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Day: July 14, 2003

telerik Launches CMS Component – r.a.d.designer

telerik announced the release of r.a.d.designer a componentware CMS built as an ASP.NET control. The product provides a completely visual environment for construction and content management of web-sites using a template-driven approach. r.a.d.designer has an open, extendable architecture, which allows developers not only to plug and reuse existing web-controls (menus, charts, content rotators), but also to enhance the core functionality of the system. telerik r.a.d.designer is meant to deliver the fundamental content management functions of a web-site. It is responsible for creating layouts, building individual pages based on those layouts, and filling the pages with content to be visualized. Everything beyond that depends on external web controls. The architecture of r.a.d.designer allows developers to reuse the components they have already written or purchased, like menus, charts, polls, news, etc. r.a.d.designer is available in 2 run-time (domain-based) editions and 3 royalty-free editions: “Standard” license (1 domain/web-site) is $395, “Professional” license (5 domains/web-sites) is $995, “1 Developer” license is $795, “4 Developers Team” license is $1795, “Enterprise” license (unlimited developers) is $2695.

IBM Acquires Web Content Management Vendor Aptrix

IBM announced it has acquired all the outstanding shares of Presence Online Pty Ltd (doing business as Aptrix), a privately-held, Australia-based provider of web content management software. Financial terms were not disclosed. This acquisition will help accelerate IBM’s plans for the Lotus Workplace Content Development offering, a product that will be built based on the Aptrix technology. The Lotus Workplace Content Development software is available immediately. The acquisition has been finalized by IBM and Aptrix. Aptrix’s employees and operations, including offices in London and Massachusetts, will be integrated with IBM Software Group’s Lotus business unit. IBM anticipates that the Aptrix technology will soon come to market under the newly announced Lotus Workplace portfolio.,

Adobe Announces XML/PDF Form Design Software

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced new graphical design software for creating intelligent electronic documents. Leveraging PDF for presenting information and XML for processing data, the new form design software will enable organizations to design and deploy intelligent forms in PDF or in an XML Data Package (XDP). The new XML/PDF form designer software builds on Adobe’s XML architecture that supports end-to-end document processes. It provides all the capabilities needed to design forms with precision, including the ability to easily define business logic and incorporate existing or user-defined XML schemas. By enabling form designers to include user-defined XML schemas they can use XML vocabularies specific to particular verticals or cross-industry standards. Forms can be deployed in PDF and then processed as PDF is today, or delivered as an XML Data Package (XDP) to be processed as XML. XDP files are simply XML files that contain XML form data, XML form templates, PDF documents and other XML information. They can be integrated with enterprise applications XML tools and web services. The new form designer will be available for beta testing during Q4 2003.

WebWare Introduces ActiveMedia 4.5

WebWare Corporation announced the release of WebWare ActiveMedia 4.5 digital asset management software suite. ActiveMedia Enterprise 4.5 and ActiveMedia Access 4.5 are the latest versions of the ActiveMedia software family, an extensible, out-of-the-box platform for integrating rich media content into web content management systems, sales and marketing portals, multi-channel content distribution systems, and e-commerce portals. The release features RetrievalWare software from Convera media processing engine that includes natural language search dictionaries for the pharmaceutical and financial markets. Other new features in the 4.5 release include greater integration with Adobe Graphics Server, a redesigned user interface built on J2EE, distributed file processing, release of Microsoft Office integration plug-ins that enable the seamless submission of Microsoft Office documents, and a comprehensive installer. ActiveMedia Enterprise 4.5 and ActiveMedia Access 4.5 are currently available.

Intraspect Introduces Solution for Portal Collaboration

Intraspect Software, Inc. introduced the Intraspect Solution for Portal Collaboration designed for portals including BEA, Oracle, SAP, SunOne, Sybase, and Vignette. This solution enables organizations to augment their corporate portals with a full suite of collaboration and knowledge management capabilities quickly, seamlessly, and cost effectively. The Intraspect Solution for Portal Collaboration enables portal users to create shared “communities” to collaborate on areas relevant to the organization including strategic accounts, products, business processes and other topics of interest. These communities provide online workspaces to manage documents and content, discuss issues and strategies, make decisions, track tasks, and share status inside and across teams. Advanced security technology enables users to also perform many of these functions outside the firewall with both clients and partners, and it was designed so end-users can easily and safely create and manage their own communities. The solution is integrated with portals through partner-specific portlets and includes single sign-on capability for enhanced ease of use. Intraspect’s Solution for Portal Collaboration will be available in August 2003, starting at $75,000 including software and implementations services. The PMO/Project Delivery module can be included for an additional $125,000 per server.

FileNet & ILOG to Combine BPM Products

FileNet Corporation and ILOG announced an agreement that will combine two software products – ILOG JRules and FileNet Business Process Manager – to increase the effectiveness of business process management solutions. The agreement calls for the integration of ILOG JRules and FileNet’s BPM suite — a combination that will boost agility by supporting the fine-tuning of process change through business rule management. The FileNet-ILOG integration provides data exchange of business objects between ILOG JRules and the FileNet BPM suite. Business analysts creating process flows can invoke business rules directly from the process-modeling environment and provide access to JRules’ functionality, including the product’s natural language rule editing capabilities. The combined solution allows customers to easily blend their process flow controls and business rules into a single, modeled environment, empowering business users and business analysts to rapidly modify processes and business rules without complex programming or IT involvement.,

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