Digital Goods announced a business partnership with Groove Networks to develop an entirely new, more affordable and efficient way for content providers to create and widely distribute storefronts for secure sale of their digital products. The initial promise of the Digital Goods-Groove applications or “tools” is subscription-based sales of digital content for the business marketplace, such as financial and investment research, corporate intelligence and other time-sensitive products, as well as business training and education materials. Under the agreement, Digital Goods is adapting its content management technology and Amplifi marketing and eCommerce tools to work in concert with the distributed computing platform developed by Groove Networks, enabling secure one-to-many and peer-to-peer commercial distribution and management of digital content. Using the Digital Goods applications, content providers will be able to distribute storefronts or subscription modules through one or many Groove “shared spaces,” which enable businesses or individual consumers to synchronize and store content locally on their desktops. The financial model for the Groove-powered Digital Goods content distribution system is still under development, with both turnkey licensing and Digital Goods-managed design, administration and sales/marketing options likely to be offered. www.groovenetworks.com, www.digitalgoods.com.
Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the immediate availability of Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software. The new version offers numerous enhancements, including tighter Web integration, support for industry standard protocols like Open DataBase Connectivity (ODBC) that connect Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) forms with back-end databases, and easier data exchange in Adobe PDF files through support for XML. Acrobat 5.0 software for Windows 95 OSR 2.0, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 with service pack 5 or 6, Windows ME and Windows 2000, and Macintosh OS 8.6 (all Web-based capabilities are not available due to Apple OS limitations), 9.0.4 and 9.1, is available immediately in the United States and Canada for an estimated street price of U.S. $249. Registered users of earlier Acrobat software versions can upgrade to Acrobat 5.0 for U.S. $99. French, German and Japanese versions of Acrobat 5.0 are expected to be available in the second calendar quarter of 2001. Information about other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies, is available online at www.adobe.com.
TRADOS Incorporated and J.D. Edwards & Company have created a development partnership allowing customers to integrate TRADOS technology into J.D. Edwards’ Enterprise Content Manager. As a result of this partnership, customers will gain complete multi- lingual content management capabilities, simplifying translations for organizations operating in several countries with multiple languages. J.D. Edwards’ Enterprise Content Manager allows enterprises to manage multi-lingual content with standard desktop tools like Microsoft Office. Enterprise Content Manager provides “single sourcing,” creating a single content repository that can be used by a company’s network of offices, partners and customers anywhere in the world. TRADOS supports this single sourcing vision, which provides enterprises with a larger return on investment because they only have to translate content once. The architecture of Enterprise Content Manager is geared to provide businesses with the freedom to choose among multiple applications and translation technologies. The J.D. Edwards Enterprise Content Manager is currently available to early adopters, with widespread commercial deployment scheduled for spring 2001. The TRADOS integration is planned for summer for early adapters with General Availability in the fall. www.jdedwards.com; www.trados.com