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Day: October 10, 2000

VCIX Releases Cortra Site Studio

VCIX introduced its Cortra Site Studio software to the web development market. Cortra Site Studio has been designed from the ground up using object-oriented architecture to meet the challenges of complex content aggregation, syndication and publishing on the web. Using Cortra Site Studio’s extensible object-oriented technology and its reusable component architecture, web development firms can more easily create customized solutions addressing their specific customer needs without the need to create new applications. Its intuitive, easy-to-use interface enables non-technical staff to control all aspects of a web site’s content management, without the need for programmers or skilled technicians. A wide range of objects including text, images and streaming media, can be easily published, archived, scheduled, and managed, producing a dynamic, robust and scalable site that is easy to maintain and adapt to changing business requirements. Because of these factors, Cortra lowers the cost of site creation and ownership for organizations building or redesigning their web presence. The Cortra software includes built-in support for XML and a standards-based object-oriented API. Cortra also allows users of Microsoft Visio 2000 to import UML (Unified Modeling Language) models of business processes and to automatically generate code for transforming those processes to the Web. VCIX, formerly known as Virtual Communities Inc., recently announced that it plans to exit the business of publishing community sites in order to concentrate exclusively on the development and marketing of the Cortra technology. www.vcix.com

IPTC Membership Ratifies NewsML V1.0 & Endorses Formal Release

The news industry’s technical standards body has formally ratified v1.0 of its NewsML and announced that it is ready for production use. At its Autumn Meeting in Amsterdam there was unanimous acceptance amongst the membership that the NewsML v1.0 DTD be formally released having completed a period of beta testing. An updated DTD, functional specification and accompanying examples are now available and a number of members – Agence France-Presse, BusinessWire, Press Association, Reuters, ScreamingMedia, UPI, and Dow Jones WSJ.com – have already declared their intention to utilize the new standard. The IPTC will initiate new work programs to ensure that NewsML evolves as a standard and achieves widespread acceptance. The DTD for NewsML v1.0, together with a functional specification, supporting documents and background papers can be found on the IPTC web site at www.iptc.org/NewsMLv1T.zip. The DTD is available as a rights-free standard but it remains the intellectual property of the IPTC. www.iptc.org

Rational Announces ContentStudio for Managing Code & Content

Rational Software announced Rational Suite ContentStudio, a new member of the Rational Suite product family that includes technology from Vignette Corp. to address the needs of e-businesses challenged with managing content and code in complex e-business sites. Rational Suite ContentStudio consists of Rational ClearCase technology, Vignette V/5 Content Management Server, and Rational Suite Team Unifying Platform (Rational Requisite Pro, Rational ClearQuest and Rational Unified Process). The incorporation of Vignette’s technology in Rational Suite ContentStudio is the result of a strategic alliance between the two companies. Rational Suite ContentStudio is designed for e-business development teams that include content contributors, who write, design, edit or approve the information that will be on the site; and software developers, who design, build, and test the code that powers the e-business system. Rational Suite ContentStudio is a product to manage content, code and other software artifacts in a common, software configuration management foundation to unify e-business teams so they can build and deploy sophisticated e-business sites quicker and with higher quality. Rational Suite ContentStudio provides browser-based templating integrated with Rational ClearCase to deliver parallel development capabilities for e-business teams. All content assets, code and other software artifacts are managed with secure version control and can then be deployed to an application server environment in unison. Rational Suite ContentStudio will be available by April 1, 2001. Rational Suite ContentStudio will cost $4,795 per node-locked license and $8,395 per floating license. www.rational.com

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