Back From Bootcamp

I’ve just returned from a two day bootcamp hosted by Nuno regarding the new upcoming tool formerly known as SiteEdit. That’s right, I’m talking about SDL Tridion UI 2012 (which will probably still be referenced as “SiteEdit 2012″ for years to come by all of us who have used it up until this point), and if you haven’t heard any news at all about it, you can check out Nuno’s post on it here. Nuno did an excellent job walking us through the new features and dynamics of this completely revamped tool, and I would like to share some of these new features with you!

Not a proxy anymore!
The days of SiteEdit running as a proxy site is no more. Tridion UI runs directly from your Staging site!

Live editing… from the CME?
Clicking the Tridion button (previously the button labeled “SiteEdit”) loads the Staging page into an iframe… within the CME! Remember though, the Tridion UI Dashboard is not equal to the Tridion CMS Dashbard, and has options and settings directly related to SiteEdit only. Also, because of how Tridion UI works, this means that you now have the option to build GUI extensions for Tridion UI!

Built in options and settings
No more will we have to find workarounds to configuring our SiteEdit settings. Where once we’d have to add every setting into a TBB or create Page Types in a special location within Tridion, we now have built in options! You can enable/disable live editing directly from the Publication Target. You can enable/disable fields for inline editing directly from the Schema. You can change all the normal settings (like borders, color, etc) right from a Settings section within the Tridion UI dashboard. You can mark items as being Page Types right from the Page, and can set the icons displayed for templates in Tridion UI right from the Template itself. You can even configure Content Types right from the Publication properties!

You just mentioned… Content Types?
That’s right! While the concept of Page Types existed, it is now possible to define Content Types as well! Think of Content Types as the mixture of a Component and a Component Template, that you can set rules to.

Dynamic Editing
The new Tridion UI 2012 allows you to use a oData webservice and a session preview. What does this mean for you content authors? This means no more waiting for the publishing queue to see your changes! And for those of you who don’t wish to use this new feature, you absolutely don’t have to! Tridion UI will behave similar to the way it did before (via publishing).

Regions!!!
As the title suggests… Regions!!!! Not to be confused with a Template Repeat area of your DWT. A Region in Tridion UI is an area that you can just drag and drop content to. For example, if you have a right column, you can define a Region in that area and give it rules that only Right Column Templates can go there, as well as the minimum number of items and maximum number.

Of context menus…
You can even enable/disable the Tridion UI context menu. Very useful when you need to do a Right Click -> Inspect Element!

And so much more…
Tridion has done an awesome job with revamping SiteEdit. Two days was definitely not enough time to get to play with it, and I personally can’t wait for its release to start playing with it again (and perhaps even blogging a tutorial on creating an eXtension for it!).