Mediasurface plc announced the acquisition of Class-Act BV, the Netherlands-based supplier of the Silverbullet content management system. The deal, for the intellectual property of the Silverbullet product and services of its authors, is worth 400,000 euros, made up of part cash and equity. Silverbullet is a low-cost ASP solution with numerous customers and profitable revenue streams. The company reported revenues of 480,000 euros for the year ending December 04. Based on proven Microsoft technology including a SQL Server database and using .NET technology, Silverbullet allows small to medium-sized organisations to set up a website quickly, at a very low cost, taking advantage of predefined layouts and styles that can be tailored to reflect corporate branding and individual customers’ preferences. Continued product development of Silverbullet is assured in line with the needs of the marketplace it addresses. Silverbullet, which is likely to be re-named in line with the Mediasurface brand, will be available as a rental solution only, whilst Mediasurface and Morello will only be offered as licensed products. www.mediasurface.com
Inxight Software, Inc. and Intellisophic, Inc. announced a joint marketing agreement to help organizations access the essential knowledge contained in their unstructured data. Through this relationship, Intellisophic’s extensive library of thousands of pre-built taxonomies is now formatted for instant compatibility with Inxight SmartDiscovery. These pre-built taxonomies are especially useful for business analytics, government intelligence, pharmaceutical, and web portal/reference applications. By leveraging both Intellisophic’s taxonomies with Inxight’s entity extraction, users can classify and cluster documents into topical folders for search, routing, and business intelligence applications without building taxonomies from scratch. Inxight SmartDiscovery leverages Intellisophic taxonomies to automatically identify key concepts, or ideas derived from specific instances, within documents. SmartDiscoverys entity extraction identifies more than 25 entity types out-of-the box, including people, companies, organizations, dates, places, addresses, currencies, etc. Intellisophic’s taxonomies span most industries, and are available for Corporate, Government and General Knowledge. Subject areas for Corporate Taxonomies include: Business; Construction; Energy; Engineering & Materials; Hospitality; Information Sciences; Law, Government & Criminal Justice; Life Sciences, Medicine & Healthcare; Manufacturing; Mathematics & Science; and Transportation, among others. Subject areas for Government Taxonomies include: Information Sciences; General Knowledge; Energy; Environment; Law, Government & Criminal Justice; Manufacturing; Social Sciences; and Terrorism and War, among others. Intellisophic’s taxonomies are available now. www.inxight.com, www.intellisophic.com
Adobe Systems Incorporated announced a new release of Adobe Creative Suite, the design environment for print and Web workflows for creative professionals. Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition integrates new full-versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2, and Adobe GoLive CS2 with the all-new Version Cue CS2. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional also is included. A new Adobe Creative Suite component, Adobe Bridge, is a visual file browser that lets designers easily browse, organize, and process design assets within Adobe Creative Suite 2 software components. Designers can preview multi-page Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, drag and drop from floating Compact Mode windows, process images with built-in Camera Raw 3.0, edit and search for Adobe XMP metadata, and track assets managed in Version Cue CS2. Adobe Creative Suite for Mac OS X version 10.2.8 through 10.3.8, Java Runtime Environment 1.4.1, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or 2, will begin shipping in May to customers in the United States and Canada. International versions are expected to begin shipping in late May and early June. Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition is US$1,199 and US$899 for Creative Suite 2 Standard Edition. http://www.adobe.com
XyEnterprise announced that its XML Professional Publisher (XPP) publishing software now integrates with Design Science’s MathFlow Editor. XPP is an XML-based publishing system used to produce scientific, technical and medical journals, as well as many other types of print and electronic publications. Combined with MathFlow’s graphical interface, which supports the creation of complex mathematical expressions, publishers of complex mathematical information now have a user-friendly publishing tool that supports the MathML standard. http://www.dessci.com,
The non-profit Content Management Professionals organization, an international community of practice, is holding their Spring Summit in San Francisco on April 11. The Summit is being held at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco in conjunction with our Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies.
Activities at the Summit include small-group, roundtable discussions focusing on the strategy and practice of content management and the role of those who are engaged in this discipline. CM Pros members leading roundtables include:
- Erik Hartman (Netherlands) on the enterprise content management poster and CMSML (CMS markup language)
- Hilary Marsh (Chicago) on the content in content management
- Ann Rockley (Toronto) on making the content management business case
- Mira Wooten (Mountain View, CA) on content management networking
- Rahel Bailie (Vancouver) on the human factor in content management
- Seth Earley (Boston) on doing successful taxonomy projects
- Shuli Goodman (San Francisco) on effective governance models to support enterprise content strategies
- David Warwick (Australia) on organizational compliance and the role of CM systems.
Update: Full Summit Program and schedule.
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(Discloure: I’m on the board.)