Convera announced the availability of Visual RetrievalWare 5.0. Visual RetrievalWare 5.0 now features support for more than twenty of the most widely used image and video formats. New image formats supported include PCX, PNM, SGIRGB, TGA and XPM. TYS has been added to the list of supported video formats, which also includes AVI, FIT, MPEG2, PIT, QT and SMJ. Visual RetrievalWare 5.0 is now available on Darwin, FreeBSD and NetBSD platforms. Visual RetrievalWare can also run on Linux, Solaris and Windows. New APIs included in Visual RetrievalWare 5.0 are an Associative Memory API for memory management and Time Code conversion support for common frame representations such as microseconds, frames, NTSC and non-drop. System Performance Enhancements: New enhancements include MPEG decompression performance and image format support, added support for QuickTime 5 and an upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.4a4. Visual RetrievalWare 5.0 features enhancements for automatic video clip indexing and fuzzy search. www.convera.com
Vivisimo, Inc. added two new products to its software portfolio: the Content Integrator and Enterprise Publisher. These join Vivisimo’s Clustering Engine which automatically organizes search or database query results into meaningful hierarchical folders. The company’s Clustering Engine interfaces with any search engine or document database to transform long lists of search results into categorized information, on-the-fly, without pre-processing the source documents. The Vivisimo Content Integrator combines with the Clustering Engine to integrate search/database query results from multiple sources. The Vivisimo Enterprise Publisher, a stand-alone document clustering product, automatically clusters document collections into categories that are intelligently selected from the words and phrases contained within the documents themselves. It publishes the organized content in a PC folders-style interface.
Ancept, Inc. and The Fantastic Corporation announced a strategic alliance to deliver integrated solutions based on IBM Content Manager and the IBM Digital Media Factory. By integrating Ancept Media Server, a DAM solution designed to centrally manage vast collections of media, with Fantastic’s Content Delivery Network products companies have the ability to effectively and securely store, manage, protect and distribute digital video, audio, imagery and text-based information. The partnership exploits the IBM Content Manager infrastructure and is synchronous with the IBM strategy for delivering leading digital media creation, management and distribution solutions. www.Ancept.com, www.Fantastic.com, www-3.ibm.com/software/data/cm/
Mainline Information Systems Inc., an IBM solutions provider, along with Grey Zone announced a worldwide strategic alliance to deliver a Linux solution. This alliance combines the Grey Zone’s Extranet applications software with Mainline’s ability to design, sell, implement, and support complex computing environments. Grey Zone’s SecureZone 5 combines all the essential features required of Extranets, such as access control, content management, personalization, and presentation. This solution provides a foundation for corporate intranets and public web sites, and can be deployed across the full line of Linux-readied IBM eServers. www.greyzone.com, www.mainline.com
The World Wide Web Consortium released “XHTML 1.0: The Extensible HyperText Markup Language (Second Edition)” as a W3C Recommendation. XHTML 1.0 is a reformulation of HTML in XML, giving the rigor of XML to Web pages. The second edition is not a new version; it brings the XHTML 1.0 Recommendation up to date with comments from the community, ongoing work within the HTML Working Group, and the first edition errata. The HTML Working Group has released the first public Working Draft of “XHTML 2.0.” XHTML 2.0 is a relative of the Web’s familiar publishing languages, HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0 and 1.1, and is not intended to be backward compatible with them. The draft contains the XHTML 2.0 markup language in modules for creating rich, portable Web-based applications. Comments are welcome. www.w3.org/TR/2002/REC-xhtml1-20020801/, www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-xhtml2-20020805/