Hard to believe if you just joined us in Boston 2 weeks ago, but we are already deep into planning Gilbane San Francisco, which will be at the Sheraton Palace again this year. The dates are April 24 – 26, 2006. We are expanding our content coverage, and in addition to our Content Management, Content Technology and CTW Case Study tracks, we are adding a track on Enterprise Search, a track on Enterprise Blog, Wiki and RSS (and Atom!) Technology, and a special track on Automated Publishing for Marketers.
We have also added a new companion conference on Enterprise Digital Rights Management, which will be chaired by expert Bill Rosenblatt, Editor of DRMWatch.
To submit a speaking proposal for either the Content Management Technologies Conference or the Enterprise Digital Rights Management Conference, see the instructions, and don’t delay – we will be completing the program in January, and even though the deadline is January 9 we will be well along by then.
Nominations are open for 2 seats on the board of the Content Management Professionals Association. Nominations are open until December 21, 2005. If you are not yet a member, join. There are also openings on the CM Pros Management Committee. For more information about the openings contact Executive Director Laura Walker.
Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) and NEON Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NEON) announced a partnership that will integrate FAST’s enterprise search solution, FAST ESP with NEON’s Shadow RTE mainframe integration platform. This integration will enable companies to find and act upon data residing in mainframe systems. Shadow RTE, a Mainframe Services Bus (MSB), is a technical architecture and consolidated development environment that enables customers to integrate mainframe resources into a Real-Time Enterprise. NEON’s partnership with FAST will enable customers to search all the data and applications that reside on the mainframe and utilize this information for various business applications and scenarios, including compliance and fraud protection. http://www.neonsys.com, http://www.fastsearch.com
Mondosoft announced that it has added XML conversion capability to its enterprise search suite, with the launch of MondoSearch XML Converter as an add-on to its site search engine, MondoSearch. The new MondoSearch XML Converter transforms XML documents to HTML and integrates with MondoSearch v. 5.2, allowing users to perform searches and display information stored in XML without adding extra applications. With the new MondoSearch XML Converter, system integrators and end-users can work in different programming environments and convert, manipule and index XML content directly from their Content Management System (CMS) or homepage to improve site search performance. MondoSearch XML Converter is available for free download by Mondosoft partners at
Quasar Technologies unveiled the latest version of its web-enabled, services-oriented publishing production management platform, GETREADY 3.0. With this release, Quasar Technologies extends automated workflow processes for commercial publications and corporate documents. GETREADY Release 3.0 incorporates new features to extend its collaborative environment to external users (eg. freelancers, creative agencies, etc). All object types can be managed from anywhere and different user types associated to specific objects can be combined. GETREADY automatically changes the object status based on the user type. Authorized users can now upload their own assets into the system, bypassing the normal administrator-controlled input channels if required. GETREADY 3.0 offers Boolean logic and text-abbreviation enhancements to its search engine which already includes visual image search and multi-lingual phonetic search. Metadata and digital asset management now have Boolean logic search facilities. Users can also search for content based on workflow criteria, such as status, workflow date completions and date ranges and by user. GETREADY searches contents of: Word, Excel, txt, rtf, and xml files as well as articles and metadata. GETREADY 3.0 offers a new feature for extracting previously published content into new formats, and re-publishing it quickly. This new functionality enables content to be extracted from a variety of sources and automatically compiled into a prescribed format. All content is dragged and dropped into the layout with the ability to rearrange sections or chapters at any time.
Five Across, Inc. announced the availability of the new Five Across Connect server product, with a built-in Community Engine. Available immediately, the new platform enables one-click syndication of media-rich content. With automated blogging, social networking, and file sharing features, the Five Across Connect server provides a way to create a dynamic web presence. New features in the Five Across Connect server include inbound (server-side) RSS feeds, automatic integration with Apple iTunes podcasting and videocasting subscription service, one-click syndication of text, photos, audio, and videos, and administrative utilities for building and running community sites. The Five Across Community Engine enables full-text and keyword searching across tens of thousands of user pages, demographic targeting, and allows users to connect with other users in a network.
Apago Inc. announces the immediate availability of PDF Enhancer 3.1, a production tool for PDF document assembly and preparation tasks. PDF Enhancer streamlines the creation of PDF documents by automating the most common preparation tasks, including assembly, optimization, stamping, cropping, imposition and color correction. The latest upgrade adds several features, including support for Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger”, font repair, new color correction options and digital signatures. From consumers and small businesses to large magazines and newspapers, PDF Enhancer 3.1 allows users to build a new document from multiple sources, to take “print-ready” documents and prepare them for distribution on the Internet, or simply to modify PDF files to meet specific output requirements. PDF Enhancer does this by taking a single, general-purpose PDF file and targeting it to a specific use. Each “target” consists of a collection of settings about the optimizations and improvements that will be applied to the document. PDF Enhancer provides users with low to high-volume needs the tools for repurposing PDF files for optimal use according to the intended output target. PDF Enhancer also reduces the size of most PDF files through techniques such as image optimization, unused or duplicate element removal, and analysis of the internal make-up of files to eliminate additional redundancies. Pricing for Standard Edition is $199, Professional Edition $399, Server Edition $999, and Advanced Server Edition $1,999. PDF Enhancer 3.1 is available as a free upgrade to customers who previously purchased PDF Enhancer 3.0. Upgrade pricing and free evaluation software is available at
DocuLex and dtSearch announced a new version of DocuLex Desktop Search. With the dtSearch terabyte indexer embedded, the latest release can index over a terabyte of data in a single index, up from 4-8 gigabytes of text per index. The application can also create and simultaneously search an unlimited number of indexes. DocuLex Desktop Search can run both as a standalone PC application, and a client-server application, searching both PC-based content and network-based content in a concurrent-search environment. The application provides over two dozen hit-highlighted search options. Through a built-in Spider, the application can also add Internet and Intranet sites to a search with integrated results. DocuLex Desktop Search (with the embedded dtSearch), whether running in a stand-alone or client-server capacity, can index and search HTML, XML and PDF (including OCR output to PDF), with highlighted hits and with embedded images, links and formatting intact. Other file types that the application displays with highlighted hits include: word processor, database, spreadsheet, presentation and similar “Office” files; and email message stores (MS Outlook, MS Outlook Express, MS Exchange, Eudora and other .MSG formats) along with the full-text of attachments, ZIP files, and CSV files.