Pound Hill Software announced the availability of three new tools for using metadata to automate workflows and creating digital asset management systems. The new tools support AppleScript, Filemaker, and PHP. Each incorporates Adobe’s XMP toolkit and scanning technology. Metadata created in Adobe applications or custom Catalyst-defined metadata from Adobe applications or QuarkXPress can be read and piped into external databases such as Filemaker or used to trigger actions in an automated network workflow with AppleScript or PHP. The Filemaker plug-in provides the technology to turn any Filemaker Pro 6 or 7 database into a digital asset management system. Since the Filemaker XMP plug-in also incorporates XMP Toolkit and scanning technology, standard and custom metadata can be read and used in new or existing Filemaker database records. Each of the plug-in kits costs USD$350 per server (Filemaker) or machine (development use) and is available now. www.poundhill.com
Documentum announced the availability of Documentum ApplicationXtender 5 Channel Edition — Content Management for Windows. The AX5 solution is a new integrated suite of document imaging, document management, computer output to laser disk (COLD) report management and workflow services. An out-of-box solution built on a central information repository, Documentum AX5 allows customers to create an “electronic file cabinet” for information, enabling the capture, organization and delivery of fixed content images, documents, reports and other business-critical information. Documentum AX5 is the next-generation of the LEGATO ApplicationXtender product suite. Available through channel partners only, Documentum AX5 is suited for value-added resellers (VARs) and distributors seeking an image, report capture and archiving solution. With the new Web client, organizations can provide end users with full access to the central repository and content services through Internet Explorer or other browsers. Documentum AX5 now offers support for Windows Server 2003 and takes advantage of NT and LDAP security services — offering access controls, secure communications, verifiable transactions and support for digital signatures. www.documentum.com
CambridgeDocs announced the xDoc SDK. Aimed at providing programmatic access to the xDoc Server’s APIs, the xDoc SDK is designed to reduce the time it takes for developers to build custom business applications that take advantage of the rich content stored in unstructured documents. CambridgeDocs’ xDoc Server functionality not only automates the conversion of files to XML, but is also capable of transforming XML documents into desired output XML schemas or even to end-user documents like MS Word, PDF or XHTML. The xDoc SDK contains access to all of CambridgeDocs’ APIs including .NET, Command Line, and COM as well as an enhanced Java API, and Servlet Interface for EJB connections. With the xDoc SDK content-centric applications can be built on top of either Linux or Windows systems. CambridgeDocs’ Server support XSLT, and XSL:FO. It can also use any XML-schema or DTD as the target or source for transformation, including DocBook XML, 3001 MIL STD, Legal XML or customer-specific schemas or DTDs.
Vignette Corp. announced that it is shipping a suite of content management, integration and portal applications that natively support the Linux operating system. The recent addition of Linux support to Vignette Content Management and Vignette Business Integration Studio join existing support for Linux in Vignette Application Portal to enhance Vignette support for Linux.
Vasont Systems announced the availability of the Vasont Universal Integrator (VUI) as a software extension of Vasont, a content management system that enables organizations to store their multilingual content once for delivery to print, PDF, CD-ROM and Web formats. The VUI streamlines the writing and editing process by providing a simple editorial interface so that authors and editors can access the Vasont content management system’s functionality from the toolbar menu of their favorite XML editing tools. The VUI eliminates the need for users to toggle back-and-forth between applications; instead, they can work within their editorial tools while accessing, editing, and updating their content in Vasont. www.vasont.com
Documentum announced a strategic alliance with Thunderhead, Ltd., a provider of technology for rules-driven document assembly and multi-channel publishing. Documentum will integrate Thunderhead with its ECM platform and deliver a solution that will enable organizations to automate and accelerate the creation, assembly and delivery of vast quantities of personalized documents across multiple channels such as email, web, PDAs and print. This solution is designed for highly regulated industries such as investment and retail banking, insurance and other financial services, which rely on high-volume, document-intensive processes as the foundation of their core business. The solution leverages business rules to guide the assembly of finished documents from components that may include regulated content, personalized text, graphics and data. Built on J2EE and XML, the solution allows non-technical business users to remain in control of the document generation and publishing processes. www.thunderhead.com, www.documentum.com
Ektron Inc. announced the latest version of the company’s content management solution, CMS300. Ektron CMS300 Version 4.1 now includes support for membership groups, administrators and users can create, assign and monitor content management tasks on a Web site or intranet, a “smart desktop dashboard”, highlighted search, Out-of-the-box intranet, IXIASOFT TEXTML integration, and threaded comments. www.ektron.com
Interwoven, Inc. announced the availability of Interwoven MediaBin Asset Server 4.0. MediaBin 4.0 is the cornerstone of Interwoven’s Marketing Content Management Solution, also announced, providing a foundation for solutions that manage the marketing content supply chain between enterprises and their internal and external sales channels. The new version connects multiple servers, both inside and outside of the organization, to help manage all marketing content locally, while providing centralized, global access for employees and business partners to ensure that brand-related digital content is always properly formatted and up-to-date throughout the marketing content supply chain. Features in MediaBin Asset Server 4.0 include Syndication Manager, a Mac OS X Client, metadata enhancements, and MetaTagger Content Intelligence Server Integration. Interwoven MediaBin Asset Server 4.0 can be purchased from Interwoven today. www.interwoven.com