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
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
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
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
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
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
The Xforms Institute has released a free online XForms validator. An interactive, Python-powered validator of XForms documents of all sorts that works with multiple host languages. (This information is in part taken from the O’Reilly book XForms Essentials – used with permission). The Mixed-namespace Checking online tool provides several checks of various contents of XForms documents, including scanning for namespace-related errors, unfortunately commonplace in XML development, performing “lint”-like checks for suspicious, but technically legal code, a check of ID/IDREF connections, even if these aren’t properly DTD-declared, and a Relax NG validation of individual “islands” of XForms content within the host document. There is also an online Document Checker, sample queries, and an XForms Validator Bookmarklet.
iUpload has added RSS support to iUpload Content Search. iUpload Content Search will allow a visitor to a site managed with iUpload Content Manager to subscribe to specific information and have it delivered as an RSS feed. Once a feed is created, the subscriber is alerted and receives any updates in his/her news reader software or aggregator. Site visitors that perform searches at a site are able to define criteria and receive RSS alerts when any updates or additions occur that match their criteria. The RSS-enabled Content Search from iUpload works independently or integrated with other iUpload Application Suite modules. When used with iUpload’s Content Manager, subject matter experts within a company can create, categorize and tag content as applicable for RSS alerts. The eMarketing Module adds support for email delivery of Alerts. iUpload Content Search with support for RSS alerts is currently available beginning at $200 per month. www.iupload.com