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Day: September 23, 2001 (Page 1 of 2)

Openpages Launches ContentWare 3.0

Openpages announced the immediate availability of ContentWare 3.0. ContentWare 3.0 provides users with new functionality including WebExpress (a browser-based tool for remote users), support for Macintosh environments, APIs to customize and transform content, online storage capabilities, and enhanced installation and administration capabilities. ContentWare is deeply integrated with popular desktop applications. The solution simplifies the content creation process offering the ability to create content using familiar applications (Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, and Macromedia Dreamweaver) and manage content elements — not just Web pages — in a central repository with workflow. Because digital assets are stored in a central repository in native formats, ContentWare enables content reuse and deployment across multiple communications channels — Web, print or wireless.

Netegrity Introduces JSAML Toolkit

Netegrity, Inc. announced a freely available JSAML toolkit to make it easier for corporate developers and ISVs to quickly create and deploy SAML-ready solutions. With Netegrity’s JSAML toolkit, developers can enable their applications and security products to become solutions that securely exchange user identity and entitlement information with partners using the SAML language. Netegrity’s is a reference implementation of SAML based on the OASIS group’s proposed Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standard. Netegrity recently announced its AffiliateMinder product for securely managing affiliate user networks. “TransactionMinder” was also introduced as a new product line for securing the emerging web services platforms. Both of these products are based on the SAML specification and will enable security across e-business networks. Netegrity JSAML Toolkit is a light-weight toolkit that comes with complete documentation and use-case examples (including source code). JSAML Toolkit is expected to be available as a free download in October 2001. The company will also offer technical support programs for the toolkit. More information will be made available in October.

Merant Announces PVCS Content Manager 2.0

MERANT introcuded PVCS Content Manager 2.0. PVCS Content Manager introduces server-based pricing with the enterprise features and functionality of high-end solutions. PVCS Content Manager also delivers an “out-of-the-box” product that reduces the requirement for a multitude of vendor consultants and endless months of customization. MERANT’s PVCS Content Manager 2.0 is available immediately from MERANT. Content Manager 2.0 is available in Team Edition and Enterprise Edition. Pricing for the Team Edition starts at $30,000, while server-based pricing for the Enterprise Edition starts at $90,000 for unlimited users.

Software AG & PureEdge Join Forces

Software AG, Inc. and PureEdge Solutions, Inc. announced a joint marketing and sales campaign of their complementary XML products. Together the company’s products enable commercial and government organizations to more quickly and easily move important documents and transactions online. PureEdge Internet Commerce System allows users to design, deploy, complete, and digitally sign intelligent and enforceable XML documents. In an enforceable transaction, all components of an e-document are saved as a complete object – complete with layout, logic, content – using XFDL technology to ensure no component of the final document can be modified. Because both products are native XML, complete solutions for creating, processing, and archiving enforceable documents are easy to build, maintain, and integrate with other XML applications.,

Connotate Releases vTag Version 2.0

Connotate Technologies released vTag Version 2.0, a major upgrade of its web data extraction environment. Built on its XML-By-Example extraction rule generator, vTag 2.0 dramatically increases coverage of web-based data and improves speed by a factor of 150. Version 2.0 extends vTag’s current capabilities in two key ways. It extends extraction capabilities to include construction of XML relationships that span multiple linked pages, and it enables automated location of user-specific data identified by parameters supplied at the time of retrieval. Connotate is offering free upgrades for its existing customers.

Requisite Integrates Critical Reach Rich 3D Viewing for Catalogs

Requisite Technology, Inc. and Critical Reach Inc. announced they have signed an OEM agreement that will make rich 3D content viewable in Requisite’s BugsEye catalog finding engine. By integrating Critical Reach’s revolutionary 3D interactive content deployment technology with Requisite’s system, buyers can quickly and easily view suppliers’ interactive 3D content, such as CAD, VRML or 3D Studio. The Critical Reach technology is available now as an option with the latest release of Requisite’s BugsEye catalog finding engine. The combined capability will enable faster, more accurate product identification and selection, by providing interactivity and high bandwidth content delivery. Critical Reach’s software, the Critical Reach Service Suite, tightly links graphics to textual descriptions. Anyone with a Web-browser, such as on a Web-enabled laptop or wireless handheld, can quickly access fast, interactive 3D content from any location, without requiring any client-side plug-in or software installation.,

Adobe Unveils Metadata Technology

Adobe Systems Incorporated unveiled new technology behind the Adobe family of products that streamlines workflows saving time and money for publishers. Called XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform), this framework enhances workflows so that content can be applied seamlessly between print, Web, eBooks and other media. XMP provides Adobe applications and partners with a common metadata framework that standardizes the creation, processing and interchange of document metadata across publishing workflows. XMP will be incorporated into all Adobe products eventually and is available for developers via a software development kit (SDK). Users will benefit from XMP’s ability to contain metadata within application files. The SDK is available as a guide for integration to non-Adobe applications and contains sample source code for extracting and parsing the XMP packets. XMP was first introduced with the release of Acrobat 5.0 in April 2001. Adobe also announced that InDesign 2.0 and Illustrator 10 have incorporated XMP. XMP is scheduled to be integrated into the next generation of all Adobe applications. XMP components include a framework, schema, XML packet technology and the SDK. The SDK is available through Adobe’s Solutions Network.

Adobe Announces AlterCast & Integrations with Documentum & Interwoven

Adobe Systems Incorporated introduced Adobe AlterCast, a new dynamic imaging server software. AlterCast allows Web publishers to automatically generate and repurpose images and graphics within existing content management and e-commerce solutions, enabling the efficient creation of visually rich Web sites. AlterCast is built on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator technology, while also supporting industry-standard image file formats. AlterCast automates the process of managing large image libraries. With AlterCast, graphics professionals will be able to replace text within graphics on the fly while still maintaining support for transparency, animation and layer effects.
AlterCast automatically optimizes files for delivery on any Web-enabled device, including PDAs and cell phones. By using a single image source file to generate multiple iterations, AlterCast helps reduce data storage requirements. Adobe also announced agreements with Documentum and Interwoven to integrate AlterCast with their content management systems. Adobe AlterCast is expected to ship at the beginning of 2002 in North America only. AlterCast will be priced on a per-CPU basis, with processor packs ranging from an estimated street price of US$7,500 for a one-CPU system to an estimated street price of US$60,000 for high-performance enterprise applications.

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