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Day: November 10, 2002

Pindar Systems Launches Agility 2

Pindar Systems announced the launch of Agility 2, adding new enterprise platform and application support, Java and Web ease-of-use features, and workflow/functionality enhancements to its multi-channel content management platform. New workflow enhancements include event-triggering on workflow state changes, auto-advance of ‘child’ states, defined ‘next states’, and extended auto-transition rules. New features include check-in and check-out for documents and digital media assets, new capabilities for automating the creation of complex tables, and automated Enterprise Java Beans functionality. Agility supports Adobe InDesign 2.0 and QuarkXpress. IBM’s WebSphere and BEA’s WebLogic application servers are supported as well as IBM’s DB2, Oracle 9i and MS SQL Server 2000. Agility 2.0 now runs on the UNIX AIX/Solaris platforms in addition to Microsoft Windows 2000. Agility 2’s object-based EDGE data management technology allows users to link objects, the basic building blocks of the data structure, into an infinite variety of taxonomies. Each object can include an unlimited number of attributes. Agility 2 will be available commercially in early January 2003.

Oracle Announces Collaboration Suite Release 2

Oracle Corp. introduced Oracle Collaboration Suite Release 2 along with two new services. Oracle Collaboration Suite Release 2 introduces real-time communication features, online meetings, instant messaging and co-browsing. Oracle also now offers a low-cost migration service and hosted collaboration services – Oracle Collaboration Suite Outsourcing. Oracle Collaboration Suite enables users to access voicemail, email and fax in one inbox, and also leverage UltraSearch, which allows users to search for corporate information within all shared files, including faxes and email. With the addition of the new Oracle iMeeting technology, online collaboration activities such as co-browsing, Web conferences, voice streaming, meeting playback and even casual communications such as instant messaging, can be consolidated and centralized. The iMeeting functionality in Oracle Collaboration Suite acts as a foundation for integrating enterprise content, commerce and comprehensive business flows. Oracle Collaboration Suite Release 2 is scheduled to be available in the first half of 2003. The price for a perpetual license of Oracle Collaboration Suite is $60 per Named User Plus.

Macromedia Announces ‘Contribute’

Macromedia, Inc. announced Macromedia ‘Contribute’, a desktop application that enables anyone to update, add, and publish web content to existing websites without requiring technical skills beyond basic word processing. Contribute works with any HTML website, including those coded by hand or created with Macromedia Dreamweaver’ MX or Microsoft FrontPage. Macromedia Contribute allows web developers to delegate web content maintenance while protecting the site design, code, and functionality. Contribute rolls out in minutes using encrypted connection keys and permission groups. Contribute allows users to update web content in three steps: Users browse to the web page they want to update, edit the page, and publish their updated page to the live site. Contribute also features integration with Microsoft Word and Excel. Contribute will be available for Windows in December with introductory pricing at $99. Education, government, and corporate volume licensing will be available. The product will initially ship in English, with French, German, and Japanese versions expected to be available in 2003. Contribute will be available for Mac OS X users in 2003.

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