Bricolage 1.8.0 Arrives!

Theory on 2004-05-04T16:22:01

It is with great pleasure that the Bricolage development team announces the release of Bricolage 1.8.0. The culmination of over 15 months in development, with contributions from over 20 independent developers, and new features sponsored by numerous organizations world-wide, version 1.8.0 represents a significant new pinnacle for the much-lauded open-source content management and publishing system. This release offers more new features, improvements, and performance gains than any previous release. There are so many, in fact (over 120), that they can't effectively be included in this announcement. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Support for managing multiple sites from a single Bricolage installation. Each site has its own categories, templates, document types, and workflows, and collaboration across sites is supported by document aliasing and shared workflow desks.
  • Significant performance boosts to search queries and URI uniqueness validation.
  • Email document distribution, which can be used to email the files generated by an output channel to one or more email addresses.
  • A greatly simplified and flexible templating and element API.
  • Template sandboxes to enable template development without interfering with production templates.
  • Support for Template Toolkit templates (
  • New "Publish" and "Recall" permissions, for improved workflow management.
  • Per-user preferences.
  • Document formatting at publish time, rather than publish scheduling time.
  • New German and Mandarin localizations.
  • Image thumbnails and icons for all media documents.
  • Support for HTMLArea WYSIWYG editing with HTMLArea. See

For a complete list of the changes, see the release notes and changes list on SourceForge. For the complete history of ongoing changes in Bricolage, see Bric::Changes.

Download Bricolage 1.8.0 now from the Kineticode download page or from the SourceForge download page.


Bricolage is a full-featured, enterprise-class content management and publishing system. It offers a browser-based interface for ease-of use, a full-fledged templating system with complete HTML::Mason, HTML::Template, and Template Toolkit support for flexibility, and many other features. It operates in an Apache/mod_perl environment and uses the PostgreSQL RDBMS for its repository. A comprehensive, actively-developed open source CMS, Bricolage was hailed as "Most Impressive" in 2002 by eWeek.


--The Bricolage Team