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Day: December 2, 2003

FatWire Releases Content Server 5.5 & Document Management Module

FatWire Software announced the general availability of Content Server (CS) 5.5. This release contains DocLink, a new Content Server product that provides a simple interface for managing documents and digital assets, as well as enhancements in the areas of workflow, template creation, and platform support. DocLink is an extension to Windows Explorer that displays the Content Server hierarchy as folders within the familiar Windows Explorer interface. Users can add and update documents by dragging and dropping them between their local desktop folders and Content Server folders. The new version of Content Server allows customers to create and edit templates with Macromedia Dreamweaver. Content Server’s workflow capabilities have been enhanced to allow users to take actions on workflow groups, and users across multiple sites can participate in a workflow process. Content Server 5.5 has been enabled on two versions of Linux. For the BEA WebLogic Platform, Content Server supports Linux RedHat 7.2. For IBM WebSphere, Content Server supports Linux SuSE 8.2. Content Server 5.5 supports the IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, and Sun Microsystems SunOne platforms.

Syntext Unveils XML WYSIWYG Editor

Syntext, Inc. announced the general availability of Serna, a WYSIWYG XML editor. Serna incorporates on-the-fly XSL-driven rendering technology. Serna makes XML editing look and feel like conventional word processing and allows casual users and professional authors to create and maintain complex XML documents. Serna also provides full functionality on both Microsoft Windows and Linux OS. Its optimized, C++-based design makes it responsive on both platforms. Serna is capable of editing multilingual Unicode-based XML documents. The key features of Syntext Serna include: out-of-box support of industrial XML standards DocBook, DITA and TEI; on-the-fly XSL rendering (using XSLT and XSL-FO), on-the-fly document validation (based on XML Schema), XSL-FO and CALS table support, multilingual spell checking and availability for Microsoft Windows (2000, XP) and Linux.

Atomik Xport Personal Edition Available

Easypress Technologies announced the availability of Atomik Xport Personal Edition, the entry-level XML export software for QuarkXPress. The new software brings ‘one-touch XML’ export to QuarkXPress, enabling anyone to automatically
create XML from their QuarkXPress documents. Atomik Xport Personal Edition comes with a set of global preferences that enable users to customise the XML export to their requirements. A fully functional demonstration version is available for download from The demonstration version is available for both Mac and Windows versions of QuarkXPress 4.1 and 5.01. A QuarkXPress 6 version is planned for 2004. Atomik Xport Personal Edition is available direct from Easypress Technologies and its resellers and system integrators worldwide. The suggested retail pricing for a single-user licence is Pounds 695, $995 or Euro 995 depending on the country of purchase. Further pricing for 5, 10, 50 and 100-user licence packs is available upon request.

Visual Century Releases ViA2 2.0

Visual Century, a technology company based in Barcelona, has released the new 2.0 version of its rich media asset management software ViA2 Platform. Among other new features, ViA2 Platform version 2.0 provides content-based searches of images and video keyframes using advanced shape, color and texture recognition tools as opposed to traditional textual metadata such as descriptors or keywords. Content-based image retrieval features allow the user to load images into the system and search the database for images or video keyframes similar in shape, color and texture. ViA2 Platform offers the possibility to complement content-based searches with traditional textual metadata tools (keywords, descriptions and descriptors) or filters (by date, status, type of document, etc). Equally advanced features of prior versions include asynchronous video analysis, much faster than video reproduction, which can analyze a 50 minute MPEG1 file in just 10 minutes. ViA2 Platform is distributed worldwide by Software AG and will be available from December 2003.

Virage Releases Updated VS News Monitoring

Virage, Inc. announced the latest release of VS News Monitoring, a real-time monitoring and content management solution to automatically track content for time sensitive, strategically significant events. VS News Monitoring helps organizations and government agencies to automatically digitize, categorize, centrally manage, alert and distribute vast collections of news content. With this solution, organizations can process large volumes of content and provide users or analysts up-to-the-minute access and information right at the desktop. In addition, the solution automates the processing and categorizing of the original footage. The solution now manages all forms of unstructured content from the point of ingestion through real-time content access. Powered by Autonomy’s Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL), video and rich media are now integrated at the center of other content types and compatible with existing systems. IDOL Server capabilities include automated retrieval, hyperlinking, categorization, alerting, profiling, clustering and personalization.,

Snapbridge Unveils Snapbridge FDX for Enterprise Information Integration (EII)

Snapbridge Software unveiled Snapbridge FDX, a technology for integrating large amounts of different kinds of data in real-time. Snapbridge FDX fuses multiple data sources such as account detail from relational databases, flat file mainframe data, email correspondence, digital images from content repositories, feeds from third party resources, other information from the Internet, etc., to create composite objects that can be viewed, or updated as part of a transaction–regardless of where the data is stored, how it is formatted or when it was created. Snapbridge FDX capitalizes on XML for structuring and expressing information, allowing the system to operate on structured data and semi-structured content (documents and images) at the same time. Snapbridge FDX information integration software combines technologies for indexing, normalization, aggregation, correlation and “semantic” data delivery, resulting in a comprehensive information integration solution.

Docucorp Launches Policy Xpress for the Insurance Industry

Docucorp International announced the availability of Policy Xpress for the insurance industry. Policy Xpress provides insurers with a complete library of fully implemented ISO industry standard forms for the property and casualty (P&C) marketplace. Docucorp’s Policy Xpress offering includes: a standard data dictionary, which includes field definitions for all known P&C data elements (used for tagging forms); standard XML schema; ISO forms; pre-defined data mappings for all forms; pre-defined forms triggering; and default systems configuration. Since most P&C insurers utilize industry standard forms, Docucorp used ISO forms as a standard for developing Policy Xpress. As this service offering grows, Docucorp plans to include other industry standard forms for both the P&C and Life insurance industries.

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