The Cape Town-based developers of open source document management system KnowledgeTree, have released a technology preview of the forthcoming version 3.3. The team says the new version has significant user interface enhancements to make the system easier and simpler to use.

"KnowledgeTree's ease of use and simplicity are continually identified by our customers and the open source community as one of the product's greatest strengths," said Daniel Chalef of KnowledgeTree developers Jam Warehouse.

"With KnowledgeTree's new AJAX-based dashboard, improved forms handling and other major usability enhancements we want to continue making document management as easy as possible," he said.

Aside from the new AJAX-based dashboard, new user interface layout and improved forms handling, the KnowledgeTree 3.3 Technology preview also ships with a new Workflow Wizard. The wizard assists in what is traditionally a complex admin task to make it more accessible to users not experienced in process design.

The new version also features improvements to the KnowledgeTree authentication scheme, allowing users to be created on first log in from authentication sources such as LDAP directory servers.

All of these enhancements are available in KnowledgeTree Open Source Edition.

KnowledgeTree, built on the popular open source LAMP (Apache/MySQL/PHP) stack, is available in three editions: KnowledgeTree Enterprise, KnowledgeTree SMB and KnowledgeTree Open Source. The commercial editions provide all the functionality of the open source edition and offer additional functionality including a WebDAV integration server and client tools for Windows.