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Day: August 24, 2003

Smartwebs Introduces Smartwebs IRT

Smartwebs announced the availability of Smartwebs IRT, the company’s content management solution (CMS), to empower content providers and Web professionals to maintain their Web sites or Intranet content. Smartwebs IRT is built around a workflow philosophy that avoids information bottlenecks by spreading updating responsibility across designated content authors throughout the organization. With no programming knowledge, these content authors and Web professionals can take control of their content management needs by updating or adding critical content to a company Web site or intranet on a regular basis. Smartwebs IRT offers an expandable and flexible set of tools that range from basic updating capabilities for existing pages to more complex site-building and workflow.

Macromedia Announces Dreamweaver MX 2004

Macromedia announced Dreamweaver MX 2004. Dreamweaver MX 2004 delivers deep CSS support in a visual development environment. Dreamweaver MX 2004 also includes SecureFTP, dynamic cross-browser validation functionality, built-in graphics editing, integration with Microsoft Word and Excel, and updated support for ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion server technologies. The entire design environment is built around CSS. Dynamic multi-browser validation automatically checks tags and CSS rules for design compatibility across browsers. A built-in graphics editor using Macromedia Fireworks technology enables users to crop, resize, and edit graphics without leaving the Dreamweaver environment. Dreamweaver MX 2004 also includes advanced integration with Macromedia Contribute 2. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004, available for Windows and Mac OS X v10.2.6, is expected to ship in September. Pricing is $399 for new users, $199 for upgrades from Dreamweaver MX and Dreamweaver 4, and $99 for education customers. The product is expected to be available in English in September, with Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish expected to ship shortly thereafter.

Context Media Releases Interchange PortalPlus

Context Media, Inc. announced the availability of Interchange PortalPLUS, which enables organizations to make portals their primary interface for accessing and managing digital content stored anywhere in the enterprise. Interchange PortalPLUS provides out-of-the box integration between Context Media’s content integration software, Interchange Suite, and portal platforms, including Sun Microsystems’ Sun ONE Portal Server, BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere. This allows organizations using portals in conjunction with Interchange Suite to access enterprise content stored in disparate content management, document management and digital asset management systems directly through their portal interface. Interchange PortalPLUS leverages Web services technology to provide access to and management of all forms of digital content and content management systems through a portal framework. Interchange PortalPLUS is available immediately for the Sun ONE Portal Server 6. Interchange Portal Plus for BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere will be available early in the fourth quarter of 2003. Pricing for Interchange PortalPLUS begins at $25K.

Stellent Acquires Ancept’s Assets

Stellent, Inc. announced it has acquired select assets of privately held Ancept, Inc. In addition, Ancept is a Strategic Alliance Partner of IBM’s. Stellent will continue this partnership and continue to market Ancept Media Server in conjunction with IBM. Ancept Media Server, in combination with the Stellent Content Server, will enable Stellent customers to connect video content editing, management and reuse processes while allowing them to manage their digital assets in the same repository structure as the rest of their enterprise content. The initial product integration is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of Stellent’s fiscal year 2004. As part of the acquisition, Stellent hired 18 Ancept employees, primarily in the product development and consulting services areas. Jeff Stromberg, Ancept’s founder and president, has joined Stellent as vice president of business development. Stellent acquired select assets of Ancept for $2.0 million in cash, 100,000 shares of Stellent common stock and a potential cash earn-out over a two-year period based upon revenue performance.

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