W3C announced the advancement of “XForms 1.0” to Proposed Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 29 August. More flexible than previous HTML and XHTML form technologies, the new generation of Web forms separates purpose, presentation, and data. The XForms specification is written for authors and implementers alike. Visit the XForms home page. www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms
JDA Software Group Inc. announced that it has acquired substantially all of the remaining assets of Engage Inc. for $3.0 million in cash. Using Engage’s digital asset management and ad layout capabilities, JDA clients will be able to produce localized customer communications in less time and at reduced costs. As the successful bidder in a Chapter 11 auction, JDA gained all intellectual property for Engage’s four current product lines that target retailers, agencies, newspapers and corporations as well as all equipment. JDA expects to spend up to an additional $800,000 for assumed liabilities, which will bring the total cost of the Engage acquisition to approximately $3.8 million. JDA has extended employment offers to approximately 30 former Engage sales, development, services and support associates. JDA will close Engage’s headquarters in Andover, Mass., and establish a more appropriately configured office in the nearby area. For the nine months ended April 30, 2003, Engage’s total unaudited revenues were $8.2 million, which included $2.3 million in software licenses, $3.1 million in maintenance revenue and $2.8 million in services revenue. www.jda.com
BEA Systems, Inc. announced the general availability of BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic 8.1, which is designed to provide a single point of access to enterprise information for portals, web applications and business processes. BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic 8.1 supports the new versions of the BEA WebLogic products, including BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1. Using BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1, the common development environment of BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, data architects and administrators can turn enterprise views of data into BEA WebLogic Workshop controls. BEA also has improved the distributed query engine of BEA Liquid Data 8.1 in order to deliver scalable, complex join processing transactions. Lastly, BEA has expanded the data source support in the product, and new feature support for BEA WebLogic Portal 8.1 and BEA WebLogic Integration 8.1 has been added. BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic 8.1 is available as an add-on to BEA WebLogic Platform, BEA WebLogic Server 8.1, BEA WebLogic Integration and BEA WebLogic Portal. BEA products can be downloaded, or customers can receive development versions of the products at no charge as part of the BEA dev2dev subscription program.
Insightful Corporation announced InFact 2.5, a product upgrade to its text analysis software targeted primarily at defense intelligence and pharmaceutical markets. InFact 2.5 is designed to deliver a new relationship search capability using a new user interface and Java API that enables integration with other applications and portal-based solutions. The release also provides increased precision and recall. With the new release, the user can constrain relationship search results by entity type. The new API allows integration with third party visualization tools enabling graphical discovery of relationships. InFact is designed to help researchers analyze unstructured data to find critical information quickly. Utilizing linguistic search and information extraction techniques based on full sentence parsing, InFact helps researchers achieve a degree of understanding beyond key word and entity search. InFact 2.5 is now available for Sun Solaris. www.insightful.com
Documentum announced the availability of new Language Packs, which simplify and accelerate concurrent implementation of localized Documentum products in many languages. Most enterprise software solutions require phased deployments, as localized product releases are often delivered long after the original language release is available. Now, with the Language Packs available with the Documentum 5 ECM platform, client user interfaces and documentation can be simultaneously produced and delivered in seven languages — English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. The Language Packs enable global organizations to deploy Documentum — based solutions in multiple, localized versions at the same time. To accommodate customer requirements for languages other than the seven that Documentum currently offers, the company has launched a new Partner Localization Program. Two partners have committed to delivering localized Documentum products. DELT ICT SERVICES BV, based in the Netherlands, has started providing Dutch versions of the Documentum products, and DocuSoft Corporation, headquartered in Tianjin, China, will provide simplified and traditional Chinese versions later this year. www.documentum.com/products/platform/globalization/index.htm
Flexity Technologies, Inc. announced the release of Internet Research Toolbar (IRT) 1.01 for Windows 95/8, NT, ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Internet Research Toolbar provides a built-in way for Internet Explorer Web browser to save, search and manage the content of Web pages. It’s like having a search engine just for online information you have saved. A single click on the Internet Research Toolbar’s “capture” button saves a Web page, or a selection from a Web page. Saved information can be searched by whole or partial words, project, category, record type, date saved, or by combined search criteria. And, all toolbar functions can all be performed without leaving Internet Explorer. Internet Research Toolbar also creates bibliographic citations formatted specifically for online information. With 16 MLA- and APA-compatible citation styles eight scientific and eight humanities based upon the COLUMBIA GUIDE TO ONLINE STYLE, Internet Research Toolbar simplifies the collection and management of information from online sources. A single-user license is priced at $59.95. Education, student and multi-user discounts are available. A 30-day, full-featured, free trial version can be obtained on the IRT Web site. www.internet-research-toolbar.com
Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) announced a2X, a proprietary company process that quickly and professionally converts printed or digital content into XML. a2X (pronounced “A-2-X”, for “Anything To XML”) can cost-effectively extend the value of any organization’s storehouse of learning materials by making those materials available to today’s Internet-using audience in the most strategically useful web format possible. a2X can accommodate virtually all common forms of printed and digital content. Supported standards include: Adobe PageMaker, FrameMaker, QuarkXpress, and Macromedia Flash files; Microsoft Word documents; PDF, HTML, and other online formats. Other capabilities found in a2X include XSL templates and a TIS-built publishing engine that transforms XML to HTML, using XSLT. Using XSL-FO (XSL Formatting Objects), a2X can also create accurate, print-quality PDF representations of the original printed page. www.tatainteractive.com
Entology announced its support for the Interwoven 6 platform. Entology and Interwoven have been partners since 2001, and have delivered content management, portal, Web Service, and customized business solutions for mutual customers. The improved usability in TeamSite 6.0 will facilitate Entology’s development of customized content management services that target a much wider user audience within an organization. Entology has deployed integrated solutions with the Interwoven product line that provide services including: taxonomy/metadata management, Web content management, advanced document management/renditioning, portal service integration, and consolidated hosting infrastructures. In addition to developing custom solutions, Entology provides a full set of standardized JumpStart, HealthCheck, and Value Assurance offerings focused on the Interwoven platform. www.entology.com, www.interwoven.com