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Day: January 24, 2005

K4 Publishing System Version 5.1 Available from MEI

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) announced the availability of version 5.1 of the K4 Publishing System, a professional publishing solution for Adobe InDesign-based workflows. Featuring support for regional editions or multi-version publications, e-mail notifications of assignments, virtual layouts for issue planning integration, and object rules for connecting digital asset management systems, version 5.1 expands the range of workflow setups with K4 and provides better overall integration into publishing enterprise environments. In K4 version 5.1, each frame in an InDesign document can contain multiple variations of text, images, ads or multimedia content. For multi-language publications, each set of text frames can contain a different language variant. K4 version 5.1 allows data from ad layout and asset management systems to be sent to K4 directly via XML as object rules. K4 can read and interpret these rules to build layouts and/or place objects dynamically, then send back information about the placed files and page statusas well as JPG previews of InDesign pagesto the integrated system. Object rules for images or multimedia objects can be sent to K4 from asset management systems or image databases in the same way. K4 Publishing System 5.1 is available for Mac OS X and Windows XP/2000/2003. Its TCP/IP-based SQL database can run on OS X server, Windows XP/2000/2003 server, Linux and Sun Solaris. www.maned.com

Vignette Announces Distribution Deal with Access Distribution

Vignette Corp. and Access Distribution, a General Electric company and a value-added distributor of complex computing solutions announced a distribution relationship whereby Access Distribution will make a mutually agreed selection of Vignette solutions available to its reseller partners. With the agreement, Access Distribution will add Vignette portal and collaboration solutions to its portfolio of enterprise application software solutions. Access Distribution will also offer service, education and maintenance programs to its newly recruited authorized resellers throughout North America. Vignette solutions will augment existing products and services offered through Access Distribution’s Sun Business and Enterprise Solutions groups. Adding Vignette solutions to its portfolio helps Access Distribution as it furthers its move into the enterprise applications software market space, which was announced in December 2004. www.vignette.com, www.geaccess.com

Belus Technology Announces XStandard Version 1.5

Belus Technology announced Version 1.5 of XStandard, a WYSIWYG editor for Windows and browser-based content management systems (IE/Mozilla/Firefox/ActiveX). The new version of XStandard brings significant performance enhancements, including a loading time for the editor that is five times faster than previous versions, and under half a second on the average computer. Version 1.5 of XStandard also introduces a unique “Heartbeat” feature that ensures content is not lost when editing sessions are “timed out” and authors are forcibly logged off their content management system. By sending regular “pulses” to the server, the Heartbeat ensures that Session state remains open for as long as authors need to complete their work. Whatever the author’ skill level, XStandard always generates clean XHTML Strict or 1.1. http://xstandard.com

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