AgentWare announced the general availability of its new Syndicator 2.0 software, a Java- and XML-based development platform for creating and integrating content, distributed applications and Web Services across the Internet. Designed to ensure rapid time-to-market, AgentWare’s Syndicator 2.0 development toolset offers functionality to improve the way businesses integrate and syndicate applications, expand to wireless and broadband platforms, and leverage existing Internet infrastructure to build Web Services. Also, as a result of its full mobile and broadband device compatibility, Syndicator 2.0 will allow businesses to rapidly develop and deploy online initiatives to multiple Internet devices, with no need for the creation of multiple applications to accommodate differing operating scenarios and delivery channels. AgentWare’s Syndicator 2.0 is an ideal solution for today’s Internet environment because 1) it enables businesses to quickly build customized applications that easily integrate with their existing systems, 2) it provides a powerful business tool that can efficiently and cost-effectively deliver both applications and Web Services over the Internet and 3) it significantly reduces the personnel costs, infrastructure costs and time needed to deploy an eBusiness solution. www.agentware.com
Factiva announced the availability of Factiva Track Module, a current awareness tool that dis-plays filtered content within an intranet or portal. Factiva Track Module is the latest tool in Fac-tiva Integration, a suite of products designed to integrate Factiva’s news and business information into intranets and portals. Factiva Track Module allows customers to define news topics that matter most to them such as industry, competitor or customer topics, and distribute filtered news to employee groups who can benefit from shared views of the same information. Factiva Track Module filters global content in 12 languages from Factiva’s archive, which in-cludes Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and The Wall Street Journal, plus more than 4,000 other sources from around the world. Two editions of Factiva Track Module are available. Fac-tiva Track Module-Standard uses an HTML format and Factiva Track Module-Custom uses XML, which allows companies to control the presentation and navigational experience within their environment. www.factiva.com
Vignette Corp. announced that it is shipping a full suite of content, integration and analysis ap-plications with native support for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standard and the BEA We-bLogic and IBM WebSphere application servers. This means Vignette supports both Sun Microsystems Inc.’s Java platform and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows DNA. Vignette also an-nounced significant new enhancements to the Vignette Content Management Server (CMS) that tightly integrates content management, scalable content delivery and personalization. Vi-gnette CMS Explorer and Vignette Content Manager Generator (CM Generator). Vignette CMS Explorer makes digital asset management simpler and more intuitive by enabling Web applica-tion developers and content contributors to access CMS capabilities using the popular Micro-soft Windows Explorer interface, which lets them create, view and manipulate their content and application code using familiar icons, formats and drag-and-drop functionality. By allowing us-ers to work in the manner they prefer, CMS Explorer helps e-business organizations improve overall productivity and reduce training costs. Vignette Content Manager Generator is designed to accelerate time to market and reduce development costs by automating the process of creat-ing custom content management applications with the Vignette Content Management Server. CM Generator allows any business user to generate browser-based custom content manage-ment applications using a step-by-step process and an easy-to-use interface. CM Generator can dramatically reduce the amount of time and cost needed for implementing simple, but custom-ized, content management applications. www.vignette.com
eXcelon Corporation introduced eXcelon Portal Server 3.0. Portal Server 3.0 includes a new in-tegrated XML development environment, support for the latest XML standards, and enhanced scalability and performance. Portal Server 3.0 includes new tools and capabilities that make it easier for companies to aggregate data and content from any source into a common XML-based business information model. Stylus Studio provides a visual debugging platform for XSLT, greatly reducing the time to deploy new client or server applications that include both XSLT and user-defined Java extension functions. Stylus Studio also includes an XML Editor to load and manipulate large XML files, a DTD and XML Schema editor, as well as a visual XML-to-XML mapping facility for easily defining XSLT transformations between XML documents with sup-port for DTD and XML Schemas. Portal Server aggregates data from as many as 30 disparate sources, such as structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, as well as legacy data for-mats such as COBOL files and mainframe data, and makes it available to new e-business appli-cations. Portal Server converts the data from the sources and manages it as XML so developers can build applications using standards-based XML languages. The beta version of eXcelon’s Portal Server 3.0 is available now as part of eXcelon’s official open beta test (www.exceloncorp.com/beta/b2bps.html). Portal Server 3.0 will be available on the Windows NT, Windows 2000, Solaris 7 and Solaris 8 platforms. Portal Server 3.0 is expected to be gener-ally available within 45 days. eXcelon Stylus Studio is expected to be available as a stand-alone product in the second quarter of 2001. A beta version is available for download at www.exceloncorp.com/beta/studio.html. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.
Inxight Software, Inc. announced the immediate availability of four Asian languages within its LinguistX Platform 3.1 and Summarizer 3.0 SDK products. Japanese, Korean and Traditional and Simplified Chinese are now available as plug-in modules for LinguistX Platform and Summar-izer. LinguistX Platform is a multi-lingual, natural language processing software engine used to analyze massive text repositories such as the World Wide Web, news archives, e-mail and document libraries. The product enables application developers to bring true language aware-ness to their search engines, content management systems, customer relationship management systems, and other products that handle large amounts of textual content. Summarizer SDK is a software engine that creates abstracts of online documents in sub-seconds, and customizes content into a summary size that is relevant to a user’s needs. These engines underlie applica-tions from Lotus, SAP, Oracle, Verity, Reuters, eGain, YellowBrix and Inktomi. LinguistX Platform provides a language-aware foundation for software applications, enabling developers and in-formation providers to build more intelligent solutions for full-text searches, electronic publish-ing, email routing and response, content delivery to wireless devices, and other text-intensive applications. LinguistX Platform 3.1 is provided as modular engines, reducing development costs and decreasing time to market. LinguistX Platform 3.1 and Summarizer 3.0 SDK offer a single object-oriented API for all 16-language versions. This single API supports most operating systems and platforms for multiple language integration. LinguistX Platform 3.1 and Summar-izer 3.0 SDK also have integrated automatic language identification, which identifies the lan-guage and character encoding of the document so the user does not need to set it. Inxight LinguistX Platform 3.1 and Summarizer SDK 3.0 in Asian languages for Windows, Solaris and Linux, are available now directly from Inxight. www.inxight.com