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Day: June 25, 2001

Context Media Unveils SMIL Authoring Application

Context Media, Inc. announced the introduction of a Web authoring application called iBuilder. iBuilder makes it easy to access and use shared content in, multimedia Web presentations. iBuilder is a SMIL (Synchronous Multimedia Integration Language) authoring application that gives Web developers and authors the ability to synchronize video, text, animation and audio content and specify exactly when and how those elements are presented. SMIL presentations can be played by: RealPlayer 8 by RealNetworks; QuickTime 4.1 by Apple; the GRiNS player by Oratrix; and many others which are listed at the W3C SMIL Website. SMIL is an XML-based layout format that specifies the playback of any combination of multiple media types over the Internet. As a layout language, SMIL supports the presentation of a wide range of container file formats, audio, video, animation, images, and text. iBuilder is part of Context Media’s Context Builder family of products. Also included in this product family is Context Builder for Dreamweaver, integrated directly with the Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 and Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 authoring tools. iBuilder will be available directly from Context Media in the third quarter at a SRP of $650.00. Those interested can register for iBuilder Early Access at www.ibuilder.html

Kinecta Adds Three Partnerships

Kinecta Corporation announced several new technology partnerships, which expand the company’s presence worldwide. The new partnerships being announced are with Cast-Info of Spain, Empower InfoServices Pty Ltd. of Sydney, and DigitalML of Europe. Cast-Info is a Spanish systems integrator and software, hardware and communications value-added reseller representing Kinecta in Barcelona and Madrid. The company offers high-end solutions, services and tools for systems development, implementation and maintenance. They will be providing 24×7 support and training for Kinecta customers in Spain. DigitalML is a specialist services and outsourcing company dedicated to building and managing XML-powered Web sites in Europe, with a focus on content management solutions. DigitalML represents Kinecta in Europe to build in-house or outsourced content management solutions for customers, including applications in financial services, insurance, manufacturing, media and business-to-business e-commerce. Kinecta’s Syndication Server infrastructure solution plays a key part in any solution that DigitalML builds where organizations need to share content with external organizations or individuals. Empower InfoServices Pty Ltd is a Sydney, Australia-based software solutions and services company that represents Kinecta in Asia Pacific. With specialization in content management and content distribution solutions, Empower offers a full range of services from Consulting, Design, Development, Implementation and Support. www.cast-info.es, www.digitalml.com, www.empowerinfoservices.com, www.kinecta.com

New IBM Start Now Solutions for Small & Medium Businesses Include Content Management

IBM announced the new IBM Start Now Solutions for e-business, a family of offerings to help small and medium businesses (SMB) rapidly implement cost-effective, e-business solutions. The eight Start Now Solutions, including three Linux-based solutions, fulfill the requirements of e-business–from initial Internet access, through e-mail, research and information, Web site management, simple and complex e-commerce, business intelligence, integrated activities and new business opportunities. IBM Start Now Solutions for e-business include core solutions, which provide the platform needed to do business online; extensions, to move into the more sophisticated areas of business intelligence, collaboration and integration with host systems; and management solutions to optimize and secure a business’ Web presence and data. IBM Start Now Content Management Solutions are a web-ready portfolio of integrated software for managing and distributing digital content, when, where, and how it is needed; and for delivering it to those who need it most. The Start Now Content Management Solutions are based on IBM Content Manager Entry Bundle V7 and Content Manager CommonStore for Domino V7. IBM Start Now Solutions are available immediately to Business Partners around the world. Suggested prices for Start Now Solutions start at $15,000 to $55,000. www.ibm.com/software/smb

Interwoven Launches PortalReady SDK with 11 Partners

Interwoven, Inc. announced the PortalReady SDK (Software Development Kit), a standards-based interface for rapidly integrating portal software with Interwoven’s Content Infrastructure. Five “early adopter” portal vendors are announcing the integration of their portal infrastructure in parallel with the development of the Interwoven PortalReady SDK. Epicentric, IBM, iPlanet, Plumtree, and TIBCO will each be shipping portal products integrated with Interwoven’s Content Infrastructure products in Q3. Art Technology Group (ATG), BEA Systems, Bowstreet, DataChannel, PeopleSoft, and Sybase have also indicated their intent to integrate their portal product lines with Interwoven Content Infrastructure through its PortalReady SDK. The PortalReady SDK is built on SOAP and XML and provides support to both .NET and J2EE for all portal environments. In addition, the PortalReady SDK includes a function-rich, customer-extensible framework designed to grow with evolving portal requirements and support enhancements to Content Infrastructure. Interwoven will also be providing certification support to portal partners employing the PortalReady SDK for integration, including certification criteria and reporting. The PortalReady SDK will be available in Q3. www.interwoven.com/portal

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