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Month: February 2004 (Page 2 of 7)

Global Moxie Updates Big Medium

Global Moxie released Big Medium 1.3, a major update to the company’s web content management system. New features include WYSIWYG text editing, document uploads, 20 new widgets for webpage templates, and fixes for a number of reported issues. The new WYSIWYG editor requires Internet Explorer 5.5+ (Windows only), Mozilla 1.4+ (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) or one of many Mozilla-based browsers, including Mozilla Firefox 0.6.1+, Netscape 7.1, and AOL for Mac OS X. Users of other browsers can still continue to use Big Medium, but without the WYSIWYG editing features. The new “download” article type allows documents to be added to websites. (A tabbed interface allows users to select from four article types: Text, Link, Download, Raw HTML). Twenty new template widgets provide enhanced control over the design of Big Medium’s custom page templates. New settings in the Big Medium Setup and Site Setup dialogs allow administrators to set max-size limits on document uploads. Big Medium 1.3 is available now from the Global Moxie website. The suite of Perl scripts is $129 for web servers running Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, BSD and other Unix-flavored operating systems. (A beta preview version is also available for Windows servers.) www.globalmoxie.com

CrownPeak Announces Onshore Software Services as Alternative to Offshore

CrownPeak Technology announced an integrated program of unified onshore software service offerings aimed at providing companies with a U.S.-based alternative to offshore outsourcing. With service partners that include NTT Verio, EmailLabs, DoubleClick, PicoSearch, MondoSoft and Lionbridge, CrownPeak provides a unified offering, along with a full API and SDK, which third-party developers or client IT groups can use to manage their solutions or implement new projects. In this domestic outsourcing alternative, the risk of project failure can be minimized in part because software services firms are paid monthly. If the system isn’t being used, it can be shut down. www.crownpeak.com

THINQ Unveils Learning Content Management System

THINQ Learning Solutions, Inc. announced the availability of the THINQ Learning Content Management System (LCMS), a browser-based tool to create, deploy and manage content for training and learning programs enterprise-wide. Available as an optional module of the THINQ TrainingServer Learning Management System (LMS), THINQ Module enables organizations to develop and aggregate new and existing content, while supporting strategies for adaptive learning, scenarios and simulations. All users within an organization can post content – notes from a seminar or outside class, diagrams or web resources – to a single THINQ LCMS repository for content delivery. In addition, users can translate content into other languages. The THINQ LCMS is designed to support both a “push” and “pull” approach to learning. Learners can pull desired content from a searchable database mapped to specific coursework. Alternatively, organizations can push pre-defined content to learners based on job performance, required training and career goals. www.thinq.com

Offisor 2.0 Converts Documents & Images into XML

Davisor has released its new Offisor 2.0 with improved Microsoft Word import features, including the ability to convert images and drawings in Word documents into XML in a pure Java computing environment. With Offisor 2.0, users can now turn their non-XML documents into easy-to-index XML text and SVG and PNG images. The main application areas for Davisor Offisor 2.0 include searchable central storage of data, content management, dynamic electronic and printed publishing, and processing of e-mail attachments. Offisor 2.0 converts Word and HTML content into XML, which can then be accessed, searched and indexed. In document management and publishing systems, Offisor enables e.g. banks, insurance or health care companies to access data in central databases and embed it in Word forms and documents. Davisor Offisor 2.0 can be either embedded into any pure Java application or used independently. Offisor 2.0 does not require proprietary external support software or services. It supports all Word and HTML versions, and is also very tolerant for common document syntax errors. The image formats supported include Word Drawing, Windows Metafile, JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BPM. Davisor Offisor 2.0 is available today. www.davisor.com

Hummingbird Partners with Venetica

Hummingbird Ltd. and Venetica announced a strategic technology partnership. The integration with Venetica will allow Hummingbird users to integrate Hummingbird business solutions with third-party content management systems, enabling a real-time virtual view of content from within their business applications. With VeniceBridge, Hummingbird will provide its customers with an integration platform that connects Hummingbird solutions with their existing content management systems, providing the capability to either access content in place or move selected information to a specific Hummingbird business-focused repository. As part of the announcement, Venetica will create a Content Bridge to Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 – DM, so customers can incorporate Hummingbird-stored content into applications built upon the VeniceBridge platform. www.venetica.com, www.hummingbird.com

Atomz & WebSideStory Integrate Site Search & Web Analytics

Atomz WebSideStory announced an integration that combines hosted site search and Web analytics to provide marketers with a holistic view of online behavior. Through the integration of search and analytics, searching and browsing information is correlated and available in one Web-browser interface for reference. Internal search reporting is one of the new capabilities within HBX, WebSideStory’s on-demand Web analytics service which was just announced. HBX’s Internal Search capability delivers reporting on search terms across categories, related searches, failed searches and search term conversions. The HBX Internal Search functionality captures search actions such as search terms entered in the search box, search results clicked on by visitors, and up to four “attribute” information strings. The capability also drills down to an array of reports, such as a top keywords report, Integration of search term reporting with HBX’s conversion events, and search attributes tied to conversions. www.WebSideStory.com, www.atomz.com

BEA, Documentum, and MobileAware Announce Integration for Mobile Content Delivery

BEA Systems, Documentum, and MobileAware announced an integrated product set for mobile content delivery which can enable consumers to use their mobile phones to order and purchase online content and downloadable multimedia. In addition, the content delivery suite is designed to manage the acquisition of internal and third party content and the provisioning of that content to different customer market segments. The suite is designed to incorporate enterprise software to deliver a scalable, fully integrated out-of-the-box solution. The integrated products are a combination of MobileAware’s Mobile Interaction Server Version 3.2, BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 and the Documentum 5 Enterprise Content Management platform, all running on Intel-based servers. The combined product set can enable mobile operators, content aggregators and system integrators to deploy the product set and customize the functionality to meet their requirements. www.documentum.com, www.bea.com, www.MobileAware.com

Free Preview Version of Microsoft InfoPath 2003 Enhancements Available

Microsoft Corp. unveiled a preview of updates that will be added to Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 as part of the Office 2003 service pack scheduled for release in June. In addition to the improvements Microsoft is delivering to make InfoPath 2003 more secure and reliable, the service pack also will contain feature enhancements. By downloading the InfoPath 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview, form designers can begin incorporating the forthcoming enhancements into their InfoPath 2003 solutions. The preview is 100 percent compatible with InfoPath 2003, so existing solutions will function as they have in the past. Among the additional capabilities are increased support for digital signatures, enhanced document recovery, data submission and filtering controls, technical updates, additional handwriting support for Tablet PC users, improved ability to handle InfoPath attachments in e-mail, enhancements to the programming environment for developers, richer page layout controls for working with printed forms, easier integration into existing business process and workflows, additional tools for developers using managed code, and extensibility and enhanced support for handling XML schemas. A U.S. English version of the InfoPath 2003 Service Pack 1 Preview free and also the Visual Studio toolkit for InfoPath canbe downloaded starting today. Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1 will be distributed in late June. InfoPath 2003 is available as part of Microsoft Office Professional 2003 Enterprise Edition or in stand-alone versions for an estimated retail price of $199. www.microsoft.com/office

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