IBM announced availability of new releases of its core IBM Workplace products, including Workplace Collaboration Services 2.6, Workplace Managed Client 2.6, Workplace Forms 2.6, and Workplace Designer 2.6. The 2.6 versions of these products include more than 50 new features and functions, including enhancements to cross-platform and open standards support. IBM Workplace Collaboration Services is a single, integrated product that includes a wide range of collaborative capabilities or “services,” such as e-mail, calendaring, team spaces, instant messaging, on-line learning, Web conferencing, document, and Web content management. The 2.6 release includes user interface enhancements across all components, an enhanced document search engine, support for ODF, iCal support for calendar interoperability with IBM Lotus Notes, and a new instant messaging gateway to Lotus Sametime, which will connect communities of users between IBM Lotus Sametime and Workplace Collaboration Services. Additions to Workplace Collaboration Services cross-platform support include clustering for iSeries, DB2 Enterprise Server Edition V8.2 as a data store, and IBM Directory Integrator V6.0. Release 2.6 also provides increased scalability and performance. IBM Workplace Forms is new electronic forms (e-forms) software that can help companies streamline and customize the way business data is captured, processed, and exchanged. IBM Workplace Collaboration Services 2.6, IBM Workplace Managed Client 2.6, IBM Workplace Designer 2.6 are available immediately. IBM Workplace Collaboration Services server sells for $90,000 per processor. IBM Workplace Managed Client is $69 per user. IBM Workplace Forms 2.6 will ship in the second quarter of 2006: The IBM Workplace Forms Server will be $25,000, IBM Workplace Forms Viewer will be $188, and IBM Workplace Forms Designer will be $649. http://www.ibm.com
Adobe announced the immediate availability of Adobe Acrobat 3D, new desktop software that helps extend document-based 3D design collaboration capabilities to virtually anyone across global organizations. With Acrobat 3D, design engineering, technical publishing and creative professionals in manufacturing industries such as automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery, as well as the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market, can convert 3D models from a wide variety of major CAD formats and embed them into Adobe PDF files-regardless of whether the user has the native CAD application. Acrobat 3D is available in English, French and German language versions. The Japanese language version is expected to be available in February 2006. The product has an estimated street price of US$995. Registered users of Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Acrobat 6.0 Professional can upgrade to Acrobat 3D for estimated street prices of US$545 and US$699, respectively. The product is available for Microsoft Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 2), Windows XP Professional, Home and Tablet PC Editions, and IBM AIX 5.2, HP UX 11.0, SGI IRIX 6.5, and Sun Solaris 2.8 (for Acrobat 3D Capture utility). http://www.adobe.com/acrobat3d
Alfresco Software Inc. announced that it has partnered with BitRock to enable Alfresco to be installed in minutes as part of an integrated open source stack, to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) for installation, upgrades and management. The joint offering provides an installer and configuration wizard for Alfresco and the surrounding open source ECM stack. It also provides a management and delivery tool for Alfresco to provide updates to its software, and to other stack components such as MySQL and JBoss. The stack supports a variety of Linux distributions and Windows versions. The new Alfresco installer will perform all required configuration tasks, so users will have a complete, ready-to-run ECM system as soon as installation is complete. , http://www.bitrock.com
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