Microsoft Corp. InfoPath , the new Office family application formerly code-named “XDocs,” now supports Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), a national XML standard for the healthcare industry. Built on XML, Microsoft InfoPath streamlines the process of gathering information through rich, dynamic forms and ensures that customers can reuse information across their organization. With InfoPath, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and HMOs can capture vital information about patients within an InfoPath form that they create, validate the information for accuracy, and save it in a CDA-compliant file, which can be read and used by other back-end systems, such as hospital information systems, document management software, portals or other organizations. A physician filling out a patient’s diagnosis form could query an external knowledge base to identify the appropriate medication covered by the patient’s insurance, check for potential interactions with the other medications in the patient’s file, and submit the order to the patient’s local drugstore for the pharmacy to fill – all from within InfoPath. www.microsoft.com/office/preview/infopath
divine, inc. announced the availability of Version 5.0 of divine Content Server. New features include: divine Content Server DocLink, which makes saving documents to and retrieving documents from Content Server as simple as working with local files in Microsoft Windows Explorer; divine Content Server Asset Filters, which automatically transform content from common document types (such as Microsoft Word or Excel) into HTML or XML when a document is saved to Content Server; divine Content Server Autoclassifier, a taxonomy and classification capability that leverages technology divine acquired from Northern Light; enhanced globalization features; and expanded support for Web services. Content Server runs on J2EE application servers such as BEA WebLogic Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server, Oracle9i Application Server and Sun Microsystem Inc.’s Sun ONE Application Server. www.divine.com
Entopia, Inc. unveiled Entopia K-Bus, a software platform that connects the information, people and resources of an organization through a multi-faceted metadata layer that is transparent to end-users. The result is relevant information — on demand — that considers not only the semantic value of content and information, but also the social activity around it and its organizational context. Coupled with enterprise repositories, applications and business processes, and built on J2EE architecture, the K-Bus solution builds knowledge assets out of existing content while information continues to reside in its original repositories such as file shares, email servers, Quantum (Entopia’s content management and collaboration suite), document management repositories, the intranet, the extranet and the Internet. The K-Bus enterprise knowledge infrastructure (EKI) automatically creates intelligent metadata by 1) semantically indexing content and data; 2) tracking the context, popularity and social activity surrounding this data in real-time; and 3) adding organizational and personal context. This metadata is the key to the “knowledge” available in the enterprise and. Entopia K-Bus is currently in beta testing. General availability of Entopia K-Bus will begin in May 2003. www.entopia.com
IXIASOFT and Ektron, Inc. announced a strategic partnership. Under this alliance, the companies will co-market and offer integration for IXIASOFT’s TEXTML Server and Ektron eWebEditPro+XML. TEXTML Server is a XML content server designed for software developers who require storing, indexing, and searching capabilities for their applications. Ektron eWebEditPro+XML is a WYSIWYG, browser-based XML editing tool designed primarily for non-technical professionals. Web developers use Ektron’s technology to create a smart Web form environment that is intuitive for users. These technologies bring together XML authoring, storage, and serving capabilities. End-users work in a browser-based, word processor-like environment to create XML content, without even realizing they’re doing so. Content is stored in an XML database and made available for retrieval and publishing. As part of this technology partnership, IXIASOFT and Ektron will coordinate sales and marketing efforts. IXIASOFT and Ektron are both technology partners with Microsoft, offering their technologies to expand the benefits of Microsoft Content Management Server. www.ixiasoft.com, www.ektron.com
Interwoven, Inc. announced an alliance with iManage to deliver a fully integrated collaborative document management solution for the enterprise. The solution, “Interwoven Collaborative Document Management Solution (CDM) powered by iManage WorkSite MP,” enables enterprises across a variety of industries to facilitate collaboration on projects and teams. The solution enables non-technical individuals to set up a “virtual” project workspace for teams quickly. Capabilities include: Collaboration – Shared project folders, calendars, e-mail discussion threads, task lists, and outstanding issues tracking; Document Management – Ad-hoc and highly-regimented document management according to established security protocols; and Reporting – Complete reporting capabilities on projects, documents, and workflow status, with out-of-the-box report views. Interwoven expects the new offering to be generally available by the end of Q1 2003. The new solution will be available worldwide and will be localized to English (US and England), French, and German. The system is Unicode-based and supports documents in any language format. www.interwoven.com/solutions/cdm, www.imanage.com
Corel Corporation announced the availability of Corel XMetaL 4. Corel XMetaL 4 is a new platform that extends XML content editing to virtually any Windows application, including email and Web browsers. The Corel XMetaL 4 platform provides customizable XML editing solutions that support dynamic validation for both DTDs and W3C Schemas. Corel XMetaL Author is a customizable XML editing environment that makes it easy to create valid and well-formed XML documents. Corel XMetaL for ActiveX is an editing interface that developers can embed into any ActiveX-compliant Windows application, including Web browsers. Corel XMetaL Developer is a centralized development environment for creating Corel XMetaL customizations and applications. Designed as plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. Corel XMetaL 4 Developer also lets developers create and edit Cascading Style Sheets (CCS) and includes the Corel XMetaL Forms Toolkit. Corel XMetaL Central provides a server-based XML environment management tool that simplifies the deployment and maintenance of customized XML applications across an organization. Corel XMetaL 4 is now available through the Corel Licensing Program. Base Pricing ($US) before volume discounts is as follows: Corel XMetaL Developer Full $999, Upgrade $599; Corel XMetaL Author Full $499, Upgrade $199; and Corel XMetaL for ActiveX Full $499, Upgrade $199 (alternative concurrent pricing options also available). www.corel.com/xmetal4
Topologi has released version 1.1 of their Collaborative Markup Editor. An XML/SGML markup tool aimed specifically at large document processing environments, version 1.1 delivers new features, performance enhancements and improvements to the interface. Enhancements include: HTML repair and HTML-to-XML conversion, enhanced support for remote peer to peer users, RTF style mapping and importing to XML, comprehensive tools for whitespace handling line wrapping and character encoding, bookmarks for ad-hoc navigation in large files, extensive search and replace and search, a Java class mini-browser, validator and API for better scripting, support for all modern schema languages, and support for Linux and Macintosh OS X.