Release 3.1 Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the release of Avalon 3.1. The major goal for our first dot release is to pave the way for production implementations of the Avalon Media System at Northwestern University and Indiana University, the Avalon software development partners. We’ve achieved production at Northwestern University and are looking forward to taking this next step at Indiana University.


Release 3.1 adds the following capabilities:

  • Use LDAP groups to restrict item accessibility
  • Change a thumbnail after the master file is gone
  • Add a previously existing PURL or Handle to an Avalon object, in place of the Avalon-generated permalink
  • Ingest previously transcoded files attached from the dropbox via “skip transcoding”
  • Public Avalon items produce more meaningful results in search engines such as Google
  • Improvements to error messages when batch ingest fails due to manifest file problems
  • Numerous bug fixes involving thumbnails, dropbox, batch manifest files, and more


For more details on each of these new features, visit the What’s New in Avalon 3.1 wiki page


We welcome you to try out Avalon 3.1 on our public test server before installation. Installation options include virtual machine image, manual installation, and source code installation. More information on all available options is found the Download page.


Please share your feedback on release 3.1 via the Avalon discussion list, which may be joined through the Connect page.


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