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Month: November 2001 (Page 2 of 9)

Virage Releases Video Application Server 3.0

Virage, Inc. announced the release of Video Application Server 3.0, a server platform that allows organizations to publish, manage and distribute digital video content. With this latest server software from Virage, customers can deploy and centrally manage an even wider variety of automated streaming video applications. Video Application Server 3.0 adds user management and authentication features. Administrative privileges such as account creation and content editing can be assigned to specific groups. The new Virage software supports (LDAP), enabling easy integration with existing IT infrastructure. The latest release also provides permission-driven folders. Virage’s latest server software also supports playlists and a customizable HTML player that allows users to select the proper playback file based on connection speed and format preference. Virage’s latest product offering also includes an enhanced software developer’s kit (SDK) with new code samples and documentation. www.virage.com

Computer Associates Announces CleverPath ECM

Computer Associates International, Inc. announced the availability of CleverPath Enterprise Content Manager (ECM). CleverPath ECM extends the collaboration-and-community capabilities of CA’s CleverPath Portal to simplify management of all types of content across the enterprise using a graphical Portal interface. Supported content types include data, images, multimedia, presentations, spreadsheets, documents, email and text. CleverPath ECM provides comprehensive content management capabilities for these diverse content types — including storage and access management, process automation and workflow administration, version control and secure check-in/check-out functions. CleverPath ECM stores and manages metadata for all content types. Its type-specific plug-ins can be developed to scan content as it is loaded to extract this metadata. Other media services, such as thumbnail creation, can also be automated for streamlined workflow. CleverPath ECM is delivered with a set of standard plug-ins for most common media types such as Word and PDF documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, JPEG images, MPEG and Quicktime multimedia, and MP3 audio. It can also be customized to work with third-party content services, such as audio and video search engines. http://ca.com

Lernout & Hauspie Sells Remaining Technology Assets

Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., L&H Holdings USA, Inc., and certain of their subsidiaries (collectively, “L&H” or “the Company”) announced the sale of remaining speech and language technology assets through a court-approved, public auction held on the 26th of November. The sales of the Company’s individual assets are subject to final approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Ieper Commercial Court of Belgium. The major portion of L&H’s core speech and language technology business, including its text-to-speech (TTS) technologies, including L&H RealSpeak, and certain of its automatic speech recognition (ASR) technologies, including the Dragon Naturally Speaking line of products, will be acquired by Massachusetts-based ScanSoft, Inc. in exchange for $10 million in cash, a $3.5 million note, and 7.4 million common shares of ScanSoft, Inc. stock with a market value of $26 million based on the November 26th closing price of $3.52 per share. Additional assets sold at the auction include: The ASR technologies of L&H’s ISI division to Pennsylvania-based Multimodal Technologies, Inc., and L&H’s Intelligent Content Management (ICM) assets and its Knexys division, which develops ICM technologies to Vantage Technology Holding for $2 million in cash. www.lhsl.com

Liquent & Percussion Software Partner

Liquent, Inc. announced a partnership has been formed with Percussion Software. The partnership will provide companies with a scalable XML content management solution. A mutual referral agreement will enable both Percussion and Liquent to actively market the combined solution. The offering will leverage Liquent’s Encore and Xtent technologies and Percussion’s Rhythmyx Content Manager product line. Companies utilizing this solution will be able to automatically retrieve content from their existing content repositories using Liquent Encore, transform the content into XML through Liquent’s Xtent engine and load the resulting XML content into the Rhythmyx Content Manager. Using Liquent Encore to pull content from many repositories and Liquent Xtent to transform and normalize all content to one XML format, developers can access content immediately without additional translation. www.percussion.com, www.liquent.com

Engage & AltaVista Ally to Deliver Multichannel Content Management

Engage, Inc. and AltaVista announced an OEM alliance to incorporate AltaVista’s Enterprise Search software into Engage’s ContentServer 7 solution. AltaVista’s Enterprise Search software will provide Engage customers full-text search capability, enabling them to index both print and online digital assets for fast, efficient deployment across the broader marketing organization. Under the terms of the agreement, Engage will develop a unique content management search interface for the ContentServer client, tightly integrating AltaVista Enterprise Search software. Search results, enabled through a combination of natural language and database queries, will be incorporated into Engage’s content management solution, allowing users to access digital assets from desktop applications such as Quark XPress and Adobe Photoshop. ContentServer 7 with integrated AltaVista Enterprise Search software is scheduled for release in early 2002. Engage will also make AltaVista’s Enterprise Search software available to its existing customers and customers purchasing Engage’s current release of ContentServer 6.4. www.engage.com, www.altavista.com

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