Members of the OASIS standards consortium have formed a technical committee to develop standards to automate the translation and localization process as a Web service. The effort brings together DataPower, IBM, the Localisation Research Centre, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and others in a collaboration that will use Web services as the backbone to a workflow linking the tasks that comprise a complex software localization project. The new OASIS Technical Committee will concentrate first on defining service types that are relevant to the software/content localization and translation industry. Their specification will drive the development of WSDL documents that will ultimately be published in a UDDI registry and potentially also in an ebXML registry. The OASIS Translation Web Services Technical Committee joins another localization effort at OASIS — one that works to develop an XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF). The two groups plan to coordinate their efforts. www.oasis-open.org
iManage, Inc. announced the addition of several new partners to its iDevelop program, which brings together companies that have developed software applications that integrate with iManage WorkSite. The company also introduced a new Solutions Catalog listing more than 60 products now available to extend the capabilities of WorkSite. iManage WorkSite suite delivers document management, collaboration, workflow and knowledge management accessible through an integrated portal in a single integrated Internet solution. The new partners announced include providers of workgroup, wireless and legal industry software solutions: Ricoh, Onset Technology, and Legal Files Software Inc. The full spectrum of iDevelop products and functionality are listed in the Solutions Catalog.
Ephox announced the general availability of EditLive! for Java 2.0, the next generation of its Web-based content authoring application. EditLive! for Java 2.0 adds features such as support for XML, support for the WebDAV, and compliance with Section 508. EditLive! is a content authoring application for non-technical users, allowing them to make content updates in a word processor-like environment. EditLive! ties into content management and CRM solutions such as Vignette, FileNET, Stellent and KANA. EditLive!’s server-based architecture enables administrators to control how content updates occur, even as the application scales to thousands of users. A multi-platform solution, EditLive! supports both Windows and Java environments in Internet Explorer and Netscape. EditLive! for Java 2.0 is now available. The pricing of EditLive! For Java 2.0 starts at $35 per user or $5,000 per CPU. An evaluation kit and online demos are available. www.ephox.com
Translations.com, inc. announced that the company has purchased a suite of globalization management applications from Convey Software (formerly eTranslate). The transaction, which combines the localization services of Translations.com with software designed for multilingual content management, creates a full service offering for companies with a significant multilingual Web presence. The GMS applications, called GlobalLink and Ultra, integrates with Interwoven’s TeamSite. Translations.com was previously a service partner to Convey Software and most recently acted as a reseller of GlobalLink. www.translations.com
Traction Software, Inc. introduced the Competitive Intelligence (C.I.) and Market Research solution to its TeamPage Enterprise Weblog. Traction’s TeamPage Enterprise Weblog software is a solution that allows everyday corporate users to collect, link and organize information from e-mail, the web, Office and other textual information in an organized format. Its hypertext journaling system can label, cross-link and deliver relevant portions of editable content gathered from disparate sources and plug into an existing web infrastructure. Traction’s Instant Publisher allows users to collect and post selected text, pictures, links and attachments directly from Microsoft Word, Outlook or Internet Explorer. Traction is a self-contained web server and is a Java application that can be installed on Windows XP, NT or 2000, Linux, Solaris and Macintosh OS X. Traction readers use browsers from Microsoft or Netscape, and supports wireless access from Palm, Windows CE or Blackberry browsers. Traction Competitive Intelligence & Market Research solution is availability immediately. Traction CI is priced at $10,000 per server and $125 per named account, plus 20% for annual maintenance and support. Traction offers a 15 user, workgroup package for $4,995. www.tractionsoftware.com
Metaverse Corporation launched its XForm Web Service, which converts Microsoft Word documents to XML format and is an XML/SOAP Web Service, built on the Microsoft .NET platform. To see the Web Service in action, users can launch a demo application from Metaverse’s corporate web site. Free trial licenses are available for developers to call the Web Service directly from their own custom applications. The XForm Web Service is completely free for up to 50 transformations per month. Beyond the free trial version, pricing starts at $39.00/month for up to 500 transformations. Volume pricing and OEM options (online and offline) are available upon request. www.metaverse.cc
FatWire Software launched its new software product, UE Secure Deploy, designed to improve the security, availability, and scalability of enterprise Web sites and content centric Web applications. An add-on to FatWire’s enterprise-level dCM software UpdateEngine, UE Secure Deploy offers advanced support for clustering. FatWire UE Secure Deploy provides advanced security, reliability, and scalability among separate environments while supporting the content authoring, workflow, and publishing functionality core to UpdateEngine. UE Secure Deploy is a principle component of the FatWire UpdateEngine ECM Suite. UE Secure Deploy functionality includes: Promote – for production of structured and unstructured content across firewalls; Demote – for removal of content and files from production servers; Bulk Promote/Demote – for timed promotion and demotion of groups of content items and files; and Fetch – provides retrieval of content submitted by site visitors for processing through workflow. www.fatwire.com
IONA and Altova announced a strategic partnership that will include the bundling of Altova’s XMLSPY 5 with IONA’s Orbix E2A XMLBus. IONA’s Orbix E2A XMLBus provides a software infrastructure platform for the development, deployment, integration and management of secure Web services to support the integration of business applications within the enterprise. Altova’s XMLSPY 5 supports the visual design, editing and validation of XML documents, WSDL, XML schema and XSLT stylesheets. Using these products together, a software developer can create and deploy Web services using either legacy code written in CORBA, EJB or Java through the use of WSDL auto-generation utilities, or develop a new Web service application using visual tools for building WSDL and XML Schema. The IONA Orbix E2A XMLBus and Altova XMLSPY 5 product bundle is available immediately for purchase at the Altova Online Shop. The product bundling includes XMLSPY 5 Enterprise Edition and a one-year development license for the Orbix E2A XMLBus for a discounted price of $1399. A free trial version of XMLSPY Enterprise Edition can be downloaded from www.altova.com/download, www.iona.com