Extensibility Inc. launched XMLschema.com – a Web site that provides ubiquitous access to automated processors for the management and exchange of e-business grammars. Initial services provided on the site include Extensibility XML schema validation and conversion services. Users can test XML schemas for syntactical validation and receive reports confirming validity or reporting errors. Users can automatically convert their XML schemas into other schema dialects, enabling exchange of XML grammars across heterogeneous environments. Initially, XMLschema.com will support Microsoft’s XDR and BizTalk, Commerce One’s Common Business Library and SOX schema dialect and DTDs. XMLschema.com services are available for users to access free of charge until February 2000. Automated processing facilities are commercially available. www.extensibility.com
The e-content company, a division of Interleaf, Inc. announced a new addition to their roster of international e-Partners. Salience Netherlands, a consultancy that specializes in XML-based technology will collaborate with the e-content company to deliver e-business solutions with BladeRunner. Salience will work closely with the e-content company in the Netherlands to help companies realize the value of their content to drive e-business initiatives. www.xmlecontent.com
Pixo, Inc. announced it has joined the WAP Forum as part of its drive to offer the broadest support for Internet standards in the wireless industry. Through its support of WAP, Pixo gives high-volume mobile phone manufacturers increased flexibility and a means to ensure easy integration of third-party WAP applications. Pixo’s software platform can accommodate both a WAP browser for use in accessing specialized WAP-based content and services as well as Pixo’s own HTML browser. While WAP networks are expected to proliferate in the near future, many wireless networks are expected to be upgraded in the next year to packet data standards compatible with an HTML approach, such as GPRS and CDMA-2000. As a result, Pixo is well positioned to provide wireless Internet support, regardless of the technologies involved. www.pixo.com
Informative Graphics Corp. introduced Brava! 2.1 – a 100 percent Java-based drawing and document collaboration application designed for business-to-business commerce. This product optimizes Java for viewing performance with CAD and image file formats, and it now offers a Java Bean interface to enable embedding into an array of web-based collaboration solutions and Project Web Sites. Brava! allows users, collaborators and contractors to share information and exchange ideas without requiring the same hardware platform, native software application or browser. With Brava! users can now view and share ideas using drawings and image documents over intranets and the Internet. Brava! is the second generation of jMYRIAD technology. It includes significant new functionality directed at web-based collaboration, including: Enhancements for viewing and printing of native CAD and image formats; Performance improvements (data compression) for lower bandwidth connections; High resolution printing to A and B size devices; Metadata-based print and watermark banners; Ability to interactively browse and load drawings & document files from the shared server; Bean interface to build integrations to E/PDM or embed into other Java/web-based collaboration solutions; and support for an optional print/plot server for native Windows driver printing/plotting at scale or a percentage of scale www.infograph.com.
Communication Intelligence Corporation (“CIC”) announced that it released a new version of its e-signature solution with support for Palm handheld devices. Sign-it 2.0 provides enterprise customers with a solution for secure electronic document approval and on-line transactions within Adobe Acrobat 4.0 for applications such as document workflow, contract execution, and e-commerce. CIC has seen a trend toward electronic service providers subsidizing the device costs to purchasers of their services, similar to the current cellular phone industry. Some financial institutions and on-line providers may soon be providing handheld devices with Internet access, such as the Palm VII wireless organizer, to their customers to encourage an increase in transactions while offering them the convenience of mobile access. Sign-it 2.0 will offer a cost effective and reliable means to both secure and authorize transactions and documents electronically whether in the enterprise or a mobile environment. www.cic.com