POET Software and SoftQuad Inc. announced a strategic alliance to integrate SoftQuad’s XMetaL XML authoring environment and POET Content Management Suite (CMS). The integrated products will provide customers with a complete solution for developing, managing and publishing XML content for a wide variety of e-Business applications, including web publishing, knowledge management and web-based product information. www.poet.com, www.softquad.com
POET Software announced that they have become a member of Allaire Corporation’s Allaire Alliance Partner program. POET Software has developed Web Plug-ins that integrate POET’s Content Management Suite (CMS) 2.0 with Allaire’s ColdFusion to provide more flexible and robust solutions for Web-based XML/SGML content management and delivery. The CMS Web Plug-ins for ColdFusion allow dynamic, Web-based XML and SGML management and delivery to any Internet browser. POET’s Content Management Suite version 2.0 is the industry’s only second-generation XML content server. Founded on POET’s object-based XML technology, CMS 2.0 simplifies XML publishing for the technical documentation market. The CMS Web Delivery Plug-in works with ColdFusion to dynamically deliver SGML/XML content to the Web. By converting SGML/XML to HTML, applying presentation and navigation on the fly, the need for HTML page management is eliminated. In addition, the CMS Web Delivery Plug-in leverages SGML/XML’s separation of content from formatting to let publishers create multiple content views for personalized content. www.poet.com.
Cascade Systems Inc.and Zapotec Software announced an agreement to coordinate their marketing, sales and development efforts. Under the alliance, the two companies will combine the functionality of the Cascade Merchant Publishing Solution and Zapotec
Cascade Systems Inc. introduced two new products, Cascade Commerce Server and Cascade Profile Server, at the Seybold San Francisco Conference. The systems are components of Cascade
Enigma, Inc., announced the INSIGHT 5.0 product suite update. Enigma’s INSIGHT content publishing suite delivers unified and highly functional Web and CD-ROM publications from any combination of PDF, FrameMaker, word processing, SGML/XML, and graphic/image source data. INSIGHT automates the content assembly and e-publishing process, integrating content with a wide set of integrated navigation, view, and search tools. New features within INSIGHT 5.0 include an Enhanced Illustrated Parts Catalog (eIPC), FrameMaker plus PDF support, Web user interface enhancements and Web annotation capabilities. In addition, Enigma’s “Distributed Intranet” capabilities have been further automated for delivering e-publications to customer intranets and corporate portals. Incorporated within the INSIGHT 5.0 suite are packaged add-on modules and developers toolkits for integrating INSIGHT e-publications to ERP and DMS systems. www.enigma.com
eBusiness Technologies also announced version 2.6 of MediaBank, its media asset management system. Shipping in October, the upgrade will feature integration with IBM
Vignette Corporation and Quark, Inc. announced the integration of QuarkXPress and Vignette StoryServer 4 software. The relationship between the companies promises to reduce the cost structures associated with using print content online. The announced integration will enable nearly instant deployment of QuarkXPress content on the web. At Seybold, Quark announced avenue.quark, a type of -XTensions software for QuarkXPress that will enable customers to easily tag their QuarkXPress content and extract that content in XML format. Simultaneously, Quark and Vignette announced that they have worked together to link avenue.quark with Vignette StoryServer, allowing organizations to post rich content directly into the StoryServer production workflow. Working together, the two companies’ products provide a much needed, industrial-strength print-to-Web publishing solution. www.quark.com, www.vignette.com
Adobe Systems also announced pre-release availability of two new technologies, Adobe PDF Merchant software and Web Buy, a feature within Acrobat Reader, to its partners for testing and product integration. The technologies will enable publishers, distributors, retailers and others to make electronic content available for distribution and sale over the Internet. The company expects Adobe PDF Merchant and Acrobat Reader software with Web Buy to speed the adoption of eBooks and the use of electronic documents among businesses and consumers. Adobe partners include a range of publishers, distributors, retailers, device manufacturers, technology and service providers, each of whom maintains a specialized and important link in the publishing and delivery chain. They will begin testing and implementing Adobe PDF Merchant technology to provide titles to be distributed and sold via the Internet. Among others, Adobe is working with: Barnes & Noble, Inc.; Everybook Inc.; Fatbrain.com; 1stBooks; Glassbook, Inc.; Iomega Corporation; Octavo Corporation; Pearson PLC; R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company; Salon.com; Seybold Publications; Simon & Schuster, Inc.; and Xerox Corporation. www.adobe.com