Digimarc Corporation and North Plains Systems announced the availability of Digimarc ImageBridge as an I-Piece plug-in to the North Plains TeleScope digital asset management system, providing increased brand protection and image tracking capabilities for TeleScope users. Digimarc also announced the launch of Digimarc ImageBridge 2005. With the integration of Digimarc ImageBridge 2005, brand and product managers can now give their images a unique identity and monitor digital image assets as they are distributed both inside and outside of a company’s network. Digimarc ImageBridge 2005 digital watermarking weaves a unique, imperceptible and traceable identifier into images, while the ImageBridge 2005 tracking system monitors the Internet and specified URLs, reporting to brand owners where and when their images were found on the public Web. With this capability, organizations can see that marketing partners are acting in compliance with guidelines for campaigns and new product rollout, and allows legal departments to communicate and enforce image copyrights. http://www.northplains.com. http://www.digimarc.com
Verity, Inc. announced a technology alliance with A2iA Corporation. The partnership brings together two applications for automatic data capture on forms, including the recognition of cursive handwriting. Verity will offer A2iA FieldReader as an add-on recognition engine that works with Verity TeleForm 9.0 content capture software. Combining OCR, ICR and IWR in a single engine, A2iA FieldReader expands Verity TeleForm’s capabilities by enabling users to convert complex cursive, natural or freeform handwriting on paper forms into computer-useable data. A2iA FieldReader contains multiple recognition engines using artificial intelligence and neural network technology to locate, clean, de-slant and segment writing into words and characters. Because it recognizes entire words and phrases, and utilizes predefined field attributes and vocabularies, A2iA FieldReader improves overall accuracy for TeleForm users who previously could only capture data character-by-character. http://www.a2ia.com,
BrowserMedia announced the official release of BrowserCMS 2.0, the latest version of their Web Content Management System. Improvements in version 2.0 include a completely redesigned user interface, featuring a unique, rich internet application allowing “drag and drop” control over the website architecture. BrowserCMS 2.0 remains affordable CMS and continues to support both large and small website deployments. A new website has been launched to provide CMS product marketing as well as technical support for current clients. BrowserCMS is available under both corporate and non-profit licenses. http://www.browsermedia.com
Idiom Technologies, Inc. announced the immediate availability of the newest version of its WorldServer product family WorldServer 7.5.1. With the introduction of WorldServer 7.5.1, Idiom now offers: tightly integrated support with Arbortext Epic Editor – previously, Idiom only offered deep integration with Adobe FrameMaker for XML authoring; enhanced XML content storage, search and retrieval capabilities that make it easier to achieve global content reuse goals; improved filtering for Microsoft Office documents; improved workflow management; and enhanced content management capabilities to better support Idiom customers who choose to use WorldServer as their content management platform, as well as their globalization platform. WorldServer also supports XLIFF, an XML-based standard for the exchange localization data between products, as well as a number native translation workbench formats for products such as TRADOS Desktop and SDLX. WorldServer 7.5.1 is available immediately. Pricing has not changed.
TRADOS Incorporated announced the coming availability of TRADOS 7, the latest version of its TRADOS desktop solutions for freelance translation professionals, corporate localization teams and language service providers. Starting next week, TRADOS 7 can be pre-ordered at “early bird” prices. The release includes many enhancements including: increased XML support, including XLIFF, DITA, and conditional XML; Translator’s Workbench fully supports the latest open TMX standard, TMX 1.4b, as well as related standards such as Segmentation Rules Exchange (SRX); full support for Hindi and twenty other new languages; enhanced support for Microsoft Word documents in Context TM and TagEditor – Microsoft Word documents can now optionally be processed as XML-based TRADOStag documents in Context TM and optionally translated in TagEditor as XML-based TRADOStag documents; support for multiple termbases in active terminology recognition; and
improved ease of use. Starting April 25, 2005, customers ordering TRADOS 6.5 (new licenses or upgrades) will receive special early bird promotions when TRADOS 7 is released in June 2005. Early-bird promotions expire on June 27, 2005.
Teragram announced the general availability of Teragram TK240 for Collaborative Development version 2.0. This optional add-on software module, based on Teragram’s taxonomy management software and categorization engine, enables teams of specialists in an organization to collaboratively create, manage, and implement taxonomies in real time. TK240 for Collaborative Development uses Teragram’s categorization technology to analyze document contents and organize them into flat or hierarchical taxonomies that facilitate and accelerate the retrieval of information. At the same time, the software enables more than one developer to modify the taxonomy and categorization rules for the same project, enabling users to work simultaneously while individually accessing the specific portion of the taxonomy that is most appropriate. Multiple information workers using TK240 for Collaborative Development to organize large corporate archives, for instance, can work simultaneously on specialized portions of the master taxonomy without conflicting with or overwriting the other’s work. http://www.teragram.com
Our opening keynote panel at our Amsterdam conference on 25 May, The Future of Content Management will be looking at strategic technology issues businesses, governments and NGOs need to be thinking about. Our panel is made up of technology executives who are responsible for a huge number of installed tools, and for strategic technology development at their respective firms. There will certainly be strong differences of opinion, but where this panel agrees on something, it will be worth knowing.
Some of the questions (with a few links to some of our views) we expect to ask the panel are:
- There is a lot of debate about ECM (enterprise content management) suites vs. individual content applications. What is an “ECM suite”, and which approach makes the most sense, and why?
- The proliferation of content applications and repositories has created a huge integration challenge. How will this get resolved? And when?
- How will blog, wiki, and RSS technology affect content management applications?
- Will taxonomies or “folksonomy” tagging technologies have a major impact on future CMS applications?
- What is a content platform? Is it a repository? an index? a database, a file system? Does the concept of a content platform even even make sense? Will Longhorn’s WinFS change the game?
- Are Portals dead for good? If so, what will take their place?
- How will compliance requirements affect content technology, or digital/enterprise rights management products?
- How will open source content management related software affect future content management implementations? How should it?
- Are some open source software technologies more appropriate for enterprise content applications than others? If so, which ones and why?
- Where in the software stack is the best place to provide basic content management functionality, e.g., management of content elements with attributes and metadata?
- What percentage of enterprise content do you estimate is currently stored in XML? How do you see this changing in the next 12 -18 months? How will this affect technology development?
- How will enterprise search and content management technology be integrated in the next 12 – 18 months?
- What will be the most exciting content technology in the next 12 – 18 months?
If you have a question you would like to see us address, comment on this post, or send me an email.