Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of its newest version of the Microsoft Solution for Intranets (MSI). With the Microsoft Solution for Intranets 1.5, Microsoft is extending collaboration opportunities through companies such as Groove Networks Inc., which will release within the next 30 days a partner solution offering that integrates with the MSI technology. The Groove Networks software integrates Groove Workspace with SharePoint Team Services. The MSI 1.5 improves on the 1.0 platform with several upgrades that promote collaboration and ease of use. Chief among these is the addition of Microsoft Producer, which allows a content author to create rich-media presentations (audio or video synchronized with PowerPoint slides and other HTML elements) for on-demand viewing. Other additions include streamlined integration between the MSI 1.5 and Microsoft Content Management Server and the installation of the Microsoft .NET Framework on all servers in the solution, enabling the development of collaborative Web services. www.microsoft.com
Inxight Software, Inc. announced that it has enhanced its alliance with SAP AG through an expanded software licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, twenty-three languages within Inxight’s LinguistX Platform, a natural language text processing system, will now be made available within mySAP Enterprise Portal. Inxight also announced it has added seven languages to its LinguistX portfolio, bringing the total to twenty-three. Languages that SAP has added include Russian, Polish, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian and Turkish. Additional languages to be made available within mySAP Enterprise Portal include Hebrew and Thai. www.inxight.com
Texterity, Inc. announced TextCafe Version 3.0, providing conversion of PDF into SVG pages, XML-based table of contents, and XML document search indexes. SVG provides customers with an XML-based representation of pages that are identical to the original printed page. With TextCafe 3.0, publishers can publish on-line and off-line versions of materials using standard web browsers for Windows, Macintosh and other platforms. TextCafe 3.0 provides: Automatic conversion from PDF to SVG pages, page-based word lists for indexed searches, and structural Table of Contents in XML; the ability to view SVG pages within any HTML page, using the Adobe SVGViewer; support for embedded fonts, including SVG standard font drawing instructions or Adobe Compact Embedded Fonts (CEF); atomatic extraction and optimization of all raster and bitmap images into PNG or JPEG formats; translation of line-drawingd or images into SVG vector formats; and matching between reflowable XML/OEB output, word indexes and SVG pages, enabling word highlighting and relevancy searching. www.texterity.com
Xythos Software announced updraded WebFile Server and WebFile Client products. The company’s Intellitach technology automatically replaces email file attachments with secure links (URLs). The company’s WebFile Server introduces secure file sharing within portal environments including the Plumtree Corporate Portal, Computer Associates’ Clever Path, and Blackboard’s Community Portal for education. When used in combination with email applications such as Lotus Notes or Microsoft Outlook the new Xythos products migrate historically inaccessible file information from PCs and department level servers into Internet file servers. Xythos software is designed for the everyday user not traditionally served by enterprise content management applications. Xythos products deliver file sharing tools that work inside the applications that users already know, making file sharing familiar even when those applications aren’t WebDAV compatible. Xythos also announced that Stellent has licensed their technology.
Wipro Technologies announced it will partner with Artesia Technologies, Inc. to deliver rich-media content management solutions to Wipro’s customers. Wipro will offer its integrated solutions to media companies in North America and Europe, and will be the first partner of Artesia Technologies in the Asia Pacific region for implementing Artesia’s DAM solution. Working with Artesia, Wipro Technologies will offer integrated solutions to media and entertainment customers with Digital Asset Management as a core piece of the offering. www.wipro.com, www.artesia.com
iManage, Inc. announced the release of Report Manager for WorkSite. The new product adds fully integrated enterprise report management (ERM) functionality for the storage and retrieval of computer-generated documents to the company’s collaborative content management application suite. With iManage’s integrated document management, collaboration, portal access, workflow, and knowledge management suite, end users can view and collaborate on COLD (Computer Output to Laser Disk)/ERM content, including enterprise reports, computer generated invoices, credit memos and statements, as well as business transactions represented by XML or SQL data. Integration with iManage WorkSite enables customers to extend ERM capabilities across transactions generated by customer line-of-business systems that range from in-house developed software to packages from ERP/CRM vendors including Baan, JD Edwards, Onyx, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel. The replacement of outdated archiving methods with reliable, real-time access to documents, including online query and retrieval capabilities, enables productivity gains and better customer service. Report Manager for Worksite and Worksite MP will be available in Q4 2002. iManage Report Manager is powered by Acartus. www.imanage.com, www.acartus.com
Vignette Corp. announced an expansion of its existing strategic alliance with IBM Corp. to include solutions that will help companies better manage the content of their corporate intranets. Under terms of the expanded agreement, Vignette has become a certified Web content management business partner for IBM’s Dynamic Workplaces initiative. The new initiative is designed to offer a broad set of intranet-based collaborative technologies, such as e-meetings, e-learning, eHR and instant messaging. As a part of this announcement, Vignette is debuting Vignette for IBM Dynamic Workplaces, a configuration of its content management application that is tightly linked with IBM’s Dynamic Workplaces offering. Vignette will also offer integration with IBM’s Content Management software in the fourth quarter of this year. www.ibm.com/partnerworld/developer, www.vignette.com
Day Software announced availability of Communique 3.5, the newest version of their content management product. Communique 3.5 Application Services provide out-of-the-box capabilities for Content Management, Portal Management, Graphics and Digital Asset Management, Business Process and Workflow. Day’s Content Management capabilities provide design templates and wizards, consistent separation of design and content, separate design worlds for corporate design information and inheritance of design to sub pages. The Communique 3.5 Graphics and Digital Asset Management capabilities provide a browser-based, Photoshop-like environment. Communique 3.5 Content Services include capabilities for federated search, virtual versioning, security/access control, single sign-on, observation, indexing and serialization. Connection Services allow enterprises to leverage the content stored in enterprise systems like SAP R/3, document and file storage systems like Lotus Notes and security systems like LDAP. Communique 3.5 is a Java application and runs inside J2EE application servers or as a servlet with Web servers. Support for application servers includes IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, SunONE, Oracle 9i and ATG Dynamo. www.day.com