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Day: October 31, 2004

Altova Announces General Availability of Software Version 2005

Altova announced general availability of version 2005 of its product line, which enables accelerated application development and data integration. Altova software version 2005 includes new features such as automated function building, Eclipse integration, relational database content editing, and the SchemaAgent that enables visual management of complex schemas and their components in workgroups. In addition, version 2005 brings support for the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) new XSLT 2.0, XPath 2.0, and XQuery 1.0 specifications. Version 2005 covers Altova XMLSpy 2005, MapForce 2005, StyleVision 2005, and Authentic 2005. The new products within Altova software version 2005 – Altova XMLSpy 2005, MapForce 2005, StyleVision 2005, and Authentic 2005 – are all immediately available. While supplies last, customers who buy the Altova Enterprise XML Suite plus the associated one or two year Support and Maintenance Package (SMP) from Altova or its subsidiaries will also receive one free 20GB Apple iPod for every eligible license purchased. Restrictions apply. Altova XMLSpy 2005 is available for purchase in two editions: Professional and Enterprise, with (USD) prices for a single-user license starting at $499 and $999 respectively. Altova XML Suites are available in two Editions: Professional and Enterprise, with (USD) prices for a single-user license starting at $729 and $1,499 respectively.

Macromedia Announces Customized Version of Contribute for eBay Sellers

Macromedia announced a customized version of Macromedia Contribute 3 that simplifies online store creation and customization for eBay Store sellers. eBay Store sellers will be able to create and manage their store from within the Contribute application. The software includes step-by-step wizards so any eBay user can design and publish a professional store featuring logos, images, descriptions, product categories, product showcases, and product search. This version of Contribute will ship with more than 800 professionally designed templates for common eBay Store pages. This special Windows only version of Contribute 3 for eBay will be available to U.S eBay Store sellers for $99. The product is expected to ship in mid-November. Existing Contribute 3 users will be able to add this functionality by downloading a free extension from the WebAssist website. eBay sellers can sign up to be notified when the product is available at

Ektron Introduces Enhanced Workflow Suite

Ektron Inc. is adding features to their CMS that give organizations control over their workflow processes. The workflow suite automates the collaboration, management and approval of content. Organizations can add content process control; which includes assigning tasks, monitoring progress and managing all content centric processes. Ektron’s workflow suite supports an organization’s Website, intranet and extranet maintenance tasks, as well as Web-enabled business processes. Site managers including Webmasters, marketing and HR managers – anyone who controls a section of a site – can now assign tasks, automate status, support messaging between users and run reports/statistics on the task or procedure. Archiving and complete history of tasks provides an analysis of the process and procedures. For organizations looking to address accountability and auditing issues associated with content, Ektron CMS300 provides them with real-time task monitoring information. Ektron’s new suite also enables organizations to easily create and manage multiple-language versions of the same content within one CMS. The workflow capabilities make it easier to manage and control the process of translating content on a Web site. Ektron’s CMS ships with three business-user interface languages: English, French and German.

iMarkup Announces Technology Partnership & Reseller Agreement with Stellent

iMarkup Solutions announced a technology partnership with Stellent, Inc. The companies are also announcing the integration of the iMarkup Java Annotation SDK with Stellent Universal Content Management. The technology will be distributed formally by Stellent in Q1 2005. Together, the integrated technologies offer a solution to meet the needs of enterprise users demanding collaborative content development and business process management. It has been architected to capture feedback as markup and annotations during workflow review processes and ad hoc content consumption. iMarkup Java Annotation SDK, which utilizes web page annotation functions, enables collaboration and web annotation functionality to be embedded within existing third party products. The component facilitates web-based collaboration on existing web content and enables companies to create affinity groups through which members can collaborate. It also ensures that reviewers can communicate their comments to members of those affinity groups. Applications that can benefit from collaborative web page annotations range from web content management and document management to portal and digital asset management.,

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