Ektron, Inc. announced the immediate availability of extensions for Macromedia Dreamweaver and Dreamweaver UltraDev. These new extensions give Web developers the ability to quickly and easily deliver low-cost, powerful, business-user-oriented Web content authoring and management capabilities – while ensuring that the developer retains important control over the site architecture, look and feel, navigation, and other important elements of a Web site. Ektron ships the Dreamweaver extension files with its Ektron CMS100 and Ektron CMS200 products, as well as its eMPower system. These Web content management applications are available for the Macromedia ColdFusion and Microsoft Active Server Pages platforms. Ektron also makes an extension available for its multi-language browser-based XHTML/HTML editor, eWebEditPro. The extensions are available at the Ektron or Macromedia Web sites. www.ektron.com, www.macromedia.com
FileNET Corporation announced general availability of Panagon eProcess Services 4.2. This version offers a range of new functionality including process submaps, out-of-the-box timing and event synchronization, support for Internet attachments and automatic launching of document lifecycle processes within Panagon Content Services. FileNet also announced a partnership to integrate FileNET’s Panagon family of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) products with Arbortext’s Epic software. Customers will be able to create customized documents that leverage content created in many disparate forms, bringing this content together to deliver fresh, consistent and complete information to multiple types of media – PDF, Web, CD-ROM and wireless devices. The two companies are working together to create an integration that will combine Panagon’s in process management and enterprise content management services with Arbortext’s XML-based authoring, conversion and multichannel publishing of customized documents. www.filenet.com, www.arbortext.com
Ipedo Inc., released the latest version of the Ipedo XML Database featuring capabilities to make it easier to gain better control over an increasingly diverse array of enterprise XML. New query capabilities, document options and enhanced transformation capabilities enable the Ipedo XML Database Version 2.0 to provide a platform enterprises can use to integrate, manage and deliver XML content to their Web, portal, wireless and other content-driven applications. The Ipedo XML Database Version 2.0 includes new features that support the growing use of XML in content-driven applications, including: Free-form XML search, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) management, Distributed database management, Integrated XSL transformation, and Large document processing. The Ipedo XML Database can be used standalone or as a caching layer on top of existing relational databases. The Ipedo XML Database stores XML natively. Utilizing XPath, XML document collections can be queried directly in XML syntax. The Ipedo XML Database also contains an XSLT transformation engine that combines data access and transformation in a single step. The Ipedo XML Database 2.0 is available now for Windows 2000, Windows NT, Sun Solaris and Red Hat Linux. Pricing is on a per-CPU basis. Developer licenses are available for $995. www.ipedo.com
Vitria announced its plans to support Web Services standards by the end of the fourth calendar quarter of 2001. These standards include WSDL (Web Services Definition Language), SOAP and UDDI. WSDL is used to define a web service, SOAP is used to access a web service, and UDDI provides a repository for storing Web service definitions. By adding support for these three standards, Vitria customers will be able to expose their Vitria integration solutions as “Web Services” to simplify internal integration of applications and external collaboration between partners and industries. All current connectivity and process modeling options will remain available to Vitria customers who choose not to embrace Web Services. www.vitria.com
BEA Systems, Inc. announced the availability of BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0 and BEA WebLogic Integration 2.1. The new products are designed to simplify the development, integration and presentation of applications, systems, and business processes spanning an enterprise’s employees, customers, and partners. BEA also announced the BEA Portal Star Solution, BEA Portlet Gallery and more than 65 partners supporting BEA WebLogic Portal and BEA WebLogic Integration.
In a separate BEA announcement, the BEA Portal Star Solution is now available, with 66 partners initially committed to join. This BEA partner initiative is designed for partners who want to build application portlets for BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0, integrate their applications to BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0, or develop consulting practices around the product. With Portal Star Solution partners, customers will be able to create portals with pre-integrated partner solutions for content management, search, syndicated content, security, collaboration, and analytics. Some of the partners are: AltaVista, Autonomy, Inc., Artesia, Bowstreet, BoxCar, Business Objects, Cardonet, CrystalDecisions, divine, inc., Documentum, Entegrity, E.piphany, FatWire, FileNET, Gauss, Hyperion, Informatica, Inktomi, Interwoven, Intraspect, Netegrity, NetGenesis, NewsEdge, Oblix, OnePage, PeopleSoft, Reef, ScreamingMedia, RSA/Securant, Selectica, Stellent, Venetica, Verity, and Vignette.BEA WebLogic Integration 2.1 is available for download. BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0 is scheduled to be generally available for download on Oct. 29. www.bea.com