Vignette Corp. (NASDAQ:VIGN) unveiled Vignette Collaboration release 7.0, the latest version of its enterprise collaboration product. Vignette Collaboration brings synchronous and asynchronous collaboration together in one interface, and includes packaged integration with the Instant Messaging server Microsoft Live Communications Server for enhanced synchronous communications. The product’s internationalization enables organizations to display, store, and search content authored in any Unicode supported language simultaneously, including Eastern European and Asian languages (e.g. Russian, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Simplified or Traditional Chinese and more). In addition, Hierarchical Group Support provides easier administration of access policies through better mappings to company directories; Search Engine Enhancements improve search engine integration and robustness; Administration Console Enhancements provide a simplified interface; Reduction of the number of clicks for common actions and provide in-place editing of documents, and more. Vignette Collaboration release 7.0 will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2005. Licensing costs for Vignette Collaboration begin at $50,000. http://www.vignette.com
Intellext announced a free version of Watson. To Watson, the search box becomes a middle man between you and the information you need. The tool understands the context of what a computer user is working on and actively finds relevant search results from Web search engines, desktop search applications, news sites and more. The free version is designed to give consumers a complete experience, connecting them with the information they need most, from a shopping comparison feature, to the web, news and blogs. Watson Professional, the licensed version of the product, remains available for business users who want to take the product’s capabilities to the next level, customizing and integrating Watson to search their subscription sources and enterprise information systems. In both the free Watson and the licensed Watson Professional, user privacy is respected. Intellext does not receive information about what the user is looking at, and does not track the links clicked, or the pages viewed. So, personal information never leaves the user’s computer and privacy is protected.
Six Apart Announced that Yahoo! Web Hosting now offers Movable Type Blogging Software so businesses and independent professionals who want to make use of weblogs to communicate to a wider audience, without the hassle of managing them, can now take advantage of Yahoo!’s Web Hosting product. Six Apart has optimized its Movable Type software specifically for Yahoo’s hosting environment. Features include: Support for publishing and managing a virtually unlimited number of blogs; 200 GB data transfer per month, with 5GB of disk space for posts and graphics; 99.9% number and hot failover capability; 24 hour toll-free customer support; 200 email addresses that match the business’s domain; Each account is protected by SpamGuard Plus, Norton AntiVirus, and other features to reduce comment spam; and the use of FastCGI to make the Movable Type experience on Yahoo! Web hosting services the fast. The service is available immediately upon purchase of a Yahoo! Web Hosting package at starting at $11.95 per month. http://www.sixapart.com
Our conference in Boston served up evidence that companies are beginning to get serious about leveraging their content, moving beyond managing, storing, and retaining it. “Content in context” was a theme in the analyst panel and in the sessions on adoption of DITA and sustainable content strategies. Frank and Hummingbird CMO Andrew Pery discussed the issues in “Intellectual Capital@Work: Finding the Added Value in Your Enterprise Content” during a web seminar on December 6. Listen in here:
Recording URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/hummingbird1/view
Recording ID: C377S436
Look for “Tune Into Gilbane, Part 2” for information on our first venture into conference podcasting.