Umbraco 7 alpha is here

Friday, September 27, 2013 by Per Ploug

I'm so happy to finally be able to present the very first public alpha of the next version of Umbraco: Version 7 AKA "Belle".

This very first Alpha release is meant as an early preview of the finale release which is still about a month away. Its also a great opportunity for you to test your current implementation and packages, so you know what to do when its time to upgrade, and most importantly, you give us much needed feedback that we can turn into improvements in the final release.

We have prepared a release page on which outlines the different areas we would love to have tested and get feedback on, you can find those instructions here, along with a link to download 7.0.0 Alpha.

There is a number of known issues:

  • Preview currently doesnt work
  • The datepicker is reported to not work in IE 10
  • We have not had time to polish the content dialogs (sort,move,etc), so several of them will look "off"
  • If you enter wrong credentials on login, it requires you to edit both name and password
  • During install, you cannot pick a skin for the startkit
  • Search context menu is currently not active
  • If you swictch user, the trees do not reset, so a browser refresh is needed
  • Help isn't implemented yet
  • TinyMCE Dialogs are incomplete and have inconsistent layouts

Finally, on behalf of the team who has been working so hard on getting to this point, I hope you enjoy this very first release of Umbraco 7, take the time to try out the new things, and give us feedback, both good and bad - we really appreciate it.

Thanks and have a nice weekend, - this calls for a Campari!

9 comment(s) for “Umbraco 7 alpha is here”

  1. Gravatar ImageKieron Says:

    Congrats guys! From what I've played with already it looks great and is quick quick quick!

  2. Gravatar ImageMads Krohn Says:

    Congrats on the alpha release, looking forward to the final bits.

    But I must say, that I'm a bit skeptic about the time frame. It seems dubious, giving the amount of time already spent on Belle, that you guys will be able to go from 53% to 100% in a month.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed though, keep up the awesome work :)

  3. Gravatar Imageesunxray Says:

    Thanks for the great work.

  4. Gravatar ImageHartvig Says:

    @mads valid concerns, but a lot of the substasks are almost done which would bump it to 90-95% in a day or two. Unfortunately, closing a big task is binary and as such calculations reflect this

  5. Gravatar ImageClaus Hingebjerg Says:

    What are the system requirements?
    Im getting a error when opening the site to install.
    My guess is it requires .net 4.5 :) But could you confirm please.

  6. Gravatar ImageUlrich Ebsen Says:

    An option to dock the menu would be VERY nice..! After just a few minuttes with a couple of nodes, I find the extra click when editing quite annoying...

    Otherwise it looks great.. ;)

  7. Gravatar ImageCasper Says:

    @Ulrich Ebsen, you are not the only one, but luckily it will be implemented - see Niels' answer:!topic/umbraco-ux/22lEv_hTXz8

  8. Gravatar ImageAlex Says:

    Does Umbraco 7 require .NET 4.5? Or will it work on 4.0?

  9. Gravatar ImageSebastiaan Janssen Says:

    @Alex Yes, it will require .net 4.5.

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