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
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
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
IXIASOFT announced the availability of TEXTML Server 3.0. The new version introduces features designed to increase reliability, productivity, and security. Enhancements were developed to answer specific needs of partners and customers with large, enterprise-scale requirements. With TEXTML Server’s new Replication Search Agent (RSA), the search load can now be distributed on multiple servers where a master server acts as a publisher of content to one or many subscribers. This replication scheme guarantees synchronization between servers for distributed search load and enhanced reliability. TEXTML Server now provides version control settings to manage multiple versions of a document, access to previous versions, and the ability to control the number of versions maintained. Various security settings restricting access to the server can be assigned to documents, collections, and document bases allowing more granular security. Download a free evaluation version of TEXTML Server 3.0 at www.ixiasoft.com