Solbright Inc. announced the release of AdSuite, an automated workflow system that provides a comprehensive and efficient infrastructure for managing the sales and production processes of Internet advertising. AdSuite offers publishers a comprehensive solution, combining newly launched AdSales Manager with AdTraffic Manager. The new AdSales Manager system provides Internet publishers with an XML-based sales automation and contract management system designed to increase efficiency and standardize communication. By providing sales managers with a dynamic and flexible workflow application, AdSales Manager helps online publishers to efficiently generate quotes, access critical contractual data, and close advertising deals. AdTraffic Manager streamlines the traffic and production process by simplifying the complex workflows required to handle rich media and online advertising. AdSales Manager provides quick access to relevant account information for the sales and production teams, establishes consistent price/value propositions, provides detailed quotes, tracks and analyzes client-buying habits, and monitors the approval and production status of specific insertion orders. AdTraffic Manager provides web publishers an automated production solution that reduces the time required to process and approve all types of online advertisements. www.solbright.com
ecomXML, Inc. introduced a suite of products ranging from ecomTalk Server, offering secure EDI/back office integration, to ecomFrontier, enabling e-commerce transactions with catalog automation. This ecomSuite is for companies needing to expand their B2B global reach. The solutions use XML technology to streamline business operations, providing full integration with current and future trading partners. The ecomCatalog Automation transfers current catalog database into an XML-based, open standard for display on the ecomFrontier. Trading partners and customers view and execute business transactions directly from the storefront. Suppliers can qualify new trading partners and tailor service offerings as required. ecomTalk Server is a gateway integrator that intelligently transforms and routes documents from the client side into the formats that are relayed and understood by current legacy back-end systems. ecomTalk Server is a secure e-commerce gateway for exchange of transaction documents, such as XML/EDI and EDI, with trading partners via the Internet in Email, FTP or HTTP protocol. It is designed to provide full functionality and does not require special IT personnel for maintenance. www.ecomxml.com
Alchemedia, formerly known as cSafe, today announced the immediate availability of its new product, Clever Content Server. An evolution of the company’s PixSafe product, the new server software offers a complete system for protecting and sharing digital images including photos, illustrations, designs and artwork. Rather than displaying valuable images in an unprotected way, Clever Content Server allows owners of intellectual property to define the parameters under which their material may be used. The result is far more than enhanced protection: Clever Content Server enables Content Commercialization. Now, organizations such as movie and TV studios, global Web publishers and stock photography agencies can safely and profitably promote the distribution and sale of their protected images and related merchandise across the Web. Requiring no change in the image production process, Clever Content Server allows the Webmaster to manage authorizations using Clever Content Manager, indicating which pages or images are to be protected and in what configuration. The free Clever Content Viewer supports both Windows and Macintosh browsers, and is implemented as an Active X Control for Microsoft Internet Explorer and a SmartUpdate Plug-in for Netscape Navigator. On the Web, the process follows a simple pattern: www.alchemedia.com
Inso Corp. said its board had authorized the management of the electronic publishing company to pursue the sale of its product data management (PDM) division. The company said in a statement that the board also had approved a restructuring plan designed to reduce the PDM Division’s operating costs, while retaining its technical assets and customer service and support infrastructure pending the sale of the division. The company said it had begun discussions with several potential acquirers regarding the possible purchase of the PDM Division and had identified interested parties. The restructuring plan is expected to result in a charge of $5.4 million, of which about $2 million is non-cash, in the third fiscal quarter ending Oct.31. The company also expects to take a charge in the third fiscal quarter for the write-down of intangible assets and capitalized software costs attributable to the PDM division ranging from $15 million to $20 million. www.inso.com
Bitstream Inc. announced it is shipping Font Fusion, the company’s most advanced font rasterizing engine. Font Fusion provides developers with full font fidelity and high-quality typographic output at any resolution on any device, while maintaining the integrity of the original character shapes. In addition, Font Fusion performs well in memory-constrained environments. For example, a traditional Chinese font with over 13,000 characters occupies less than 0.5 MB. Font Fusion marks the convergence of Bitstream’s TrueDoc and T2K rasterizers, available in an advanced, object-oriented architecture. It is designed for operating systems, software applications, Web applications, low-resolution screen devices, multimedia servers, high-definition television screens (HDTVs), set-top boxes, continuous tone printers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other embedded systems and Internet appliances. Font Fusion consists of the Core Font Engine, as well as the optional Font Manager and Cache Manager. The Font Manager supports multiple fonts and font fragments, while the Cache Manager enhances overall system performance by taking advantage of memory resources. Operating systems and applications supported by Font Fusion include Macintosh, Windows, Linux, UNIX, embedded operating systems, real time operating systems, cross-platform applications, and Web (HTML) applications. Font formats supported include TrueType, Type 1, CFF/Type 2, TrueDoc portable font resources (PFRs), T2K, Font Fusion stroke (FSS) format, and embedded bitmaps. www.bitstream.com
Cascade Systems Inc. announced its intention to acquire U.K.-based MidSystem Technology Limited. The agreement, which the companies expect to be completed by the end of November, calls for engineering and marketing staffs to be combined and MidSystem products to be integrated into the Cascade Media Publishing Solution and the Cascade Merchant Publishing Solution. MidSystem Technology Limited, founded in 1991 and located in Aylesbury, UK, is a software developer and systems integrator in workflow management and database solutions for publishing and multimedia applications. Cascade Systems Inc. provides e-merchandising and asset management solutions. Cascade enables merchants and media companies to maximize their customer relationships by bridging the worlds of print and electronic media. www.cascadenet.com.
Sequoia Software Corporation and Wavo Corporation announced that Sequoia has become one of the first to join Wavo’s Business Partner program. Sequoia will immediately make Wavo’s NewsPak, an XML-formatted real-time news feed available to customers deploying Interactive Enterprise Portals based on its XML Portal Server. NewsPak is the industry’s leading solution for delivering real-time content to Web servers worldwide. With NewsPak any Sequoia XML Portal Server user can access error-free, real-time content streams from a catalog of over 400 media sources including CNBC, Ziff-Davis, USA Today, Comtex, Knight Ridder and UPI. The NewsPak feeds are automatically tagged in industry-standard XML formats, which allows them to be searched, customized and managed by the Sequoia XML Portal Server as though they were any other XML data source. Sequoia XML Portal Server uses XML to bridge structured and unstructured data from disparate sources, and provides a personalized Web interface from which users can quickly and easily search for, retrieve and act on information. Sequoia XML Portal Server allows users to conduct accurate context-sensitive searches. Additionally, Sequoia XML Portal Server further shortcuts information retrieval by providing users with customized content summaries called Aggregate XML Objects (AXOs). AXOs are assembled by aggregating multiple, unique XML data elements into a new object that represents a user’s specific information requirements. www.wavo.com, www.sequoiasoftware.com
Active Software, Inc. announced a new XML Adapter, enabling customers to quickly and easily integrate XML-based applications with a wide variety of enterprise applications. Today’s announcement represents the first stage of the company’s multi-phase business-to-business (B2B) strategy, named “Project Broadband,” which will be unveiled over the next two quarters. Upon completion of Project Broadband’s final phase, Active Software will provide a comprehensive solution for dynamically integrating applications within and across the extended enterprise, addressing all aspects of creating and managing Internet-based trading partner communities. Active Software’s XML Adapter is one in a family of over 50 Dynamic Adapters that integrate diverse information resources, including packaged and custom applications, databases, mainframes and middleware, through the ActiveWorks Integration System. The XML Adapter provides a user-configurable pathway between the ActiveWorks Integration System and XML-based applications. This enables business analysts to build and implement eBusiness links between enterprise applications, or to extend these links to their customers, partners, and suppliers. The ActiveWorks XML Adapter will be commercially available in November of 1999 and can be licensed directly from Active Software or through select system integrators and value added resellers. www.activesw.com