Informative Graphics Corp. (IGC) announced the release of its Brava! Reader 2.0 software. Brava Reader 2.0 can be used as a TIFF viewer for multipage documents, color images and oversized scanned drawings files. Brava Reader 2.0 can also view files converted by IGC’s publishing products, such as the Net-It Now client-side publisher and Net-It CAD plug-ins. Net-It products are used to generate, compress and distribute CAD drawings, documents and images as “content sealed format” (CSF) files, which are readable by the Brava Reader. CSF files provide the ability to find text in the document, measure CAD drawings by geometry snapping and navigate by CAD layers/levels. CSF files are automatically encrypted, but allow IGC’s Visual Rights persistent security options to be selected by the user. They can be distributed by both e-mail and Web pages, as well as resources within content management systems. Brava Reader supports all Visual Rights settings, including blocked-out content (redaction) and “burned-in” markups generated by the soon-to-be-released Brava (Enterprise) 5.0. Brava Reader is immediately available for free download at www.bravaviewer.com, www.infograph.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
Factiva announced the availability of its enhanced suite of search and track services within the PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal 8.4 and 8.8, providing PeopleSoft customers with access to Factivas sources of content. By using the Factiva Developer’s Kit, a Web Service application-programming interface, PeopleSoft will offer customers a new set of customizable portal pages, called “pagelets,” that will provide users with Factiva search and tracking capabilities, while retaining their previously selected “look and feel.” This gives users the flexibility to select topics they are interested in reading, view headlines they would like to appear in each folder, and search information using a richer set of criteria. www.factiva.com
Adobe Systems Incorporated announced new enterprise document control software that enables organizations to apply persistent confidentiality, privacy and accountability to electronic documents inside and outside the firewall. With Adobe Policy Server, enterprises can build document services to manage document policies with capabilities for controlling authentication, auditing, expiration and revocation. Adobe Policy Server gives document authors and IT administrators the power to dynamically control who can view a PDF document, and determine whether the recipient can modify, copy, print or forward the document. Moreover, these permissions can be changed after the document has been distributed. Adobe Policy Server provides assurances that only intended recipients can open a protected document inside and outside the firewall. Documents can be made to expire on a specific date, or if need be revoked immediately, regardless of how many copies were distributed. Because Adobe Policy Server enforces usage policies, documents do not need to be redistributed if a policy is changed. The software offers a secure solution that integrates with an organization’s existing authentication, policy, content and document management systems, as well as with user management directories, including LDAP, ActiveDirectory, and email directories. The Adobe Policy Server will be piloted during summer 2004. www.adobe.com
Stellent, Inc. announced expanded email records management functionality for their records management and compliance solutions. Stellent also announced it received DoD 5015.2 certification for its Records Management solution. Email managed in the Universal Content Management environment can automatically take advantage of the functionality available in Stellent Records Management. Users can now: submit email and email attachments into Stellent’s Universal Content Management system through a drag-and-drop interface in Microsoft Outlook; submit email and email attachments into Stellent’s Content Management system through its integrated SMTP server; index email attachments and make them searchable, as well as present them in PDF or HTML; attach native or converted content stored in the Stellent system to emails created in standard email applications; automatically tag email and attachments for records management; designate email and attachments as “candidates” for a record, triggering a workflow to have them reviewed by a records manager for final determination; and, track Microsoft Outlook email contributions and all related activities, including workflows, access and disposition. www.stellent.com
SilkRoad Technology, Inc. announced the debut of SilkBlogs, an enterprise Weblogging solution. Built on Eprise, SilkBlogs provides a people-centric collaborative environment for sharing thoughts, ideas, information, and documents on the Web. The application allows organizations to develop and maintain enterprise-wide Weblogs to capture and disseminate within an organization tactical knowledge that is timely, searchable and accessible from anywhere. Key features of SilkBlogs include rich text editing, and a security model built to manage and permission a large directory of users to blogs and its containing information. SilkBlogs Public Preview Release will be available on February 16th, 2004. For pricing and information see www.SilkRoadtech.com
Vignette Corp. and Xpediant Solutions announced an agreement where Xpediant will OEM the Vignette Application Portal for its Xpress Intranet solution. The Xpress Intranet solution can be installed as a direct or hosted Intranet solution for small or medium-sized businesses interested in a portal for 250 users or fewer. The Xpediant Xpress Intranet solution leverages Vignette Application Portal’s personalization, scalability and globalization capabilities enabling Xpediant to deliver a customized intranet solution for low cost and quickly. Xpress Intranet is a fixed-fee, fixed-time engagement that enables a company to deploy a business portal solution tailored to fit the company’s unique needs. Xpediant’s Xpress Intranet is a combination of custom portlets, extended out-of-the-box portlets and Web applications built with Vignette Application Portal and Vignette Application Builder. www.vignette.com
An expanded double conference session provides a moderated discussion on W3C’s XForms, Microsoft’s InfoPath, and Adobe’s XML/PDF eForms technology
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Longleaf Public Relations
Cambridge, MA , February 10, 2004 . The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars announced a special expanded conference session on electronic forms at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management to be held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles , March 24-26, 2004.
“New eForms technologies promise to have a profound effect on information collection, integration, and collaboration” said Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair, “With Microsoft, Adobe, and eForms vendors all building more accessible interfaces to XML-based electronic forms, there will be a giant leap in the ability of both large and small enterprises and departments to easily implement forms based business solutions that integrate with other enterprise information systems. Businesses need to learn what these new technologies can do for them.”
The special session, “Electronic Forms & Content Management” will be held Thursday March 25, 3:00 – 5:00pm and be moderated by Bill Trippe , Senior Editor, The Gilbane Report, and author of “ Microsoft, Adobe & XForms to Shake Up Electronic Forms Market ” (Gilbane Report Vol. 11, No 8, October 2003). Speakers include: Chuck Myers , Technology Strategist, Adobe (NasdaqNM:ADBE) ; Micah Dubinko , Chief XML Architect, Cardiff Software; and Amber Kinney , Product Manager, InfoPath, Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFT) .
“eForms have a growing role beyond ECM, as they are emerging as the primary interface between people, processes and programs.”, said Bill Trippe, Track Chair, and Moderator. “It is no accident that significant initiatives – Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA, and the like – are forms-centric. There is a lot you need to pay attention to here. This session will help you understand the landscape of current capabilities and provide insight into what will be available soon. ”
The conference program is entirely focused on content management technologies, and includes 26 sessions and tutorials covering today’s most critical issues for businesses planning or implementing a content management strategy.
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. For a complete list of sponsors and exhibitors see www.gilbane.com/CM_conference_sponsors_LA_04.html
For more information on the Gilbane Content Management Conference in LA see www.lighthouseseminars.com/gccminfo.html .
About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. serves the content management community with publications, industry conferences and professional services. The Gilbane Report ( www.gilbane.com ) administers the Content Technology Works™ program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Technologies, Atomz, Context Media, Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), Vasont, Venetica, Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN), and INS CI (OTCBB:INSS).
About Lighthouse Seminars
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs. http://www.lighthouseseminars.com