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Day: December 5, 1999 (Page 1 of 2)

Saqqara Introduces Commerce Suite with XML Support

SAQQARA Systems, Inc. announced the SAQQARA Commerce Suite that enables a “Content for Commerce” solution featuring product information management, publishing and XML exchange applications. Extending SAQQARA’s catalog management software, the new SAQQARA Commerce Suite represents a offering that combines search and guided buying functionality for industrial manufacturers and suppliers to easily establish an e-business strategy and capitalize on the tremendous e-commerce sales opportunities. By deploying the new SAQQARA Commerce Suite, businesses have a front-end application to launch customized commerce strategies that include integration with existing enterprise systems and interoperability with supply chain partners. Specifically, the suite provides Global 2000 manufacturers with a set of complementary Web server applications that enable them to manage and publish detailed product information with advanced product selection capabilities, exchange product information with supply chain partners via emerging XML standards, analyze customers’ online selection processes and fully participate in business-to-business electronic commerce opportunities. The SAQQARA Commerce Suite is an evolution of the company’s Step Search catalog management software. The new SAQQARA Commerce Suite leverages that technology into a complete suite of applications that enables product information management for e-commerce. ProductServer and the ProductServer Author will be available January 2000 and together are priced starting at $60,000. For those companies seeking an outsourced services model, pricing for application hosting starts at $3,000 per month. SolutionServer and the SolutionServer Author will be available January 2000 as an outsourced services model. Pricing for application hosting starts at $5,000 per month. PIXServer is scheduled for release in April 2000. AnalysisServer will be available January 2000 and is priced starting at $7,500. www.saqqara.com

Percussion Introduces Free Utility for Converting HTML Into XML

Percussion Software introduced Percussion XSplit, a free utility for converting HTML into XML and XSL. XSplit meets the demands of organizations that need a simple and effective way of transforming thousands of Web-based HTML pages into XML for e-commerce and other applications. With XSplit, developers can easily create the XML and XSL equivalents of their HTML pages without investing a lot of time learning XML or writing the pages by hand. This is a critical need of most organizations, since the majority of Web content is currently HTML-based. This patent-pending technology is a key component of Percussion’s recently announced XML Data Server product, Rhythmyx, which dynamically serves structured data from relational databases into Web pages. Rhythmyx is one of the first products that makes use of XSL in a production environment and helps organizations benefit from XML today. After using XSplit to convert HTML to XML, Rhythmyx is the logical next step to make static applications dynamic without having to code or script. Percussion XSplit V1.0 is free for personal use and will be available in December 1999. Companies wishing to license the product for bundled distribution with their offerings should contact Percussion Software for terms and conditions. The utility runs on Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0. A free 30-day evaluation of Percussion Rhythmyx is available by registering at www.percussion.com/feel_the_rhythm

Infoteria Announces Availability of English Version of iConnector & iMessenger

Infoteria Inc. announced that the English version of their XML products iConnector and iMessenger will start shipping in the first quarter of 2000 and be available worldwide. iConnector and iMessenger are member of Infoteria’s XML Solution Components which offers comprehensive B2B database and application integration. iConnector and iMessenger are exhibited at the exposition of XML ’99 as the first public demonstration in the United States. The iConnector series, the leading XML software packages in Japan, is a gateway product between traditional databases and XML data. iRuleGenerator, included in the iConnector series, allows users to map XML data structure to the database schema, and visa versa. iConnector supports previous versions of databases, such as Oracle 7.x and Lotus Domino 4.5/4.6, as well as the latest versions. iConnector also offers cross database relational joins where incoming XML data can be stored using another database as reference. The iConnector series consists of 3 packages, iConnector for Oracle, iConnector for Lotus Domino and iConnector for Access. Additional database support is planned in the second quarter, 2000. iMessenger enables the sending and receiving of XML data via SMTP. It has GUI setting screen and can run as a server to pool the incoming XML messages using IMAP4 or POP3 protocol. Both iConnector and iMessenger are easily used in CGI and Active Server Pages to build XML based web services, in addition to integrating inter-enterprise information systems. iConnector and iMesenger are available for Microsoft Windows NT4.0 and 2000 in the first quarter of 2000. Sun Solaris and Linux versions will follow soon thereafter. iConnector for Oracle and iConnector for Lotus Domino are priced at $8,000 each, iConnector for Access and iMessenger 1.0 are priced at $4,000 each. In addition to standard package, C++ library versions will be available for OEMs. www.infoteria.com/

XML For All Announces Advanced XML Editor

XML For All, Inc. announced the release of XFA Edit, an advanced text editor for XML and HTML documents that runs under Microsoft Windows operating systems. XFA Edit is implemented as an intelligent XML editing mode that runs on top of Lugaru’s Epsilon, an EMACS-like editor. Epsilon supports full screen editing with an EMACS-style command set, non-intrusive mouse support, the ability to simultaneously edit an unlimited number of files, an extensive help system and on-line documentation, advanced search and search and replace commands, multilevel undo and redo, and advanced customization via the Epsilon EEL scripting language. XFA Edit adds color highlighting for XML tags, strings, attributes, and comments; checking for matching tags, quotes, and parenthesis; automatic indentation of nested XML elements; fast XML element navigation; and automatic insertion of XML end tags. All features can be individually customized via an extensive set of options. Support is provided for editing HTML, XML, and XML For All’s XFA scripts. Complete EEL source code for XML Edit is included. www.xmlforall.com

Architag Announces New XML Editor

Architag International Corporation announced the alpha release of their first software product, xRay, for Microsoft Windows operating systems. The product is a real-time, validating XML editor designed to provide fast creating, viewing and editing of XML documents. xRay is a real-time editor. On every keystroke, the editor validates the XML document and displays errors in a window on the screen. Multiple windows can be displayed, each containing its own XML document. xRay works with well-formed XML documents, but also validates according to different types of schemas. The xRay XML Editor is currently in a limited alpha testing release. Developers who are interested in participating in the test can contact Architag at xray-alpha@architag.com

XyEnterprise Previews Content@ Content Management Software for Microsoft Word

Xyvision Enterprise Solutions Inc. previewed its new content management application, Content@ (pronounced Contenta) this week. Content@ provides content management for users of Microsoft Word by storing and managing Word document components in a dynamic database repository. Content@ offers integrated workflow, meta-data support, full-text search and facilitates the re-use of document components for web, print, and other media. Content@ enables groups of users to simultaneously collaborate on multiple parts of the same Word document, store components of the document in a variety of formats, and recombine these components into customized deliverables in web or print format. With Content@, users can store complete Word files or components of Word files in DOC, RTF, XML or HTML format. This content can include text, spreadsheets, graphics, presentations, sound, and video. Content@ preserves the normal editorial environment within Word and adds a Content@ menu that provides access to the content repository. Content@ is available now for early adopters, with release scheduled for February 2000. Basic systems, including 10 user seats, Content@ server, and COM API start around $50,000. Content@ server runs on Windows NT and Sun Solaris with clients on Windows 98 and NT. Content@ uses Oracle and other databases and supports Word 97 and Word 2000. www.xyenterprise.com

XyEnterprise Announces Parlance Content Manager V3.0

Xyvision Enterprise Solutions Inc. announced the latest version of its content and document management software, Parlance Content Manager. This new version builds upon Parlance’s proven component management functionality by extending its application development environment with COM and JAVA APIs and enhanced support for XML. Additionally, its redesigned user interface offers greater ease of use of the content repository and integrated tools. Parlance 3.0 includes support for dynamic XML import, use, and delivery. Users can automatically load XML encoded data from an editor, legacy data system, or other source and, based on content, document type definition or schema, derive a configuration from the data source. Parlance Content Manager comes with a new API)based on Microsoft COM for the Windows NT version of the product. A subsequent UNIX release will offer the same API functionality in JAVA. Parlance Content Manager 3.0 is scheduled to ship in March 2000. The Parlance server runs on Windows NT, Sun Solaris, and IBM AIX with clients on Windows 98, NT, and Unix. Parlance Content Manager uses Oracle and other databases and integrates with Arbortext Adept Editor, Adobe FrameMaker+SGML, and other application tools. A basic Parlance system, including server, API, dynamic XML import, and a 10 user license starts at about $50,000. www.xyenterprise.com

Personic Standardizes Recruiting & Hiring Software on XML

Personic Inc. announced its participation in the HR-XML Consortium. The HR-XML Consortium is a newly formed, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of standardized, human-resources-related XML vocabularies for enabling e-commerce and the automation of inter-company exchanges of human resources data.Using industry-standard XML vocabularies, one company is able to transact with countless other companies without needing to design, engineer, and install a multitude of separate interchange mechanisms. As a member of the HR-XML Consortium, Personic is developing technology to enable its core recruiting and hiring software to use XML. Personic is incorporating this communications technology into its core applications. Personic also partners with other organizations within the HR-XML Consortium to derive HR-XML (Human Resources Extensible Markup Language) standards. The HR-XML language provides standard definitions of data elements needed for an application to perform standardized Human Resources transactions and communicate with other applications using HR-XML. Through the HR-XML Consortium, more than 20 software and services suppliers have already endorsed three XML schemas designed to enable a new generation of Web-based workforce management and recruiting services that are based on open, e-commerce models and deliver employers greater ROI for their staffing expenditures. This will give HR and staffing vendors new opportunities for growth and profit. With a common medium of exchange, customers need not expend extra energy maintaining and updating proprietary interfaces. They save on costs and can dramatically reduce integration/maintenance efforts. HR-XML standardization shortens time for everyone involved in the recruiting and hiring process. www.personic.com

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