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. http://www.cm4all.com
The Gilbane Report announced a new consulting practice focused on the needs of both commercial and enterprise publishing professionals. Software and publishing industry veteran Steve Paxhia has joined Gilbane to head the new practice as Vice President & General Manager. 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? The Gilbane team’s expertise ranges from very strategic to cutting edge technical. While technology projects and decisions can often be complex, The Gilbane team’s 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 & Technology Consulting Practice; Mary Laplante, Vice President Consulting Services; Bill Trippe, Senior Consultant; and 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; and Dale Waldt, President aXtive Minds. 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. , https://gilbane.com,
Scientigo, Inc. (OTCBB:SCNG) formally unveiled FIND.com, a new search engine that aims to get consumers quickly to more targeted results. Operated by the Company’s subsidiary, Tigo Search, Inc., FIND.com’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, FIND.com presents a specific set of appropriate topics based on relevancy and subject coverage. http://www.find.com,
Sarah O’Keefe from Scriptoriuma great discussion of , the guru of DocBook. Norm was a featured speaker at last week’s DITA 2006 conference. Norm’s discussion is readable and lucid, and if you have been wondering about this question for a while, Norm’s post is required reading.
Endeca introduced the Endeca Information Access Platform (IAP) – a new platform built specifically to address an emerging market that is attempting to change the way people access and interact with information. The platform is designed to help people find, analyze and understand information in ways not possible with search engine, database and business intelligence solutions. Powered by Endeca’s MDEX Engine technology, it fuses the ease of search and browsing with the analytical capabilities of business intelligence. The Endeca Information Access Platform aids information-based problem solving across a wide variety of business processes, including eCommerce, marketing campaign analysis, product design and parts reuse, knowledge management, and customer service. To meet specific industry and application requirements, Endeca offers a range of Market Solutions, each designed to accelerate time-to-market. These solutions combine the benefits of the platform with unique application modules and deep market and application-specific services expertise. In a related announcement, Endeca has also unveiled a new, expanded line of these solutions. http://www.endeca.com
Canto announced Cumulus Video Suite 1.0.1, an Option for the Cumulus Enterprise product line to efficiently manage and distribute videos assets. Due to shot boundary detection technology Video Suite can create records for each shot in the video, which can be annotated with additional metadata. Cumulus Video Suite even supports streaming for viewing video files over the Internet for corporations where secure distribution of training, sales and marketing videos is a pressing concern. Version 1.0.1 now offers WMV support and has added features for the Mac OS X platform that were previously only available to Windows users such as the automatic shot detection based on cuts and effects. Users can create a secure video repository, catalog entire movies and individual video shots, view previews and thumbnails for cataloged videos and shots, edit shot boundaries, and add metadata to video files or individual video shots. Video Suite is an add-on module that expands the functionality of Cumulus Enterprise 6.6 (or higher). Video Suite is available at $4995 from Canto Sales and Canto Certified System Integrators (CCSI). http://www.canto.com
SDL International announced the launch of the www.LSPzone.com portal, designed specifically for the Language Service Provider (LSP) market. The new community site allows LSPs to promote their expertise to any customer looking for SDL TRADOS technology-enabled translation partners. LSPs can purchase the latest releases of SDL TRADOS software as well as create online professional profiles, through which they can showcase their skills and demonstrate their industry expertise in using SDL TRADOS Desktop, Server and Translation Management technologies. To celebrate the launch of www.LSPzone.com, SDL is now offering promotional pricing on its new release of SDL Trados 2006, and on Server and Translation Management technology, for all orders placed on or before the 31st of March. LSPs can also register their details directly online to be listed in the LSP Directory. http://www.sdl.com
Jon Udell has antoday on how we can get trapped in the blinders of our language use. The point he makes is true in general, but he applies it specifically to publishers stuck in old business models, as well as to buzzword-happy information technologists. Read his post to understand the title. Wittgenstein would applaud.