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Day: November 7, 2005

Bitform Releases SDK to Provide Access to Unstructured Data Locked in Complex File Formats

Bitform Technology Inc. announced the availability of Bitform Extract SDK, a software component for high-performance access to the contents, including text, metadata and content structure information, of the most important file types used by global organizations. Cross platform support and a flexible API make Bitform Extract SDK a tool for a broad range of solutions that need access to file content. Target applications include analysis and inspection for security and compliance solutions and text extraction for indexing, categorization and other search, knowledge management and content management processes. On the surface, content extraction can be confused with “text filtering”. It’s a relatively simple task to develop a program that opens files and treats every element inside as text. This approach can produce impressive performance figures with regard to gigabytes of files processed per hour, but precision and accuracy suffer tremendously. Complex binary file formats such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF contain thousands of internal structures that can either be bypassed by a simple text filter – thus causing incomplete analysis of content – or can be incorrectly treated as text – thereby producing false positives. Bitform’s approach of completely modeling supported file types and taking into account the unique structure of specific formats produces high precision with performance that meets market needs in multiple application segments. For security, policy and compliance applications, Bitform Extract SDK can be combined with Bitform’s metadata and hidden information inspection tool, Bitform Secure SDK, to provide a comprehensive content extraction, inspection and remediation solution. Bitform Extract SDK is available immediately.

Information Mapping Acquires XML Technology; Will Launch Content Mapper for Content Management Authoring

Information Mapping, Inc. (IMI) announced it has acquired XML technology to be integrated with Content Mapper, a front-end MS-Word-based authoring tool that generates XML and links with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Systems. Scheduled to launch later this month, Content Mapper offers a Word-based authoring environment, round trip editing from Word to XML and back again, integration with ECM systems, meta-data tagging, import of legacy documents, flexible publishing and XML output.

Mediasurface Updates CMS to v5.3; Introduces Instant Site

Mediasurface launched the latest version of its content management suite (CMS) v5.3, introduced Instant Site, a new feature which enables the creation of websites in minutes. Mediasurface v5.3 also incorporates enhancements to its Morello Smart Client. Business users can select templates, page layouts and component pages, and in less than 10 clicks Instant Site can build a brand new fully managed site, which adheres to corporate branding and accessibility standards. Mediasurface’s Instant Site feature enables IT to supply business users with a framework of components such as FAQ pages, a search facility, or even whole sets of pages, for example: a newsroom or newsletter with homepage, discussion areas, feeds and links pages. Mediasurface v5.3 now also includes a content classification tool. The new Taxonomy Browser enables editorial users to identify and select the right keywords and phrases to ensure content is always tagged correctly. It includes a searchable tree-structured representation along with predictive typing and identification, and an intelligent ‘suggest’ feature to help users find the preferred term. The system can also be configured to work with multiple taxonomies such as the Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary or Government Category List. Mediasurface v5.3 increases support for managing multiple websites, allowing the user to track content throughout the entire business operation. Content can be shared across all internet, intranet and extranet sites. By using the new Content Tracker, an impact analysis can be carried out on changes to content that is shared across these sites. Mediasurface v5.3 is now available as a free upgrade to existing Morello customers.

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