ATG (Art Technology Group, NASDAQ: ARTG) announced that it has enhanced ATG Commerce, its commerce and marketing engine, with integrated catalog search. ATG is now leveraging the natural language search technology acquired from Primus to enable integrated, natural language catalog search to allow end users to more quickly and intuitively get to products. With this new capability, which will be available as a part of ATG Commerce 7.1 and requires the purchase of the ATG Search engine, any changes companies make in their ATG Commerce catalog will now automatically update their ATG Search function, with no manual catalog/search integration required. Updates to commerce search can now be made in near real-time (rather than in a batch process), shortening the create-to-publish cycle and allowing more dynamic merchandising initiatives. http://www.atg.com
XyEnterprise announced that Mekon Ltd., a UK independent integrator of XML solutions, has become a new business partner for XyEnterprise’s XML Professional Publisher (XPP) and Content@ content management solutions. Mekon will work with XyEnterprise to provide sales, professional services and technical support for XyEnterprise solutions targeted at the government, educational, aerospace and global pharmaceutical industries. http://www.mekon.com,
Updating my earlier post about the ClearStory Webinar, the recording of the event is now available.
First Consulting Group, Inc. (FCG) (NASDAQ: FCGI) announced the launch of FirstDoc 3.3, the newest version of its enterprise content management (ECM) solution for the life sciences industry. FirstDoc 3.3 includes enhanced XML capabilities and a re-architected enterprise object model to enable more flexible content sharing and better business process harmonization across functional areas. FirstDoc 3.3’s XML capabilities enable life sciences organizations to move away from formatting documents manually and reduce the effort to format content for other media types. FirstDoc 3.3 also streamlines documentation updates while ensuring all of the content remains accurate. FirstDoc 3.3 helps life sciences organizations produce and handle labeling submissions compliant with the latest FDA and EMEA formats, Structured Product Labeling (SPL) and Exchange of Product Information (PIM), respectively. FirstDoc 3.3 also provides a range of document types at the level of granularity required by the most recent electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) guidelines set by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH). FirstDoc 3.3’s re-architected enterprise object model enables users to share information between vertical applications more easily. FirstDoc 3.3 also provides utilities that automate the migration of object definitions within existing FirstDoc installations to the new model. http://www.fcg.com
Workshare announced the immediate availability of TRACE! V2, a free meta-ware utility for Microsoft Office users that automatically alerts individuals to the risk levels in the documents they touch. TRACE! V2 discovers content that violates federal regulations, corporate policy or personal privacy. TRACE! V2 runs continuous audits, alerting users to violations. TRACE! V2 comes with a document security management console that provides controls for scanning folders, emails and websites and visibility to recent document alerts. It also provides reporting on all documents, run either dynamically or in batch mode. TRACE! V2 improves on the hidden data capabilities of V1 to include document content analysis and exposes risks in the areas of intellectual property, financial disclosure, privacy and identity, profanity and regulatory restrictions. TRACE! V2 dynamically tracks nearly 100 content security risks and provides always-on alerts to users with risk level warnings of problems in new and existing documents. TRACE! V2 analysis combines document content with taxonomy. This capability can differentiate between the normally benign use of the word “confidential” in the document body versus its highly risky presence in document headers or footers. TRACE! V2 also automatically updates the list of risks when new security regulations – such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, Section 501 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Canada’s PIPEDA, the EC Data Protection Act and the California Breach Law (SB1386) – are issued. The free download of TRACE! V2 is available at http://www.workshare.com
Antenna House, Inc. announced that XSL Formatter V3.3, their newest XSL-FO processor, is now available. As an option Antenna House is offering with V3.3 the ability to output SVG files. The SVG output option supports the creation of SVG, SVG Tiny and SVG Basic. V3.3 also offers improvements to the GUI and many new enhancements that have been implemented through FO extensions. These include: SVG Output using the new SVG Output Option, Text and Property search in GUI, Printer marks can now be output, PDF Annotations can now be output, The Radii of box corners and box shadows can be specified for borders, Column setting within the fo:block-container is now available, The axf:footnote-position property has been extended, Arrangement of footnotes can now be specified by axf:footnote-align and axf:footnote-stacking, Footnotes duplicated in the same page can now be deleted, Base 14 fonts can now be embedded in PDF output, Spot color is now supported, JPEG2000 is now supported, and a raster image can now be down sampled. Partners will be sent new license keys and information for downloading V3.3 for their complimetary copy.
X1 Technologies, Inc. announced the availability of X1 Enterprise Edition, an enterprise desktop search solution fine-tuned to help business users access and act upon the information they need, no matter where it resides in the organization. X1 Enterprise Edition provides a comprehensive view of both user-managed and corporate-managed information assets. This “IT-managed” software solution preserves control and security of data, allowing end users to find information within the purview of existing company privacy and security policies. X1 Enterprise Edition combines the X1 Desktop Search interface with integrated network content connectors. X1 Content Connectors enable users to interact with the core functionality of underlying applications, such as finding data in shared file folders, email messages, attachments, and contacts from both locally cached and server-hosted email systems, including Microsoft Outlook/Exchange and Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, Qualcomm Eudora, Netscape Mail, and Lotus Notes/Domino. With X1 Enterprise Edition, users can preview search results even if the original application doesn’t reside on their computer. Now available, X1 Enterprise Edition starts at $7,500 per year, which includes the Enterprise Server, Server Manager, Content Connectors, Deployment Manager, and the ability to support thousands of desktop, browser-based, or mobile clients. All customer support and version upgrades are included in the subscription fee. X1 Enterprise Edition provides centralized server deployment options with a browser-based client, supports more than 370 types of files, and is compatible with many email systems. System requirements include Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2000, or XP and 512 MB of RAM. http://www.x1.com
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIOX) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Bowne Global Solutions, a division of Bowne & Co., Inc.(NYSE: BNE), for at least $180 million (excluding cash received), in a combination of cash and common stock. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2005 and is expected to be accretive to Lionbridge earnings within the first full quarter of combined operations, excluding restructuring and related expenses. Both Lionbridge and Bowne Global Solutions (BGS) provide globalization services that enable organizations to release products and content that meet the linguistic, technical and cultural requirements of customers, partners and employees worldwide. BGS’ worldwide presence, language expertise and diversified customer base will complement Lionbridge’s language technology and offshore development and testing outsourcing services. Bowne will hold one director seat on the Lionbridge Board of Directors. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions and approvals. The approval of the stockholders of Lionbridge and Bowne will not be required to consummate the proposed acquisition. Lionbridge has obtained a bank commitment to finance approximately $100 million of the purchase price. http://www.lionbridge.com, http://www.bowne.com