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Day: March 15, 2006

Xinet Announces Uploader Tool & Upgrade to Xinet WebNative

Xinet, Inc. announced its new, Uploader tool and an upgrade to Xinet WebNative. Uploader is a stand-alone application that lets vendors and contractors transmit photography, artwork and other deliverables to a client’s Xinet WebNative or WebNative Venture database by dragging and dropping files onto a desktop icon. Uploader can require vendors and contractors to enter metadata details before uploading files. The WebNative Venture database then automatically ingests that metadata and triggers e-mail notifications and other actions to streamline the workflow. Users can now review digital assets and the metadata associated with them by clicking directly on the images embedded in Xinet WebNative PDFs. Interactive PDFs make it easy to reuse images in production because clicking on a PDF reveals information about the source, original format and previous uses of a graphic. Xinet WebNative now makes Web previews from RAW camera files from 80 professional digital camera backs, including many Canon, Kodak, Minolta, Fuji and Nikon models. Users can see previews and custom-order these files. Xinet now offers a companion Versioning tool that brings the same functionality for Illustrator CS and CS2 workflows. The new Versioning tool allows designers to keep track of rounds of approved revisions, enables art directors to review work in progress, and lets clients view multiple versions of artwork in the context of a document. http://www.xinet.com

IBM to Acquire Language Analysis Systems (LAS)

IBM announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Language Analysis Systems (LAS) provider of multi-cultural name recognition software solutions for mission critical applications. IBM customers will be able to leverage a unique knowledgebase of linguistic information on demand from LAS’s 20 years of linguistic research and the analysis of millions of names gathered from across the world. This will enable them to create an accurate, real-time view into the linguistic and cultural properties of names. This technology has historically been and continues to be widely used within the federal government to support the identity recognition needs of solutions ranging from border control to international law enforcement. Today IBM’s global name recognition technology has seen increased utilization in the private sector where it is being used to increase the accuracy of watch list checks, ferret out fraud, and enable global customer-facing applications. Through better recognition and verification of customer names, customers can better ensure that operations like call centers and direct marketing run smoothly. Industry applications of the technology include: Intelligence and Security, Financial Services, Financial Services – OFAC Compliance, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Marketing Services. IBM markets a total of nine global name recognition products designed to help search and manage name data. Each product can be used independently or in an integrated fashion to improve the processing of names for any organization. These include the following: IBM NameClassifier identifies the culture(s) of a name; IBM NameGenderizer identifies the gender of a name; IBM NameHunter culturally sensitive name comparison algorithm; IBM MetaMatch culturally sensitive phonetic name comparison algorithm; IBM Name Variation Generator produces name variants based on culturally sensitive rules; IBM NameParser culturally sensitive personal name parser; IBM Name Reference Library encyclopedia of names, name use and variations; IBM NameInspector Analyzes name data for parsing issues, erroneous names, gender and culture distribution, etc.; and IBM NameStats – Analyzes name data for frequency statistics. http://www.las-inc.com, http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/globalname/

Nuance Introduces PDF Edit! in Japan

Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) announced the immediate availability of PDF Edit!, a PDF creation and editing application designed specifically for the Japanese market. Nuance also announced that SOURCENEXT, a leading software developer and distributor within Japan, has licensed PDF Edit! and will distribute the product as part of its Ikinari PDF product family. Nuance’s PDF Edit! is available only in Japan, and represents an alternative to Adobe Acrobat for the Japanese market. The product provides what is needed to view, create, print and edit PDF files, with a cost that makes it an affordable solution for every business desktop. http://www.sourcenext.com/en, http://www.nuance.com