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Month: March 2006 (Page 1 of 8)

FAST Acquires Kopek AS

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) announced that the company has acquired Kopek AS, a developer of a secure online content access platform. The content access platform incorporates security, transport, identification, access control, personalization, payments and clearing, all in one solution. The system works transparently with all types of media and content, including Web pages, Web services, images, email, live video streams, audio, applications, and Internet network access, across all device types.

K4 Publishing System Version 5.6 Now Available from MEI

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) announced the immediate availability of K4 Publishing System version 5.6. The latest version of this editorial system accelerates the production process for publishing workflows using Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy by adding built-in integration with Adobe InDesign Server. The release also improves interoperability with other systems and incorporates new features. With its multilevel security controls and customization options, K4 supports a transparent and fast production workflow for individual workgroups or entire publishing enterprises. InDesign Server integration provides K4 5.6 with a layout rendering engine that speeds up the process of checking in items and enables the system to offer PDF previews of every page for saving, commenting and printing. Every standard K4 Publishing System comes bundled with Adobe InDesign Server CS2, designed specifically to enable tasks like background generation of page proofs for viewing over the Web. Customizable change controls allow administrators to disable editing functions in InDesign or InCopy by category of user. This new feature prevents for accidental document modifications or user errors. K4 also features an optional new Revision Manager plug-in to allow users to compare the differences between versions of InCopy files and easily keep track of revisions. K4 DropFolders offers automated batch check-in of images, ads, text files or any other type of content and metadata into K4 from pre-defined directories that can be fed from an asset management system or content repository. K4’s new Caption&Credit feature can capture caption and credit information for images as metadata, logically link this data to the image on the InDesign page, and dynamically create caption and credit frames on the page based on publication-defined parameters. All information is automatically adjusted if the image frame is moved or resized, speeding page layout and reducing errors. After an issue is closed out, a list of placed images, with their caption and credit metadata, can be exported for statistical purposes. K4 5.6 also includes updated K4 XML-Exporter version 1.2, which can automatically provide publication data as XML to feed archiving and Web publishing solutions and generate all the metadata on images, text and other objects in the issue. K4 version 5.6 and XML-Exporter version 1.2 are available from MEI and its distribution partners. All K4 customers are eligible to receive a free upgrade to version 5.6 and can purchase or upgrade XML-Exporter version 1.2 as an option.

New Publishing Strategy & Technology Practice

Some of you may have seen the press release from us yesterday announcing our new consulting practice focused on the needs of commercial and corporate publishers. Of course this is not a new area for us – Bill Trippe especially, has long been very active in the publishing space – but rather a dramatic expansion of our activities in an area we know well. It is great to be working with Steve Paxhia again, who will be running this practice. It will also be great to be working more regularly with Gene Gable, Thad McIlroy, Bill Rosenblatt, and Dale Waldt. Here is a description of the practice. We’ve already launched the practice, but most of our team and our partners will also be at Gilbane San Francisco, where we have a lot of content relevant to publishers including (but not limited to!) the new Automated Publishing track.

Metastorm & Interwoven Strengthen Technology Partnership

Metastorm, a provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software for modeling, automating, integrating, and improving both human and system-based processes, announced that it has strengthened its relationship with Interwoven, Inc. (NASDAQ:IWOV) through a formal technology partnership and the development of a packaged integration adaptor that is fully supported by both companies. Joint customers can take advantage of the integrated solution to seamlessly combine process flows and content to gain greater control of business processes and visibility into the underlying content. The integration of Metastorm BPM with Interwoven’s WorkSite document management software provides the ability to access, manage, and store documents from one of three interfaces – Metastorm BPM, Interwoven WorkSite, or Microsoft SharePoint. ,

Gilbane Report Launches Publishing Strategy and Technology Consulting Practice; Announces VP & GM; Signs Up Partners

For Immediate Release:


Industry experts Gable, McIlroy, and Rosenblatt join Paxhia, Trippe, Laplante, and Ciarlone to form uniquely powerful team of thought leaders

Steve Paxhia
617.497.9443 ext 214
Mary Laplante
617.497.9443 ext 212

Cambridge, MA, March 28, 2006. The Gilbane Report announced a new consulting practice focused on the needs of both commercial and enterprise publishing professionals. Gilbane has assembled a team of industry leading thinkers and doers who have many years experience in deploying technology to create profits. Questions they can help you answer include:

  1. Where could publishing technology have the greatest impact on our organization’s profits?
  2. Should our organization incorporate new technologies like wikis and blogs into our processes and product offerings?
  3. What are the best practices for developing products to be published in multiple media formats?
  4. How can our organization develop new electronic products derived from our existing content?
  5. How can we efficiently produce and manage customized versions of our products?
  6. Are our current technology platform and vendors the most cost effective?
  7. What are the best technology choices for the new project that we are starting?

“I am thrilled to have publishing and software industry veteran and colleague Steve Paxhia join us to run this important practice.” said Frank Gilbane, “We have been providing advice on publishing strategies and technology since the mid-eighties, but Steve brings a vision and focus of what commercial publishers and enterprises can, and should, be doing with publishing technology that will dramatically expand our ability to manage a broad range of large projects immediately”.

The Gilbane team’s expertise ranges from very strategic to cutting edge technical. While technology projects and decisions can often be complex, our goal is to help our clients clarify the key success factors and then empower their organizations to make the best decisions. Members of the Gilbane team include:

  • Steve Paxhia, Vice President & General Manager, Publishing Strategy and Technology Consulting Practice
  • Mary Laplante, Vice President Consulting Services
  • Bill Trippe, Senior Consultant
  • Leonor Ciarlone, Senior Consultant

In addition to our own team we have partnered with noted publishing industry experts:

  • Bill Rosenblatt, President, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies
  • Gene Gable, President, Gene Gable Industries
  • Thad McIlroy, President, Arcadia House

Meet this powerful team of experts at Gilbane San Francisco, in the Automated Publishing Track of the Content Technology conference or in the Enterprise Digital Rights Management conference. Contact Steve Paxhia for an appointment.

About Gilbane Report Consulting
The Gilbane Report serves the content technology and publishing community with publications, conferences and consulting services. The Gilbane Report also administers the Content Technology Works program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Digital Media, a Division of Open Text, Astoria Software, ClearStory Systems (OTCBB:INSS), Context Media (Oracle, NASDAQ: ORCL), Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Idiom, Mark Logic, Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX), SDL International (London Stock Exchange:SDL), Vasont Systems, Vignette (NASDAQ:VGN), and WebSideStory (NASDAQ:WSSI).


CM4all Opens US Office in Boston

CM4all, a Web content management software developer based in Cologne, Germany, announced that it has opened a U.S. office in Boston, Mass. to extend its sales reach beyond Europe and Asia Pacific. The company’s online Web site building software, Website Creator is offered through Web hosting companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and broadband providers, CM4all’s software enables users to create, design, and maintain Web sites for personal and business purposes, with simple to use templates and wizards. CM4all’s core product is the homepage tool kit WebsiteCreator. With a large number of online features available to customize users’ Web sites – including over 300 design templates and a platform for integrating Web services – CM4all WebsiteCreator enables business and individuals to easily create functional and professional-looking Web sites. When creating their Web sites, users can choose from a multitude of predefined templates and texts. Various Flash intros and tools – such as visitor counters, guest books, maps, and news tickers – also enhance the professional appearance. A seven-step design wizard leads users through the process to further ensure that the Web site building process is simple for the end user. Integrated password protection is available for those who want to restrict access to their Web site. A fully licensed and free multimedia archive that includes images, sounds, flash animations and games supports the website owner in creating attractive web content.

Scientigo Unveils

Scientigo, Inc. (OTCBB:SCNG) formally unveiled, a new search engine that aims to get consumers quickly to more targeted results. Operated by the Company’s subsidiary, Tigo Search, Inc.,’s Website uses “Topification” technology to help people stop searching and start FINDing. Enter a search term and FIND.COM returns a short list of topics. By selecting a topic, a user can readily FIND what he/she is looking for within the results. These topics are drawn from a massive semantic database, not just terms extracted from a limited set of documents. FIND.COM performs an instantaneous linguistic analysis on your search terms. By interpreting the intent of the term(s) and injecting related terminology, presents a specific set of appropriate topics based on relevancy and subject coverage.,

Clay Tablet Technologies Partners With Language Weaver

Clay Tablet Technologies has integrated its products with the automated translation technologies of Language Weaver. The two companies have formed a strategic product integration alliance and are now jointly pursuing opportunities together. Clay Tablet’s Rosetta Gateway, Web Content Management System (WCMS) and Trans-Port corporate translation portal products allow customers to quickly send documents, or portions of documents, to translation. When translated content returns, it’s automatically inserted back where it belongs on a company’s web site, fileservers, databases or other repositories. Traditionally, Clay Tablet’s systems have integrated with translation service providers and the tools they use. Now, Clay Tablet’s systems can also integrate directly with Language Weaver’s statistical machine translation software, or SMTS. Language Weaver’s SMTS “learns” language translations by identifying patterns and relationships within previously translated or parallel texts. Language Weaver uses statistical algorithms to align the text and assess the correlation of words and phrases. ,

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