RealObjects Announced PDFreactor, a formatting processor for converting XML and XHTML/HTML documents into PDF. It uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to define page layout and styles. The brand new server-side tool enables a great variety of applications in the field of ERP, eCommerce and Electronic Publishing. It allows you to dynamically generate PDF documents such as invoices, delivery notes and shipping documents on-the-fly. The integration into business- and publishing-workflows, multi-channel publishing using CSS (e.g. Web and Print) or the automatic generation of technical manuals, data sheets, reports and product information is also possible. PDFreactor offers software architects and developers a Java-based XML and XHTML/HTML print solution, which is based on W3C standards, but does not require any XSL-FO skills. PDFreactor has extensive CSS 2.1 and 3 layout capabilities allowing flexible control over pagination and PDF output options. Vector graphics (SVG), Barcodes and XSLT are supported as well. Besides the Java API for easy integration with Servlets, EJB and Java Web Services PDFreactor also offers a command line interface for batch, script and CGI-applications. All common J2EE application servers are supported. Direct integration into automatic build processes using Apache Ant is also possible. A free evaluation version is available. http://www.realobjects.com
Eedo Knowledgeware announced the extension of its cross-media authoring and publishing capabilities to provide customers with a single source for content creation and delivery which allows users to create and maintain one single set of information for a range of different outputs. ForceTen’s architecture makes it possible to directly view, edit and deploy “live” content from the XML repository at runtime and allows real time management of cross media publishing content. Content can either be edited in the print domain or in the e-learning domain with changes and updates immediately reflected on the other side. This does not mean that online and offline content has to be identical, content can be highly adaptive and allows for the best to be brought out in each chosen medium. ForceTen has further extended its print functionality to support the Darwin Information Typing Standard (DITA). DITA is an open source XML-based framework for designing and delivering well-structured content efficiently and consistently in a single-sourcing environment. Information is organized and stored as topics which can then be re-used as building blocks of content. Eedo’s ForceTen Learning Content Management System provides a workflow development toolset for the creation, capture, management and transfer of knowledge within an organization with its knowledge repository and coupled with tools such as authoring, knowledge sharing, workflow management, simulation, content management and globalization features.
David Berlind continues his excellent coverage of the less-exciting-than-it-used-to-be controversy over the now ISO standard OASIS ODF vs the soon-to-be-ECMA-and-then-ISO Microsoft Open XML standard. David also reports on a suspicously timed appearance of a reverse engineered plug-in for Microsoft Office that converts Office files to ODF.
I know we just finished San Francisco, and we have our government conference in June, but since many of you miss the speaking proposal deadlines regularly, keep in mind that the deadline for proposals for Gilbane Boston in November is May 15 – a little over a week away! Here are instructions and guidelines. Here is a list of our events.