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