Percussion Software announced the new release of Lyrix 2, a content integration product for Lotus Domino. New features include enhanced support for Microsoft SharePoint; bi-directional support for both Content Services and Content Transfers, giving users the ability to submit content changes from target applications to Domino applications; and additional sample applications to help organizations take advantage of Lyrix capabilities immediately. Lyrix 2 enables out-of-the-box reuse of Domino content in a variety of enterprise applications. Lyrix 2 is based on a Web services architecture that automatically transforms all unique Domino attributes (e.g., Rich Text, embedded images, doc links, attachments, etc.) into XML and XHTML. Using Lyrix’s visual mapping interface, developers create Content Types, which define the pieces of Domino content required by external applications. Domino content can then be accessed directly with Content Services, or it can be transferred to external file systems and databases using Content Transfers. www.percussion.com
The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars announced that 50 organizations have signed up so far to support the Gilbane Conference on Content Management as sponsors and exhibitors. The conference, being held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, March 24-26, 2004, is entirely focused on content management technologies and includes 26 sessions and tutorials covering today’s most critical issues for businesses planning or implementing content management strategies. Microsoft is the Platinum sponsor of the Gilbane Content Management Conference in Los Angeles. Gold sponsors include Vignette, Context Media, and GMC Software. Other sponsors include IDC, InfoWorld, eContent Magazine, CMSWatch, Transform Magazine, XML Journal, Web Services Journal, OASIS, IDEAlliance, OSCOM, WOW, and G-SAM. Additional exhibitors include Advent 3b2, Arbortext, Astoria, aXtive Minds, Blast Radius, Convera, CrownPeak, Day, Documentum, Ektron, empolis, Ephox, exegenix, Globalscape, immediacy, INCSI, IXIAsoft, Kofax, Macromedia, Open Text, Percussion, RedDot, Refresh, RenderX, SchemaLogic, Software AG, Snapbridge, ThomasTech, Trados, Vasont, Weborganic, and more. For a complete list of sponsors and exhibitors see www.gilbane.com/CM_conference_sponsors_LA_04.html, www.lighthouseseminars.com
Progressive Information Technologies announced that its Vasont content management software applications and service offerings will now operate under the name “Vasont Systems,” a sister division of Progressive Information Technologies. The new name better reflects Vasont’s range of applications and services and is a result of the product’s growth and brand recognition in the content management software market. Since Vasont was initially developed, it has evolved into several applications including: Vasont Client/Server, Vasont Web Application, Vasont ASP, and Vasont SG (a low-cost version designed for small editorial groups). Additionally, Vasont Systems markets a variety of services, including data analysis and modeling, document type definition (DTD) writing, and Vasont software training services. www.vasont.com
Verity Inc. announced the availability of release 5.5 of its Verity K2 Enterprise (K2E) advanced search, classification and recommendation software. The latest version includes five capabilities that will enable intellectual capital management system administrators to better monitor and manage their systems and users to locate or uncover information with greater ease, speed and accuracy. The new features are: Advanced Query Analytics, that enable real-time analysis of how an ICM system is being used and performing; Event-Driven Indexing, to provide users access to new, time sensitive documents in real time; Session-Based Recommendations, to suggest relevant documents, experts or other entities based on the user’s profile and most recent search activities; Query-Based Summaries, to assist users in identifying relevant content without opening the document; and, Spelling Suggestions, to improve search results with alternate spellings, even for words not found in standard dictionaries. www.verity.com
Venetica announced the availability of its second generation Content Bridge for IBM Lotus Notes. The new Content Bridge, used in conjunction with Venetica’s ECI platform VeniceBridge, enables customers to leverage distributed Notes content, together with content stored in other repositories. The new Content Bridge supports Lotus Domino 6.0 and 6.5, provides enhanced capabilities for displaying Lotus Notes information, and improves performance for bulk extraction of Lotus Notes documents. In addition to providing XML and meta-data-based versions of Lotus Notes documents, the Content Bridge now makes available a web-based display of Lotus Notes documents that mirrors what an end-user would see in the Lotus Notes client. Venetica’s technology has been deployed in IBM customer environments on multiple IBM operating systems including AIX, Linux and zOS.
Mediasurface announced the release of Mediasurface 5 and Morello, a Smart Client Office application for content management. Morello is a desktop application with a graphical interface enabling business professionals to deliver sophisticated websites; requiring no knowledge of HTML. Presented through a Windows client environment, Morello users can select template, explore content and using a choice of views, organise the site in a way that makes sense to them. The Mediasurface Knowledge Module extracts meaning from a piece of content and uses the meaning to make sites easier to maintain and search. For example, as new content is entered, it can be classified and automatically attached to the relevant part of the site. Once complete the content is then available for searching by its genuine meaning, making finding information an easier task. Browser based access to edit and manage content across the web is available via the Mediasurface Content Management Console (CMC). The Mediasurface web based contribution and management layer contains tools such as “to do” lists, rich text editing, content searching and workflow visualisation. www.mediasurface.com
Macromedia announced that Macromedia RoboHelp X5 has added support for Microsoft Word 2003. RoboHelp X5 customers will now be able to utilize Word 2003 as their authoring environment, import Word 2003 documents into help projects, and generate printed documentation using Word 2003. www.macromedia.com
W3C announced the advancement of three Candidate Recommendations for the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) language. A snapshot of CSS usage, CSS 2.1 adds a few highly requested features, fixes errata and brings CSS2 in line with implementations. CSS Print Profile works with XHTML-Print for printing to low-cost devices. CSS3 Paged Media Module adds pagination, page margins, headers and footers, footnotes and endnotes, and cross-references with page numbers. Comments are welcome through 25 August. www.w3.org/Style/CSS