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Month: October 2008 (Page 1 of 5)

CM Pros: Forum, Summit, and Board Nominations

CM Pros (the Content Management Professionals Association) has replaced their listserv with a new forum and even non-members will be able to view much of the content – members can contribute.

They also announced that the early registration discounts for the Summit ends November 4th, as it does for our conference.

They also announced nominations for CM Pros Board of Directors:

CM Pros seeks enthusiastic candidates to run for three open seats on the Board of Directors. To qualify as a candidate, you must be a CM Pros member in good standing. Nominations open soon and voting is scheduled for December. Consider nominating yourself or someone else you believe would make a great candidate. If you are passionate about content management this is your opportunity to contribute to and gain from the continued growth of the profession and the organization.

MadCap Unveils DITA Product Roadmap

MadCap Software announced its roadmap for supporting the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) standard. With MadCap, authors will have a complete authoring and publishing suite of tools for creating, managing, translating and publishing DITA content. The products will use MadCap’s XML editor, which provides an graphical user interface for creating featured documentation that hides the XML being generated below. In the first phase of its DITA initiative, MadCap Software will add DITA support to four products: MadCap Flare, MadCap Blaze, MadCap Analyzer for reporting, MadCap Lingo. With MadCap Flare and Blaze, authors will be able to import DITA projects and topics as raw XML content, and using the XML editor, change the style sheets to get the desired look and structure. Authors will then have the option to publish the output as DITA content; print formats, such as Microsoft Word, DOCX and XPS or Adobe FrameMaker, PDF and AIR; and a range of HTML and XHTML online formats MadCap Analyzer will work directly with DITA topics and projects to allow authors to analyze and report on the content. Similarly, MadCap Lingo will import data directly from DITA topics and projects, so that it can be translated. The translated material can be published as DITA content or exported to a Flare or Blaze project. In the second phase, MadCap will enable authors to natively create and edit DITA topics in Flare and Blaze, as well as MadCap X-Edit, MadCap’s software family for creating short documents, contributing content to other documents, and reviewing content. Like Flare and Blaze, X-Edit will also support the ability to import and publish DITA information. In the third phase, MadCap will add DITA support to its forthcoming MadCap Team Server. This will make it possible to manage and share DITA content across teams and projects, as well as schedule DITA publishing.

Multi-channel Publishing: Can anyone do it?

By David Lipsey, Managing Director, Entertainment & Media, FTI

Can anyone deliver customized content to its customers – in print, on the Web in rich applications, in social networking or to wireless media? To make matters more challenging, what if your customers are two-to-five year olds? Well, Sesame Workshop recently had to address this test to keep its brand relevant to precocious preschoolers. In fact, this non-profit organization behind Sesame Street took the bold view that multi-channel publishing is the future of the Workshop, and recognized that online will become its primary channel of distribution down the line. At the upcoming Gilbane Boston Conference (link to information on session), I will moderate a panel of multi-channel publishing experts, including the VP charged with Sesame Workshop’s internet initiative. We will provide you with the latest in content delivery, opportunities to serve more users and more applications, and insights to show that yes, almost anyone can do it. Please join me, Joe Bachana from DPCI (an industry leader in his own right) and the ever-innovative O’Reilly Press for a didactic and enlightening discussion that will get you mulling over ideas for enhancing your brand experience for customers.

IBM Announces New Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Solutions

IBM announced new Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions that are designed to help organizations achieve greater business agility and workplace effectiveness. Using a services-oriented environment, clients can now deploy solution applications within days instead of months. IBM Agile ECM Software Portfolio, Key enhancements include: IBM FileNet P8 4.5 is a unified ECM platform that combines content with Business Process Management (BPM) and compliance capabilities. Highlights include: IBM FileNet Business Process Manager 4.5 is an offering for managing content-centric business processes. It supports business process modeling and simulation, promotes business user and IT collaboration, and provides tools for agile ECM application development, utilizing Smart SOA and Web 2.0 technologies such as mashups. IBM FileNet Content Manager 4.5 is designed to provide clients with a scalable, single content catalog that embeds IBM’s content- centric BPM and compliance capabilities into an ECM platform operating on content in multiple repositories. The FileNet Content Manager enables integration with Lotus Quickr, Microsoft Office 2007, and Microsoft SharePoint. It also manages all types of digitized content across multiple platforms, databases and applications. The new offering provides active content capabilities which allow content in CM8 to participate in IBM FileNet BPM 4.5 processes. IBM Content Manager on Demand (CMOD) 8.4.1 provides enterprise report management. The latest CMOD offering includes integration to IBM FileNet P8 for federated Records Management and BPM applications. In addition, the new IBM ECM products use the same technology as IBM’s recently released compliance and discovery offerings. IBM’s records management offerings are a prescriptive set of deployment and management practices, tools and best practices to eliminate deployment complexity, mitigate risks associated with lack of best practices and industry skill and knowledge shortages. IBM’s eDiscovery products help clients take the cost out of electronic discovery management. IBM FileNet P8 integration with IBM Content Analyzer enables organizations to increase the return on their enterprise content investment by analyzing unstructured content together with structured data to gain valuable information.

MultiCorpora Unveils MultiTrans 4.4

MultiCorpora announced its newest version of MultiTrans. The newest version 4.4 of MultiTrans delivers WordAlign technology which allows users to instantly retrieve translated terminology from previously translated documents. This advancement in language technology was made possible through collaborative development efforts with the Canadian National Research Center. The newest version enables components of machine translation to be integrated into its software suite. This offers additional translation options for organizations who consider machine translation as part of their business model. MultiCorpora has also leveraged Oracle’s technology to recycle translations from over 250 file formats and shorten file conversion speeds. These new MultiTrans features dovetail with the turn-key, fully integrated workflow processes previously released in version 4.3 of MultiTrans (2007).

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