Progress Software Corporation (PSC) and EasyAsk, Inc. jointly announced an agreement by which PSC will acquire substantially all of the assets of EasyAsk in an all cash transaction for a purchase price of approximately $9.2 million, net of cash acquired. Upon close of the transaction, EasyAsk will become a separate operating unit of PSC. EasyAsk provides an embedded natural language question/answer capability that allows non-technical users to ask ordinary English questions about the information created and maintained by business applications, and provides search, navigation and merchandising functions on the web sites of retailers and manufacturers. EasyAsk’s commerce solutions benefit both Business-to-Consumer (B2C) web sites and Business-to-Business (B2B) sites. Present and future EasyAsk eCommerce customers will benefit from the resources of Progress Software. The transaction is expected to close within fifteen days. http://www.easyask.com, http://www.progress.com
Tarari, Inc. announced the general availability of its fourth-generation release of the company’s XML RAX Content Processor (RAX 4). RAX 4, an in-silicon and software implementation of Random Access XML, now includes full, integrated support for the complex features of XML Schema and special SOAP message validation at 10,000 and greater validations per second. Tarari also announced Software RAX, a full RAX implementation in software that provides a software failover capability in the event of hardware failure, or that can be used on entry-level systems that need RAX acceleration. RAX 4 incorporates Tarari’s silicon “Grammar Processor”. OEMs, ISVs and corporate developers interested in evaluating the Tarari XML RAX 4 Content Processor should purchase the Tarari XML/Web Services Development Kit, which is available immediately and consists of a Tarari XML RAX 4 Content Processor on a Grand Prix series PCI-X card, Random Access XML Agents, Cryptographic Agents, the add-on PubSub module, Software RAX, and API documentation. The price for the kit is $4,995.
Convera Corporation announced immediate general availability of version 8.1 of the company’s RetrievalWare search software platform. RetrievalWare 8.1 is the culmination of over three years of development efforts aimed at offering measurable improvements and enhancements to the RetrievalWare platform. The new features of RetrievalWare 8.1 are tailored for both the commercial and government market segments: RetrievalWare Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval capabilities available through Web Services and Java APIs to comply with .NET and J2EE as well as Service Oriented Architectures (SOA’s); Semantic Indexing, Categorization, Classification, Profiling and Alerts, Search, Entity Extraction and Folder services all utilizing a single unified index; Unified index enables the above services to be combined in any order programmatically to support a broad array of Discovery and Text mining applications; Language Detection, Encoding Detection, Conversion, and UTF-8 Ready Language Processors; 14 Language Processors, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, for Natural Language Processing; Pluggable cartridge architecture for semantic resources; Over 60 pre-supplied Domain-Specific Taxonomies and Classifications; 23 taxonomies in 9 different languages; 8 General and Cross-Lingual Semantic Cartridges; 22 Domain-Specific Semantic Cartridges; Convera Knowledge Workbench V3.0 to create, manage, tailor, benchmark and extend Taxonomys and Semantic resources; A newly architected Spider 2.0 for Intranet and Internet web content; and support for JBoss or WebLogic Application servers at the API level. http://www.convera.com
The TikiWiki Content Management System “Sirius” Version 1.9.0 has been released, and is now available for download at SourceForge.net. Tiki is a massive full-featured, widely deployed and actively developed web application. Before proceeding to upgrade to 1.9.0, you should make a backup of your site. If you run a high-volume site, consider running a test site in parallel as there have been reports of increased sql queries. Similarly, if you run a site and are concerned by security, you may want to wait for 1.9.1. As with any open source software, 1.9.0 is provided as is. It is the results of over a year of development by over a hundred volunteers. Tiki 1.9 introduces over 400 new features & enhancements, options, modifications & bugfixes. The next versions 1.9.1, 1.9.2 will focus on stabilizing and bug fixes found after 1.9.0 release. Please report any bugs (and if possible the solution) to http://dev.tikiwiki.org/
Workshare introduced its Integrity Partner Program for Systems integrators, valued added resellers, corporate resellers and other partners. Workshare’s suite of products for Microsoft Office includes Workshare Professional for secure document compliance, Workshare Protect for policy- enforced document security and Workshare DeltaView for document verification. Workshare products work seamlessly with email systems such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes and Novell GroupWise. Workshare products integrate closely with Microsoft SharePoint and document management systems from Hummingbird, Interwoven and Documentum. Workshare is a Microsoft Worldwide Gold-Certified Partner. Through the Integrity Partner Program, Workshare lets resellers extend their product, consulting and service offerings to include essential Document Security solutions to a market potential of 200 million Microsoft Office System business users globally. http://www.workshare.com