W3C announce the advancement of Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) 2.1 to Candidate Recommendation. Fully backwards-compatible with VoiceXML 2.0, the document standardizes eight additional features implemented by VoiceXML platforms: data, disconnect, grammar, foreach, mark, property, script, and transfer. Comments are welcome through 11 July. http://www.w3.org/Voice/
ZyLAB announced the availability of its new FDA-compliant content-management solution for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The ZyIMAGE solution is used for digital capture and archiving of lifecycle GMP records, as well as all paper records requiring back up, such as validation protocols, validation reports and batch records. This ZyIMAGE solution also controls document review and access through a specialized interface or web browser, while maintaining a full audit trail of all actions performed. Customers are able to adapt and implement the ZyIMAGE solution in departments across the firm, such as R&D, engineering, manufacturing, quality control, distribution, and global operations. In accordance with FDA guidelines, the audit trails utilized by this ZyIMAGE solution for relevant actions are fully compliant with 21 CFR Part 11. Full documentation has been prepared and approved for the ZyIMAGE solution. http://www.zylab.com
Verity Inc. announced the signing and closing of the acquisition of desktop search-related intellectual property assets from 80-20 Software Pty Ltd. Verity purchased software that executes searching of all email folders and local file systems to give users one access point to information stored on their personal systems. In addition, it has enterprise-wide deployment, administration and control capabilities as well as compliance with most security protocols. The Verity-branded desktop search product is expected to become available to customers in the second half of 2005. It will integrate with Verity Ultraseek or K2 Enterprise software to allow users access to relevant content. As part of the acquisition, Verity will absorb 80-20’s desktop search engineering resources. Existing 80-20 enterprise desktop search customers will be served by Verity. 80-20 Software is exiting the Enterprise Desktop Search market in order to focus on its commitment to solutions for corporate governance, operational risk and compliance management. ,
Archivas, Inc. announced three important advances in its Archivas Cluster (ArC) software, including integrated search and indexing capability, an increase in availability, as well as significant performance enhancements. ArC also has the ability to not only present a standard file system interface to applications, but also to store files in XML and HTML so applications are not permanently tied to the archive and as the application environment may change over time, files in ArC will always be accessible to users. ArC is generally available. http://www.archivas.com
Quadralay Corporation announced the immediate availability of WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word. WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word leverages XML to give users the ability to create customized content for the Web, intranets, professional online Help systems, portable devices, enterprise-ready XML, or PDFs. The new software provides greater flexibility and ease of use for Help authors, technical writers, documentation professionals, and other content providers wanting to produce content for common online formats directly from Word files. Authors can use Word to write, maintain, and update content, then use ePublisher Pro to manage and deliver multiple online formats such as HTML, XHTML, DHTML, or the cross-browser, cross-platform information system WebWorks Help. Quadralay Corporation also re-engineered its previous single-source online publishing solution for Adobe FrameMaker, which features an online content-preview window for visual style development, GUI-based advanced customizations, and an improved code editor. WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word is available for purchase online for US$1,000, and internationally for US$1,100. WebWorks ePublisher Pro for FrameMaker ships in July 2005, and is available for purchase by authors for US$1,395, and internationally for US$1,515. In addition a listing of resellers is available. For a limited time, customers can save $250 when purchasing either product when upgrading from any competitive Help authoring tool.