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Month: September 2004 (Page 1 of 7)

Mediasurface Updates Enterprise Content Management System

Mediasurface has unveiled the latest version of its Enterprise Content Management system. Mediasurface 5.1 contains features designed to improve the way businesses manage and control their websites; it gives non-technical users more power to produce the websites their businesses require and the IT department facilities to run a web application. Morello, Mediasurface’s Smart Client application, has been enhanced to facilitate better collaboration, off-line working and has a more intuitive look and feel, with visual workflow, drag and drop, copy and paste and undo functionality. The workgroup collaboration features of Mediasurface 5.1 follow the principles of standard instant messaging services, but are enhanced to bring teams working on web projects closer together. As well as the ability to send and receive messages in real-time, Mediasurface 5.1 allows pages, links and other items to be dragged and dropped into the message pane, so that a dispersed team can simultaneously view and comment on aspects of the site they are building. Users get instant notification of workflow-related matters, such as completed work that needs their approval. Also, when a page is unavailable because another person is working on it, users can request to be automatically sent a notification when the item becomes available again. www.mediasurface.com

Northern Light Releases New Version of its Business Research Engine

Northern Light announced that it has released a new version of its business search engine and that the new version is available to individual users in addition to enterprises. Business professionals can use the Business Research Engine to search: 20 million web pages from 16,000 editorially-selected websites of public companies, private companies, trade journal and trade associations, venture funded companies, venture capital companies, corporate law firms, MBA programs, and the agencies of the Federal Government that regulate business; industry commentary and analysis from 5 million articles from 1,400 trade journals with the full-text and all the graphics, charts, and tables from the articles; and current news with over 7,000 stories per day from over 70 licensed newswires with the full-text index updated every two minutes. All content in the search database is classified to over 40 industries so users can drill down into the information most relevant to their jobs. A new feature in the Business Research Engine is customizable Search Alerts that allow users to save any search and be updated daily whenever the news, journals, or Web content has new material that matches their interests. Additionally, users can customize the Business Research Engine by adding websites that they frequently review for industry information to the database for full-text searching. Individuals can subscribe to the Northern Light Business Research Engine for $50 per month for unlimited searching, document downloads, and Search Alerts. For enterprises, there is a 5-seat small office license for $2,500 per year. Unlimited enterprise-wide licenses are available for $36,000 per year. Free 30-day trials are available. www.nlresearch.com, www.northernlight.com

Astoria & Innodata Isogen to Deliver Content Management and Publishing to Aerospace and Defense

Astoria and Innodata Isogen, Inc. announced a preferred partnership to deliver authoring, content management and publishing solutions to select industries, beginning with Aerospace and Defense. The agreement is an offering to technical publishing and project documentation groups in aerospace and other industries. Technical publishers at the contractor level and military end-users will be able to author, manage, update and publish documentation in a flexible framework that accommodates current Mil-Spec requirements and manages legacy formats. www.innodata-isogen.com, www.astoriasoftware.com

Datawatch|Researcher Delivers Consolidated Document & Data Views

Datawatch Corporation released Datawatch|Researcher, for collaborative, documented research of enterprise content and metadata to support compliance, auditing, accounting and billing processes. Datawatch acquired the Researcher technology with its purchase of Mergence Technologies Corporation. Datawatch|Researcher searches inter-related data, documents, and communications scattered over multiple repositories, then merges and analyzes the results into comprehensive actionable case records. Combined with Datawatch|ES, Datawatch’s report management and mining solution, this allows customers to unite enterprise information and support decision-making and reporting for compliance initiatives. Datawatch|Researcher is available now from Datawatch and its partners. Enterprise subscription pricing starts at $2,395 per month for a Datawatch|Researcher license that supports up to five users. Datawatch|Researcher runs on Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP1 or Windows 2003 Server, and .NET Framework V1.1+. www.datawatch.com

CM Professionals to Hold 2004 “Summit”

CM Professionals, a group of content management professionals from around the world, will hold its first CM Summit in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies, Tuesday, November 30, 2004 in
Boston, Mass. (U.S.) The CM Summit is a peer-to-peer meeting. Sessions will take the form of participatory discussions – no talking heads reading slide shows – facilitated by some of the world’s top content management experts: Bob Boiko, Ann Rockley, Tony Byrne, Frank Gilbane, Erik Hartman, Mary Lee Kennedy, Brendan Quinn, Hilary Marsh, Bob Doyle, Scott Abel, and many others. Sessions at the summit will be devoted to content management practices that have been selected by members from among 25 best practice areas, including: Content Strategy, Business Strategy and Business Cases, Designing for Reuse, Performance Metrics, Auditing the Content, and Glossary and Resource Library. There will also be networking sessions, as well an open forum to discuss future CM Pros events and projects. “Birds-of-a-feather” sessions (informal gatherings of people with common interests) are planned for lunch at the Summit and for dinner at a Boston-area restaurant. Summit sessions will be videotaped and made available online to members who cannot travel to Boston. Fee is $100 for CM Pros members and $125 for nonmembers. Membership in CM Pros costs $50 per year. CM Summit attendees who also register for the Gilbane Conference will receive a $150 discount on their Gilbane Conference registration. Detailed program and registration information: is at , www.gilbane.com/CM_conference_Boston_04.html

Verity Releases KeyView Software Development Kits 8.0

Verity Inc. announced the immediate availability of its latest Verity KeyView Software Development Kits (SDKs) for enterprise applications, version 8. The Verity KeyView Filter SDK lets applications filter and extract text from multiple formats on a wide variety of platforms. The SDK can automatically recognize up to 296 file types and apply the correct filter without relying on filename extensions. Verity KeyView release 8 now offers support for the latest version of Adobe PDF 1.5, OpenOffice 1.0, Microsoft Office 2003 XML, Sun StarOffice 7.0 and Visio 2003. Valid XML and Web-ready HTML conversion is achieved with the Verity KeyView Export SDK. This SDK provides controlled data structure conversion for XML and HTML formatting. Verity KeyView Viewing SDK allows the display and printing of a multitude of file formats with high fidelity. This latest release provides a viewing application programming interface and ActiveX Control, which allows the integration of this SDK into an enterprise application faster and easier than previous versions. The Verity KeyView 8.0 Software Development Kits are now available. www.verity.com

Market Central Unveils SourceWare Search Engine

Market Central, Inc. announced the immediate availability of SourceWare Search, the company’s new fully automated, “intent-based” search solution. SourceWare Search was established to fill a void within the corporate enterprise and commercial search markets for a deductive search engine capable of providing relevance and personalization to users at multi-terabyte scale. SourceWare Search will enable specialized portals to offer fast service and relevant data to its customers by gauging user intent. Using natural language processing and interactive artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms based on automated classification, SourceWare Search creates meta-data. As a result, SourceWare Search is able to process information in a number of ways to accomplish real-time updates to the production environment, classification, and natural language processing. SourceWare Search is available direct from Market Central. Pricing is dependent on product application and licensing, starting at around $25,000 USD. www.marketcentral.com

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