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Day: January 13, 2003

GlobalSCAPE Launches Web Content Management System

GlobalSCAPE the maker of the file transfer application, CuteFTP, announced the launch of its new Web content management system, PureCMS, offering a simple, affordable way for users of all skill levels to update their organization’s Web site. PureCMS is Web-based and Windows-like. Users access it from a browser, it runs on a server with Microsoft IIS and it can publish to any Web server. Non-technical users simply browse to a copy of their organization’s Web site on the PureCMS staging server, click the page they want to edit, login and make textual or graphic changes on screen. They can copy and paste content into the Web page from Windows applications such as Microsoft Word. Once proposed changes are saved, that individual’s team leader is notified of pending activity via e-mail. They are able to visually compare proposed changes to the previous version, approve, and publish, or schedule for publishing. Out-of-the-box installation that can be fully operational in a day. PureCMS is available immediately from GlobalSCAPE based on a tiered, per-user license basis. Pricing begins at $350 per user and is available for 3, 10, 20 and unlimited users. www.globalscape.com/purecms

CambridgeDocs Announces xDoc XML Converter

CambridgeDocs announced the xDoc Converter, a tool for migrating unstructured content from legacy sources, including Microsoft Word, HTML, and Adobe PDF documents into any XML schema (XSD) or DTD. The xDoc Converter is a dedicated platform and IDE specifically designed to help businesses transform pre-existing unstructured HTML and Microsoft Word documents into “meaningful” XML, such as DocBook XML, LegalXML, NewsML, HR-XML, SCORM, and other customer-specific schemas. The resulting XML can be used for content management, multi-channel publishing, and syndication via Web Services. The xDoc Converter allows ordinary programmers or IT personnel to create a set of generic “conversion” rules through the use of a point-and-click interface. The xDoc Converter is a Java 2 platform with a .NET interface, and it works on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. In addition to its point-and-click interface, the xDoc Converter has in-depth reference manuals and product tutorials, and example rules for converting documents into DocBook XML. The application can be downloaded for immediate evaluation and purchase from www.cambridgedocs.com

W3C Issues Scalable Vector Graphics -SVG- 1.1 & Mobile SVG as Recommendations

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has issued Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 and Mobile SVG Profiles as W3C Recommendations. SVG 1.1 separates SVG capabilities into reusable building blocks, and SVG Mobile re-combines them in a way optimized for mobile devices. The graphical capabilities of SVG 1.1 are the same as those of the widely implemented SVG 1.0 , which has been a W3C Recommendation since 4 September 2001. What has changed is the way the language is defined. For SVG 1.0, the DTD was a single, monolithic unit. In SVG 1.1, the DTD is divided up into smaller, more flexible functional building blocks that can be reassembled in different ways for different purposes. W3C has used the SVG 1.1 building blocks to make two profiles or subsets of full SVG; SVG Tiny, aimed at multimedia capable cellphones such as the recently announced 3G units, and SVG Basic for handheld and palmtop computers. Instead of sending text messages or canned, bitmap logos, SVG Tiny now makes it possible to send a colorful animated multimedia message. As Mobile SVG is a true subset of SVG 1.1, all conformant desktop players will correctly display all Mobile SVG content. www.w3.org

Venetica Announces VeniceBridge 5.0

Venetica announced a major release of VeniceBridge. The new release will increase the types of content repositories that can be integrated with enterprise applications through VeniceBridge’s single, bi-directional interface. VeniceBridge 5.0 will expand its universal view to include a common inbox to workflow engines such as Documentum and FileNET, and independent BPM engines such as MQSeries Workflow. Target engines also include BizTalk, Open Text, and Staffware. VeniceBridge 5.0 will also make statements, invoices and other information stored in enterprise report management (ERM) systems available. Target ERM systems include IBM OnDemand, Mobius ViewDirect and FileNET Panagon Report Manager. The release includes an event subscription model that can provide notification when a document or workflow change has been made. VeniceBridge will extend the current interface with higher-level, document-oriented web services transactions. VeniceBridge 5.0 will also provide new features for handling geographically dispersed content sources and extremely large content such as audio, video and high-resolution images. VeniceBridge 5.0 will be generally available in Q2 2003. www.venetica.com

HiT Software & Altova Unify XML and Relational Database Application Development

HiT Software Inc. and Altova announced a new product integration between Altova’s XMLSPY 5 and HiT Software’s winAllora Xpress, a bi-directional data mapping utility that facilitates conversion of XML and relational data. When used together, the two products allow software application developers to utilize the relational database-to-XML mapping utilities of HiT Software’s winAllora Xpress, directly from within the XMLSPY 5 development environment. Developers can use the XMLSPY 5 XML Schema editor to model data elements, then use graphical tools in winAllora Xpress to define XML Schema to relational database mappings, or, inspect existing database tables and relationships and auto-generate an XML Schema with winAllora Xpress, and refine the XML Schema in XMLSPY 5. Free trial versions of XMLSPY Enterprise Edition 5 and winAllora Xpress 3.1 can be downloaded. www.hitsw.com, www.altova.com

Sun Announces Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the general availability of the Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0, a network identity solution. The Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 leverages Java, the Liberty Alliance, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) specifications. The Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 integrates access management, delegated administration, directory and federation services into a single product. A key component of Sun’s overall identity management solution, it is built on top of the Sun ONE Directory Server and leverages the consolidation capabilities of the Sun ONE Meta Directory. A key capability of the Sun ONE Identity Server is the ability to federate identities, via either SAML or the Liberty Specification, both internal and external to the organization’s firewall. The Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 integrates the Sun ONE Directory Server and includes access management, identity administration, federation, and service management. Sun is also a founding member of the Liberty Alliance. The Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 is available immediately. www.sun.com/software/products/identity_srvr/home_identity.html, www.sun.com

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