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
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
Hummingbird Ltd. announced Hummingbird Enterprise 2004, the next release of Hummingbird’s enterprise content management (ECM) solution. Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 will enable customers to create, manage, deliver and archive the content from documents to e-mail, instant messages, Web pages, records and media. Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 includes a new workflow engine, integrated BI/Query, rules-based server side solution, extended functionality for mobile users, integrated, secure instant messaging (IM), enhanced web top client, performance and scalability improvements including a new distributed content caching module, integration with Microsoft Desktop, and library consolidation templates. Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 is expected for general availability March 1, 2004. www.hummingbird.com
LizardTech announced it entered into EMC Corporation’s Centera Development Program and completed the integration of its ExpressServer with EMC Corporation’s Centera content addressed storage (CAS) solution. EMC’s Centera with ExpressServer, LizardTech’s content server solution, represents a software-driven storage architecture designed to address the specific storage requirements of fixed content such as satellite imagery, aerial photography, hospital records and historical documents. Files generated with LizardTech’s GeoExpress and DocumentExpress products in formats like MrSID for geospatial raster images and DjVu for color image documents can be stored in an EMC Centera CAS and be distributed using ExpressServer. “Pixel stream” technology makes it possible for existing Web servers to provide instant viewing of high-resolution aerial photographs, satellite imagery and other digital content on both wireless and broadband devices. The integrated solution will also support many other common file formats. www.EMC.com, www.lizardtech.com
Verity Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the intellectual property, certain customer agreements and other strategic assets of NativeMinds Inc. Both companies’ boards of directors have approved the all-cash deal, valued at $3.8 million. Verity will acquire NativeMinds’ integrated set of tools which provides an interactive contact point for customer inquiries. It includes the NeuroServer Engine that manages the interaction between a customer and a virtual representative; the vRep Management System (VMS) to track, measure and improve a vRep solution; and a set of reporting and analysis tools. The integrated self-service solution Verity expects to quickly deploy will provide a customer, employee or any other user a single response to their common questions. Driven by a natural language processing capability, it gives the most appropriate response to the question posed, drawn from a continuously managed index that discerns appropriate responses for each question. If the response calls for a form to be completed by the individual, this solution will also have that capability. www.verity.com
RedDot Solutions announced that it has opened a new office in Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
Autonomy Corporation plc announced a strategic OEM alliance with Elsag Solutions AG, a European provider of Information Chain Management solutions. Elsag Solutions has embedded Autonomy’s technology to automate the processes of retrieving, channeling, summarizing, hyperlinking and delivering pertinent information to users of Elsag’s new SENTINEL product range. Autonomy’s IDOL infrastructure will be deployed to automatically categorize, manage, summarize and distribute more than 50,000 individual content items in multiple languages every day. Together Autonomy and Elsag will support businesses by providing information from a wide range of sources. SENTINEL is presently available as general Business Information Monitoring and as a “vertical” application answering special demands in Biotech industry. More industry-specific versions will follow. www.autonomy.com
Authentica, Inc. expanded its product suite with the introduction of Authentica Secure Office, a new E-DRM solution that lets users securely collaborate on native Microsoft Office content. Authentica Secure Office is a E-DRM solution that gives organizations dynamic policy control over native Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files located anywhere, within or outside of enterprise boundaries. Authentica’s Active Rights Management technology enables files to be continuously protected and secured, even while allowing others to revise them. Information owners control who can access, edit, copy/paste, forward, and print documents, spreadsheets and presentations. These permissions can be changed on the fly, even after recipients have accessed and edited protected files. Authentica Secure Office will be available in March 2004 with pricing beginning at $50,000. www.authentica.com