Software AG, Inc. unveiled its XML Enablement capability for federal government agencies, a group of services, products and best practices that uses XML and Web Services to build “views” of information from disparate enterprise sources. These views are placed as XML documents into an Enterprise Metadata Repository (EMR) where users can request views using HTTP. Users can then retrieve the information itself from various sources as HTML or XML documents for secure publishing to internal and external systems. Software AG’s XML Enablement capability supports four core processes that help agencies manage information better: Enterprise Metadata Repository, Data Services, Composition and Publishing. At the core of Software AG’s XML Enablement capability is the EMR, which includes a cross-platform data dictionary and enables users to store, query and annotate information from disparate systems. Compliant with both Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM) and UDDI, the EMR uses commercial off-the-shelf authoring and developing tools and supports enterprise capabilities such as versioning, check-in/check-out and impact analysis. The EMR allows users to define processes for creating new documents, and then composes the documents automatically in XML or HTML by drawing data and content from various sources. Completed documents are stored in WebDAV compliant folders. www.softwareagusa.com
Adobe Systems announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Acrobat 6.0 product line. Adobe also announced the immediate availability of Adobe Reader 6.0 software, an upgraded and re-named version of the widely distributed, free Acrobat Reader. Acrobat 6.0 Professional and Acrobat 6.0 Standard for Windows 98 Second Edition (Acrobat 6.0 Standard only), Windows NT Workstation 4.0 (with service pack 6), Windows 2000 Professional (with service pack 2), Windows XP Home, Professional and Tablet PC Editions, and Mac OS X v10.2.2, are immediately available in English. French and German language versions are expected to ship the first week of June and Japanese language versions are expected to ship in early July. Acrobat 6.0 Professional has an estimated street price of US$449. Registered users of Acrobat 4.0 and Acrobat 5.0 can upgrade to Acrobat 6.0 Professional for an estimated street price of US$149. Acrobat 6.0 Standard has an estimated street price of US$299. Registered users of Acrobat 4.0 and Acrobat 5.0 can upgrade to Acrobat 6.0 Standard for an estimated street price of US$99. The products also are available through Adobe’s licensing programs. Acrobat Elements is immediately available for Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 (with service pack 6), Windows 2000 Professional (with service pack 2), and Windows XP Home, Professional and Tablet PC Editions. The product, available exclusively through Adobe’s licensing programs, begins at US$28 per seat for a 1,000 seat license. www.adobe.com/products/acrobat
PixelMEDIA, Inc. announced it has signed a partnership with Refresh Software Corporation to sell, integrate, and support Refresh Software’s SiteRefresh Content Management software. Customers can now purchase either the Hosted Service or a self-hosted SiteRefresh server license, along with turnkey integration and training services, directly from PixelMEDIA. Refresh Software’s SiteRefresh provides essential content management features such as browser-based WYSIWYG web content authoring, integrated workflow, content versioning and rollback, and template-based publishing from a secure enterprise-class relational database. www.pixelmedia.com, www.refreshsoftware.com
The Apache Lenya development community announced the first stable release of Apache Lenya. Apache Lenya is a Java Open-Source Content Management System based on XML and XSLT and the Apache Software Stack. Its XML-centric architecture allows for content delivery targeted to the capabilities of the devices of today and tomorrow, and avoids data lock-in. Apache Lenya is built around off-the-shelf components from the Apache Software Foundation, which are familiar to thousands of technologists, and are documented extensively in dozens of books. Apache Lenya comes with Revision Control, Scheduling, a built-in Search Engine, seperate Staging Areas, and Workflow. Apache Lenya uses XML throughout. Features include a browser-based WYSIWYG Editors that validate input against a W3C XML Schema, and a publication concept that allows reuse of the information architecture of a site and brings modularity to the content level. This release of Apache Lenya is a refactored version of the codebase that has been in production for nearly three years. Wyona Ltd donated the Apache Lenya codebase (formerly known as Wyona CMS) to the Apache Software Foundation in March 2003.