version planned for the spring of 2015 offers many innovations, particularly in the areas administration of rolls and rights, cloud capability, integration of Google Analytics, SEO optimization, multiple languages and a localized backend.